Special Presentation:
    The Tarnation of Russell Colvin

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    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

    Ticket prices 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.
    Teachers, click here to access the the study guide for The Tarnation of Russell Colvin.


    Cast & Creative Team:

    Oliver Wadsworth (Writer & Performer)


    Oliver appeared in Peter and the Star Catcher at Pioneer Theatre Company, First National Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Off-Broadway, he was seen in Endpapers at Variety Arts and Well at The Public Theater. He has appeared with Actors Theatre of Phoenix in This; Shipwrecked! (AriZoni Award, Best Supporting Actor); Angels in America, Parts I and II (AriZoni Award, Best Actor); Pillowman and Nickel and Dimed. Other regional credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Fulton Theatre; Misalliance at The Old Globe and Seattle Repertory Theatre; An Enemy of the People at Long Wharf Theatre; Santaland Diaries and Dracula at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Peter Pan at Denver Center Theatre Company; A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Syracuse Stage, Fully Committed (Metroland Best Performance Award), The Taming of the Shrew and Take Me Out at Capital Repertory Theatre; Murder on the Nile at Dorset Theatre Festival; and Stones in His Pocket (Metroland Best Performance Award) and Art at Adirondack Theatre Festival. Mr. Wadsworth’s film and television credits include Law & Order: SVU, Ira Sach’s Ed’s Next Move and Todd Haynes’ Dotty Gets Spanked.

    Kirk Jackson (Director) 

    Kirkhas performed On- and Off-Broadway and throughout the U.S. in nearly 200 productions, including the world premieres of Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion! (Broadway), Doug Wright’s Quills (New York Theater Workshop) and Interrogating the Nude (Yale Rep.), David Lindsay-Abaire’s Wonder of the World (Woolly Mammoth, D.C.), Samuel Beckett’s one-man Stirrings Still (Center Stage, Baltimore) and the US premiere of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Three Birds Alighting on a Field (Manhattan Theater Club). A founding member of the Obie Award winning Cucaracha Theater, Jackson has taught and directed at Princeton, NYU, and CalArts. BA, Binghamton University (Don A. Watters Award for outstanding achievement); MFA, Yale School of Drama (Carol Dye Award for outstanding achievement as an actor). Jackson has taught at Bennington College since 2001.

    Costumes: Richard MacPike

    Set: Michael Rancourt

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