Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pioneer Valley Theatre News October 20, 2016

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter
View this email in your browser

 October 20 - November 9, 2016

Live Art Magazine is tomorrow night: Friday, October 21. Get your tickets today and I'll see you there (well, maybe - I'll be backstage). This annual one-night-only event is really not to be missed - and this year's lineup is excellent!

If you'd like to be Easthampton's new city arts coordinator - today is the deadline. Apply now, and let's hope this position will soon be fully funded by the city!

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.

Check out the Howlround article below - written by recent Smith alumna Hannah Sachs. Have you written an article about theatre recently? Send it my way!

The next issue will include events through November 16. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

Submit Your Theatre Event
For tickets and information, visit the Facebook page!
from Howlround
The Religious Nature of Theatre, the Theatrical Nature of Religion

by Hannah Sachs
From the article: 

From the time I could speak, I’ve been involved in theatre. From acting in local productions to studying directing at Smith College, I’ve passionately thrown myself into a life centered on the stage. My other lifelong passion is the study of religion. As an ethnically Jewish woman who has chosen to worship with a number of Christian communities, I’ve learned to appreciate the incredible beauty of religious diversity and recognize religion’s unique ability to create community and inspire change. I am often asked which field I’ll ultimately pursue, and many are surprised to hear that I don’t plan to choose between religion and theatre. My two passions are often viewed as completely divergent fields; however, I see theatre and religion as inherently connected endeavors. By examining the religious nature of theatre and the theatrical nature of religion, I believe that we may enrich both disciplines.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
The Majestic Theater presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott
October 20 - 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
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.
Ghost Light Theater presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch
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
UMass Amherst Department of Theatre presents The Misanthrope

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

Rand Theater
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

Buy tickets

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
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

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.
The City of Easthampton is hiring at Arts Coordinator.
See more details about the position and apply here.
Applications due by October 20. 
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.
Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences 


No comments:

Post a Comment