Home Arts Performing Arts Pushcart Productions Presents World Premiere of Original Play, ‘Act 39’

Pushcart Productions Presents World Premiere of Original Play, ‘Act 39’

Act 39 rehearsal photo: J.T. Turner as Rob and Donny Osman as Bill. Photo courtesy of Pushcart Productions.
What do you do when your best friend, dying of cancer, asks you to help end his life?

“Act 39,” written by Montpelier’s Rob Mermin, is the true story of what happened when Rob’s friend decided to use Vermont’s medical-aid-in-dying law, known as Act 39. It is a soulful, humor-filled story of friendship and exposes the vulnerability of the human spirit when facing mortality head-on.

Presented by Pushcart Productions, “Act 39” is directed by Monica Callan and stars Donny Osman, J.T. Turner, Maren Langdon Spillane, and Dominic Spillane. Tickets are available now at sevendaystickets.com/organizations/across-roads-center-for-the-arts with a
suggested donation of $20. Advance ticketing is recommended; pay-as-you-can admission may be available at door 30 minutes prior to each show.

This timely play will run June 22 to July 2 at the Haybarn Theater at Goddard College. Talk-backs, including Patient Choices Vermont representatives, will follow the June 23, 25, and July 2 performances. The production is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council, Across Roads Center for the Arts, Plainfield Arts, Goddard College, and Patient Choices Vermont.

Mermin is the founder of Vermont’s Circus Smirkus. He ran off to join the circus world in 1969 and toured with circuses throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and the former Soviet Union, after training in the art of mime with life-long mentor Marcel Marceau. Rob’s awards include Copenhagen’s World Star-Time Gold Clown; The Bessie Award; Russia’s Best Director Prize at The International Festival on the Black Sea; The Lund Center’s It Takes a Village Award; the Vermont Arts Council Award of Merit; and the 2008 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. 

Producer and a lead actor Donny Osman, of Plainfield, founded The Two Penny Circus, played a leadership role in founding Circus Smirkus, was the director of Vermont’s Governor’s Institute on the Arts for more than two decades, and served three terms in the legislature as a state representative.