6 Women@60 in 2006

The Plays & Actors

Mimi and Me by Kitty Dubin

Directed by Alex Maclay

Thursday and Friday Performances

Mimi Mandelbaum ...................Susan K Bauchner
Tindy O’Malley .................Khrystina Pryani Gomis

Saturday & Sunday Performances

Mimi Mandelbaum .................Mary McKhan
Tindy O’Malley ..............Carla Kotas Lewis


The Airport Encounter by Linda Holland Rathkopf

Directed by Ruth Ann Pattee

Thursday and Friday Performances

Miriam .............Sally Reisner
Dr. Starno .............Michael LeMay

Saturday & Sunday Performances

Miriam ..............Vickie Trihy
Dr. Starno ...........Michael LeMay


Felicity's Family Tree by Nancy Gall-Clayton

Directed by Alex Maclay

Felicity Green ............Jennifer Howard
Myra Fields...... ...........Jane Lolax

The Missing Zygote by Donna Guthrie

Directed by Teresa Langston

Angel #1 Ellen Trevarthen
Angel #2 Suzanne Peterson
Angel #3 Barbara Smith


Sadie & Ida  by Susan Shafer

Directed by Ruth Ann Pattee

Thursday and Friday Performances

Sadie Suki Wallingford
Ida Joyce Crabtree

Saturday & Sunday Performances

Sadie Tamme Haskell
Ida Linda Brownell


She and He by Judith Estrine

Directed by Teresa Langston

A Woman ..........Sarah Brock

A Man ................Sal Spinosa

About the Project  

“You only go round once, kiddo, and if you screw it up, you only got yourself to blame.” So says Mimi, an outspoken ninety-year-old nursing home resident in the delightfully optimistic short play, Mimi and Me, by award-winning playwright and playwriting professor Kitty Dubin. Along with five other short plays directed specifically at the issue of aging American women, Dubin’s work is part of the unique traveling drama festival called “6 Women @ 60 in 2006.” Previous festivals held in Florida , Kentucky , Colorado , California and New York met with rave reviews.  

The Valley Players of Waitsfield, Vermont is very pleased to be host the sixth and final celebration of the creativity and energy of the mature(ing) woman on October 19 – 22. All six playwrights will be gathered together for the first time in this muti-state festival at the Valley Players Theater.  


The festival each evening includes staged readings of the 6 short plays performed and directed by local directors: Teresa Langston, Alex Maclay and Ruth Ann Pattee and local actors followed by talk back with the playwrights and of course, birthday cake. 

Thursday, October 19 will be a fundraiser for Central Vermont Battered Women Services including a catered reception at 6 pm. The reception includes a light finger food supper starting at 6:30 and curtain at 7:30 pm. Tickets for the benefit are $20.

Curtain on Friday and Saturday is 7:30. On Sunday, October 22 curtain  is a matinee only at 2 pm. Tickets are $10 or $6 for anyone 60 or older  


In addition, the Valley Players will offer the following related events

  • Saturday, October 21: Playwrights’ Brown Bag Lunch Conversation. This is an opportunity to discuss the art and business of playwriting with the 6 playwrights and others from around the area.


Playwrights and other participants are encouraged to contact the VP at 496-3751 or email  with questions and topics for the group to discuss.

  • Sunday, October 22: A pot-luck lunch Forum on “Women and Aging” featuring a number of prominent women in the fields of health, business, social services and government.  


Both Forums are Free and Open to the public. Please let us know you are coming  by email or call 802-583-1674

  • The 6 winning poems written by Vermont women 60 and over are included in the playbill. All 30 of the poems that were submitted will be exhibited

  • An art show of works by Vermont women 60 and older is  displayed in the small gallery in the theater



How the Project began….

When Donna Guthrie of California and Colorado and her sister playwright, Nancy Gall-Clayton of Kentucky, invited four other female playwrights, all celebrating their sixtieth birthdays this year, to help create a blockbuster sixtieth-birthday celebration, “6 Women @ 60 in 2006” was conceived. Each woman submitted a short play that reveals her take on the issues related to women’s aging in America .  

“6 Women @60 in 2006” is an artistic response to the lack of progress in the portrayal of older women on stage and screen. Answering subtle sexism and marketing myopia with candid humor and pointed dialog, the six authors have created remarkably brilliant plays that are sure to draw both laughter and sighs. All are simply staged and, in the hands of gifted local actors, ready to pierce to the bone in spite of the laughs. Donna Guthrie, the creative force behind the project, explains “This is a grassroots production, purposely done on a small budget. I am particularly excited about working with local directors and actors in small theaters across the nation.”