LRT presents new and classic plays, driven by innovative direction, canny design and great acting. Audiences share in a unique theatrical intimacy that draws each observer into a more personal relationship with the play.
In the summer of 2012, a production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull was intended as a 25th wedding anniversary gift between founders Randolyn Zinn and Allen McCullough. After the potent combination of sitting close to the action resonated with audiences and actors alike, a theatre company was born.
Making theatre is a collaborative art.
LRT strives to make the world of each play multifaceted by using the outdoors, site specific spaces, found materials, music, movement and unusual staging techniques to bring scripts alive.
We rehearse with good cheer and imagination, exploring characters' needs and conflicts in thorough scene work and improvisation to reveal the depths and breadths of each script.
Founders Randolyn Zinn & Allen McCullough have worked in professional theatre for many years...
Randolyn has directed Adam & Evie, Men of Tortuga (Vt & NYC) The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, Exit The King and Playing With Fire for the company. Other productions include her own Portrait of Frida, The House of Bernarda Alba, Vinegar Tom, Our Town, and All My Sons for The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Circle in the Square, Juilliard, and The Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall. New Georges produced her play Frank/Frank in New York, which she also directed. Her play Lucy’s Wedding has been read at E. S. T., Dorset Theatre Festival, and Manhattan Theatre Club. A recent reading of her newest play, The Anniversary Party, featured Austin Pendleton in a title role.
Her choreographic work includes the original Pulitzer-prize-winning production of Sunday in the Park with George on Broadway, Guys and Dolls at the Guthrie, as well as two Shakespeare plays with director Liviu Cuilei; Electra, and Ring Round The Moon at Juilliard with Michael Kahn; Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat with the New York Philharmonic, and Jack Heifner’s Colette: Music Hall Sidelights at the Lion Theatre Co. She also choreographed two films starring Harvey Keitel, and has taught actors at Julliard and is currently teaching Physical Acting at Circle in the Square Professional Theatre School.
Zinn is also a writer. Two of her short stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her novel won the 2003 Chapbook Competition at the New School, where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing. She has taught fiction and playwriting at Pace University and contributed essays to the online digest 3Quarksdaily.com.
Allen, a co-founder, director, producer and actor at LRT, has played James in Circle Mirror, Trigorin in The Seagull, Dr. Astrov in Uncle Vanya, Gayev in The Cherry Orchard, Guard 2 in Exit the King, Tom Avery in Men of Tortuga (VT and NYC) and directed G.B.Shaw's Overruled for LRT. He can be seen in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon, The Kindergarten Teacher with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Vinyl on HBO, Law And Order C.I., on film Martha Marcy May Marlene. Stage work; Roundabout; Amy & the Orphans, and the National tour of Twelve Angry Men, various at the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Private Lives, The Real Thing, All My Sons, Playboy of the Western World at Hubbard Hall. Recent work; in New York City, LRT's Men of Tortuga, Salieri in Amadeus at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Harold Pinter’s Ashes to Ashes directed by Austin Pendleton, at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre as Duke Fredrick /Senior in As You Like It & Lord Montague in Romeo and Juliet, Malvolio in Twelfth Night, at Baltimore’s Center Stage. allenmcc.com
Our work in Vermont has been staged on the grounds of Historic Park-McCullough House. We thank its Board and Members, the Fund for North Bennington, private donors, and volunteers who make this unique theater experience possible.
Historic Park-McCullough House
1 Park Street
Bennington VT 05257
Reservations phone: 802. 442. 5322