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Pioneer Valley Theatre News October 13, 2016

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 October 13 - November 2, 2016

Live Art Magazine is next Friday, October 21. Do you have your tickets yet? Not sure what it is? Check out the website or this Podcast for more details about this amazing, live, one-night-only performance. Seriously. No re-runs on this one - you have to be there. More details below. 

Hedwig and the Angry Inch opens tomorrow at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke. Get your tickets to Ghost Light Theater's latest production here!

The next issue will include events through November 9. 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 The New York Times
Backstage and Now the Boss: "The Only Girl in the Building"

by Caitlin Kelly
From the article: 

Jennifer Diaz first stepped onto the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House at 11, as an extra in “I Pagliacci” and “La Bohème.” For the next three years, it became her second home, as she regularly visited her father, who is still the Met’s night crew manager after more than three decades.

At 19, she began working there as a stagehand, typically the only female member in a 28-person crew.

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

written and directed by
Emily H. Atkinson
Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

24 years ago, Audrey Fisher sold her soul to the devil. Then, she did something even worse, and the reckoning has finally come due. A lesbian love story, a demonic rivalry, and a tale of ambition, magic, and self-loathing, Fruit in Winter is a Faustus for the modern age, and a story for anyone who has felt that she would have to sell her soul to have it all.

Free and open to the public.

The Majestic Theater presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott
October 13 - 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.

For additional information, visit the website
Silverthorne  Theater Company presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) 
Arts Block 4th Floor in Downtown Greenfield
October 14, and 15 at 7:30 pm,
2:00 pm matinee performance on Saturday, October 15
AKA The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr(Abridged), by Adam Long,  Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield (The Reduced Shakespeare Company), this comedy is a rollicking irreverent attempt to represent all 37 of Shakespeare’s works (poems included) in one evening’s entertainment. Three actors fly about the stage, now re-enacting the history plays as football with the crown tossed downfield to whichever contender can catch it. Othello is rendered in rap, and all the comedies are condensed into one quick take on happily-ever-after. During the second act of the play, Hamlet is attacked from all sides, finally winding up being performed (in a very shortened version) backwards.
The Silverthorne production features the talents of veteran Valley comedian Steve Henderson* (member, Actors Equity Association) with rising stars Julian Findlay and Schuyler Evans. David Rowland directs. 

Tickets are available at the door or online. General admission is $19; students/seniors 65+ $17.  Pre-sale discount tickets will be available at the World Eye Bookstore, 156 Main Street, Greenvield, beginning September 15. Reserve over the phone at 413-768-7514.

Audience involvement is a given with special attention paid to the squeamish. As often said, “If you like Shakespeare, you’ll like this show. If you hate Shakespeare, you’ll love this show!” The Today Show. “Pithier than Python. Irresistible.” New York Times.
Ghost Light Theater presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch
October 14, October 15, October 21, October 22, 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
Happier Valley Comedy presents the Happier Family Comedy Show
Saturday, October 15 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, October 15th at 4pm.  Located at Eastworks' Community Room (Suite 160) 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton. Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids (3 yrs and under free), $30/Family Max. Purchase tickets online or at the door (*cash or check only at the door please*) For more info visit on facebook.

Dean Parker Productions presents Mr. Mambo
Saturday, October 15 at 8:00 PM
Academy of Music Theatre

Two-act musical comedy featuring the 80’s pop music of the recording artist Tiffany. Three high school seniors spend spring break in New York City competing on a dance competition reality show. Impressionable Kristen Aimes is convinced that the dynamic host for “Dance America,” Eric Archer – also known as “Mr. Mambo” – is infatuated with her. She is unaware that Eric’s interest in her is actually a publicity stunt, and that her secret admirer is really her best male friend, Johnny. Kristen and her friends each have a shot at the $1 million prize – until Eric’s vengeful ex-girlfriend, Amber, schemes to get them thrown off the show.

More info online.

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents
White Rabbit Red Rabbit
by Nassim Soleimanpour
A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton MA
October 15, 16, 17, 2016, 8:00 pm

No set, no rehearsal and the script is unsealed by the one actor in the show who reads it for the first and only time.   White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been called a play. But it's a lively, global sensation that no-one is allowed to talk about. Its award-winning playwright, Nassim Soleimanpour, is Iranian. His words have escaped censorship and are awaiting your audience. Slyly humorous and audaciously pointed, this 'theater entertainment meets social experiment' is unlike anything, and will make you question everything.
Since its premiere in 2011 at the Edinburgh Fringe, "White Rabbit Red Rabbit" has been translated into more than 20 different languages and been performed over 1000 times by some of the biggest names in theatre and film including actors John Hurt, Stephen Rea, Sinead Cusack, Marcus Brigstocke, film director Ken Loach, and in the states by Nathan Lane, Alan Cumming and Whoopie Goldberg, to name but a few.

