Merchant's Hall has been Rutland's premiere event space since it
opened in 2010. The management team strives to meet the region's
entertainment needs by hosting everything from plays and poetry
readings to rock concerts. The Hall operates with the talented
Jacob Patorti as artistic director and focuses on being
community-oriented. Productions like The Rocky Horror Picture Show
are local favorites while events like the critically acclaimed
Stage Series offer workshops and hands-on learning.
Patorti's success has recently been recognized in New York City
and, on July 5, he will have the opportunity to direct The Four
Seasons at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, a gorgeously kept
Synagogue built in 1849 in New York. The creator, Charles Mee, is
considered one of America's greatest living playwrights and was
instantly impressed with Patorti's vision for producing. The cast
of 130 features many Vermonters including several students from his
"We're bringing a lot of fabulous folks and bringing a piece of
Vermont to New York," Patorti says. "This is not a very commercial
piece. There are so many messages in this play, not least of which
is 'realize what you have before you've lost it.' A lot of this
play deals with ancestors and the departed and how they guide the
living," he said. "In an outrageously modern world, it is important
to stop and smell the roses and enjoy the people around you. I
think Vermont does that very well."
The play is billed as being "an electric experience that rotates
around the continued patterns we as human beings encounter each and
every day. Weaving in and out of life, love, death, the changing of
seasons, chance encounters, and numerous cups of coffee, this
ensemble piece never stops moving."
Patorti started playing piano and singing at the age of 14 as a
student at Rutland High School but he knew immediately that he
wanted to go further and direct a play. He realized that dream
incredibly quickly, directing a production of The Legend of Sleepy
Hollow at the Paramount Theater in 2005 at the age of 15.
He attended Marymount Manhattan College for theater arts and
directing and split his time between New York and Vermont. It has
been Patorti's dream (one that he shares with many Merchant's Hall
members) to bring a production to New York City that highlights
Vermont participants and sensibilities and he looks forward to the
July 5 opening. A group from Merchant's hall is planning to travel
down for the event.
For more info visit www.thefourseasons.com or