Past Projects

Past Projects:

"I can't write about my mother - but I bet I could write about yours."

Date: Sunday, May 6 - 4:00 p.m.
Place: Off Center for the Dramatic Arts (294 North Winooski Ave., Suite 116C, Burlington)
Tickets: $10 at the door (reserve by emailing

Join Complications Company and BurlingtonVT Moms Blog at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts for a fun afternoon of staged readings about all that is marvelous and infuriating about moms!

Local playwrights (including Meredith GordonSeth JarvisEmer Pond Feeney and Kim Jordan, among many other stellar writers) had 24 hours to write a short play based on ANOTHER playwright's mother. 

A company of local actors (Cael BarkmanKaren LefkoeSarah Mell and Jena Necrason) together with directors Laura Roald and Mary Beth McNulty have five hours to bring these brand new plays to life. 

This weekend is a theatrical intensive on bringing ideas to the stage quick, with passion, style, wit and flair.

Representatives of the BurlingtonVT Moms Blog will serve as our blue-panel judges to crown one of these newly minted fictional characters Mom of the Year!

This unusual writer showcase is a culmination of a crazy weekend of shotgun theatrical creativity, and we want to invite everyone down to Off Center to celebrate motherhood as a fun wind-up to Mother's Day the following weekend. 

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. If you would like to reserve a seat, please email All reserved seats will be released five minutes before the show begins at 4:00 p.m.

International Women’s Voices Day – Vermont Edition

What is this?

On January 21, 2018, theatre makers and lovers around the world will gather for free readings of unproduced plays by women playwrights.  In solidarity with women playwrights around the globe and in celebration of the voices here at home, Complications Company is producing a community showcase reading and potluck dinner event to highlight the strong women’s voices on the stages of Vermont.

When and where is this?

The readings and potluck will take place on Sunday, January 21, 2018 – the first anniversary of the historic Women’s March.  The event begins at 5:00 PM and will run until 8:00 PM. We will be meeting at the Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington.

Whose Work Will We Hear?

We will hear short excerpts from unproduced works by:

Kathryn Blume

Meredith Gordon 
Monica Callan
Mary Beth McNulty
Jeanne Beckwith
Jessica Barnum
Joy Cohen and Dylana Dillon
Emer Feeney 
Nancy Sugarman
Carole Vasta Folley
Lesley Becker
Chris Caswell
Erica Furgiuele
Pamela Formica
Eva McKend
Nicole Higgins DeSmet
Sarah Evans
Alice Eckles
Emily Rosenbaum
Gianna Petito
Barbara Soros

We look forward to celebrating Vermont’s women playwright voices with you!

(And trying your world-famous mac and cheese.)

Making Babies and Other Complications 

"Where do babies come from?"
(Usually. That is, hopefully. I mean - ideally.)

Where we come from isn't nearly as complicated as what comes next. 

Complications Company presented an anthology production exploring the tangles of life after birth.

Making Babies and Other Complications featured seven short works by Mary Beth McNulty, was directed by Laura Roald, and performed by Chris Caswell, Alex Nicosia, John Milton Oliver and Cael Barkman. 

April 20-23, 2017 at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts.
Thursday, April 20 - 7:30 PM
Friday, April 21- 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 22 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 22 - 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 23 - 4:00 PM

There will be a Pay-What-You-Can Preview Wednesday, April 19 at 7:30 PM

Complications Company at Wrecking Ball: F**k 2016

Complications Company joined other local Vermont artists onstage at the first ever Wrecking Ball on December 17, 2016.  
wrecking ball

In the spirit of immediate creation inspired by current events, Complications Company presented Bird's Nest by Mary Beth McNulty and Why You Should Not Move To Canada By Your Canadian Friend Laura by Laura Roald.

Complications Company at the 2016 Burlington Fringe Festival

Complications Company had two offerings at the Burlington Fringe Festival at Off Center for the Dramatic Arts in October 2016

No(h) Mom 

by Mary Beth McNulty

June wants a nice afternoon in the woods with her beautiful young daughters. Is that too much to ask? The hyper-vigilance of modern motherhood meets the formal beauty of ancient theater in No(h) Mom.

featuring Tracey Girdich, Andy Krackow, Penelope DeRosset, Chip Patullo, Noah Patullo, Alana Torraca.

directed by Laura Roald

Thoughts and Prayers 

by Laura Roald

Annabeth is at the laundromat every Sunday to do laundry and watch her Netflix. Today, the wifi is down -and she decides to speak. Guns, God, and grief all hit the spin cycle in a wry look at the aftermath of tragedy.

featuring Laura Roald

directed by Mary Beth McNulty