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Rock River Players present Original Play

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Mar 1 2018 - 7:30pm - Mar 3 2018 - 10:00pm

WILLIAMSVILLE The Rock River Players (RRP) presents a new play, I Used To Have This Cat by writer/director Robert Fritz Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3 at 7:30 at the Hooker-Dunham Theater, 139 Main Street, Brattleboro.

Award-winning filmmaker Robert Fritz of Newfane turned his attention to the RRP stage last fall when he wrote and directed I Used To Have This Cat to open the RRP season. The play features only two actors, Sara Vitale and Natalie Neilson, who play sisters – with contrasting life-styles and temperaments – who live together. “These are two fantastic and accomplished actors,” Fritz said. “I was excited to write this new material specifically for them.”

Vitale is a founding member of the Rock River Players and currently serves as secretary of its board of directors. Having studied acting and directing in college, she continues to pursue both in various community theater groups. Filming A Visit recently with Robert Fritz marked Vitale’s return to work in film, for which she won an acting award from the Short Film Competition. An art therapist for children with special needs, she is the mother of three children of her own. Vitale serves on the board of directors at the Compass School in Westminster, Vermont and teaches photography classes there on a volunteer basis. Past work in area theatre includes playing Chelsea in On Golden Pond and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Most recently she was assistant director and lighting captain for the Rock River Players’ production of The Fantasticks.

Neilson grew up in San Francisco doing theater. She has starred as the leads in three Robert Fritz feature films: TWICE…, Past Tense, and Chasing Rainbows. She has won several awards for her acting including an Award of Excellence from the Accolade Competition, an Award of Excellence from The Indie Fest, and a Gold Award from the International Independent Film Festival. Neilson lives and works in New Hampshire.

Writer/director Robert Fritz, is also a best selling author. He studied composition and theater at The Boston Conservatory where he earned a BM and MM in composition. As a filmmaker, Fritz studied cinematography at the Rockport Workshops, and directing with Jim Pasternak. His films have won over 90 awards from film festivals around the world. A director of numerous theater productions, Fritz has also made documentaries for industry and television and he has written and directed seven feature films and two dramatic shorts. He has directed and co-hosted Creating (a TV series made for a Canadian Network) and directed episodes of the PBS series LeaderTalk with Garrison Krause, for which he also composed the theme music. Fritz wrote and directed the TV series Vermont Stories. He created She Was a Dancer, a multi–media work commissioned for the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. As a composer, Fritz has won commissions from groups such as Boston’s Collage-New Music and Dutch Radio. Having studied on scholarship at the Darmstadt (Germany) Institute for New Music, he has composed music for CDs, TV and film, including all of his own. Two of his arrangements appear on Celtic Ladies, which topped Billboard Magazine (2007-2008 World Music.)

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors and are available at the door, by writing verbatimvt@gmail.com, or by calling 802-348-7156 option 2. The Hooker-Dunham is located through the alley and down the stairs between Renaissance Jewelers and Gallery in the Woods. The theater is one floor below street level and is currently only accessible via stairs. Ample public parking available off High, Elliott and Flat Streets.


Hooker-Dunham Theatre
139 Main Street
Brattleboro, VT
United States
42° 51' 10.6776" N, 72° 33' 29.1816" W
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