Actor, musicians, activism

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Actor and animal-rights activist Alec Baldwin was among those on stage (where he told a few stories and recited a poem by animal activist Heather Leughmyer) at the Castleton Festival’s “A Time to Break Silence,” a moving program of music, video and talk — from an affable and unnerving presentation on factory-farm animal abuse by Mercy for Animals’ Susan Weingartner, to Darfur Women Action Group founder Niemat Ahmadi’s harrowing portrait of the systematic assault on women in her homeland by Sudanese militia groups.

The program Saturday night at Castleton Theatre House was the third in an annual series organized by Orson Maazel, son of Castleton Festival founders Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel. Castleton alum Devone Tines brought the crowd to its feet with his distinctive baritone reading of  “We Shall Overcome,” with pianist Michael Schachter and guitarist Jay Costa. Posing for the group photo after the performance — and before a memorable vegan buffet for the cast and Castleton friends and supporters — are (from left): Dietlinde Maazel, Tines, Costa, Ahmadi, Orson Maazel, Weingartner, Schachter, Leughmyer and Baldwin.

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