Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pioneer Valley Theatre News October 27, 2016

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 October 27 - November 16, 2016

A couple of final performances this weekend: Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Gateway City Arts, Steel Magnolias at Smith College, and The Misanthrope at Umass Amherst. Go check them out before they close!

Would you like to win tickets to TRUMP CARD, performed by Seth Lepore? A pair of free tickets for the November 1st performance of TRUMP CARD will be raffled in the New England New Play Alliance Newsletter. A raffle will be held a few days before each show. To enter, subscribe to the free weekly New Play Alliance Newsletter and watch the Ticket Giveaway section for the raffles.

The next issue will include events through November 23. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

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from Howlround
Creativity, Aging, and Alzheimer's: A Conversation with Michelle Memran

by Katie Pearl, Michelle Memran
From the article: 

In a fierce and tender new documentary called The Rest I Make Up, filmmaker Michelle Memran asks legendary playwright María Irene Fornés what her definition of “artist” is. Irene (as she prefers to be called) pauses and looks out the window. “An artist,” she says, “is made up of two: one who goes in, and another who goes out. The one who goes in, goes in through observation. And in some mysterious way then transforms it to produce a breeze…a thought…a poem.”

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
Smith College Department of Theatre presents 

by Robert Harling
Directed by Jennifer Sturley 

October 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 PM
Theatre 14

A story about the powerful friendship between six women in a small Louisiana town, who love each other with strength, humor, and courage through good times and bad. "Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving." —NY Daily News.

$10 General, $5 Students and Seniors. Free for Smith students.
Tickets available online or by calling 413-585-3220. Facebook event here.
UMass Amherst Department of Theatre presents The Misanthrope

Written by Molière, adapted by Constance Congdon ‘82G
Directed by Mary Corinne Miller

Rand Theater
Thursday, October 27, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 28, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 29, 2016, Performance at 2 pm
Saturday, October 29, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm

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Why put on a comedy written 350 years ago? Because these characters are still funny today — we see them on our TV screens in many contemporary comedies. Alceste is the neurotic introvert who simultaneously craves isolation and connection. His object of desire is Célimène, a social butterfly who carefully curates her image in a way any Instagram star would envy. She’s got Alceste and the painfully hip Oronte on the hook, along with countless others, while her best frenemy, Arsinoé, attempts to manipulate the situation so she can win Alceste for herself. Come enjoy a backstage pass to a live studio taping of the comedy “The Misanthrope” and see how pointedly Molière’s snarky observations about love and friendship translate to relationships played out in the context of our screen-obsessed modern-day world.


Don't Miss this Celebration on Friday Oct 28th
in Northampton High School's Auditorium from 6:30-8:30

Heidi Haas is celebrating teaching Theater Improvisation by hosting a fundraiser for the Northampton Survival Center.

The show will feature Heidi”s theater students, the Ookie-Wookies (grades 1st-5 th ) and the Pickle Heads (grades 6th-8 th ) and the Northampton High School troupe, Funktionlust! Funktionlust, now in its 12 th year is the only Improv group at NHS and has enough liveliness to power Childs Park! But with all their spontaneity and and enthusiasm., they have entertained their audiences at First Night, ImprovAlliance shows and with their fellow students at NHS!

They are psyched to be on stage with all the younger Improvers!
For More Information: Contact Heidi Haas
Tickets $5
Ghost Light Theater presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch
October 28, October 29 (8:00 PM for all showings)
Gateway City Arts,
92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA

The critically acclaimed rock & roll musical HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH starring Kevin Tracy comes to Gateway City Arts on Race Street for a Friday & Saturday residency October 14th-29th.

Adapted from the 1998 off-Broadway musical written by John Cameron Mitchell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of an East Berlin boy named Hansel who undergoes a sex change operation after falling in love with an American G.I. Years later, Hansel (now Hedwig) ends up in the United States, leading her rock band on tour and telling the story of her life in a rock concert.  The musical has been performed worldwide numerous times and was also released as a successful film in 2001. It opened on Broadway in March 2014 starring Neil Patrick Harris & Lena Hall.

This live musical performance features monologues about Hedwig’s childhood, her journey to the U.S., her marriage to Luther, and the story of Tommy Gnosis. This latest stage interpretation at Gateway City Arts will star Kevin Tracy as Hedwig and Sarah Devine as Yitzhak, Hedwig’s back-up singer, husband and whipping boy.

All tickets are $20 and are available at the door or online. Facebook page
The Seth Show presents 

Adapted from the monologue by Mike Daisey, Performed by Seth Lepore
Directed by Linda McInerney of Eggtooth Productions

Tuesday, November 1st
THE WEST END (across from Riff's)
116 Pleasant St Suite 160

and Friday, November 4
Shea Theatre, Turner's Falls

When Seth Lepore 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. The Guardian hails the show as “ an artful lie illuminates what we believe to be the truth more than any actual accounting of objective reality.”

