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Pioneer Valley Theatre News April 8, 2021

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April 8 - 28, 2021


This week: check out Tartuffe at Springfield College, and then get your tickets for all the shows coming next week: including Theatre Between Addresses reading of These and Those on the 15th or Restoring Community: Valley Writers Inspiring Theatre from CitySpace on the 18th. Links and more details about it all below. 

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The next issue will include events from April 15 through May 5. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at pioneervalleytheatre@gmail.com

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THIS WEEK IN THEATRE NEWS:
from Howlround

Puppets in Protest
by Sarah Plummer

From the article: 

In the United States, the 1960s saw the blossoming of political street theatre to address social and political tensions of the time. The San Francisco Mime Troupe, for instance, challenged racial inequality and El Teatro Campesino performed pro-labor skits during the Delano Grape Strike. These and similar companies used meager material resources and public spaces to challenge a culture of oppression.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me! pioneervalleytheatre@gmail.com
PERFORMANCES

Springfield College Theater presents
Tartuffe: the Hypocrite! by Moliere
April 8, 9, 10 at 7:00 pm and April 10 at 2:00 pm
Springfield College Simpson Fine Arts Series Zoom Webinar - 993 9943 8926

The funniest comic masterpiece ever about how good people can be deceived by a dangerous hypocrite who only pretends to be virtuous! Orgon, the father of a normal family, forbids the joys and engagement wishes of his children in obedience to his cherished house guest, the righteous and puritanical “man of faith,” Tartuffe! What will happen when he discovers this so-called “godly man” has illicit interests in his own wife?

This production will be presented online combining live actors and recorded scenes, and delightfully incorporating the homespun techniques of Toy Theater, featuring simple flat puppets, in a playfully imaginative Zoom-scape.

Join the Springfield College Theater actors for this delightful event!
From the New England New Play Alliance:

Virtual Theatre
and Audio Plays

 

Central Square Theatre and Catalyst Collaborative@MIT present
an online workshop production of
Young Nerds of Color
by Melinda Lopez
April 8-11
directed by Dawn M. Simmons

Streaming as part of The Britt D'Arbeloff Women & Science Theatre Festival, a month-long festival celebrating women, theater, science, and the innovation that unites them all, Young Nerds of Color investigates the field of science from the perspective of the people who are underrepresented, people of color, women, ethnic minorities and people from low income families, through the sharing of personal and surprising stories. Ultimately, if scientists need to come together to solve society’s greatest existential problems, we will need a culture welcoming the greatest diversity of voices. Only together, will we truly discover what is possible. Tickets: free, donation requested.

 

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre presents
Boston Theater Marathon XXIII
now-May 28

Boston Theater Marathon XXIII: Special Zoom Edition features readings of 10-minute plays by New England playwrights in collaboration with New England theatres. Audiences are encouraged to lend their support to area theatre companies and to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in need. The readings begin at noon each day, with the exception of Sundays. A question-and-answer session follows each play. This week's plays:

First Date, QT Style
by Donna Sorbello
April 6
sponsored by The Wilbury Theatre Group
A comic piece about middle age online dating that doesn’t go where you think it will.

This is Not America 
by David Valdes
April 7
sponsored by Huntington Theatre Company
Former strangers, now comrades, meet up at a D.C. liquor store to stock up and celebrate their victory at the Capitol on January 6.

Teeter
by Elijah Vazquez
April 8
sponsored by Playwrights’ Platform
Normal. What truly is it? Two friends ride a see-saw in an abandoned park in the future, trying to find a connection in a world of forced isolation.

North Pole Noir
by Patrick Gabridge
April 9
sponsored by Acropolis Stage Company
A dark look at the underside of the North Pole, as detective Harvey the Elf tries to solve the murder of Frosty the Snowman.

Pole Position
by Michael Towers
April 10
sponsored by Forge Theatre Company
Deidre’s statistics teacher, Mr. Johnson, asks to see her after class with the intention of discussing her slipping work, but their conversation begs the question: Exactly who’s in the driver’s seat?

The Come Up
by Miranda Austen ADEkoje
April 12
sponsored by Front Porch Arts Collective
An actress and social media influencer clashes with her agent when she wants to move in a new direction.

Mother Goose’s Grave
by Amy Bennett-Zendzian
April 13
sponsored by Greater Boston Stage Company
Mary tries to raise Mother Goose from the grave to help her with her history homework, but she raises the genteel Mrs. Ball instead. Mrs. Ball wants Mary to raise her husband, but instead, they both must face the Great Molasses Flood victims that Mary accidentally raised as well.

