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Pioneer Valley Theatre News July 16, 2016

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  June 16-July 6, 2016

New Century Theatre's 26th season begins tonight! YANKEE TAVERN kicks it off, and if you'd like to see it for free, contact me about ushering. 

The next issue will include events through July 13. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before next Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

Submit Your Theatre Event
from Howlround
Submitting Like A Man: Submitting Like A Woman

by Mya Kagan
From the article: 

Regular readers of Submitting Like A Man (lookin’ at you, mom!) will know my oft-quoted statistic: that 51 percent of the population in the US is women, but only about 20 percent of our writers in theatre and TV are female. It’s a statistic that's been shown by numerous data collecting initiatives (such as herehere, and here) and as something that's fairly straightforward to calculate, the number itself is not something most people I've encountered are highly contesting; in fact, if anything, it's something far too many of us accept as believable/normal.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
The Majestic Theater presents Tea for Three
June 16 at 7:30 PM
June 18 at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
June 19 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM
Majestic Theater, 131 Elm Street, West Springfield

What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes the President of the United States – and she is suddenly thrust into the spotlight?

The Off-Broadway hit "TEA FOR THREE: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty" explores the hopes, fears, quirks and loves of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford in what Mrs. Nixon called “the hardest unpaid job in the world.”

413.747.7797 • Box Office: 10am-5pm M-F, 10am-1pm Sat
Watch a clip from the performance 
New Century Theatre presents YANKEE TAVERN
by Steven Dietz
Directed by Gina Kaufmann
June 16-25
Theatre 14,
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College, Northampton

New Century Theatre opens its 2016 season with an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Set in the crumbling New York City bar that Adam has recently inherited from his father, he and his fiancé plan for their upcoming wedding while dealing with the bar’s curious clientele. These customers include an aging barfly who has a conspiracy theory for everything, especially 9/11, and a mysterious stranger of few words who blurs the line between conspiracy theory and reality. Saying too much more would spoil this captivating, puzzling play by one of America’s most prolific playwrights.

Tickets available online or by calling 413-585-3220. 
the clementine collective presents . . . 

What Screams I Hear Are Mine
a new play

written by Annalise Cain
directed by Micky Strachota

June 17 and 18 at 7:30 PM
June 19 at 2 PM 
PVPA Theater
15 Mulligan Drive, South Hadley 01075

What Screams I Hear Are Mine follows a fourteen year old who believes she hears a woman being raped. Her search for the perpetrator takes her and those around her on a tumultuous journey searching for truth and justice.

As young artists, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to make the art we deem important; stories that are socially relevant and excite us. As each of us have experienced the beginning of our adult lives, the mishandling of sexual cases has been present at each of our campuses, has affected our families and friends, and scarily enough, has been present the whole time. This is an issue that must be discussed, that is exacerbated by a lack of acknowledgment. With our artistry at our disposal, this is how we intend to fight it.

Tickets: $9/$7/$5
For ticket reservations or more information, email.
Facebook event here.
The Happier FAMILY Comedy Show!

Funny for the whole family (and perfect for kids 5-12 and their adults)! Get your family-friendly funnies in this totally interactive, high energy improv comedy show on the third Saturday of every month. 

Our next show is coming up!
Saturday, June 18th
4-5 pm (doors open at 3:45)
The Community Room of the Eastworks building (116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton)
Tickets at the door: $5 Kids, $10 Adults, $30 Immediate Family Max. **Payments by cash or check only**

For more info on the show click here:

Answers to your FAQs:
IS THIS SHOW FAMILY FRIENDLY? Um, yeah! By its very definition and design. This show is rated G. We think it's most appropriate for kids 5-12, but everyone is welcome.

WHAT MAKES A FAMILY? Love makes a family. You don't need to be related to come to the family show. You don't even need to be a kid! 

WHAT IS THE FAMILY MAX TICKET THING? It's our immediate family discount. So you pay only $30 max for an immediate family circle. But our tickets are super reasonable anyway: Kids are only $5. Their adults are $10.

Any more questions? Email
 or post them on Facebook.
PhantomSheep presents LaughCrafters: Comedy Improv Summer Kick off Show!
June 22 at 7:00 PM
Springfield Jewish Community Center, Neal Webber Building

Celebrate the end of the school year and kick off the summer as Western MA's own comedy troupe Phantom Sheep returns to the JCC stage with their popular LaughCrafters: Comedy Improv show! 

Performing games and scenes all created on the spot based on suggestions from the audience in a fast paced hilarious show!

Admission is $8/ $5 students and available at the door. Facebook event here.

