Borderline Players proudly presents an original comedy by border humorist Ross Murray, All Together Now, a love letter to the Haskell Free Library, life on the line and a resilient local myth. Performances are May 10-12 and May 17-19.
It’s Labour Day, 1973. In Holland, Vermont, a rock festival is set to begin while, at the Haskell Free Library, rumours begin to fly that the former Fab Four will be meeting there. But when a mysterious stranger and confused American tourists turn things upside down at the world’s only international library, soon no one knows whether they’re coming or going.
The comedy mixes local characters and history – including the infamous Mac’s Party at Mead Hill – and whimsical fiction in a comedy that doesn’t explain the myth of how the Beatles didn’t come to the Haskell but adds new layers of possibilities.
In keeping with the theme of the play, the cast features players from both sides of the border: Leanne Harple of Glover, Vt. (last seen in 2018’s Mousetrap); Sue Kuzma of Derby Center, Vt. (a QNEK veteran; Mousetrap); Mike Desjardins of Newport, Vt. (another QNEK veteran making his Borderline debut); Eric Alexandre of Georgeville, Que. (QNEK’s Wait Until Dark); John Young of Glover, Vt. (still another QNEK veteran; Mousetrap); Jessi Sackett of Newport, Vt. (Mousetrap, Little Shop of Horrors); and making their local stage debut Benjamin Tabah of Lennoxville, Que., Crystal Hall of Newport, Vt. and Adam Spirk of Stanstead, Que.
Having appeared in a number of QNEK productions and last season’s Fuddy Meers, Ross Murray is directing his original script. A resident of Stanstead, Que., Ross writes a weekly humour column for The Sherbrooke Record and has contributed to CBC Radio and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. All Together Now is his first script.
You can read about some of Ross’s research into the Haskell/Beatles rumour at his blog, Drinking Tips for Teens.
Showtimes are Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, May 12 at 2:00 pm, Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 19 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors and students and are available now online through Catamount Arts (USD). Also available at the MAC Center, Newport, and Colby-Curtis Museum, Stanstead.
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A NOTE ABOUT U.S. PARKING
Due to the late spring, the parking lot at the side of the Opera House is too swampy to accommodate vehicles. If you are coming to the show this weekend, we recommend parking on Caswell or at the Irving lot in the village. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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