Arts, Dining & Entertainment

Annie Baker’s “The Aliens” play comes to Springfield

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Tuck Wunderle, Wilson Church, and Greg Villone  are the cast of Annie Baker’s play, “The Aliens.”

May 27 and 28 — SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Community Players continue their efforts to foster the arts in the Springfield community with the first play of the 2016 season, “The Aliens” by Annie Baker. Performances will take place Friday, May 27; Saturday, May 28; Friday, June 3; and Saturday, June 4. Each night the studio will open its doors at 7 p.m. and the performances will start 7:30 p.m.

“The Aliens” takes place in July in the small town of Shirley, Vt. It centers on a couple of young men who hang out behind a coffee house and who befriend a young high schooler who works at the coffee house. In the haltingly awkward voices of young men trying to figure out their paths in life, they discuss girlfriends, art, the name of their would be band, as well as singing songs and celebrating the 4th of July. The play combines poetry, music, comedy and drama to explore friendship, art, love and death. The Springfield Community Players production of “The Aliens” will be directed by Scott Stearns, produced by John MacDonald and the cast consists of Wilson Church, Greg Villone, and Tuckerman Wunderle.

“The Aliens” was written by Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist Annie Baker, who grew up in Amherst, Mass. In addition to “The Aliens,” her full-length plays include “John the Flick,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama; “Circle Mirror Transformation, Body Awareness;” and an adaptation of Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” for which she also designed the costumes. Productions of both “The Aliens” and “Uncle Vanya” were performed by the Weston Playhouse.

Call to make reservations at 802-885-4098 or online at Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. “The Aliens” includes strong language and mature themes, so it will not be suitable for all members of the community.

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