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Pioneer Valley Theatre News December 1, 2016

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December 1-21, 2016

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend and you're all back at it, refreshed and ready to go. 

If you missed Giving Tuesday, don't worry about it. Your local theatre companies are here year-round - and your support is appreciated no matter when it is given. 

Maybe you need to get involved more directly? Check out the auditions below. Arena Civic Theatre has auditions for Six Degrees of Separation coming up soon! 

The next issue will include events through December 28. 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
A Call For Equal Support in Theatrical Design

by Elsa Hiltner
From the article: 

Technical theatre is comprised of designing and constructing. In some areas of design, those roles are separated, and separately compensated. Set and lighting designers overwhelmingly have a technical director and master electrician hired by the company to execute a designer’s plan, even at smaller, non-equity, and storefront theatres. In contrast, costume designers are left to their own devices at all but the largest institutions. Without the support of a technician, costume designers have their hands in each step of bringing the design to the stage—measuring actors, drafting patterns, building costumes, shopping, coordinating rentals, fittings, completing alterations, writing up laundry instructions, coordinating understudy costumes, returns, budgets, the occasional mid-run maintenance, and strike. The stitchers and assistants they work with are usually interviewed and hired by the costume designer and are paid from the designer’s fee, or occasionally the costume budget if there’s room.

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Smith College Department of Theatre
New Playreading Series presents MERIT

written and directed by Lenelle Moise

Thursday, December 1 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Mona is the only black student and Southerner in a prestigious graduate fiction program in rural Vermont. When she befriends her divorced literary hero, sexy secrets, betrayal and ferocity ensue. Classmate rivalries and parental concerns round out this incisive comedy about academia, sexuality and artistic integrity. Merit won the Ruby Prize for women of color playwrights and was featured on the 2016 Kilroys List. Written and directed by Lenelle Moïse (MFA, 2004). Lenelle is the 2017 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College.

Free and open to the public.
Greenfield Community College presents LOCALLY GROWN: A Night of Short Plays
December 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 PM
Greenfield Community College

CCtheater student directors will put on three one-act plays by local playwrights for LOCALLY GROWN: A Night of Short Plays. 

Local playwrights Stephen Fruhtman, Bill Wieliczka, and Richard Ballon's works were chosen by the student directors for this year's event.

Please join us for LOCALLY GROWN December 1, 2, & 3 at 7:30PM.
$10 general admission/$5 students
>>This year, pay once, attend as many shows as you like!<<

The Sloan Theater on Greenfield Community College's main campus in beautiful Greenfield, Massachusetts.  More information online.
The Majestic Theater presents Love, Loss, & What I Wore
by Nora and Delia Ephron
West Springfield
December 1-11

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.
UMass Amherst Department of Theatre presents REFUGEE

Written by Milan Dragicevich
With music by Tim Eriksen
Directed by Nikita Milivojević
Curtain Theater
Friday, December 2, 2016, Opening Night at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Thursday, December 8, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 9, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016, Performance at 2 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016, Performance at 7:30 pm

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Two sisters gaze across an endless stretch of barren desert at the El Shatt refugee camp, while a war rages across Europe.  In the hollows of southern Appalachia, an idealistic guitar-strumming activist fights to preserve a way of life. On the streets of embattled Belgrade, a hustler struggles to survive in the underground markets of a desperate people.  What binds them together?  Where is home?  When we cross borders, what do we become?  This new play with music jumps across time and place, with a multigenerational story of displacement, capricious destiny, and the search for identity.


