2015 Press


Dorset Theatre Festival Artistic Director talks about Summer Theatre Scene in Vermont and the Berkshires in the Berkshire Eagle

New York Times 50 Essential Summer Festivals Guide features Dorset Theatre Festival

Dorset Theatre Festival makes the New York Times Summer Theater Guide

Vermont Public Radio feature on 15 Vermont arts organizations winning nearly 1 million dollars in Arts Funding

Dorset Theatre Festival awarded major NEA grant for its renowned New Play Development Program

Rutland Herald announces- Dorset Theatre has Big Plans for Small Grant

Dorset Theatre Festival Artistic Director Dina Janis interviewed on VPR’s All Things Considered discussing the Festival’s historic collaboration with Weston Playhouse Theatre and Northern Stages of The Norman Conquests, set for Summer 2016

Historic collaboration with Dorset Theatre Festival, Weston Playhouse Theatre and Northern Stages announced in Broadway World and Berkshire On Stage

Dorset Theatre Festival makes Yankee Magazine’s Best of New England 2015 Guide

Dorset Theatre Festival featured in the Art New England Summer Getaway Guide

2015 Summer Season announced in Broadway World,  Berkshire On Stage,  Vermont News Guide

Hills Alive So VT 2015 Roll Out reported in the Manchester Journal

Dorset Theatre Festival receives Vermont Community Foundation Grant as reported in Broadway World

Artistic Director Dina Janis talks about Summer 2015  On The Green  Podcast

Dorset Theatre Festival’s 2015 Summer Season featured in American Theatre Magazine

Dorset Theatre Festival Dramatists Guild Award announced in the New York Times

Dorset Theatre Festival named an Art Place America Finalist

Dorset Theatre Festival Gallery Cafe included in the Farm to Plate Edible Green Mountains Guide

Young Playwrights Youth Programs featured in the Broadway World and the  Manchester Journal


Review “Dorset Theatre Festival is closing a most successful season — appropriately — with dessert. Paul Rudnick’s delicious 1991 comedy “I Hate Hamlet” opened in a thoroughly delightful production Friday at the Dorset Playhouse — one that was well-cast, fast-paced and ridiculously funny.”Jim Lowe/ Rutland Herald/Times Argus

Review “So go see this play, because you will not only leave with a belly ache, but be able to laugh about that, too.”- Telly Halkias/Manchester Journal

John Barrymore’s Ghost teaches Hamlet – Rutland Herald/Jim Lowe Preview of I Hate Hamlet

Broadway World preview of I Hate Hamlet

Berkshire On Stage highlights I Hate Hamlet




“Couples were moving closer to each other. Hands were held. Whispers exchanged. After the rousing, standing ovation, the same scene flooded the parking lot: couples holding hands and leaning in to each other as the buzz overflowed into the starlit Vermont sky.”  Telly Halkias/ Manchester Journal

“Jointly this team has forged stage magic that is so lush and at times so subtle that the miraculous moments of magical realism emerge like the birth of an elephant: complete before you realize they started. Rubin has taken the tenderness and the humor in Shanley’s script, mixed them with clotted cream and created totally believable characters on the Dorset stage” review in Berkshire Bright Focus

“At Dorset Playhouse, director John Gould Rubin has made the most of four exceptional actors. Rubin consistently brings scenes to an emotional peak without ever signaling that a climb is under way. It’s like coming to the crest of a hill and seeing a sudden vista.” Alex Brown/SevenDaysVT

Talking to Farmers- Outside Mullingar Project interviews local farmers in the region about their love of the land.

Jim Lowe from Rutland Herald interviews John Gould Rubin for this Mullingar Preview

WAMC Joe Donahue interviews Artistic Director Dina Janis on the Roundtable

New York Times features Mullingar in its 50 Essential Summer Festivals

VT Digger feature on upcoming Mullingar Premiere

Berkshire On Stage preview for Mullingar



“It’s about as intelligent, fanciful, and witty a Holmes as you can find on the stage anywhere this summer.” Telly Halkias,  Manchester Journal

“Dorset’s “Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lilly” lays waste the claim that theater must be silly schlock to be delightful light summer entertainment. This was fun.”- Jim Lowe, Rutland Herald

Sherlock Holmes Time Lapse Load In Video

Sherlock Holmes Preview Rutland Herald  by James Lowe

Berkshire On Stage feature Preview on Sherlock

Great BLOG and interviews with Sherlock Cast and Dina Janis on More Theatre Talk

Broadway World Preview for Sherlock



Rutland Herald Tom Sawyer great preview of Tom Sawyer with Interviews

Broadway World preview of Tom Sawyer

Listening Shires in-depth interview with Artistic Director Dina Janis

Dina Janis representing the arts in Southern Vermont in VTDigger



“Now and again I pray for regional TONY Awards so that an actress of this calibre could be honored properly for outstanding work; this is one of those times.”- Peter Bergman- Berkshire Bright Focus Review

“Though the characters make up an album of social types, they share a common need. It’s fabric we watch them touch; it’s human intimacy each of them aches to feel.” Alex Brown- SevenDaysVT

“A Standout….Dorset Theatre Festival has done both them, and us, a great favor, giving us a vivid and intensely alive play that uncovers the naked truth about how difficult life can be, even today, and provided us insights into the hearts and souls of characters who should never be forgotten.” Gail M. Burns & Larry Murray- Berkshire On Stage

“Vermont’s Dorset Makes a Bold Choice for Season Opener…. Dorset’s production is superb.” Leanne Jewett- Berkshire Fine Arts

“In these difficult times where the ways to divide rather than to unite seem overwhelming, we can take heart in Esther’s grace – if not in her visceral screams for love and affection – and go see it all unfold on the Dorset stage before the short run of this play is over.” Telly Halkias- Manchester Journal

“Dorset Theatre Festival’s “Intimate Apparel” is truly fine theater — a first-rate performance of an excellent play. Would that there be more like this.” Jim Lowe- Rutland Herald:Times Argus- Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel Preview and interview with director Giovanna Sardelli by Jim Lowe in Rutland Herald/Times Argus

Preview in Manchester Journal by Andrew McKeever

Shout out Preview from our friends at Berkshire On Stage

Featured interview by Jim Lowe of Rutland Herald Times Argus with Intimate Apparel director Giovanna Sardelli

Blog by Joy of All Things Underthings on sponsoring Intimate Apparel

Interviews on location at the Dorset Playhouse with the creative teams of Intimate Apparel and Sherlock Holmes by More Theatre Talk.



Wonderful article by Telly Halkias in the Hill Country Observer on our New Play Development Programs- with interviews with Judd Hirsch and Tim Daly

Fantastic interview with New Play Series writer Martyna Majok in the Berkshire Eagle/ Berkshires Week & The Shires of Vermont

Berkshire On Stage features Dorset Theatre Festival’s Family Fun Series and the Stinky Cheese Man

Broadway World features Dorset Theatre Festival Writers Retreat and NEA Grant announcement