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Local theater troup breathes life into a dysfunctional family in 'Gamma Rays'

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Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By David Weinstock



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THE MIDDLEBURY ACTORS Workshop rehearsed their production of “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, Tuesday night. The show opens Friday night with additional performances on Oct. 24, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. Pictured here are Vera Escaja-Heiss, left, Mary Wheeler and Francesca Blanchard. Pictured below right are Escaja-Heiss and Wheeler. Independent photos/Trent Campbell

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Actors Workshop’s fall production is an intensely lyrical American play, Paul Zindel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.” Despite that sci-fi sounding title taken from the name of a science fair project, the play is about a New York family caught in poverty and despair.

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