The Northampton Playwrights Lab opens their two week long festival of playreadings at A.P.E. Gallery tonight! Local playwrights, directors and actors - for only one night each! Take a look at the listing below for more details about the schedule and a description of each play.
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I fear my phone ringing in a theatre almost as much as I fear losing my Spanish. Both, in a way, deal with severed connections. When a phone goes off, and it will, there’s nothing to do but cringe. Will shushing the victim only add to the distracting volume? Or do we pray the actors don’t break the fourth wall to tell off the incendiary patron, inadvertently causing more glowing phones to surface and capture the show-within-a-show?
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Northampton Playwrights Lab presents PLAY BY PLAY
A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton
September 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25
Seating is very limited. Please arrive early! $10 Suggested Donation.
Thurs Sept. 15 at 7:30: Harley Erdman, CROWSNEST, directed by Sheila Siragusa
Fri Sept. 16 at 7:30: Mojie Crigler, THE WINKLEMEYERS BET IT ALL, directed by Jennifer Onopa
Sat Sept. 17 at 7:30: Eric Henry Sanders, WHERE’S ANNIE?, directed by Gina Kaufmann
Thurs Sept 22 at 7:30: Meryl Cohn, NAKED WITH FRUIT, directed by Melissa Redwin
Fri Sept. 23 at 7:30: Meryl Cohn, NAKED WITH FRUIT, directed by Melissa Redwin
Sat Sept. 24 at 7:30: Leanna James Blackwell, GRIMM WOMEN, directed by the playwright
Sunday, Sep. 25 at 4 p.m: Tanyss Rhea Martula, HOTPOT, directed by Becca Greene-Van Horn, and MY LIFE IN ROCK ’N ROLL
CROWSNEST by Harley Erdman
In an ecovillage somewhere up in the hills, Danny, a newcomer, arrives at a utopian community divided over its future direction. His friendship with two residents, Sarah and Carl, embroils him in passion, jealousy, secrets, and conspiracy. CROWSNEST explores the meanings of love, family, and community, in a corner of contemporary America where people striving for utopia put these terms to the extreme test. This will be the first-ever public performance of this brand-new play by Harley Erdman, a UMass theater professor known locally for his librettos for the operas THE GARDEN OF MARTYRS and THE SCARLET PROFESSOR.
THE WINKLEMEYERS BET IT ALL by Mojie Crigler
THE WINKLEMEYERS BET IT ALL is the story of one man’s boom and bust during the first wave of big Internet money, and the price he pays for success that continues to elude him. This play, which was originally produced at an obscure, now-defunct theatre festival in New York City, is one of a number of works by Mojie Crigler, whose other plays have been seen at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Magic Theatre, New York Performance Works, and Carnegie Mellon University.
WHERE’S ANNIE? by Eric Henry Sanders
Where's Annie? Who's Annie? And what have Jack and Birdie done with her? In this dark comedy, Sarah Bitts returns home to confront her estranged grandparents, only to discover that the eccentric pair hides a past more frightening than she ever imagined. Caught in the couple’s alternately terrifying and bitterly humorous web of riddles, lies, and suspicion, Sarah fights her way to the truth and to her family’s redemption. Originally workshopped at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City, WHERE'S ANNIE? was developed in a reading with Frances Sternhagen at the Hudson Stage Company, where it also received its premiere production. This reading offers audiences a first glimpse at a substantially revised version of the play.
NAKED WITH FRUIT by Meryl Cohn
Can three people who share the loss of the same love come together to heal? NAKED WITH FRUIT is a comedy about grief and the quest for love and family. Isabel and Marilyn reconsider polyamory as they grieve the death of the secret third member of their intimate relationship. Isabel’s longing to connect inspires desperate measures, including befriending a Rabbi -- which leads to more secrets and betrayals. Through a tricky road to recovery, the loss of a shared love may turn out to be a powerful bond. An earlier version of Naked with Fruit was produced at the Provincetown Theater and was a Mass Cultural Council Finalist for playwriting.
