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NEYT presents “Blue Stockings”

New England Youth Theatre proudly presents Blue Stockings, by Jessica Swale, directed by Hallie Flower, to be performed at 7 pm on April 5, 6, 12 and 13, and at 2 pm on April 6 and 13 at NEYT, 100 Flat Street, in Brattleboro.

The year is 1896. Girton College, Cambridge is the first college in Britain to admit women, and the Girton girls study ferociously to match their male peers grade for grade. Yet, when the men graduate, the women leave with nothing but the stigma of being a ‘Blue Stocking’ – an unnatural, educated woman. They are denied degrees and go home unqualified and “unsuitable for marriage”.

In Jessica Swale’s debut play, Blue Stockings, Tess Moffat and her fellow ‘first years’ are determined to win the right to graduate, but they don’t anticipate the hurdles in their way: the distractions of love, the cruelty of the class divide, or the strength of the opposition, who will do anything to stop them. The play follows them over one tumultuous academic year, in their fight to change the future of education.

Actors in rehearsal for Blue Stockings. Images by Laura Bliss

Performed by NEYT’s Senior Company of actors ages 13-19, his witty and thought-provoking play is a timely examination of  the rights of every woman — to an education, to her own autonomy, and to ride a bicycle, all set against the larger backdrop of women’s suffrage. Don’t miss it!

The play performs April 5 at 7 pm, April 6 at 2 pm and 7 pm, April 12 at 7 pm, and April 13 at 2 pm and 7 pm. Tickets for these performances are $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors, and $11 for Students.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.neyt.org, in person at the NEYT Box Office, or by phone (802) 246-6398 from 12-5pm on Wednesdays. The show plays at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat Street in Brattleboro, Vermont.

New England Youth Theatre is an accessible theater, with accommodations for wheelchairs, and Assistive Listening Devices for patrons who are hard of hearing.

This show was made possible through generous support from Grace Cottage Family Health and Hospital and was produced by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

New England Youth Theatre is also supported by the Vermont Children’s Trust Fund, Vermont Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For More information, contact Katrina Spenceman at katrinaspenceman@gmail.com

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