Tickets: free, click “purchase tickets” to join the reading.

 

Victim Advocacy Services presents
Gutless & Grateful
by Amy Oestreicher
April 8

Gutless & Grateful is the one-woman musical autobiography of Amy Oestreicher. It takes her audience on a journey of hope, resilience, and gratitude. The show is presented as part of Stay In and Stand Up, five events in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. RSVP here: $15, or $50 for all five.

 

Teatro Chelsea presents
A-Típico: A New Latinx Play Festival
April 9-10 & 15-17

A-Típico is a two-week festival of online, new-play workshops that aims to showcase and expand the focus on underrepresented Latinx stories.

Week one's plays:

Before We Focus on Others
by Diego Lanao
April 9
An overly confident relationship counselor's attempts to save his marriage of 21 years ultimately propels him to seek out advice from his own children, and from a different relationship therapist. Presented in English, with some Spanish.

Malas Mañas
by Alejandra Ramos Riera
April 10
A 37-year-old former inmate is released after serving a long sentence for a crime he committed in self-defense. Once on probation, he decides to reconnect with his father, facing the difficulties of adjusting and reintegrating into society, starting with his own family. Presented in Spanish, no subtitles.

Tickets: free.

 

DG Footlights Series presents
The F&L at 1330
by Ken Green

For more than 40 years, the family-owned F&L bar has been a familiar sight in a neighborhood on Chicago’s near north side. But now, outside, forces (city government, deep-pocketed developers) are demanding they adapt or disappear, while long-simmering personal issues threaten to destroy the family business from within. The F&L at 1330 looks at gentrification and what is lost when a neighborhood is forced to change. Tickets: free.

 

The Depot for New Play Readings presents
a Zoom reading of
This Not That
By Gemma Cooper-Novack
April 11, 2:00 PM
directed by Anne Flammang

Daniella and Marshall, a longtime couple, have recently gotten engaged. Neither can admit that Jessica, Daniella's best friend, serves as a distant object of love for them both. As the wedding draws closer and a devastating event at the charter school Daniella founded, and where Jessica teaches, disturbs both women, all their relationships are disrupted. Tickets: free.

 

The Wilbury Theatre Group presents
God Talks to an Agnostic
written and directed by Don Mays
now-June 6

Pitted against the backdrop of the racial and cultural issues of today, this innovative twelve-part audio play explores the impact of religion on race, Black culture, and a collective need for faith in something larger than ourselves. Episodes premiere each Sunday at 3:00 PM on WNPN 89.3 FM and are then available the next day on all podcast streaming platforms. Stream here: free.

Theater Between Addresses
Staged Reading: These and Those by Ruth Geye
April 15 at 7:30 PM

Written by Ruth Geye, directed by Abigail Weaver.
Six college students pile into a small basement apartment for Shabbat lunch, but they can’t keep the outside world from showing up uninvited.

This is a public reading and tickets are free, however we invite attendees to donate to the Trans Asylum Seekers Support Network in lieu of tickets. (https://givebutter.com/tassn)
This play contains some strong language that is not suitable for young theatergoers.
Starring:
Alice Zelenko
Dylan Hoffman
Amelia Annen
Ben Natan
Nic Sanchez
Jake Krakovsky
Theater Between Addresses is a constellation of theatre artists and writers working together to foster, workshop, and produce new work. Brought together out of a necessity for connection and creative outlet, this collective produces original theater for the end of the world. If you would like to get involved, message this page or write to us at
theaterbetweenaddresses@gmail.com

https://theseandthose.brownpapertickets.com/
Restoring Community: Valley Writers Inspiring Theatre

APRIL 18
6 - 7 P.M.

Western Massachusetts is home to some of the world’s most esteemed literary figures. Artistic producer and playwright Emily Wiest reintroduces us to some of these writers’ works through new interpretations from actors— Phanésia Pharel, Annelise Lawson, Tony Aidan Vo, and Austin Jones, performed especially for this series. Explore the relationship of the Connecticut River Valley’s history and language through a series of captivating performances. David Foster Wallace, Ocean Vuong, and Charlise Lyles are amongst the esteemed authors whose works are to be performed.

In addition to the main event, enjoy a conversation with Glendale Ridge Vineyard, get in the mood with a carefully crafted playlist in your inbox, and receive delightful diversions in your mailbox. Finally, ticket holders will reap specials to Easthampton businesses to make your event experience complete.