Silverthorne Theater Company presents THE MISER
June 23-July 2
Sloan Theater at Greenfield Community College

The 2016 season will open with Molière’s The Miser, adapted by Miles Malleson, June 23-July 2. The classic French farce is rendered supremely hilarious in a contemporary (but respectful) translation. Veteran Valley actor and former Deerfield Academy theater director John Reese will be featured in the title role as Harpagon, the miser. Abetting his campaign to acquire and hoard his gold will be Steve Henderson as the wily (and untrustworthy) LaFleche and Ann Steinhauser as the conniving, seductive Frosine. Two sets of young lovers, Valère (Daniel Rios) and Elise (Cecelia Darby) and Cleante (Ben Sarat) and Mariane (Carolyn Paine) must go to extreme lengths to circumvent the schemes of their elders.

Also featured will be Jonathan Caws-Elwitt as the ubiquitous Jaques; Nick Simms as long-lost Segnieur Anselm, and Stephen Fruchtman doubling as Simon the moneylender and The Justice.

Julian Findlay directs this opening production of the Silverthorne summer season. STC fans will remember Findlay’s performances last summer in Aidan’s Gift as Brother John Mark, and as Musa in Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World. He recently directed a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in Brattleboro, and is founding director of Shakespeare Stage. Findlay holds a degree in theater from Harvard University and has worked extensively with Shakespeare and Company in Lennox MA. 

The Miser opens June 23 and runs Thursday through Saturday through July 2, with matinees on Saturday afternoons. On Thursday, June 30, there will be a talkback immediately following the show with director and cast members.

Nighttime show curtain time is 7:30 pm; Saturday matinees at 2 pm. Tickets are $19 general admission, $17 students/seniors (over 65). Group rates for 10+ are available. Pre-sale discount tickets are available at the World Eye Bookshop, Main Street, Greenfield, and Broadside Books, Main Street, Northampton, after June 1. They are now available by calling 413-768-7514 or online at Brown Paper Tickets or at

New Century Theatre presents BAKERSFIELD MIST
by Stephen Sachs
Directed by Sam Rush
June 30-July 9
Theatre 14,
Mendenhall Center for the
Performing Arts, Smith College, Northampton

Unemployed Maude Gutman, living in a trailer and knocked about by life, buys a $3 painting at a tag sale as a joke and discovers it just might be a Jackson Pollock original, worth millions. She invites cultured art expert, Lionel Percy, to her California home to authenticate the work. When he hesitates to acknowledge the painting as authentic, the sparks fly between the pair as the debate rages through the night. A funny, moving play that explores questions of art, self-worth, class and the nature of criticism, BAKERSFIELD MIST is a play that will have you laughing while you cry.

Tickets available online or by calling 413-383-3220. Facebook event here
The Majestic Theater presents Improvisational Comedy with The Majesters

Featuring a troupe of the best improv comics from across the Pioneer Valley and beyond for an evening of unscripted comic mayhem.  The program begins with improv scenes similar to "Whose Line is it Anyway," and is followed by a storyline that's developed with help from the audience.  Improvisational Comedy with The Majesters takes place Wednesday nights at 7pm July 6-August 24.  Tickets are $7.

Wednesday, July 6 - 7pm - $7
Wednesday, July 13 - 7pm - $7
Wednesday, July 20 - 7pm - $7
Wednesday, July 27 - 7pm - $7
Wednesday, August 3 - 7pm - $7
Wednesday, August 10 - 7pm - $7
Wednesday, August 17 - 7pm - $7
Wednesday, August 24 - 7pm - $7
Arena Civic Theatre Auditions for Beauty And The Beast
Sunday, June 19th, 1:00PM 
Karen's Dance Studio, Greenfield
Monday, June 20th, 7:00PM 
Chi Omega House, Amherst

ACT welcomes people of all ages and experience levels to audition. 
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script, a vocal audition and a dance/movement audition. All vocal auditons will be done a cappella, NO EXCEPTIONS. Please prepare a song from any Broadway musical or Disney musical EXCEPT Beauty And The Beast. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the dance portion of auditions.

**Special opportunity for dancers to audition who only wish to dance in the production.** There will be 4 dance numbers in the show to be performed by trained dancers or dance students. If you wish to audition for dancing only, you will be required to exhibit skills beyond what we require for community theater dance experience. 

Performance Dates: 9/23, 9/24, 9/30, 10/1 7:30PM
9/25 & 10/2 2:00PM
Performances to be held at The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium, Orange Town Hall.

Director: Dawn Mayo
Musical Director: Ted Trobaugh
Choreographer: Sue Dresser

Facebook event here.
GCCtheater - Greenfield Community College
Calling All Local Playwrights!