Using the bones of Daisey’s script as a solid foundation, Lepore chops up and remixes his own personal story into the fold, threading in the political quagmires of his home state of Rhode Island. From the love/hate relationship the people of Providence had with Mayor Buddy Cianci, to Lepore’s second cousin switching from Catholic priest to Mayor of his home town, Lepore conveys how the cult of personality is nothing new. How, in fact, Trump’s timing couldn’t be better... for the worse. If anything, we created all this monster together. 

Linda McInerney of Eggtooth Productions directs this adapted version. 

Advanced tickets are in limited batches and start at $8 and go up in two dollar increments until they reach $14 online. Get tickets now to save money. $15 at the door. Buy Tickets

The Majestic Theater presents Love, Loss, & What I Wore
by Nora and Delia Ephron
West Springfield
November 3 through December 11

Winner of a Drama Desk Award, “Love, Loss, & What I Wore” features female characters, some in multiple roles, who tell stories about what certain clothes really mean to them, and those moments when they have tried to find their identity through them. There are tales of wardrobe malfunctions, first date outfits, lucky underwear, prom dresses, favorite boots, irreplaceable shirts, dressing room experiences and the occasional disorganized purse. Behind these stories are also memories of mothers, boyfriends, husbands, ex-husbands, sisters and grandchildren, and matters of the heart.

Cast members include Jarice Hanson (Gingy), Cate Damon (Gingy's mother, Holly, Liz, Eve, Geralyn), Alexandra O'Halloran (Nancy, Stephanie, Liz's older sister, Mary's mother, Lisa), Kyle Boatright (Alex, Merrill, Liz's younger sister, Heather), Susanna Apgar (Rosie, Lynne, Dora, Doctor), Kait Rankins (Nancy's mother, Pam, Mary, Amanda), Jen Wall (Nora, Woman) and Katie Sloan (Nancy, Alex's mother, Annie, Eve's shrink).

The play is directed by Sue Dziura, set design is by Greg Trochlil, and costume design is by Dawn McKay. Dan Rist is lighting designer, Stephen Petit is production stage manager and the associate production stage manager is Aurora Ferraro. Danny Eaton is producing director.

Ticket for the play range from $25-$33 and are available by calling or visiting the box office during its hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm.
The Majestic Theater presents TEA FOR THREE
November 7 and 8 at 7:00 PM
131 Elm Street, West Springfield MA 01089

Emmy Award-winner Elaine Bromka stars in this whimsical and deeply-moving behind-the-scenes look at three memorable American First Ladies: Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford. Join us on Election Eve and Night to share the journey of each of these remarkable women as they deal with the fishbowl that is First Ladydom.

More information online.
Directed by Jeannine Haas
Starring the original cast! Laurel Turk, Emily Bloch, Emily Fox, and Dorian Gregory

Signature Sounds
The Parlor Room ~ 32 Masonic Street
Northampton, MA
Wednesday, November 9 - 7:00pm and 8:30pm

If you missed us in Ashfield, this is your chance to see us in Northampton.  Breastless is one woman's determinedly truthful exploration of body image and sexuality after double mastectomy.  Intimate monologues are juxtaposed with satirical song and dance. Anyone with a body will find something to relate to in this piece.  There will be a short talkback after the 8:30 show.  Run time is 60 minutes

Buy tickets here.
Smith College Department of Theatre New Playreading Series presents:

by Sabrina Brier, directed by Siobhan McManamon

Thursday, November 10 at 4:00 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College

Bubbie is on her death bed in her cold, middle-of-nowhere home in Montana. The grandkids have made their way over to her from their busy city lives, each with a plan in mind: to bury a secret, to ex-communicate a sibling, and to score a big Hollywood break. 

Free and open to the public.
The Mount Holyoke College Department of Theatre Arts presents Lynn Nottage’s INTIMATE APPAREL
November 10-12 at 7:30 PM,
November 13 at 2:00 PM
Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke College

Directed by visiting Hampshire College Professor of Humanities and Arts Natalie Sowell, the play profoundly explores race, class, and gender through the life of a New York City seamstress at the turn of the century. The production includes set design by the department’s technical director, Shawn Hill, costume design by Phuong Nguyen ’17, and lighting and sound design by Lara Dubin.

Turn of the century NYC - Esther, an African American seamstress, lives in a rooming house creating lingerie for her clients while longing for a better life. Amidst society's manifold norms and -isms, desires of the heart are as complicated as Esther's exquisite corsets.

For reservations:  (413) 538-2406 or email:

Reserved tickets must be picked up ½ hour prior to the performance.

