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A hit at Actors Theatre of Louisville and later Off-Broadway, A Weekend Near Madison takes place during a reunion of college friends now in their early thirties. Vanessa arrives with her lesbian lover Sammy for a weekend visit with her college friends David, his wife Doe, and his younger brother Jim - her ex-lover. As Vanessa asks Jim to father her child, the play charts the funny journey of the four friends’ political alliances, especially the chasm that has opened up between men and political women.

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Kathleen Tolan’s play Memory House premiered at Playwrights Horizons in Spring ‘05, and has been produced at many theatres, including the Actors Theatre of Louisville, Victory Gardens, Seattle Rep and Trinity Rep. Other plays include Kate’s Diary (Playwrights Horizons and the Public Theatre), A Girl’s Life (Trinity Rep), The Wax (Playwrights Horizons) and A Weekend Near Madison (Actors Theatre of Louisville, Astor Place Theatre). The Cottage had a reading with the Steppenwolf Company. Her new play, I Was Reading a Novel by Javier Marías, recently had a reading at Classic Stage Company. Numerous commissions include from the Public Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Classic Stage Company, Trinity Repertory Theatre and Seattle Repertory Theatre. She received a McKnight Fellowship, a Calder Fellowship, a Thornton Wilder Fellowship, a NYFA Fellowship, two Sundance Residencies, and was a finalist for the Susan Blackburn Prize. Residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony (multiple times), and Hedgebrook. Plays published by Samuel French, Dramatist Play Service and Playscripts. Associate Professor and Head of MFA Playwriting at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers, and teaches a playwriting class at Barnard College.

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Director Mel Tuck's Notes

It’s a little over a decade since the pill and burn-the-bra. It is a few years short of AIDS. It’s 1979. We have the changing face of male and female relationships. Men are struggling to find a new identity and are faced with the old perceptions. Women are creating a new world. This play is reminiscent of Lawrence Kasdan's film The Big Chill.


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Gina Leon as VANESSA

Phyllis Ho as SAMMY

Michael    Germant as JIMMY

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Zoran Vukelic as DAVID

Jessica Brown as DOTTY




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Video: Fringe - A Weekend Near Madison - Lesbian lovers and politics between men and women


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A Weekend Near Madison

in the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Program Guide

Pages 31, 32, 34, 50, 62


Part of Vancouver Fringe Festival 2015

September 12 – 20, 2015

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Produced by

 Michael Germant and Gina Leon


Jayme Cowley

 Stage Manager

Monique Fillon


Leann Yutuc

Showtimes / Tickets

 Sat,  Sept 12 2015, 7:40 pm

Tue,  Sept 15 2015, 7:00 pm

Thur, Sept 17 2015, 5:15 pm

Fri,   Sept 18 2015, 7:35 pm

Sat, Sept 19 2015, 12:30 pm

Sun, Sept 20 2015, 8:35 pm