​Bamberwood, a musical play


1972. Sex, drugs…and ballet? In this Shakespeare-inspired comedy, Bronx-born ballet dancer, Rudy Critoni, is fired from his company after ruffling a few too many tutus. Nobody wants a 40-year-old ballet dancer, except maybe the Army—for another tour of Vietnam.  Rudy’s wary ex-girlfriend arranges one last chance: a summer job teaching dance at the freewheeling Vermont hippie college where she is a faculty member. But the sexual revolution is going strong at Bamberwood, and if Rudy succumbs, he’ll go too.

  • Two-act comedy

  • Cast size: 3 women, 2 men

  • Minimal set

  • Running time: 2 hours

  • Productions: Premiered at Met Theatre, Hollywood, CA., 1997; Staged reading, L.A. Theatre Works

Bamberwood can be produced as a straight comedy or with dance sequences. 


Praise for Bamberwood

…abundance of charm and wit ...
— Los Angeles Times
…Dahl’s comedy about the ‘70s spins its own sweet brand of magic.
— LA Weekly
...billed as a romantic comedy, Kirsten Dahl’s sprightly romp is a beautifully synergistic union of theater and dance...
— Buzz Magazine

Watch two excerpts from the 1997 Los Angeles production of Bamberwood.

Washed up ballet dancer, Rudy Critoni, arrives to teach for the summer term at Bamberwood College.

As dance student Thea struggles to learn new steps, inspiration arrives. In the next scene, Rudy's students show off some original takes on ballet.