Black Cat Theater presents Songs of the Season
December 2, 9, 16, 6:30-8:30 PM
The Yarde Tavern South Hadley (3 Hadley St, South Hadley, MA)

Come enjoy a little Holiday Spirit with some of the members of Black Cat Theater the first three Fridays of December (2nd, 9th, and 16th) from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Yarde House. Come enjoy a great meal with the family, or a drink with friends, or just sit back with a brew and relax to the wonderful sounds of Songs of the Season with some talented performers just waiting to share their Holiday Spirit and voices with you. You may find yourself humming along, tapping a foot, clapping in rhythm, or even singing fact, it's tradition!!!
The Seth Show presents Surly Santa Takes A Stand: An Anti-Authoritarianism Special
Tuesday, December 6 at 7:00 PM
The West End (Suite 160) at Eastworks 116 Pleasant St Easthampton, MA 01027

Surly Santa Takes A Stand: An Anti-Authoritarianism Special says it all. Part communal-funeral-for-democracy-as-we-know-it, part absurd-commentary-fueled-by-liquid-courage, Surly spins a yarn of United Stateism. This year the best gift we can give ourselves is a combination of revolutionary sorrow and fucking outrage, in order to take our country – and our antiquated, stupid-ass holidaze – back. 

Surly will take on Trump and all his appointments with the logic of bar room brawl, the poetry of sailor waking up with a face tattoo and the whimsy of a tornado. You gotta be there. Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 PM at Eastworks. Pay-What-You-Decide at the end of the show.

Easthampton City Arts+ presents Light Up the Arts

WHEN: Thursday December 8, 6:30-10pm
WHERE: The Ballroom at Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton
TICKETS: Sliding scale starting at $15 / $8 student rate / Purchase tickets here

Join us for a fun and celebratory evening featuring a fashion show of local artisans and designers, an awards show, and a room filled with artists and makers from throughout the Valley. Guests will enjoy hand crafted beverages from local breweries and wineries along with light hors d’oeuvres to fuel this spirited celebration in support of arts and culture in Easthampton. More information can be found here.

Every ticket purchased for this event directly supports the growing and thriving arts and culture of Easthampton. Each year, Easthampton City Arts serves tens of thousands of artists, residents, visitors, local businesses, and community-based organizations through monthly exhibitions, events, workshops, and seasonal cultural festivals. Each of ECA's innovative and engaging programs is made possible through its annual fundraiser, Light Up the ArtsThank you for your support! We look forward to celebrating with you!

*Please note, we are currently accepting donated items and services for our silent auction. Send your ideas to Thank you!

Springfield Technical Community College presents Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Story by Lewis Carroll
Adaptation by Deborah Lynn Frockt
Directed by Greg Trochlil
Performed by STCC College Theatre Workshop

December 8 at 11:00 AM, Fri, Dec 9 @ 7pm, Sat, Dec 10 @ 2pm, Mon, Dec 12 @ 1pm
Springfield Technical Community College,  Scibelli Hall Theater, Building 2, One Armory Square,  Springfield, MA 01102

It’s a very ordinary and rather boring day for Alice until she spots a White Rabbit with a pocket watch whizzing through a world that’s beyond imagination! Her insatiable curiosity draws her into a madcap adventure in which she meets remarkable characters like the Caterpillar, Talking Flowers, a Duchess and her Cook, a Gryphon and Mock Turtle, a Mad Hatter and a March Hare. When Alice finally catches up with the White Rabbit in the Queen’s Court, she’s in for her biggest adventure of all. The wonder-filled world of Alice is a fantastic journey for the adventurous of any age.

General Admission Tickets:
$5 Students/Children under 13
$10 Adults
Tickets available at the door
Info @ 413-755-4232
More info online.

Silverthorne Theater Company brings new life to the familiar tale in its production of A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play, playing in three different Franklin County locations December 9 -11.

This script, adapted by John Reese, Linda McInerney, and Michael Haley from an original full-length play, presents a 1930s live radio broadcast, complete with six actors gathered around standing microphones voicing multiple characters – 31 in all.  Haley anchors the performance as Scrooge, joined by Joan Haley, David Rowland, Sharon Weyers, Ann Steinhauser and John Reese. The cast is under the direction of Reese, who directed a full-length production of the play in 2014 at the Academy of Music.

Sound effects genius John Iverson will recreate the excitement of the early days of live sound production with an assortment of weird-looking and -sounding machines. Period commercials spice up the station identification breaks!