Tickets are $25 per household / $40 for two events (through March 21)
CitySpace offers reparations pricing with reduced or free tickets available for BIPOC.
TICKETS

THE LIGHT
An Online Fresh Takes Play Reading
by Loy A. Webb
Directed by Colette Robert

Featuring 
Elle Borders as Genesis
Brandon G. Green as Rashad

A surprise proposal gift puts the future of Genesis and Rashad's relationship at risk when they are forced to confront a devastating secret from the past. THE LIGHT is a 70-minute, real-time rollercoaster ride of laughter, romance, and despair that uncovers how the power of radical love can be a healing beacon of light.

Available for streaming Sunday, April 25-Sunday, May 2, 2021
Tickets $15, $25, and $50

For more information about the 2021 Season and WAM Theatre’s programs, events, and artists, please visit www.WAMTheatre.com.

AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES

Hiring: Stage Manager, Choreographer, Set Designer, and Costume Designer 

Apply: Designers, please send us your resume and portfolio. Choreographers, please send your resume and choreography reel. Applications must be sent to Scanticriverproductions@gmail.com

Compensation: $200-$300. Email to scanticriverproductions@gmail.com before applying for more details on budget. 

Show Dates: July 30th- August 1st

Rehearsals Start: June 7th

Description: Scantic River Productions, a brand new theatre company based out of NYC, is looking for designers in Western, MA. We are looking for local designers for a brand new musical, Brothers Wright, opening at an outdoor venue in the Springfield area at the end of July. 

Brothers Wright tells the story of the infamous Wright Brothers, and their journey to flight. Written by the company’s artistic director, Colby Herchel, the story takes us into the lives of not only the geniuses who achieved the impossible, but the humble community of Kitty Hawk, NC who helped the physicists on the way. Through old american folk music, our story is filled with determination, community, and joy. 

This brand new musical is still in development stages. This run will be our second production of Brothers Wright, our first being in 2019 in NYC. The show has undergone more rewrites, and we are looking to develop this production further by including puppetry and more. 

There are some concepts that Colby has decided he would like to keep from our first run, but we are very open to new ideas. We would love to hire designers who bring a new eye and perspective to this production, but can also work with concepts that were already discovered in the first run. 

Covid Regulations: Most rehearsals and meetings will be held via zoom. As of now, the outdoor venue is booked, and we are scheduled to begin working in person July 17th-August 1st. All actors, designers, and personnel apart of the show must be covid tested before going into in person rehearsals, as of now. 

For more information about Brothers Wright and Scantic River productions, you can visit the following below. 

Instagram: @brotherswrightmuscial and @scanticriverproductions

Link to the 2019 Performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDEYep49m6E&ab_channel=ColbyHerchel

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Happier Valley Comedy
Lunch & Laugh: A Taster's Menu of Happiness Habits
April 16 at 12:00 PM

A sampler's buffet of wellness habits! Explore simple yet profoundly nourishing daily resilience and self-care habits to bring extra joy and ease into your spring... and all the seasons to follow.

In this entertaining and enlightening series of short free lunchtime online interactive presentations, Head of Happiness Pam Victor guides you in an exploration of key evidence-based positivity practices to support your happiness, resilience, and self-care.

Individual workshops give you a bite-sized taste of one specific Happiness Habit from "The 30-Day Happiness Experiment Program" using playful learning exercises and engaging group connection.

All workshops are improv-enriched, interactive, and super fun!

Grab your lunch and join us for a delightful time that just might change your life for the better.


More info.
Happier Valley Comedy
Lunch & Laugh: Wellness Through Gratitude
April 23 at 12:00 PM

If you're looking for maximum bang for your wellness buck, gratitude is the way to go. Happiness coach Pam Victor invites you to try out several different gratitude practices, so you can find the one that best fits your schedule and style to bring you lots of healthy benefits.

In this entertaining and enlightening series of short free lunchtime online interactive presentations, Head of Happiness Pam Victor guides you in an exploration of key evidence-based positivity practices to support your happiness, resilience, and self-care.

Individual workshops give you a bite-sized taste of one specific Happiness Habit from "The 30-Day Happiness Experiment Program" using playful learning exercises and engaging group connection.

All workshops are improv-enriched, interactive, and super fun!

Grab your lunch and join us for a delightful time that just might change your life for the better.
More info.
Happier Valley Comedy
Lunch & Laugh: Intentional Connection Through Laughter
April 30 at 12:00 PM

Interpersonal connection is deeply essential for health and happiness. So let's take some time to play a game or two that will have you connecting together through laughter!

In this entertaining and enlightening series of short free lunchtime online interactive presentations, Head of Happiness Pam Victor guides you in an exploration of key evidence-based positivity practices to support your happiness, resilience, and self-care.

