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Highlights: Former Goalkeeper’s Show Weighs Life After Soccer

  • Dartmouth College junior Stephanie Everett takes notes during a rehearsal at Northern Stage in White River Junction, Vt., on Jan. 17, 2018. The theater company is holding its annual New Works Now festival. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Dartmouth College junior Stephanie Everett during a rehearsal at Northern Stage in White River Junction, Vt., on Jan. 17, 2018. Director Akiba Abaka, left, and Assistant Stage Manager Julia Perez listen. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.



Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Stephanie Everett barely blinked at the challenges of reaching the finals of Dartmouth College’s Dartmouth Idol talent contest in 2016, and at playing two roles in Northern Stage’s recent seven-week run of Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

This weekend, she’s opening the New Works Now festival at Northern Stage’s Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction with a staged reading of her one-woman show based on her struggles to adapt to the concussion that ended her career as a college soccer goalie — and reminding herself of the encouraging words of Northern Stage artistic director and Dartmouth theater professor Carol Dunne.

“When Carol mentioned doing it, I was not enthusiastic,” Everett, now a junior, recalled last week. “I didn’t want to say ‘no,’ because it was Carol Dunne, but I really wasn’t sure I was ready. There wasn’t a lot of time to do it, and I was still working through my disjointed recollection of things. Luckily, she sensed my hesitation, and gave me someone to work with.”

That someone, Northern Stage director of education Eric Love, led Everett through a series of questions about her experience. Then Love helped her, over several weeks, to sort through the vignettes she wrote about how the head injury, which accumulated over a series of collisions rather than during one big blow, disrupted every aspect of her life.

Through it all, Dunne never doubted the resolve or the ability of this Maryland-grown graduate of Washington, D.C.’s Sidwell Friends boarding school. Dunne had recruited Everett for one of Northern Stage’s “E-term” internships for aspiring theater professionals during the fall 2017 term, and saw enough promise to encourage her to write for the annual New Works festival a play “reflecting on changing her whole life from varsity athlete to figuring out, ‘Who are you?’ ” Dunne recalled last week.

“As soon as she showed us what she came up with, we said, ‘This is better than so many things we’ve had submitted for New Works.’ ”

After 15 hours of rehearsals with director Akiba Abaka earlier this week — which she squeezed between classes and rehearsals for the Dartmouth theater department’s upcoming adaptation of 1984 — Everett will kick off New Works Now by presenting an intermission-free, 45-minute reading of I’m Fine, I’m Fine on Friday night at the Barrette Center.

New Works Now, Northern Stage’s annual festival of plays in development, continues on Saturday night at 7:30, with Stephen Brackett directing a large cast through a staged reading of Rebekah Greer Melocik’s new musical The Coup. The rock fable follows a young revolutionary who is watching the breakdown of his vision of turning a post-climate-change wasteland into a utopia.

On Sunday afternoon at 2, a cast of three women will read through Richard Moulthrop’s Jane Burgoyne, which explore the consequences for an aging woman, her middle-aged daughter and her young-adult granddaughter while they triage the title character’s belongings for her move to an independent living facility.

And in the festival’s Thirsty Theater presentations, Northern Stage veterans Gordon Clapp and Susan Haefner will take Jack Neary’s 10-minute play The Duel on the town, with pop-up performances at The Filling Station on Friday night at 9 and at Thyme Cafe on Saturday night at 6.

For her part, Everett suspects that in addition to helping her recover her memories, the creative process is keeping her occupied while she waits for permission to resume more physical activity.

“They’re still telling me, ‘You’ve got to wait,’ ” Everett said. “It’s not like a broken arm: To go from being in the best shape of my life to not being able to go for a 10-minute jog is very difficult. … This is a way to describe it that is somewhat poetic.”

And, she hopes, in a way that inspires some compassion for those struggling with invisible challenges.

“You don’t know how many things people are going through inside themselves,” Everett said. “One of my goals is to tell kids my age that this happens, because we think we’re invincible.