Tickets: $7 general | $4 students and senior citizens

More information online.
Bay Path University presents Mary Poppins
Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 11 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 13 at 2:00 pm
Mills Theatre (Carr Hall)

She’s practically perfect in every way! This fall, Mary Poppins flies over the rooftops of London and onto the Bay Path stage in the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical event of the season. The heartwarming tale, based on the beloved books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, has captivated audiences for generations, and now the enchanting story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking production numbers, and astonishing stagecraft are poised to dazzle and delight theatergoers of all ages again, like never before. Come believe in the magic and discover an irresistible world where anything can happen if you let it!

Following the performance, there will be a meet and greet with each of the characters.

2 Hours and 30 Minutes (includes one intermission)

Adults: $12.00
Senior Citizens: $8.00
Children (up to age 18): $5.00
Family Bundle (2 Adults and 2 Children): $30.00 (with code "FamilyBundle")
College Students with ID: Free

But tickets online or visit/call the Student Information Desk (413) 565 – 1307.

Mary Poppins’ Magical Craftiscal Emporium | Mrs. Corry’s Perfectionary Confectionary

Step right up and step in time to the jolliest pre-show holiday in town! Pop by up to one hour before each performance to create your own kite, color in your favorite characters, build a bird feeder and hear an abridged retelling of this whimsical Walt Disney tale. Be sure to visit Mrs. Corry’s Perfectionary Confectionary for show-related treats!
Looking for a actress, actor  and/or  comedian to co host a podcast focusing on a satirical look at entertainment and pop culture.  Must be comfortable on a microphone. Up on and interested in entertainment and pop culture. Have a good sense of humor with the right amount of sarcasm and snark.  If you think think this may be perfect for you, email Lorraine
The New England New Play Alliance publishes a free weekly online newsletter with information about readings and full performances of new plays throughout New England. You can keep up to date with the latest shows and trends by subscribing.

A pair of free tickets for each performances of Trump Card will be raffled in the New England New Play Alliance Newsletter. A raffle will be held a few days before each show. Subscribe now and watch the ticket giveaway section.
Request for proposals for our upcoming New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular at the Shea Theatre on December 16-18, 2016

Eggtooth Productions is presenting a holiday variety show at the Shea Theatre in Turners Falls, MA upon the theme of GRACE. Would you like to submit a 5-10 minute offering that could be a part of our show? 

We provide the venue, the promotion, the tech, and any support (within reason) you might need to perform your piece. It could be theater, music, dance, circus arts, poetry, really anything that lasts under ten minutes and can be experienced upon a stage. Be creative!  Participants will be announced first week of November.

Proposals due by October 31, 2016.
Email Linda McInerney with your idea!
Hampshire Shakespeare Company is looking for an experienced season producer to oversee the renowned Shakespeare Under the Stars 2017 summer season. Join us for the chance to bring the Bard’s work to the great outdoors and facilitate the creation of theatrical experiences from the most profound to the most playful.

The producer will assist in hiring, creating a budget, and planning and overseeing the two Mainstage shows and Young Company show. Contract begins immediately and completes at the end of the season in late August. Please send resume and cover letter to Accepting applications through October 22.

Producer duties:

  • takes overall responsibility for functioning of the season including fundraising and presence in community
  • manages overall budget with an eye toward end-of-season net
  • directly responsible for overall personnel management, including the hiring and supervision of TD, PM, administrative staff, and publicity
  • oversees mentorship of production assistant program
  • creates and ensures distribution of contracts in conjunction with board of directors
  • provides updates to the board on process of all shows, attends production meetings as needed


  • strong communication skills
  • experience in budget management
  • non-profit arts administration experience
  • conflict resolution
  • experience working with young people
  • willingness to take initiative
  • flexibility
  • team player
  • good sense of humor

Compensation: $3,000-$3,500 (commensurate with experience)

Playwriting & Screenwriting Consulting

Individual consulting with playwright & screenwriter ROSE MARTULA to provide feedback or assist in editing scripts: PLAYS, FULL-LENGTH FEATURES, SHORTS, TV PILOTS or WEB SERIES. In whatever stage. I'm here to honor your vision, not alter. Let's do this!

Contact Rose.
Phantom Sheep with J-Art 
presents "Game On" LaughCrafters Comedy Improv Class

Springfield Jewish Community Center
Beginning November 7 for 4 Weeks. Mondays 7-9PM 
All levels welcomed as we explore the art of discovering and presenting comedy through games.

Sharpen quick thinking!
Build Confidence!
Improve acting and stage presence!
Unleash creativity and characters!
Relax and laugh (a lot)!
All levels welcomed and challenged at own pace in a very fun, encouraging, and constructive atmosphere.

Facebook event here.

Phantom Sheep is proud to partner with the Springfield JCC offering youth, teen, and adult classes in improv, puppetry, and more since 2014.  They have been performing and teaching professionally for over 15 years and also currently produce shows for Six Flags Entertainment.
Discounts available for JCC, and J-ART members.
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