I hope you are all enjoying this lovely warm weather - and that you get to take some version of a Mountain Day if you didn't get to with Smith and Mount Holyoke this week.
Tickets are available now for Ghost Light Theater's THE PILLOWMAN, which opens tomorrow night! Get yours by clicking the link with the image below.
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Last summer, I wrote a post for the Lilly Awards Blog about the huge gender gap in who’s winning the big money awards for emerging musical theatre writers. The article was written in the same vein as The Lilly’s/Dramatist Guild Fund’s The Count, stating the numbers and drawing a few conclusions about the data. White cisgender men are receiving a disproportionately high amount of funding early in their careers, which undoubtedly impacts the “pipeline” of who gets produced.
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SILVERTHORNE THEATER presents GREATER TUNA
October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 with performances at 7:30 pm, and a 2 pm matinee on Saturday, October 14
Fourth floor of The Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center (formerly The Arts Block) in downtown Greenfield, MA
Twenty different residents of tiny Tuna, Texas, come to life onstage in Silverthorne Theater’s production of the perennially popular comedy, Greater Tuna. Two of Silverthorne’s favorite actors, John Reese and Julian Findlay, take on the play’s challenging lightning-fast costume, voice and persona changes under the direction of veteran Valley theater artist Steve Henderson.
There will be a post-show conversation with the director and cast after the October 12 performance. The Hawks & Reed PAC is located at 289 Main Street on the Greenfield Common in the middle of the town’s Cultural District. It is air-conditioned and handicapped accessible.
Written by Texans Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams, Greater Tuna brings us a day in the life of the third smallest town in Texas as seen through the eyes of OKKK Radio Station announcers Arles Struvie and Thurston Wheelis. In the course of the play, the two morph into such characters as Vera Carp, self-appointed guardian of the town’s morals; Petey Fisk, the desperate head of the local SPCA; Bertha Bumiller, a housewife who has lost control of her children, husband and pets; and many others.
The trials and tribulations of this wild assortment of personalities reflect beliefs and practices that may mystify New Englanders. By many standards, the play is anything but poitically correct, but behind the accents and opinions are small-town folks with problems and aspirations with which we can identify.
The Majestic Theater presents
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY October 5 - 22
Majestic Theater, West Springfield
The Tony Award-winning musical was adapted from Robert James Waller's 1992 book, which also inspired the hit film starring Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood.
The story revolves around Francesca Johnson, an Italian war bride living in Winterset, Iowa in 1965. She has had eighteen years of a largely unfulfilling farm life, and when her husband Bud and two teenage children leave Iowa to attend a national 4H fair, she looks forward to a weekend free from responsibility. But then a stranger named Robert Kincaid, a photographer for National Geographic, drives up seeking directions to the covered bridges he's been assigned to photograph, and from that moment both of their lives change.
Cast members include Heather Hannon (Francesca), John Baker (Bud Johnson), Joe Casey (Robert Kincaid), Bryan Austermann (Michael), Molly Damon-Rush (Carolyn), Margie Secora (Marge), Kevin Reid (Charlie), and Kaytlyn Vandeloecht (Marian/Club Singer/Waitress). Theater Project Founder Danny Eaton is producing director, Mitch Chakour is music director and set design is by Greg Trochlil. Costume design is by Dawn McKay, and Dan Rist is lighting designer. Cate Damon is stage manager, and production manager is Stephen Petit.
Ticket for the play range from $23-$33 and are now 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.
Ghost Light Theater Presents: The Pillowman 10/6 (7:30 PM), 10/8 (2 PM and 7:30 PM),
10/12 (7:30 PM), 10/13 (7:30 PM), 10/14 (7:30 PM)
Gateway City Arts: 92 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
With echoes of Stoppard, Kafka, and the Brothers Grimm, THE PILLOWMAN centers on a writer in an unnamed totalitarian state who is being interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories and their similarities to a series of child murders. The result is an urgent work of theatrical bravura and an unflinching examination of the very nature and purpose of art.
