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Winds of Change is a drama about a family transformed as wind energy towers go up on a mountain ridge behind their farmhouse.
Winds of Change is a drama about a family transformed as wind energy towers go up on a mountain ridge behind their farmhouse.
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WHAT IS IT?

Winds of Change is a play slated to open in Burlington, Vermont on February 14th.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Winds of Change is a drama about a family transformed as wind energy towers go up on a mountain ridge. Written by Vermont playwright Lesley Becker, the play is set in a town enmeshed in heated controversy as their rural community undergoes momentous changes during construction of a large-scale utility project.

Emily Lyons as Deirdre pleads with her father, played by Bob Carmody, as the company representative, played by Mary Scripps, and a neighbor, played by Karen Geiger, urge him to consider carefully the leasing of the mountain ridge.
Emily Lyons as Deirdre pleads with her father, played by Bob Carmody, as the company representative, played by Mary Scripps, and a neighbor, played by Karen Geiger, urge him to consider carefully the leasing of the mountain ridge.

The venue is Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington, Vermont.

The play examines the impact on the lives of families living close by the wind towers, and the tension between competing values. Community integrity and a beloved way of life are weighed against the looming threat of climate change and the real need for renewable energy.

Each character has hopes and dreams - the new neighboring wind power utility impacts their future in unimaginable ways.

Annette Smith, executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment describes the play as having “powerful insights into a changing landscape”.

Winds of Change has a Facebook page, where there are more photos from rehearsals.

This production features Bob Carmody as the father, Emily Lyons as the daughter, Karen Geiger as the neighbor, Charles Yarwood as the son, Mary Scripps as the company representative, Jayden Choquette as the returning veteran and Johannes Garrett as the town board chair. Lesley Becker is the director.

Lighting is by Jeffrey E. Salzberg , and set design is by Jean Cannon.

Jean's design for the farmhouse kitchen
Jean's design for the farmhouse kitchen

WHERE WILL YOUR MONEY GO?

We need your help. The budget for the production, which includes theater rental, special effects lighting (designed to portray what it can be like living near a wind tower) and set construction, is $5400. Your pledge will go directly to production expenses.  In House Productions was formed by Lesley Becker (director/producer/playwright) and Clara Bond (production assistant) in order to mount this timely production. 

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Risks and challenges

Live theater is unpredictable, but ultimately that's what makes it so exciting. Winds of Change has a talented and hard-working cast working with a production team that understands the difficulties of putting up a play.

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