Readers in Northampton: Jessica Litwak (10/15),  Kermit Dunkleberg (10/16),  and Patrick Gaughan (10/17)
Springfield Armory presents WOW for Women
October 16 at 12:00 and 2:00 PM
Springfield Armory, Campus of STCC College, Springfield, MA

WOW - Women Ordnance Workers were employed at the Armory during WWII, making guns and rifles for the Allies. Women did the work of what, then, "man's work". In 2 one-woman theatre performances, nationally award winning actress/writer Judith Black will take the stage, starring in both plays, one a comedy and the other a drama about WOW. 
Between these performances, Albany Berkshire Ballet will stage its own version of "Rosie the Riveter" in a short program. FREE

The Academy of Music presents Julie Schumacher: Dear Committee Members
Sunday, October 16 at 2:00 PM 
Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton


Julie Schumacher became the first woman to win the Thurber Prize for American Humor with her epistolary novel, "Dear Committee Members". Previous winners include Jon Stewart, David Sedaris, and Calvin Trillin. Her winning novel depicts a cynical and disillusioned creative writing professor, Jason Fitger, whose life is glimpsed through the seemingly endless number of recommendation letters he is asked to write for colleagues, students, and near strangers at a not very distinguished liberal arts college in the Midwest.

Fitger’s once-promising writing career is in the doldrums, as is his romantic life, in part as the result of his unwise use of his private affairs for his novels. His department is facing draconian cuts and squalid quarters, while one floor above them the Economics Department is getting lavishly remodeled offices. In short, his life is a tale of woe, told through a series of hilarious letters that Fitger is endlessly called upon to write, each one of which is a small masterpiece of high dudgeon, low spirits, and passive-aggressive strategies.

“The conceit of a novel told in letters of reference is inspired, and it is killingly funny because it’s all so killingly true. Truth walks here in the strangest of costumes, and in part because of its guises, we can face it, frown, laugh, cry. I’ve never lost an afternoon so happily.”
– Jay Parini, author of The Last Station and The Passages of H.M.

Q&A and signing to follow the public reading

Booklink Booksellers will be selling ” Dear Committee Members” for HALF PRICE at the event !!

Funded in part by the Northampton Arts Council 

UMass Amherst Department of Theatre presents The Misanthrope

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

Rand Theater
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Half-Price Preview at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 21, 2016, Opening Night at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 22, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Student Matinee at 10:00 am
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.

Live Art Magazine
Issue #4

Friday, October 21 
Academy of Music Theatre

Live Art Magazine is an annual performance event featuring live performances of art, ideas and music. The evening unfolds within the structure of a magazine. Department headings introduce a reading, a poem, a performance, a film clip, a live version of a radio piece. Short pieces up front, longer features and essays next. It's quick -- 8 min tops for features and 2-5 min for "shorts" (there's no MC). One live "issue" a year.

It's a one-night-only annual event that is not recorded or photographed. A team of illustrators live draw the event, and that's the only documentation of the night. You have to be there to experience it. The show recognizes local and regional talent. It offers a space for artists to try new -- even risky -- collaborations.

Buy tickets.
Smith College Department of Theatre presents 

by Robert Harling
Directed by Jennifer Sturley 

October 21, 22, 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.

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
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

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

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.
Smith College Department of Theatre Auditions
Studio Production: THE BEAR

By Anton Chekhov, translated by Paul Schmidt, directed by Alyniece Siemion '17
Performances December 9 & 10, 7:30 PM, Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Auditions will be held Sunday and Monday, October 16 and 17, 7-10 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. Callbacks will be on Tuesday, October 18, 8:30-10 PM. Perusal scripts are available in Josten Library.

Roles for 3 actors. Five college and community members welcome. We welcome diversity and color inclusive casting.


Elena Ivanovna Popova - a landowning little widow, with dimples on her cheeks.
Grigory Stepanovitch Smirnov - a middle-aged landowner.
Luka - Popova's aged footman. 


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

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.
The City of Easthampton is hiring at Arts Coordinator.
See more details about the position and apply here.
Applications due by October 20. 
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.
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)
Hadley, MA

"[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. 

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.

Register here. If you would rather REGISTER BY PHONE, call Brown Paper Tickets directly at 1-800-838-3006. IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO REGISTER ONLINE OR BY PHONE, PLEASE CONTACT SCOTT at to complete the process, old school-style. Facebook event here
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