Katurian - Greg Mahoney
Tupolski - Sue Boyle Dziura
Ariel - Ted Trobaugh
Michal - Josh Mason
Man - Colin Vigneault
Woman - Connie J. Houle
Directed by Kevin Tracy
**This play has strong language and depictions of violence. It is intended for mature audiences.**
Local Arts Local Food Local Lizards DinoFest, presented by Piti Theatre and PVMA, is a celebratory day of performances, food, activities for children, a panel discussion, chalk art, dino films with live music and more Saturday, October 7 starting at 9:30 am outside the Second Congregational Church on the Greenfield Town Common!
Events a glance:
9:30 – 11:00 am: Children’s dinosaur-themed activities start on the lawn of Second Congregational Church
11:00 am: Dexter and the Dinosaurs, a musical theatre performance featuring Piti Theatre’s Youth Troupe starts on the Town Common and makes tracks into the Second Congregational Church
11:30 am: Panel Discussion at the Second Congregational Church about the Dexter and the Dinosaurs production, Deep Time/Local History, Dexter Marsh and his contemporaries and more! Featuring dinosaur, geology and local history experts as well as artists from Piti Theatre.
12:30 pm: Locally grown treats at your favorite Greenfield eatery!
2 PM – 5 PM: Greenfield Historical Society will be open and highlighting Dexter Marsh with a few original dinosaur tracks and some hands-on plaster casts on display. 43 Church Street
6:00 pm: Real Pickle Brine reception at 170 Main Street
7:00 pm: DinoMovies Through the Ages – a live musical multimedia event created by electronic musician Lysha Smith and featuring cellist Wayne Smith at 170 Main Street. SPACE IS LIMITED. RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED. Email info”at”ptco.org with name and number of tix. There is no charge for reserving. This is a pay what you think it’s worth event (ie, you can choose what you’d like to pay after its over from $0 to . . . ?). If it sells out, we will schedule a second screening at 8:00 pm.
Ghost Light Theater presents Wednesday Workshop: Monthly Play Reading Series October 11 at 7:00 PM
Gateway City Arts, Holyoke, MA
We're back for the second installment of our new monthly reading series at Gateway City Arts.
This month we are featuring The Squad by Stephen Fruchtman. The Squad tells the story of an Inmate on death row seeking his desired form of penance for his crime, and the experiences of the men that have been tasked to execute him.
Wednesday Workshop is a new monthly reading series hosted by Ghost Light Theater and Gateway City Arts, presenting staged readings of local and new works to showcase the broad range of creative theatrical talents in the Valley. As well as a performance, the intention is to make Wednesday Workshop an opportunity for artists from our many communities to come together to meet and socialize. Join us every second Wednesday of the month.
In the interest of making the event financially accessible, the series runs on a pay-what-you-will model with a suggested donation of $5. The donations will be split between Ghost Light and each month's featured author(s). Please also consider coming early to order dinner from The Bistro, to support our generous venue; food and drink from The Bistro can also be brought into the performance. After the show, The Bistro will be open for food, drinks, and socializing. Last month we all enjoyed the fresh air in the Beer Garden!
The Women of Lockerbie - A Wilbraham United Players production
Friday October 13 - 7:30
Saturday October 14 - 7:30
Sunday October 15 - 2:30
Friday October 20 - 7:30
Saturday October 21 - 7:30
Sunday October 22 - 2:30
All performances on the Fellowship Hall Stage at Wilbraham United Church
written by Deborah Brevoort
A mother from New Jersey roams the hills of Lockerbie, Scotland, looking for her son's remains that were lost in the crash of Pan Am Flight 103. She meets the women of Lockerbie, who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the plane's wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim's families.
Directed by Deborah Trimble
Tickets are available on the players website
$25 - reserved premium seats
$20 - general admission
$15 - Students & Seniors
Smith College Department of Theatre New Play Reading Series presents
THE SONG OF THE MAW by Mary Beth Brooker
directed by Alison Smith
Friday, October 13 at 7:30 PM in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts 122 Green Street, Northampton
Brooklyn hipsters Bette and Axel have retreated to a cabin in the Berkshires for a quiet weekend, only to discover the cabin has been promised to a group of eccentric seniors who are conducting an end-of-life ritual. Haphazard and sincere, this ceremony in the woods results in a conjuring of worlds unconscious and mythic.
