New play puts Vermont author’s work on stage

Montpelier’s Lost Nation Theater next month will bring to life the first adaptation of a novel by Vermont author Howard Frank Moser.

“Disappearances” was written for the stage by the group’s resident playwright Kim Allen Bent. The book was Moser’s first novel published in 1977.

The story centers on a teen, “Wild Bill” and his larger-than-life father, “Quebec Bill”, who set out to save the family farm by running Canadian whiskey in Prohibition Era Vermont. On a journey through the wilderness, they encounter a host of wild characters and adventures ensue.

Moser, who died in January 2017, was a prolific Vermont author of mostly fiction whose stories were set in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The Lost Nation production is the first time any Mosher novel has been adapted for the stage.

The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, Oct. 4-21 with curtain times at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees at City Hall Theater. A special gala is planned for Oct. 5.

For more information and tickets call 229-0492 or visit online at

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