In a milestone moment, theater department alum Stephanie Everett '19 will be performing her award-winning autobiographical solo piece It's Fine, I'm Fine in-person at Northern Stage in White River Junction VT this fall. Along with two other New England theaters, Northern Stage is the first professionial organization in the country to have received permission from the Actor's Equity Association to mount an indoor production with a live audience since the COVID-19 crisis prompted a shutdown of professional theaters across the country last March. The New York Times recently covered the announcement, billing the moment as "a pandemic first" (read the full NYT article here).
Originally performed in the Bentley Theater at Dartmouth as the culmination of an independent study project, It's Fine, I'm Fine addresses the repurcussions of chronic traumatic brain injury, offering a window into the tumult of a modern-day adolescence made increasingly difficult by unseen disability and advocating for compassion in the face of all of our invisible struggles. The play was subsequently performed in New York City as part of the 2019 United Solo Festival, the world's largest solo performance festival, where it was honored as "Best Festival Debut". Northern Stage, a professional theater run by Artistic Director and Dartmouth Professor Carol Dunne, will implement a range of safety precautiuons including requiring masks, seating only 44 people in a 240-seat theatre, upgrading HVAC filters, and frequent COVID testing.