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News ABBY PAIGE PERFORMS "PIECEWORK: WHEN WE WERE FRENCH," MARCH 5

MARLBORO, VT - (February 23, 2010) - Marlboro College presents "Piecework: When We Were French," a one-woman show written and performed by Abby Paige at 8:00pm on Friday, March 5 in the Whittemore Theater.

Commissioned for the Champlain Quadricentennial Celebration in Burlington, Vermont, "Piecework" explores the legacy of French-Canadian immigration to New England. Paige conducted a series of exploratory interviews with Franco-Americans to create ten dramatic character monologues that explore how we remember, what we choose to forget, and how we piece together the present from the scraps that are handed down to us by preceding generations.

Tickets will be available at the door. Advance reservations can be made by calling 802-451-7151. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and under.

"Piecework" premiered last summer at Burlington's Champlain 400 festival, selling out each night and exceeding audience expectations. Theatergoers voiced appreciation for Paige's poignant, humorous, authentic, and entertaining performance. Burlington City Arts has re-mounted the theater production that will tour to four Vermont towns, including Marlboro.

Paige has worked for Kingdom County Productions as a writer and actor on Jay Craven's comedy TV series, "Windy Acres" and his Queen City Radio Hour. She also partnered with Bess O'Brien on KCP's "Voices Project" and O'Brien's subsequent film, "Shout It Out." Paige also performed in Lost Nation Theater's 2008 revival of David Budbill's play, "Judevine."

"Piecework: When We Were French" is produced by Burlington City Arts in association with Lost Nation Theater, Marlboro College, Middlebury Town Hall Theater, Kingdom County Productions and the Alliance Francaise.

This Vermont Tour is being coordinated with the Francophone Fortnight (La Quinzaine de la Francophonie) activities promoted by the Quebec Delegation, Boston, and the French Consulate General of Boston. For more information, contact Jay Craven at jcraven@marlboro.edu.

Images available upon request. For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations department at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. In the event of inclement weather, please call 802-451-7151 for cancellation information.

For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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