Special Presentation:
    The Tarnation of Russell Colvin

    The Tarnation of Russell Colvin

    Written & performed by Oliver Wadsworth
    Directed by Kirk Jackson

    June 8 – 10

    Dates & Times:
    Thurs. 6/8 7:30 PM
    Fri. 6/9 10:00 AM
    Fri. 6/9 7:30 PM
    Sat. 6/10 7:30 PM*

    Run time: Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes with no intermission.

    *Post-show talkback with Chris Hadsel, author and director of Curtains Without Borders.

    Matinee tickets start at $8
    Evening tickets start at $20

    Based on Manchester’s very own unsolved murder case of 1812, local history comes alive in this one-man virtuosic tour-de-force. Oliver Wadsworth portrays a motley medley of characters, as they grapple with the slippery truth of the real life murder of Russell Colvin, an eccentric Vermonter whose ghost haunted the town of Manchester till the malefactors were brought to justice and sentenced to hang.

    This small-town murder mystery remains unsolved today.

    Underwritten by Vermont Community Foundation and The Samara Fund with support from Bennington College.


    “Review: The Tarnation of Russell Colvin” – Berkshire On Stage
    “Review: The Tarnation of Russell Colvin” – Berkshire Bright Focus
    “Oliver Wadsworth Brings One-Man Play to Dorset Theatre Festival” – Berkshire Eagle
    “The Tarnation of Russell Colvin – Oliver Wadsworth” – Theatre Talk
    “Local Murder Mystery Comes to the Stage” – Berkshire On Stage

    Teachers, check out the study guide for The Tarnation of Russell Colvin.

    The Tarnation of Russell Colvin is touring!
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    Cast & Creative Team:

    Oliver Wadsworth* (Writer & Performer) has been in Dorset Theatre Festival’s productions of Sherlock Holmes and the Jersey Lily, Noises Off and Murder on the Nile. He was in the first National tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Off-Broadway: Endpapers (Variety Arts); Well (The Public Theater); Bread and Roses (New York Theatre Workshop). Regional: Mystery of Irma Vep (Arizona Theatre Company); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Fulton Theater); Misalliance (Old Globe and Seattle Repertory);  An Enemy of the People (Long Wharf Theatre); Santaland Diaries, Dracula, Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Peter Pan (Denver Center Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Syracuse Stage); Shipwrecked (Actors Theatre of Phoenix);  Fully Committed, The Taming of the Shrew, Take Me Out, Art (Capital Rep.); Six Characters in Search of an Author (Nevada Conservatory Theater); Stones In His Pockets, The Deal (Adirondack Theatre Festival); Emilie (WAM Theatre); The Book Club Play (Hubbard Hall); The Velocity of Autumn, Santaland Diaries (White Heron Theatre Company). TV & Film: Deliver Us from Evil, Ed’s Next Move, Dotty Gets Spanked, Law and Order: SVU. Residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell and Millay Colonies; grants from Vermont Community Foundation, NYSCA and Franklin Furnace. OliverWadsworth.com.  

    Kirk Jackson (Director) has directed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and acted in Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Hollow and Merton of the Movies for Dorset Theatre Festival. NYC: Uncle Vanya; Scenes from a Marriage, The Little Foxes, The Misanthrope, Hedda Gabler, More Stately Mansions (New York Theatre Workshop). Other directing: Rigoletto, Gianni Schicchi, La Pizza con Funghi, The Book Club Play (Hubbard Hall); The Internationalist, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Take Me Out (StudioTheatre, DC); The Busy World Is Hushed, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Nickel and Dimed, Gray’s Anatomy (Actors Theatre, Phoenix); Strange Interlude (Washington Shakespeare Co); Take Me Out, ART (Capitol Rep). Kirk has developed and directed solo performers Alison Larkin: The English American (Best of Fringe, Edinburgh and Mahaiwe Theater, Great Barrington), Emmett Foster: Emmett: A One-Mormon Show, So It’s Come to This (NYTW), and Oliver Wadsworth, Struggles in Daddy’s Dress (Downtown Art Co.). Bennington College faculty since 2001, founding member Obie Award-winning Cucaracha Theatre, he has taught and directed at Princeton, NYU, CalArts, and Binghamton University.

    Costumes: Richard MacPike

    Set: Michael Rancourt

    Curtain: Special thanks Main Street Arts; Saxton River, VT; and the Town Hall of Wardsboro, VT.

    Promotional photo credit: Riikka Olson

    *Member of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States