Free and open to all
Happier Valley Comedy presents the Happier Valley Comedy Show Feat. North Coast NYC
October 14 at 8:00 PM
Northampton Center For the Arts (Arts Trust Building)
Join us this October in welcoming our special guest, North Coast, to the Happier Valley Comedy Show!
North Coast is New York City’s premier hip hop improv comedy team. Their explosive performances have been packing comedy venues, universities, and festivals nationwide since 2009. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show’s improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by a live beatboxer. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as “mind-blowing” and “next level” by critics and audiences alike.
In the second act, Valley favorites The Ha-Ha's are excited to debut their new piece "Still Life,"
in which they create a space and improvise the characters and situations that inhabit that space.
Happier Valley Comedy presents More Improv More Better
October 14 at 10:00 PM
Northampton Center For the Arts (Arts Trust Building)
Open improv jam for everyone and anyone to play and watch improv games, plus a showcase set featuring this month's up-and-coming improv team, BOOP! Improv.
BOOP! Improv creates scenes and stories via the art of long-form improvisational theater. A duo with unique chemistry, they bring their audience on a journey through humor, reality, wit, and a keen depth of characters and stories.
Suggested donation: $3-5. For more info: www.happiervalley.com.
REFUGEE a new play by Milan Dragicevich
with music by Tim Eriksen
October 19-21 at 7:30
October 22 at 2pm
The Shea Theater
3rd Steet , Turners Falls, MA
Two sisters gaze across an endless stretch of barren desert at the El Shatt refugee camp in 1943, 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.
Full Disclosure Festival:
RADICAL INTERCONNECTEDNESS October 20 - 21, 2017 on Town Common & a variety of spaces all in walking distance of Downtown Amherst. Tickets: $20 for everything at: eggtooth.org
Regional artists are commissioned to create work within the theme of our inter-connection with one another and to the earth.
Art includes original dance, theater, sculpture, film, immersive theater, folk opera, music, spoken word, and a woven natural web of connection built on the Common.
Conversations with thought leaders will be offered in nooks and crannies of local businesses including: State Rep Solomon Goldstein-Rose, Alice Nash, Mari Castañeda, Terry Jenoure, Salman Hameed, Monte Belmonte, & David Teeple.
Smith College Department of Theatre presents CREATURE by Heidi Schreck directed by Isabelle Brown
October 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts
122 Green Street, Northampton, MA
After being pestered by devils for more than half a year, Margery Kempe – new mother, mayor's daughter, and proprietress of a highly profitable beer business – is liberated from her torment by a vision of Jesus Christ in purple robes.
Visions are hard to come by, even in 1401. Should we trust the new Margery, with her fasting and her weeping and her chastity fixation, or burn her with the other heretics? Can a woman of insatiable appetites just up and audition for sainthood?
Playwright and OBIE-winning actor Heidi Schreck conjures a collision of contemporary and medieval imaginations: a very funny, a little bit scary new play about faith and its messengers.
$10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, Free for Smith Students Buy tickets online or call 413-585-3220
Exit 7 Players present The Addams Family - a New Musical Comedy
10/20, 10/21, 10/27, 10/28, 11/3, 11/4 at 8PM; 10/22, 10/29 & 11/5 at 2PM
Exit 7 Players Theatre, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA
The Addams Family - America's darkest family, comes to life in this hilarious original musical about love, family, honesty and growing up. The Chicago Sun-Times had this to say about the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Award-winning adaptation - "Note to Broadway (and not for the first time): If you want to see how to make a musical really snap into place — how to connect with an audience in that uncanny way that is so crucial for success, how to delineate characters so that we cannot help but cheer for them, and how to turn every production number into a giddy explosion of song and dance — pay a visit..." to the Addams Family Musical.
