Two shows on Thurs., May 31, to benefit New England Youth Theatre; free with donation at door

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — “Invasive Species,” the Vermont stage premier of a one-act play, will run two public shows at Brattleboro’s New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat Street, on Thurs., May 31, as part of the second-annual U.S. Slow Living Summit.Shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.; admission is free but a donation is requested at the door.


“Invasive Species” is about new forms of life which invade a pristine lake in rural New England and create havoc. But who are the real invaders? Blending humor and political satire, this six-actor, one-hour staged reading-in-costume by Berkshire County playwright and former daily newspaper editor David Scribner raises deep questions about climate change — and human nature.

“The way we as humans treat each other is reflected also in the way we regard the natural world, and that is what the play, in part, is about,” says Scribner.

“Invasive Species,” is a work-in-process. Theater-goers can meet and talk with the playwright and cast for a critique after the late show. Also on hand will be director Nicki Wilson, a c-founder of the Castle Hill Youth Theatre in Great Barrington, Mass. Late details will be posted at at:

​“Invasive Species” was first produced at the New Stage Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield, Mass., in August of 2011. The first act was subsequently chosen for the Made in the Berkshires Arts Festival at the Unicorn Theatre of the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Scribner, a former newspaper editor and reporter in Bennington, Vt., Middletown, Conn., and Pittsfield, Mass., where he was editor of The Berkshire Eagle, has written several books and is also of the community blog Red Crow News. This is his first theatrical work.

The non-profit New England Youth Theatre offers musicals and plays as well as theater classes for students in pre-K to 12th grades. It’s located at 100 Flat St., Brattleboro, VT 05301 (            802-246-6398      )