GRIMM WOMEN by Leanna James Blackwell
A radical re-envisioning of three classic fairy tales, GRIMM WOMEN features a trio of women – a young runaway from a religious community, an adoptive mother living in urban public housing, and a globally successful business owner - telling their stories in a series of impassioned monologues. GRIMM WOMEN transforms the traditionally maligned witches, stepmothers, and spell-casting fairies of legend into living, breathing, 21st century women with a mission: to tell their side of the story for the first time. This will be the first-ever public performance of GRIMM WOMEN, the newest play by the director of Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction and the author of CURTAIN CALL, recently performed at the Berkshire Theatre Group; THE WENDY CHRONICLES; and NEW SOUL.
HOTPOT and MY LIFE IN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Two pieces by Tanyss Rhea Martula
HOTPOT, a short play. Two mothers meet to talk about their teenage children and find themselves in a melange of tight spaces, awkwardness, and confusion as things heat up. An earlier version of the play was staged at Chicago Dramatists. MY LIFE IN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, a solo performance piece in progress. A roller coaster ride through the highs of an unexpected late-in-life passion and the highs and lows of an unpredictable family. Performed by the playwright who will be showing the work she develops during the two-week PLAY BY PLAY residency at A.P.E. There will be a brief talk-back after ROCK ‘N’ ROLL.
Dean Parker Productions presents
MR. MAMBO October 15 at 8:00 PM
Academy of Music Theatre
A New Musical Comedy Inspired by the Music of Tiffany
Tickets available online and through the Academy of Music Box Office.
The Majestic Theater presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott
September 15-October 23
West Springfield, MA
“Million Dollar Quartet” tells about the real-life events of Tuesday afternoon, December 4, 1956 at Sun Records' Memphis studio. Rockabilly star Carl Perkins was there working on a revamped version of the blues song “Matchbox,” when fellow Sun recording artists Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley drifted into the studio, and the quartet took part in a loose jam session that producer Sam Phillips had the foresight to record. A local reporter who was called and sat in headlined his newspaper article which ran the next day, “Million Dollar Quartet.”
Cast members include Jay Sefton (Sam Phillips), Colin Patrick Ryan (Elvis Presley), Corbin Mayer (Johnny Cash), Brian Michael Henry (Jerry Lee Lewis), Dan Whelton (Carl Perkins) and Kaytlyn Vandeloecht (Dyanne).
The play will be directed by the Majestic’s Producing Director Danny Eaton. Mitch Chakour is the music director, and set design is by Greg Trochlil. Stephen Petit is production stage manager, and associate stage manager is Aurora Ferraro.
Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall presents THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB
7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16, 17, 23, and 24
2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18.
Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall, 51 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA.
The Dixie Swim Club brings live theater back to historic Shelburne Falls Memorial Hall!
Written by Jesse Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, The Dixie Swim Club celebrates with poignancy and a good deal of laughter the dynamics of women’s friendships -- college buddies, sisters, neighbors - and the long-lasting love, challenges and great girls’ weekends that are a part of those friendships. The five friends, former college swim team buddies, come together once a year at an Outer Banks beach cottage to talk, laugh, swim, relax, reminisce, comfort, confront, talk and laugh some more. Throughout the 50-some years they have been meeting at the cottage, they have been the glue for each other through all of life’s happiness and crises.
Reserve tickets by emailing or purchase at the door (cash/checks only).
Happier Valley Comedy presents the Happier Valley Comedy Show September 17 at 4:00 PM
Eastworks Community Room
Happier FAMILY Comedy Show Monthly improv comedy show for the whole family. Best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday September 17th at 4pm. Located at Eastworks' Community Room (Suite 160) 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton. Tickets at the door or online: $10/Adults, $5/Kids (4 yrs and under free), $30/Family Max. For more info visit www.happiervalley.com.
Facebook event here. Buy your ticket(s) online here.
