Last train for Shirley, VT

by Alicia Anstead

If you missed the train leaving for Shirley, Vermont, the fictional town of playwright Annie Baker, there's still time to get onboard.

Shirley, you ask? Surely, you jest!

Yes, Shirley -- which was the setting for a month-long three-play festival of Baker's work by three theaters in the Boston community: Huntington Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company and Company One. The Huntington's production of "Circle Mirror Transformation" closed last week, but "Body Awareness" at SpeakEasy and "The Aliens" at Company One -- featuring Harvard freshman Jacob Brandt '14 -- both continue through Nov. 20 at the Boston Center for the Arts.

You can track down lots of reviews of the plays, both in the Boston press and in the New York Times. But we recommend you watch this marathon walk video down Shirley's streets with Stephanie Troisi at the Harvard Office for the Arts and Julie Hennrikus from Emerson College. You can also stream a WGBH interview with the three directors of the three plays.

Harvard students with valid ID receive a $10 discount for "Body Awareness" and can get rush tickets for $14 an hour before the show (with valid ID). For "The Aliens," Harvard students with valid ID receive a $5 discount.

Last call for Shirley, Vermont!

[Caption: Jacob Brandt '14, with "The Aliens" co-actors Nael Nacer and Alex Pollock. Photo courtesy Company One. ]