Local playwrights' one-act play submissions for GCCtheater's Fall Production. Submissions due by July 1. 
Silverthorne Theater Company is sponsoring a competition to select a new play by a local playwright of color for possible production during the 2017 season.  The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2016.  Complete information about the contest may be found online.
A reading committee of five members, headed by veteran Montague actor Kent Alexander, will review all submissions. Three finalists will be selected for public staged readings in November and December, with the final competition winner announced on December 30, 2016.
Play submissions must be between 60 minutes to 2 hours running time; they must not have been previously fully produced. Playwrights of color (defined as non-white) who live or study in New England are eligible to submit plays, with special consideration given those from the Connecticut Valley/Western Massachusetts region.
Silverthorne Theater Company is a professional summer theater organization whose mission is to bring excellence of performance to adventurous drama, combining the best of the theatrical repertoire while also promoting unheard voices and underserved populations.
Phantom Sheep and Agawam Public Library present a Comedy Improv Teen Workshop
"Laugh Out Loud at the Library"

June 30 at 6:00 PM
Agawam Public Library

Phantom Sheep is proud to return to the Agawam Library presenting their hands on workshop for teens teaching techniques and skills used by improvisers to think quickly, boost confidence, and create hilarious scenes on the spot!

Free for ages 12-18
For more information and to sign up, please call the Youth Services Librarians at 413-789-1550 ext. 3
Facebook event here
Ko Festival of Performance presents KoFest Workshop: "Dynamic Space / Poetic Object" with Nick Ularu

July 4-8, 2016; 10am-4pm daily
Webster Hall, Amherst College

KoFest Workshop Week 1: DYNAMIC SPACE / POETIC OBJECT: The Intersection of Theater Design & Installation with Nic Ularu, Romanian designer & theater artist

Working in both traditional and non-traditional spaces, and with traditional and non-traditional materials, we will shape visual inspiration into rendered ideas, visual metaphors, and theatrical objects. Participants will embrace the dynamic energy of these forms, as they collaborate to expressively transform the spaces that will be used by the Ko Festival for the opening weekend of eclectic performances, celebrating 25 years of innovative work. 

Workshops are geared for participants of all levels of experience, whose ages have run from 18-85.

FMI about all three KoFest 2016 Workshops: /413.427.6147
Register here.
KoFest Workshop Week 2: FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance with GERARD STROPNICKY

July 11-16, 2016; 10am-4pm daily
Webster Hall, Amherst College

Come with a story. (Or two. Or three.) Leave with a performance. (Or two. Or three.)

Come without a story, and by the end of Day One, you’ll discover more compelling material than you’d ever think possible. “After all,” says theatre artist Gerard Stropnicky, “people are simply wonderful walking story anthologies.”

Gerard Stropnicky has been working in story for twenty years. This award-winning director has helped create compelling work from interview, gathered story, letters to the editor, even advertisements, recipes and children’s games. He’s written, directed and acted in countless styles; he’s coached diverse thousands of performers, professional and not, young and old, from every walk of life, to bring their stories to vivid life.

We’ll play with monologue, and help each other create scenes. We’ll experiment with styles, colors and tones. We’ll make ourselves vulnerable to our stories, and to one another. The workshop will draw on the work of the late playwright and poet Jo Carson, Stropnicky’s long-time creative partner, as well as other practitioners of Story Work, and will culminate with a showing. This on-your-feet writers and performers story intensive is designed to release the enormous potential energy already alive in you and your story.

Workshops are geared for participants of all levels of experience, whose ages have run from 18-85.

FMI about all three KoFest 2016 Workshops: /413.427.6147
Register here.
KoFest Workshop Week 3: CREATING SOLO PERFORMANCE: Amusing the Muse (or – The Art of Juggling the Truth) with Sara Felder

July 18-23, 2016; 10am-4pm 
Webster Hall, Amherst College

In this workshop – a Ko favorite – we will develop performance material using objects, character work, monologues, humor and material from our own lives. In the safe space of our hands-on laboratory, we will search our memories, lies and truths in the joyful and rigorous work of creating fun and meaningful solo theater. We will write, try on different performance styles, create images, play with objects, investigate characters, consider different narrative voices, find the humor in the pain (and vice versa,) experiment, fail, laugh, support each other and surprise ourselves.
This workshop happily greets all explorers — from first-timers to seasoned professionals. Theater folk, dancers, musicians, storytellers or those who are simply curious are welcome to join us as we amuse (or schmooze, or cruise) the Muse.

This workshop sold out the previous times we’ve offered it. Early registration recommended.

Workshops are geared for participants of all levels of experience, whose ages have run from 18-85.

FMI about all three KoFest 2016 Workshops: /413.427.6147
Register here.
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