TheatreTruck presents THE WATER PROJECT (IMMERSIVE)
a site-specific theatrical journey with live music
9/22 @ 8:30PM, 9/23 @ 6:30 and 8:30PM; 9/24 @ 6:30 & 8:30pm
Swift River Valley Historical Society, 40 Elm Street in the village of North New Salem, just west of Rt. 202.
Live theater joins forces with the Pioneer Valley’s thriving independent music scene in this original immersive production, created by TheatreTruck Collaborator Emma Ayres. Immerse yourself in the currents of time in this story of the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir. The water is rising.
Directed by Emma Ayres and Brianna Sloane with design by John Bechtold, Emily Taradash, C. Webster Marsh and Austin Federa.
OR $25 cash only at the door if available ($20 students/seniors).
“Newspaper headlines read: 4 towns flooded, 2,500 people relocated, houses moved on the backs of trucks, 7,500 graves dug up and reburied on higher ground, memories drowned, and little know…”
THE WATER PROJECT (IMMERSIVE) submerges the audience in a dreamscape evoking the final week of the decision making-process: to flood or not to flood the Swift River Valley in service of providing clean water to rapidly growing Boston. The audience is invited to explore the story unfolding around them in this theatrical journey. Faced with imminent flooding, the Doubleday family confronts the end of life and home as they know it, while anxiety rises and rumors walk the halls.
On Facebook. This event involves going up and down stairs, and much of the performance is not wheelchair accessible. We wish it was.
Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents The Red Guitar
Return from the Edinbugh Fringe
September 23 at 8:00 pm
Shea Theatre, Turner's Falls
Just returning from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a five star review from the well respected Herald Scotland newspaper, and sold out audiences every night of the two and a half weeks the show premiered there, Serious Play Theatre presents John Sheldon's The Red Guitar: Return From The Fringe. John uses his virtuosity as a guitarist and storyteller to go beyond genres and styles, into the beating heart of music-the power of sound to transport and transform. Sharing the sounds that shaped a life.
Arena Civic Theatre Presents
Disney’s Beauty & the Beast
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Directed by Dawn Mayo
Musical Direction by Ted Trobaugh
Choreography by Sue Dresser
Presented 9/23, 24, 30 & 10/1 at 7:30 PM and 9/25** & 10/2 at 2:00 PM
**Please note that the 9/25 matinee is a SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE – this means that the lighting will not be as dark, the sound will not be as loud, and audience members are invited to meet the principal characters before the show to get to know them ahead of time. Audience movement and voices are understood and welcome**
The Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at the Orange Town Hall
6 Prospect Street
Orange, MA 01364
Tickets $16 General Admission, $13 Seniors/Students, $10 Children and are available at the door or by calling to reserve at (413) 233-4368 or online. Opening night all tickets are $8 and audiences members are invited to dress as their favorite Disney character.
Step into the enchanted world of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, this spectacular musical tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. Be Arena Civic Theatre’s guest for this beloved musical!
Eggtooth Productions, The Arts Block &
Franklin Community Co-op offer
A new immersive adaptation of Shakespeare’s
The Winter’s Tale
Directed & Designed by John Bechtold with Music by John Sheldon
Sept. 28-Oct. 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm with a 2 pm matinee on Oct. 2.
Explore the rich stories of The Winter’s Talethrough intuitive, instinctual, & imaginative ways, as we break the boundaries between the real & the imaginary across 5 floors of Arts Block in Greenfield, MA where the physical space is metamorphosed to transfix, transform, & transport audience members through their senses as they experience the action & environment.
The Winter’s Tale is one of jealousy, redemption, reunification, and the healing power of Time. Audience members enjoy a uniquely personal experience, with a cast of fine local actors including dancers, singers and guitar music by John Sheldon.
