NICO BRAYTON, LEFT, parries an attack by Theo Wells Spackman in a recreation of the duel from "Dangerous Liaisons" during a class at Middlebury's Town Hall Theater earlier this month. The class — titled "Are You Talkin' to Me?" and taught by Lindsay Pontius and Neil Worden — grew out of the notion that combat on the stage is supposed to look scary but is actually a careful and safe skill. Participants were taught hand-to-hand stage combat techniques and basic weapons in order to perform some of the most infamous fights in theater history.
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