In the upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Nonetheless, this quirky family still has to deal with many of the same challenges faced by any other family, and the spookiest nightmare faced by every family creates the focus Lippa, Brickman, and Elice’s musical: the Addams kids are growing up.
The Addamses have lived by their unique values for hundreds of years and Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now an eighteen year-old young woman who is ready for a life of her own. She has fallen in love with Lucas Beineke, a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family — the most un-Addams sounding person one could be! And to make matters worse, she has invited the Beinekes to their home for dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.
The Saturday October 28 and Sunday October 29 performances will be ASL (American Sign Language) interpreted. For those audience members who will be needing the interpreters they should sit on the left side of the house (section 3) if at all possible.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
October 21 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Let's make your happy family HAPPIER!
Join us at The Happier FAMILY Comedy Show!
Funny for the whole family (and perfect for kids 5-12 and their adults)! Get your family-friendly funnies in this totally interactive, high energy improv comedy show on the third Saturday of every month.
Our next show is coming up!
Saturday, October 21st
3-4 pm (doors open at 2:45)
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art,
125 W Bay Rd, Amherst, MA 01002
Tickets at the door*: $5 Kids (4 years+), $10 Adults, Kids 3 years and under are FREE!
*Attendees do not need to purchase museum entrance.
**Note: Museum members get a discount for Show tickets.
This month's show will benefit The Hitchcock Center! The Hitchcock Center’s unique programs for children, adults, and schoolteachers foster a greater awareness and understanding of the environment. Using the best practices of environmental education, we help an average of 8,200 people a year to develop the skills, aptitudes, and attitudes needed to care for our planet’s ecological systems and create environmentally sustainable communities. To find out more.
We'll also have facepainting available at the show artfully applied by our good friend, Emma Rose Huse!
Location: A.P.E. at Window, 126 Main St, Northampton, MA
Tickets: All tickets $18 - Fall fundraising event. Performances appropriate for 14 yrs. and up. Available online. Box office opens at 7:30p.m. at A.P.E. on nights of performance
Originally produced at the Royal Court Theater in London, experimental British playwright Caryl Churchill's "Love and Information" ingeniously mirrors our age of splintered attention span. Each of the self-contained scenes, often seconds long and caught in mid conversation, deals with the ways we lust for, process, and reject knowledge. The play focuses on individuals trying to connect with, and understand each other in the 21st century. Each segment presents a situation likely to be familiar, and each seems as contemporary as cellphones and as eternal as humanity itself.
The cast includes Natalie Djondo, Lisa Enzer, Nanette Mendeita, Dan Morbyrne, David Regan, Patrick Ryan, and Linda Tardif. The play is directed by Sheryl Stoodley with Stage Manager Gabe CiFuentes. Many of the cast have previously worked with Serious Play, but included are some new faces of theatre students from Holyoke Community College, where Stoodley is a Theatre professor.
This play is part of Serious Play's new Perspectives Through Performance initiative, a program designed to set up a cultural exchange between theatre performers in the U.S. and the U.K., particularly those involved with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Later this season, Serious Play will host Scottish actress and musician Mairi Campbell in her critically acclaimed one-woman performance, "Pulse". "Love and Information" will be the first performance from "across the pond."
On Wednesday, October 25, in collaboration with Passport Theatre, Silverthorne Theater Company will present LUNGS, by Duncan Macmillan, performed by Stephanie Carlson* and Lindel Hart under the direction of Ellen Kaplan. Curtain time is 7 pm in The Wheelhouse at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main Street, Greenfield.
The world is getting hotter, there’s unrest overseas—the seas themselves aren’t very calm—and one couple is thinking about having a child. LUNGS is a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship as they grapple with questions of family and change, hope, betrayal, happenstance, and the terrible pain that you can only cause the people you love.
"Duncan Macmillan's distinctive, off-kilter love story is brutally honest, funny, edgy and current. It gives voice to a generation for whom uncertainty is a way of life through two flawed, but deeply human, people who you don't always like but start to feel you might love." The Guardian.