Costumes & Production co-design by Julia V. Whalen; Stage manager, Deb Banks McIntosh, Lights by Downright Productions with Troy David Mercier, Linda Tardif, Reynolds Whalen, Stephen Eldredge, Jack Golden, Atticus, Monte, & Enzo Belmonte, Marina Goldman, Richard Skoler, Andrew Plimpton, Ian Emerson, Fiona Herter, Lindel Hart, Katie Spurgin, Katherine Adler, Michayla Robertson-Pine, Emma Ayres, and John Sheldon.
The Academy of Music Theatre presents
Best of Valley Voices Story Slam Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 PM
Academy of Music Theatre
he Academy of Music Theatre and New England Public Radio are teaming up to present their second Best of Valley Voices. Four Valley Voices Story Slams were held at the Northampton Brewery during the winter and spring of 2016, where the audience selected the top three stories. These top stories by twelve local storytellers will be shared on the Academy stage to compete for the top prize – Best of Valley Voices.
A story slam is a competition based on the art of first person narrative storytelling. It puts emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. It’s an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit, without notes or props, and it’s great entertainment. Best of Valley Voices will feature the top winners of each story slam, a seasoned raconteur, and two local emerging musicians.
Wishbone Zoe will appear as featured musician, the avant-indie project of artist Saera K, who specializes in areas of junkyard rock, crashitybishbash, and the distracted storytelling of important things. She has played regionally and nationally at rooms such as Club Passim, Signature Sounds’ Parlor Room and Melodica Fest and has shared the bill with such artists as The Suitcase Junket, And The Kids, Bella’s Bartok, and Heather Maloney.
The 2015 Best of Valley Voices Story Slam winner, Susanne Schmidt, will return to share a new story on stage during the tabulation of ballots.
Adapted from the monologue by Mike Daisey, Performed by Seth Lepore
Directed by Linda McInerney of Eggtooth Productions
Tuesday October 4th
and November 1st
THE WEST END (across from Riff's)
116 Pleasant St Suite 160
Easthampton, MA based humorist and performing artist Seth Lepore will be taking a short break from the current theme-less series of The Seth Show, Season 3. When he found out that Mike Daisey made the script for his new standing room only show, TRUMP CARD, open-source and adaptable, he knew he had to jump at the chance.
MORE ABOUT TRUMP CARD
Mike Daisey is hailed as “the master storyteller” and “one of the finest solo performers of his generation” by The New York Times. His new tour-de-force on the Republican Presidential Nominee “is about how we build our individual realities and how an artful lie illuminates what we believe to be the truth more than any actual accounting of objective reality.”, says the Guardian. “In fact he’s as forgivable to his liberal audience as Trump’s are to his supporters and you see a bit of Trump in Daisey and, ultimately, a bit of Trump in yourself.”
Daisey made his controversial script for THE AGONY AND ECSTASY of STEVE JOBS available in the same way, which prompted 200 unique productions across the world.
Lepore will be performing an adapted version of TRUMP CARD for hisTuesday, October 4th and November 1st Seth Shows in Easthampton, MA just in time for election season, and is planning to tour it throughout various parts of New England. Linda McInerney of Eggtooth Productions will direct this adapted version.
Tickets start at $8. Once those limited tickets go, the price keeps increasing so get tickets now!
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Amherst Leisure Services Community Theater presents Auditions for Shrek!
Thursday, September 15 from 6:00 pm to 9:15 pm; Friday, September 16 from 6:00 pm to 9:15 pm; Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 am to 12:15 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:15 pm; Sunday, September 18 from10:00 am to 12:15 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:15 pm
Bangs Community Center, 70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst
SHREK is coming in January! Join ALSCT and audition for this spectacular and splashy, extravagant and hysterical show. Nine performances in January, in beautiful Bowker auditorium, a full live orchestra and lavish sets, with audiences totaling over 5000 people--this is one of the premiere opportunities for actors in the greater Pioneer Valley. And remember--in the swamp are people of all shapes and sizes and colors and ages, and many roles are non-specific in regard to age, gender, race, body type, etc. and may be cast non-traditionally.
Auditions are open to everyone from ages 7 to 107!