Individual workshops give you a bite-sized taste of one specific Happiness Habit from "The 30-Day Happiness Experiment Program" using playful learning exercises and engaging group connection.

All workshops are improv-enriched, interactive, and super fun!

Grab your lunch and join us for a delightful time that just might change your life for the better.

More info.
Happier Valley Comedy
Lunch & Laugh: Mindsets For Intentional Living
May 7 at 12:00 PM

Happiness Mindsets are intentions that promote mindfulness. Like the sailors use the North Star to steer their ship, Mindsets create intentional guidance for our personal wellness and growth. Come try a few!

In this entertaining and enlightening series of short free lunchtime online interactive presentations, Head of Happiness Pam Victor guides you in an exploration of key evidence-based positivity practices to support your happiness, resilience, and self-care.

Individual workshops give you a bite-sized taste of one specific Happiness Habit from "The 30-Day Happiness Experiment Program" using playful learning exercises and engaging group connection.

All workshops are improv-enriched, interactive, and super fun!

Grab your lunch and join us for a delightful time that just might change your life for the better.

More info
Happier Valley Comedy
Resilience Through Joy: The 30-Day Happiness Experiment
May 8 at 11:00 AM

How's your happiness and resilience going? If you just groaned or sad-chuckled incredulously, Happiness Coach Pam Victor has your back.

This online 30-day program provides simple, game-changing self-care and happiness practices and the support to make them a lifelong habit. First, you attend a fun, engaging interactive presentation where you experience all eleven of the evidence-based Resilience & Happiness Habits. Then you pick 1-2 Resilience & Happiness Habits to do every day for 30 days. We're talking a commitment of about 1-10 minutes each day. Just for 30 days.

True happiness is more than an escape. It is a practice to bolster (not bury) resilience and grit. But this flavor of mindful happiness doesn’t just magically happen, friends. Together, we can strengthen these well-being muscles to establish a lasting  practice of joy and resilience.

The 30-Day Happiness Experiment is remote and completely customizable, so you choose the Resilience & Happiness Habits, time commitment, schedule, accountability aids, and connection style that works best for you. Safe, easy, self-directed, introvert- and extrovert-friendly. And FUN!

More info
Register for Summer Classes
 

If you are considering enrolling in Arts Extension Service's Online Summer classes, this your reminder that registration is open

Courses are available either for credit or non-credit, with the option of being taken individually or as a part of of one of AES' online Degree or Certificate programs

This summer's online offerings include:
Session One (May 17 - June 25)

  • Introduction to Arts Management
  • Arts Fundraising​

Session Two (July 6 - August 13)

  • Grantwriting for the Arts


Start planning for Arts Management Core or Professional certificate and register for AES courses for this summer, today! 


Learn More

Drama Studio Summer Programs
July 5 2021 - August 13 2021
41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA

The Drama Studio is a unique community where young people come to grow as artists, leaders, and individuals. Now offering a variety of on-site and online acting and theater programs in a safe environment, including Fantastical Scenes, where students will stage scripted and originally written fantasy scenes, build fairy houses, and prepare for a final performance /sharing. In TeenScene: Thinking Outside the Blackbox teens will study Immersive Theater and work together to create ideas and content for a socially distanced, outdoor performance. Other classes include Acting Up: Summer Sun Stories, SummerSlam: Improv Week, and an Online Class: Improv for Actors. No prior acting experience required. Summer enrollment now open! Space is limited.

dramastudio.org/summer-programs
Submit your workshop, class, audition, performance, or any other theatre opportunity here!
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
Academy of Music Theatre

Arena Civic Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company

CitySpace

Cold Spring Community Theatre

Completely Ridiculous Productions

Drama Studio

Double Edge Theatre

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

Franklin County Youth Theater

Ghost Light Theater

Greenfield Community College's Theater Department

Hampshire Shakespeare Company

Happier Valley Comedy

Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center

Ja'Duke Center for the Performing Arts

K and E Theater Group

Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival of Performance

Majestic Theater

New Century Theatre

No Theater
Northampton Community Arts Trust

Northampton Playwrights Lab


PaintBox Theatre

Panopera

Pauline Productions

Real Live Theatre

Red Thread Theater

Royal Frog Ballet

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Shakespeare Stage

Shea Theater Arts Center

Silverthorne Theater

Smith College Department of Theatre

St. Michael's Players

Starlight's Youth Theatre, Inc.

Strident Theatre

TheatreTruck

Turbulent Times Theater

UMass Department of Theater

UMass Theatre Guild

Valley Light Opera

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
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