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Vermont Festival Brings Shakespeare To The Park For 6th Summer

Vermont Shakespeare Company

You don’t have to go all the way to Manhattan to see Shakespeare in the Park. Since 2005, the Vermont Shakespeare Company has performed the great works of the Bard in Northern Vermont. Tonight marks the opening night of this year’s production, The Winters Tale.

"This show is all about jealousy and redemption. These are human emotions that are very modern," says Nagle.

Executive Director of the Vermont Shakespeare Company John Nagle joins Mitch Wertlieb to chat about this year’s season.

He says for the company’s sixth season, he decided to tackle one of Shakespeare's later plays:

“For us it’s the first time we’re moving into a tragic side of Shakespeare’s works,” says Nagle.

Nagle says Shakespeare’s themes are timeless, making it accessible to a modern audience even when the language or dress isn’t updated.

“This show is all about jealousy and redemption, these are human emotions that are very modern,” Nagle says.

Nagle also shared a hidden talent. More than just a Shakespeare performer and director, Nagle once voiced the iconic cartoon character Scooby Doo during a touring musical. Host Mitch Wertlieb couldn’t help but asked him to share the voice with listeners.

The Winter’s Tale performances:

August 8th-11th and 16th-18th at Oakledge Park in Burlington.

August 15th at Knight Point State Park in North Hero.

A graduate of NYU with a Master's Degree in journalism, Mitch has more than 20 years experience in radio news. He got his start as news director at NYU's college station, and moved on to a news director (and part-time DJ position) for commercial radio station WMVY on Martha's Vineyard. But public radio was where Mitch wanted to be and he eventually moved on to Boston where he worked for six years in a number of different capacities at member station a Senior Producer, Editor, and fill-in co-host of the nationally distributed Here and Now. Mitch has been a guest host of the national NPR sports program "Only A Game". He's also worked as an editor and producer for international news coverage with Monitor Radio in Boston.
Annie Russell was VPR's Deputy News Director. She came to VPR from NPR's Weekends on All Things Considered and WNYC's On The Media. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School.
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