FOR AUDITION APPOINTMENTS, Call Amherst Leisure Services at 413-259-3065. QUESTIONS? See alsct.org
Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton is looking for a director for the annual spring musical this year - March 2017. We have a generous stipend to offer someone with experience (preferably) working with high school students. Our standards are high and the production team is strong. We can provide excellent support to the right candidate.
ECA+ ANNOUNCES ONLINE GRANT APPLICATIONS, GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP
Easthampton City Arts+ (ECA+) announces new online applications for the upcoming 2017 grant cycle. Applications are being accepted for programming in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences for projects benefitting the residents of Easthampton. The deadline for applications is October 17, 2016. ECA+ has also scheduled a free Grant Writing Workshop on Sept. 14, 2016 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 43 Main St., Easthampton 01027. Attendees will learn about guidelines, priorities, and the new online application process.
“Moving to online applications will make the process much easier for everyone, especially applicants,” said Christy Crutchfield, ECA+ Grants Committee Chair. “We can’t wait to fund innovative and engaging projects in 2017.” Online applications will be available on September 1, 2016, and ECA+ will also announce their funding allocation at that time.
Each year the ECA+ Grants Committee, a Local Cultural Council, selects projects that strengthen and diversify arts and culture in the community. Projects must occur during 2017 and priority will be given to proposals that utilize Easthampton spaces and resources. Applications, however, will not be denied solely on this funding priority and will be evaluated based on local guidelines and those outlined by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Funding for the ECA+ Grants Committee is provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC). Previously funded projects Bear Fest (2009), Art in the Orchard (2012), REACH (2013) and Unbuttoned (2015) have received recognition as Gold Star recipients, exemplary projects reflecting the mission of MCC. For more information please see easthamptoncityarts.com/grants.
Easthampton City Arts+, formed in 2005, enriches lives through the integration of arts, culture and community and promotes revitalization and protection of Easthampton’s cultural assets. ECA merged with the Easthampton Cultural Council & Art Walk Easthampton to form ECA+ in 2011. Easthampton City Arts+ is funded in-part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
New Century Theatre Fall Acting Classes Acting For Non-Actors
Scene Study Intensive
September 20 and 21, 2016
Cost for the eight-week course is $275. Classes will be held at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street.
Acting for Non-Actors
Instructor, Sam Rush Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission) Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. September 20 - November 15 (no class on October 11)
The perfect course if you have never taken an acting class before but have always wanted to try or had a class once way back when and want to try again. With NCT Producing Director Sam Rush, you'll have a chance to explore your inner ham in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. Using improvisation, text and original source material, you'll learn fundamental acting techniques that may just serve you the rest of your life - on stage or off.
Scene Study Intensive Instructor, Sam Rush Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission) Wednesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m. September 21 - November 16 (no class on October 5)
This class is for actors with previous experience and for students who have taken the Acting for Non-Actors course and wish to continue their study of the actor's craft. We'll start right away with scene study work and exercises that support the rehearsal process.
Happier Valley Comedy present Workshop: Authentic Presentations Through Laughter: The "S.T.A.G.E." System to Public Speaking in Your Personal Voice
Saturday, Oct. 8th, 2-5pm (3 hours)
(This ALL LEVEL workshop is open to one and all! No experience necessary.)
Great presenters possess a mix of humor, truth, and like-ability that come from self-awareness, practice, and knowledge of their audience. So how do you arrive at the pinnacle of presentations? Creating a performance that will keep eyes fixed on you, minds eager to hear more, and thoughts of new possibilities upon your final words are possible if you have the tools to build it. In this interactive workshop, you will learn Angela Lussier's signature STAGE System* for engaging your audience in a way that gets them to know YOU and your unique style while also leaving them with a compelling message crafted for them. You'll learn Pam Victor's "Through Laughter" approach to explore how easy-to-learn, non-performance improvisation training exercises can strengthen the vital muscles necessary for getting you relaxed and ready to present with confidence. And then you'll find out how the two approaches work together to create a memorable and meaningful performance. Over the course of this three-hour workshop, you will build a five-minute presentation and five people will get the chance to practice in front of the group while getting feedback from workshop leaders Pam and Angela.