Specifically designed to be family-friendly, A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play will be performed in three venues:

·      Friday, December 9 at 7 pm at The Arts Block 4th Floor
(289 Main St., Greenfield)
·      Saturday, December 10 at 7 pm at The Centennial House 
(94 Main St, Northfield – part of Northfield’s Special Day Celebration)
·      Sunday, December 11 at 4 pm at The Deerfield Inn 
(81 Old Main Street, Deerfield)

Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for youth 10 to 18; children 9 and under free; maximum $25 per family. Seating is limited; tickets may be ordered by calling 413-768-7514 or through the Silverthorne Theater website.

NOTE: Audience members are asked to bring along donations of food for the needy – canned good and non-perishables to be delivered to local food pantries.

Pioneer Valley Ballet presents THE NUTCRACKER
Friday, December 9 at 4:00 and 7:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11 at 1:00 and 4:30 PM
Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton

First performed in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1892, The Nutcracker is a ballet for all those who love the magic of theatre. Always beautiful, always sweet, always new. Pioneer Valley Ballet is proud to present its annual production of this enchanting, classic ballet at the landmark Academy of Music Theatre under the artistic direction of Maryanne Delisle Kodzis and Thomas Vacanti. The Nutcracker cast includes community members, Pioneer Valley Ballet students, Pioneer Valley Ballet Company Members. Featuring Carolina Ballet Dancers Jan Burkhard and Pablo Javier Perez as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier.

Tickets available online.
Happier Valley Comedy presents the Happier Valley Comedy Show December 10th at Eastworks
December 10 at 8:00 PM
121 Club, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton MA 01027

***NEW PRICING DISCOUNT! $10 if you buy your tickets in advance online!***

In our next show on December 10, The Ha-Ha's perform "The Buckingham." Plus special guest Scott Braidman joins them for a fully improvised set based on audience suggestion. PLUS a special opening perfromance by singer/songwriter and perfromance artist Ashley Hamel

What is The Buckingham?
A unique structure created by Pam Victor, The Buckingham combines the joys of fleet-footed short-form and the soul satisfaction of longform improvisation. Most of all, it's a rip-roarin' fun time!

Saturday, December 10 at 8pm - doors open at 7:30pm 
Location: 121 Club, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton MA. 01027
-at the door: $13 (cash or check only)
-online: $10 (until 5pm on the day of the show) 
-student discount: $7 (with coupon code for current students only)

Audiences can look forward to a full evening of comic entertainment rated PG-13 in this handicapped-accessible space. For more information about The Happier Valley Comedy Show, visit the show website. Facebook event here.
Happier Valley Comedy presents
More Improv, More Better Jam & Showcase

Saturday, December 10th, 10-11 PM
NEW LOCATION: 121 Club, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton MA 01027
(Directly following the Happier Valley Comedy Show.)

Open improv jam for everyone and anyone to play and watch improv games lead by Happier Valley Comedy friends. Plus a showcase set featuring an up-and-coming improv team. Free show (one drink minimum.) For more info o

Facebook event here.
Majestic Theater presents “Home for the Holidays”
West Springfield's Majestic Theater 
December 14-22

Producing Director Danny Eaton has announced a solid roster of Majestic performers who will take the stage including Ben Ashley, Ray Guillemette Jr., Sue Dziura, Luis Manzi, Myka Plunkett, Lori Efford, Michael King, Emery Henderson, Caelie Flanagan, Molly Damon-Rush, Madi Hartling and Todd Farnsworth. Santa Claus will also be making a special appearance.

Cate Damon will direct the show, and Musical Director Mitch Chakour will lead a band that includes Tim Hosmer, Don Rovero and Cliff Schofer.

Ticket for the show range from $24-$26 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under, 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. 