“I don’t know how far I might go with it, but I’d like to have it memorized at some point, and take it to colleges, especially.”

The fifth edition of Northern Stage’s New Works Now festival of in-development plays begins Friday night at 7:30, with a staged reading ofI’m Fine, I’m Fineat the Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction. While admission is free for the readings at the Barrette Center, reservations are required. To book seats, email boxoffice@ northernstage.org or call 802-296-7000. To learn more, visit northernstage.org.

Best Bets

Shaker Bridge Theatre kicks off its three-weekend production of Broadway playwright Nick Payne’s Constellations tonight at 7:30 at Whitney Hall in downtown Enfield. The drama, which runs through Feb. 4, examines a quirky romance between a man and a woman through the perspective of principles of string theory, relativity and quantum mechanics. To reserve tickets ($16 to $35) and learn more, visit shakerbridgetheatre.org or call 603-448-3750.

Riyaaz Qawwali performs music of South Asia, including devotional rhythms and songs from the Sufi Muslim tradition, on Friday night at Spaulding Auditorium in Hanover. To reserve tickets ($17 to $30) to the concert, which starts at 8, and to learn more, visit hop.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2422.

The Conniption Fits play danceable rock on Saturday night from 6 to 8 at Lebanon’s Storrs Hill ski lodge, during the Lebanon Parks and Recreation Department’s Full Moon Fiesta. To reserve tickets ($5 to $30) and to learn more about outdoor activities at the ski area, visit lebanonnh.gov or visit the recreation office in City Hall.

Patricia Norton directs the Juneberry Community Chorus in a concert on the theme of “Hunker Down and Cozy Up” on Sunday afternoon at 4 at the First Congregational Church on Thetford Hill. Pianist Vicky Nooe will accompany the singers. Admission is by donation to the Upper Valley Music Center’s programs for choral singing.

The New Jersey-based theater troupe ArtsPower stages Nugget & Fang in Woodstock’s Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday morning at 10. Aimed at children from pre-kindergarten through third grade, the musical follows the undersea adventures of a minnow and a shark who connect under dire circumstances. To order tickets and learn more, visit pentanglearts.org or call 802-457-3981.

Looking Ahead

The Vermont Pride Festival will host a staged reading of Paul Lucas’ Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women, at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph on Jan. 27 at 7:30. The play grew out of interviews of more than 75 transgender people, from which the playwright adapted the experiences of seven characters. Tickets cost $15 to $20 in advance and $17 to $22 at the door. To reserve seats and learn more, visit chandler-arts.org or call 802-728-9878, extension 1.

Alto saxophonist Greg Abate will play the next Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon concert on Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. in the Center at Eastman in Grantham. To reserve tickets ($18 to $20) and learn more, visit josajazz.com, call 603-763-8732 or 603-381-1662 or email bill.wightman@comcast.net.

Theater/Performance Art

The teen actors, singers and dancers from the Claremont-based World Under Wonder theater program perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Claremont Opera House on Saturday night at 7. Admission is $10. To learn more, visit claremontoperahouse.org.

Organizers of The 1776 Project are inviting aspiring actors of all ages to audition for several available roles in a March production of the musical conversation about the rewards and obligations of U.S. citizenship. The performance will take place in late March at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction. To schedule and audition and learn more, visit the1776project.org.

Music

Dartmouth College’s Paddock Music Library continues its series of sing-ins on Friday afternoon at 5, with 2017 Dartmouth graduate Tyne Freeman leading a celebration of songs of the civil rights movement.

The bluegrass ensemble Reckless Breakfast plays the monthly Corinth Coffeehouse concert at the Town Hall on Cookeville Road on Saturday night at 7. Admission is by donation to the Corinth Emergency Fund.

Violinists Emilie-Ann Gendron and David McCarroll, violist Daniel Kim, cellist Marcy Rosen and clarinetist Anthony McGill perform works of Beethoven, Brahms and Krzysztof Penderecki during a recital at Dartmouth College’s Spaulding Auditorium on Wednesday night at 7. For tickets ($17 to $30) and more information, visit hop.dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2422.