About your teachers:
Angela Lussier: "Stop waiting and start creating." Thats Angela's philosophy. She doesn't just walk her talk; she runs full-sprint likely wearing some brightly colored outfit. Most recently, she created the Speaking School for Women to train creative, entrepreneurial women to become well-paid, in-demand speakers. Even though she was a shy girl, it didn't stop her from becoming an award-winning speaker with 500+ presentations under her belt including 2 TEDx talks. She is the host of the Claim the Stage podcast and her work has been featured on ABC, NBC, Forbes, and Entrepreneur. She lives in Holyoke, MA with her husband, Nick, and two cats, Gratitude and Billy Bob.
Pam Victor: "You are enough." That's Pam's philosophy. (Or at least one of them!) With the THROUGH LAUGHTER corporate development program and Zen of Improv classes, Pam happily spends her days (and most evenings) helping people believe they are enough...to trust in their "you-ness" (the beautiful thing that makes you you)...to pay attention to the moment and just take the next little step...to quiet their judgmental voices...to practice being of service to the moment and each other. This workshop is a product of the THROUGH LAUGHTER Program, which takes easy-to-learn, non-performance exercises that are use used to train improvisers, and applies them specifically to the professional setting in order to bring remarkably powerful growth to your business, school, or group and to the personal setting in order to show you that you're right and to make you righter.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Communication Through Laughter Greenfield Community College
October 13 at 9:00 AM
We hear a lot but how much do we really listen? More often than not, issues at work are born out of moments of missed communication. Let's strengthen your listening and speaking muscle. This workshop uses easy-to-learn improv exercises to hone the all-important skills of paying attention acutely, listening without judgment, and saying what you really mean in order to make you a more effective communicator in the workplace. And we're doing it all in a fun, laughter-filled workshop with surprisingly powerful results.
Register here. This class is part of the Workforce Development Program at GCC. The class is $105.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Improv Workshop: Spolin Improvisation with Hal Peller
Sunday, October 16th
12:30pm - 4:30pm (4 hours)
"[Viola Spolin's approach] is not an acting technique; it is learning to respect the invisible." - Paul Sills, Founder of The Second City and Viola's Spolin's son
Hal Peller has been a facilitator of "Spolin Improvisation" since 1981, and we're lucky enough to have snagged him while he's here in the Happy Valley. Viola Spolin wrote the book on Improvisation for the Theater, first published in 1963, which consisted of over 220 games and exercises. This is considered to be the main origin of modern improvisation. The games have changed little over the years. Hal Peller been using this same book for over 35 years and has found it to be near foolproof for work with groups of all ages and experience levels. The games are designed to solve different problems that actors and improvisers face in every performance and to trip the player into their intuitive zone: where you know what to do without ever having the experience before. Also, you will learn the basics of space work which will help you in creating the stage picture for you and your fellow players.
ALL LEVELS: This workshop is appropriate for all levels of players, from beginners to advanced students.
ABOUT YOUR TEACHER:
Hal Peller is currently facilitating Improvisation Workshops in New York City. His improvisation workshops were nominated for an INNY Award, Best Improvisation Workshop. He has also coached the Harold Team Eskimo Dance for which he was also nominated for "Best Coach." Hal has directed the Little Britches (an all women comedy group) and Brooklyn Improv Group (BIG). He directed The Fine Young Comedians, a teen sketch comedy group that performed at Stand-Up New York and featured on ABC FAMILY TV. Hal facilitated workshops at the Broadway Theater Institute including Improvisation for the Theater, Theater Games for Non-Actors, Theater Games for Teachers (Staff Development), and Corporate Management Training. Hal coaches stand-up comedians and theater companies throughout the world. Hal studied with Paul Sills, David Shepherd, Del Close and Martin Harvey Friedberg of Chicago's Second City Theater.