Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler will present a benefit ZOOMed reading of David Valdes’ timely play Raggedy And on Saturday, February 6 at 7:30 pm, followed by a live talkback. The play will also be available on demand during the following week.

In Raggedy And, a President-Elect invites an unknown poet to read at her inauguration, throwing the poet’s family members into conflict among themselves and with the Inaugural Committee. New Play Network says of the script: “Four LGBTQ characters tango over minority labels, gender politics, and the limits of privacy.” Director Joanne Greenberg observes that there could not be a more relevant play for this presidential season, and Valdes adds that while all the characters hold opposing views, each is presented with conviction and validity.

Actors performing Raggedy And over Zoom
Photo courtesy of Vermont Pride Theater.

Through the magic of Zoom, Greenberg (Montpelier) has been able to cast talented actors who live far apart: Pedro Gonzalez (New York and Puerto Rico), Andra Kisler (Northfield), Jennifer Lord (Danville), and Peter Ruiz (Bloomington, IN). These four plus Greenberg and Valdes will participate in the talkback after the pre-recorded performance on February 6.

Join them for thought-provoking theater, and at the same time support a good cause. The proceeds of this 10th annual VPT winter benefit will go to GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project, which works to advance equality for transgender youth and adults throughout New England. GLAD’s legal advocacy defends and expands nondiscrimination protections, full and equal access to education for trans youth, access to healthcare, family law protections, access to shelters, and other essential services.

Tickets are available now, online at or at the box office (802) 728-6464. Just $12 each, for as many people as can fit around your viewing device.

Sponsors of this production are the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Vermont, the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, and the Vermont Conference United Church of Christ.

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