Short Changed? COTS benefit performance of The Dwarfs | Theater | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice

Seven Days needs your financial support!

Short Changed? COTS benefit performance of The Dwarfs 

Local Matters

Published June 13, 2006 at 7:18 p.m.

An unusual theater event is taking place at Burlington's City Hall on Wednesday, June 21. The production of Harold Pinter's one-act play The Dwarfs is a fundraiser for Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter. What makes the production unique is that the cast members are all COTS clients.

Co-director Linden Marno-Ferree, a 23-year-old AmeriCorps volunteer who works at the homeless shelter, says she chose the play because, though it's not about homelessness, it deals with issues that resonate with her clients, such as alienation and "coming to grips with reality." Marno-Ferree thought staging a play would help them showcase their eccentricities in a positive way.

"People are taught that to secure a stable housing situation, they have to quell that," she says. "I don't want them to quell it."

Richard Cave says that wasn't really his motivation for rehearsing two to three hours a day, five days a week for the past six weeks. The 63-year-old has stayed in the shelter in the past. He currently lives in a tent in Burlington, but still receives COTS services. "I just thought it would be a good way of giving back a little for what I've gotten," he says.

The Dwarfs plays at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Admission is $5, and is free for COTS clients. For more info, call 862-5418.

Got something to say? Send a letter to the editor and we'll publish your feedback in print!

About The Author

Cathy Resmer

Cathy Resmer

Deputy publisher Cathy Resmer is an organizer of the Vermont Tech Jam. She also oversees Seven Days' parenting publication, Kids VT, and created the Good Citizen Challenge, a youth civics initiative. Resmer began her career at Seven Days as a freelance writer in 2001. Hired as a staff writer in 2005, she became the publication's first online editor in 2007.


Comments are closed.

Since 2014, Seven Days has allowed readers to comment on all stories posted on our website. While we’ve appreciated the suggestions and insights, the time has come to shut them down — at least temporarily.

While we champion free speech, facts are a matter of life and death during the coronavirus pandemic, and right now Seven Days is prioritizing the production of responsible journalism over moderating online debates between readers.

To criticize, correct or praise our reporting, please send us a letter to the editor. Or send us a tip. We’ll check it out and report the results.

Online comments may return when we have better tech tools for managing them. Thanks for reading.

Keep up with us Seven Days a week!

Sign up for our fun and informative

All content © 2022 Da Capo Publishing, Inc. 255 So. Champlain St. Ste. 5, Burlington, VT 05401

Advertising Policy  |  Privacy Policy  |  Contact Us  |  About Us  |  Help
Website powered by Foundation