February 16th, 2010

Susan Beard Stages “Voices From Chernobyl”

by Philip Baruth

Longtime VDB-reader Susan Beard took a long look at the Vermont Yankee radiation situation, and decided to stage her own production of “Voices From Chernobyl” down Rutland way. You can’t get any more affecting than this particular play, and you can’t get any more wonderful than Susan, so we highly recommend attending if you happen to be free that afternoon. — PB

Dear VDB,

In 2005, Svetlana Alexievich wrote an award-winning book called Voices from Chernobyl, which was a compilation of interviews she did with survivors of the 1986 nuclear power plant melt-down in Chernobyl, Ukraine.

Between 2001 and 2003, playwright Spencer Smith of Burlington was in the Ukraine as a volunteer with the Peace Corps and saw the effects of radiation poisoning first hand. After a second visit to the area in 2006, she decided to adapt portions of Svetlana’s newly-translated book into a play.

Since the Vermont Legislature must vote soon about whether or not to extend Vermont Yankee’s operating license, it would seem prudent for all of us to know much more about the longterm effects of radiation in the event of more serious failures at our own nuclear plant.

There will be a free performance of the play “Voices from Chernobyl” for the Rutland area on Saturday afternoon, February 20, 2010, at 2:00 PM. It will be held on the second floor of the Rutland Free Library in the Nella Grimm Fox Room, 10 Court Street, Rutland.

Due to the disturbing nature of the play’s subject matter, it is NOT recommended for anyone younger than high school age. A question and answer period will follow, led by Jake Stewart of New England Coalition.

susan beard, super-reader
Susan and I saying hello at the Hamburger Summit.

Parking is available next door in the main lot of the Grace Congregational Church. There is an elevator in the library for those who cannot climb the stairs. For additional information, click on the link above and then click on Calendar, or e-mail , preferably BEFORE February 20!



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