For additional information, visit the website.
Eggtooth Productions presents a New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular!
December 15, 16, 17, at 7:30 and Sunday, December 18 at 2:00 pm at the Shea Theatre. The show promises family fun with all children under 15 free! $15 for the grown ups available at
The Shea is located at: 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376
When venues for their Full Disclosure and Double Take Fringe Festivals disappeared or became too expensive at the same time the artists they love working with multiplied and expanded, the folks at Eggtooth Productions had an idea. What if they did the same thing as their festivals but tucked all the acts into one evening? The response was terrific and so the New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular was born. And what a line up! The acts include: dance, theater, installation, cabaret, music, puppets, drag, à cappella music, and monologue. Each offering is 5-7 minutes long and the theme of the evening is Grace.
The cast of characters participating in the event include: Joshua Platt, Katherine Adler, Emily MacLeod, Rachel Schneider, Anna Sobel, Maya Rivera, Meghan Zaremba, Emily Ditkovski, Amy Johnquest (AKA Bannerqueen), Joe Dulude, Emma Ayres, Pam Smith, Maureen McElligott and Company, Jack Golden, Lindel Hart, David Fersh and Art Fuleuhan, Joe Graveline, Grace Booth and her new company Til Lalezar Theater Company, Lori Holmes Clark and Meg van Dyck and Company.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
Saturday, December 17th at 4pm. 
Located at Eastworks' Community Room (Suite 160) 116 Pleasant Street, Easthampton.

Monthly improv comedy show for the whole family. Best for 5-12 year olds and their adults.  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

Tickets online. Facebook.
Phantom Sheep Players presents LaughCrafters: Holiday Show
December 19 at 6:30 PM
Agawam Library Community Room

Celebrate the season with live laughter as the Phantom Sheep Players create scenes on the spot based on audience suggestions! This annual free performance of comedy improv and sketches will take place in the Agawam Library Community Room.

Phantom Sheep is a local Western MA comedy troupe including Eric Boucher, Tommy Lynch, Jesse Redmond, Greg Seymour, Jeff Tingley and featuring new players Devin Horan and Jessica Lamoureaux.
Audition announcement for Ghost Light Theater 
Venus in Fur 

by David Ives
Directed by Erin Fitzgerald

Auditions will be held 12/4 & 5 at 7pm with callbacks on 12/7 at 7pm

Performance dates are 3/3,4,5 and 3/9,10,11

Roles are non-paid.

Rehearsal schedule will be made upon casting. 2-3 dates of read/table work in December, proper rehearsals begin in January with 2-3 rehearsals per week. Mandatory attendance for tech week, 2/28 through opening.

Gateway City Arts Center
92-114 Race St
Holyoke, MA 01040

Thomas, a beleaguered playwright/director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress-oddly enough, named Vanda. Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas' interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. 

Vanda: (20-29) a young, struggling, non-equity actress fighting for her career. Her scattered demeanor obscures an inner strength. May or may not be a goddess. Should have experience with movement and heightened language. Actor must be comfortable in limited clothing.
NOTE: Actors of color are especially encouraged to audition

Thomas: (30-49) an exasperated writer-director, searching for an actress for his new production on the origins of masochism. Should also have experience with movement and heightened language. 

For questions/audition sides contact director Erin Fitzgerald or producer Kevin Tracy.
UMass Amherst Department of Theatre presents Auditions for THE HAPPIEST SONG PLAYS LAST

Written by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Director Jennifer Onopa
running April 5-15

Dec. 5 & 6, 6:30-10:30pm
Fine Arts Center 204/206
Callbacks Dec. 12 & 13

to theater majors & community members of all ages, race, ethnic origin, ability, sexual orientation or gender identification. We specifically welcome Latinx and Arab-American actors to attend.

Please prepare a short contemporary monologue.

There’s power in traditions, in the songs sung and the food served at gatherings and the way they can bind families and communities together across time and distance. Iraq war veteran Elliott is in Jordan to film a war movie and finds himself connecting with his costar Shar, against the backdrop of the Arab Spring. When he calls home, he speaks to his cousin Yaz, a music professor, who has opened her new home in Philadelphia to feed neighbors in need and struggles against a system that neglects the poor and the sick. Hudes’s play is a complex mixture, balancing epic historical events with intimate life moments, all of them connected through the wonders of modern technology and the richness of Puerto Rican cuatro music.

For complete casting breakdown and a link to the script, please click here.

Arena Civic Theatre Announces Auditions for Six Degrees of Separation
By John Guare
Directed by Tony Jones
Produced by Megan Healey

Wednesday, 12/14/16 at 6:30 PM Thursday, 12/15/16 at 6:30 PM
The Bangs Community Center – 70 Boltwood Walk in Amherst.

