October to May 2010-2011

27 November 2010 — VACUUM
By Arlene Hutton
Directed by Barbara Waldinger

A brilliant but debt-ridden scientist must decide whether to sell his latest discovery to a cosmetics company, assuring him of a very comfortable future, or to spend years seeking FDA approval for its eventual use as a cure that will save millions of people.

Arlene Hutton is best known for The Nibroc Trilogy, which includes Last Train to Nibroc (NY Drama League Best Play nomination), See Rock City (In the Spirit of America Award) and Gulf View Drive (LA Weekly and Ovation Award nominations). Her plays have been presented Off- and Off Off-Broadway, at regional theatres in the US, in London and throughout the world, including four times at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. An alumna of New Dramatists, Hutton is a Dramatists Guild member, six-time Heideman Award finalist, a three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize and a recipient of the Lippman and Calloway Awards. Residencies include the Australian National Playwrights Conference, New Harmony Project, MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French and Playscripts and appear in numerous anthologies. Her commissioned work for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Happy Worst Day Ever, is the winner of the 2010 Macy's New Play Prize and her entire Nibroc Trilogy was a success last summer at Chester Theatre in the Berkshires.

This event is made possible (in part) with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered through the Twin Counties Cultural Fund in Columbia County by the Columbia County Council on the Arts.
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