Water, Water, Everywhere...
By Eric Peterson
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"Water, Water, Everywhere..." is set in a fictional small town Walloomsac, Vermont where a factory has been spewing Perfluorootaonic acid (PFOA) from exhaust stacks and then built up over several years in the groundwater and soil. Similar things happened in Bennington and nearby Hoosick Falls, New York. But playwright and Oldcastle's Producing Artistic Director, Eric Peterson, cautions that the play is fiction, not a documentary.
"It certainly was inspired by what occurred locally," Peterson said, but plot elements have been added to make it both a mystery and a play focusing on many people affected by the contaminated water."
Much of the play revolves around the local newspaper which is facing a difficult financial situation and is in danger of closing. Two young reporters team up with a veteran editor to bring the story to their readers. Peterson, a former columnist for both the Bennington Banner and the Berkshire Eagle, has written often about Vermont themes in plays such as "Civil Union," His new play had a successful reading at Writer's Theatre in New Jersey early this year. "The reading was a great help in the development process," according the Peterson. We had done a reading at Oldcastle in-house without an audience, then it was substantially rewritten. The Writer's Theatre reading had an attentive audience and a lively Q and A followed. Then more rewriting. I hope to have one more reading with an audience before rehearsals begin."
The cast of seven is scheduled to include Howe and another Oldcastle favorite, Christine Decker who received plaudits for her performance as Mary in last season's "Long Day's Journey into Night." Peterson will direct.