Dance

Belly-dance instructor Gina Capossela concludes her series of free introductory classes with sessions tonight at 5:45 at the Richard W. Black Center in Hanover and on Monday night at 6 at the Grantham Village School. To register and learn more, email gina@ginadances.com or call 802-282-2149.

The Mighty Pillsbury Slowboys Blues Band perform during the dance at Barrett Hall in South Strafford on Friday night from 7 to 10. Admission is $10.

Bar and Club Circuit

The Dinosaurs, Gary Hubbard and Dan Freihofer, bring their guitars and their voices to Peyton Place in Orford tonight between 6 and 9, to play a session of country blues .

Mirage guitarist Shane Rice and singer Bob Trabka join forces for a set of rock at Taverne on the Square in Claremont tonight at 6.

Jakob Breitbach and Hartford native Jes Raymond, co-founders of The Blackberry Bushes, pull into Windsor Station to play roots music tonight at 7. The Roadtrash Band plays what it describes as a mix of “classic rock, rebel country, cow punk, thunder-boogie and beer-soaked bar jams ” on Friday night starting at 10. And the Tim Brick Country Band performs at 9:30 on Saturday night. The Strangled Darlings play folk music on Tuesday night at 6.

Randy Miller leads the weekly live session of traditional Irish music at Salt hill Pub in Hanover tonight at 6. The weekend lineup at the venue features singer-songwriter Doug Lantz on Friday night at 8 and Groove Sum with a set of rock on Saturday night at 9.

Tirade frontman Toby Moore rocks Salt hill Pub in downtown Lebanon on Friday night at 9. On Saturday night at 9, the Plush Foot duo of singer-guitarist Chad Gibbs and drummer Shane Walton plays a set of rock.

Singer-songwriter Mike Preston performs at Salt hill Pub in Newport on Saturday night at 9. Roger Kahle joins Randy Miller on Wednesday night at 6 for their weekly live session of traditional Irish music.

The Stockwell Brothers play bluegrass and folk at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four Corners on Friday night at 8.

The Newport-based rock band Talkin’ Smack plays The Engine Room in downtown White River Junction on Friday night at 9.

Pianist Sonny Saul plays jazz at the On the River Inn in Woodstock on Saturday and Wednesday nights from 6 to 9.

Jamie Ward sings and plays piano at Bentley’s in Woodstock on Saturday night from 6 to 8.

The Ruby Street duo of Shelly and Robbie Parker serenades the Quechee Club’s apres-ski session on Sunday afternoon from 4 to 6.

Soulfix performs at Crossroads Bar and Grille in South Royalton in Saturday night at 9.

Saxophonist Mike Parker and guitarist Norm Wolfe play jazz at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farm on Wednesday night at 6.

Open Mics

Woodstock-based troubadour Jim Yeager hosts the following open mics over the coming week: tonight at 7 at the ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret; at the Public House in Quechee on Tuesday night at 6; and on Wednesday night at 8 at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland Four-Corners.

Ramunto’s Brick & Brew Pizza in Bridgewater hosts an open mic starting at 7:30 on Thursday nights. Participants get a free large cheese pizza.

String players of all ages and abilities are welcome at the weekly acoustic jam session at South Royalton’s BALE Commons on Friday night from 6:30 to 10.

The Old South Church in Windsor hosts an open mic on Saturday nights from 7 to 9. While admission is free, donations are welcome.

Fiddler Jakob Breitbach leads a weekly acoustic jam session of bluegrass, Americana and old-timey music on Tuesday nights at 7 at The Filling Station Bar and Grill in White River Junction.

Tom Masterson hosts the weekly open mic at Bradford’s Colatina Exit on Tuesday nights at 8.

Joe Stallsmith leads his weekly hootenanny of Americana, folk and bluegrass on Monday night at 6 at Salt hill Pub in Hanover.

David Corriveau can be reached at dcorriveau@vnews.com and at 603-727-3304.