Bryon Schmidt in rehearsal with actors David Belvedere and Jacey Fountain.

Schmidt Directs “Sleeping Indoors”

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Thursday October 11, 2018

When director Bryon Schmidt first read the script for “Sleeping Indoors,” he was considering several plays as possibilities for the Shelburne Players fall production.

“This one really jumped out at me. It’s a play that I couldn’t put down,” he said.

A comedic drama about a homeless man who is invited to Christmas dinner, “Sleeping Indoors” premieres at the Shelburne Town Center, 5420 Shelburne Road, Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m., and continues its run through Oct. 20.

Written by Jim Holt, the play tells the story of a literary reviewer, Paul, and his wife, Nora, who invite Dwain, into their home. The two are unexpectedly charmed by their guest and discover Dwain’s journal might be a literary masterpiece. The play examines whether Dwain, whose art thrives in anonymity, can be convinced to give up the only life he’s known for such comforts as sleeping indoors.

Schmidt describes “Sleeping Indoors” as “a play that makes you stop and think about those who might be overlooked.”

An eight-year resident of South Burlington, Schmidt has been involved in theater since he was young. In college, he assisted with technical aspects of productions and notes.

“I took directing as a course and even directed a few shows,” he said. “I have always enjoyed the creative process.”

More recently, Schmidt had roles in the Essex Community Players productions of “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and “Dracula.”
Having first joined the Shelburne Players three years ago, Schmidt initially acted in a few productions. He first directed for the community theatre group in the spring of 2017 with two one act comedies, “The Real Inspector Hound” by Tom Stoppard and “Black Comedy” by Peter Shaffer.

“I enjoy the process of going from concept to finished product, and what evolves over that period,” Schmidt said, adding, “The most challenging part would be making sure everything is coordinated just so. Fortunately, productions are not a one-man job, and I have a great team to assist with everything.”

For more information about the production, visit Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Shelburne Market or reserved online.