From Dramatists Play Service:
“Winner of the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. No subject is left untouched in this comic, fast-paced and affecting piece. The title refers to a statistical theory which states that any two people in the world can be connected through only six other people. The play is an examination of the threads of chance that link one person to another.”

Auditions for Arena Civic Theatre’s Six Degrees of Separation, will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, December 14-15 at 6:30pm. The audition will take place at The Bangs Community Center in Amherst and consist of cold readings chosen from the script. Rehearsals begin after the New Year and will be on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Amherst and Holyoke (not all actors will be called for every evening).

Facebook Event Here.
Available Roles: Total of 9m, 4w
Six Degrees of Separation will be presented at the White Church Community Center in Historic Deerfield, April 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30th of 2017.

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.
Smith College presents
Daniel Talbott, Guest Artist in Len Berkman's Writing for Theatre class

Thursday, December 1, 1:00-3:00 PM in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts Green Room

Daniel Talbott is currently a staff writer for the Weinstein Company and Spike TV on The Mist, based on the Stephen King novella, and in development with Jim Parsons’ company That’s Wonderful Productions for a feature film, Tuolumne. His hour-long drama pilot Summer has been optioned and is in development with Sonar Entertainment and Killer Films. He is a writer, director, and actor, as well as an artistic associate of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, associate artistic director of {Your Name Here}, and artistic director of the Lucille Lortel and NYIT Award-winning Rising Phoenix Rep. His plays include Slipping (Rattlestick, The Side Project), Yosemite (Rattlestick), Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, America, Kuwait (Rattlestick/piece by piece, Encore), What Happened When (Rattlestick, Your Name Here, Rising Phoenix Rep/HERE), Someone Brought Me (Quince Productions), Mike and Seth (Quince, Encore, The Side Project), Extraordinary Things (RPR), and Gray (Your Name Here). Recent directing work includes Ugly Little Sister (NYU/Strasberg), First Born (The Actors Studio), Selkie (RPR/Weathervane), Thieves (Weathervane/RPR/ Rattlestick), F**king Immaculate (RPR), A Fable (piece by piece/RPR/Rattlestick), Gin Baby (IRT), Scarcity (Rattlestick/Hill Town Plays – OBIE Award), Lake Water (Neighborhood Productions), Eightythree Down (Hard Sparks), Much Ado About Nothing (Boomerang), Squealer (Lesser America), and The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company/FringeNYC – Overall Excellence Award: Outstanding Play). He received a 2011 Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship, a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing, a Drama-Logue Award, two Dean Goodman Choice Awards and a Judy Award for acting, and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year by He is a graduate of Juilliard and teaches at NYU/Strasberg and Primary Stages/ESPA. He is a proud member of Lesser America and a member of the Actors Studio.

Free and open to all. 
Heidi Haas presents IMPROV WORKSHOPS in December:
Florence Civic Center

All Kids, All Ages  
On Weds Dec 7th  from 3-5:30 knowing the younger students won't get there until after 3:00. 

Adults and Kids!  
On Thursday Dec 15th from 3:30-5:30  Come and play with your child(ren) our favorite improv games!! 

The cost for each workshop will be $20 and $30 for each parent/child. Space will be limited to 16 participants per workshop. 

AND of course it is NOT too early to register for the Winter session which will begin the week of Jan 5th. People are already signing up, so don't lose your spot!!

Email for more information or to register or call 413-584-5562.
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.
Double Edge Theatre presents The Winter Intensive
January 1-7, 2017

The Winter Intensive is an explosive dive into Double Edge's training process. We’ll work daily from morning until night, both in Double Edge's indoor training spaces and outside in the fields. Layering our physical training practice with music, design, dramaturgy, large object work and individual and group research, intensives are a full-body experience of our multidisciplinary creative process. We explore the dialogue between individual process and group training and creation. The intensives are open to participants of all levels of experience and are ideal for pushing the boundaries of your physicality, creativity, and imagination!

For more information, call Travis: 413.628.0277 or email
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