Plans are to move this play from the West End to New York, so this will be the last time it will be possible to see this important play for months or possibly years. Ms Carlson performs with permission of The Theatre Authority, Inc.
This special one-time performance will benefit Silverthorne Theater Company's upcoming community event, Your Voice, Poet - a free public performance/ discussion featuring the play by Haitian playwright Jean Dany Joachim, winner of STC's 2016 Playwrights of Color competition.
Your Voice, Poet, addresses the question of the function of art in a dysfunctional world, and will be performed at the Bing Arts Center in Springfield on November 25, and at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on November 26. This performance/discussion event is partially supported by MassHumanities. More information about this event.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies Is your theatre company missing? Email me!
The Office and Program Assistant is responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of the Pioneer Valley Ballet office including front desk reception, interfacing with families, dancers and the general public, and general facilities support along with the administrative aid of essential PVB programs including the children’s casts of The Nutcracker and spring performances, and year-round pre-professional and community training programs. This position works closely with all staff members and volunteers, and requires team playing, leadership skills, innovative problem-solving, and adaptability.
The Ideal Candidate MUST
Be an innovative thinker who will improve upon current administrative practices; Love children and families; Possess superb organizational skills; Have a positive outlook in unexpected situations Possess grace and fluency under pressure; Have an understanding of children’s developmental learning stages; Interact effectively with diverse individuals. Demonstrate effective skills to deal with people from a variety of cultures, genders, races and national origins.; Maintain acceptable standard of behavior to perform duties free of any action that may be construed as harassment. The genuine desire to communicate and work cooperatively with others as part of a team. Express ideas and information, orally or in writing, in a clear, concise and understandable manner, use active listening skills. Have a solid working knowledge of Excel, Word, Dropbox, Google Apps, and Mailchimp. Be capable of developing timelines, measuring success, and delivering goals. Demonstrate passion, energy, and work ethic. Understand the requirements of this position. Work as a member of a team; respond positively to the needs of others; understand the company’s goals, values and culture; take action to complete common objectives. A friendly sense of humor
Serve as receptionist during normal business hours; Maintain a professional, supportive, and friendly reception area including assisting parents, students and visitors, updating bulletin boards as needed, and tidying the front lobby as needed; Interface with vendors; Answer inquiries via telephone, email, written correspondence and in person. Respond to all inquiries in a prompt and accurate manner; Maintain organized and secured office files; Receive and sort snail mail and emails; Maintain inventory of office supplies and obtain miscellaneous supplies as directed by the Program and Operations Director and/or Artistic Directors; Process student program registrations; Help with overseeing Children’s casts for PVB productions which includes regular informational correspondence, cast check-in and out, and schedule coordination with input from the Program and Operations Director and Artistic Directors; Maintain ongoing training program informational correspondence; Coordinate Educational Outreach mailing, contacts and registrations; Maintain accurate mailing lists, and assist with preparation of program correspondence and marketing materials; Maintain a working knowledge of updated program information, dates, and deadlines;Additional administrative duties as directed by the Program and Operations Director and Artistic Directors.
Office conditions. Some lifting of bins/boxes no heavier than a full laundry basket.
15 hours/week to start with hours in September through June4:30-7:30 Monday through Friday PLUS some Saturdays 11-1pm during auditions & rehearsals (about 4 months/yr)
Hourly Non-Exempt Employee $10-$15 per hour to start
What's going on at UMass Theater?
We're marking the beginning of the 2017-2018 season with a kick-off celebration!
Curious about what we do over in the Fine Arts Center but not ready to spend money — or a lot of time? Come to the Rand Theater, located off the FAC Lobby, for the UMass Theater Season Kick-off Celebration on Oct. 5 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm.
We’re premiering clips of our upcoming shows:
One of them’s a musical. Most of them have funny parts. Some of them are brand-new. One’s about a flower who wants to get married!
It’s free, it’s going be an emotional journey, and there will be food after — what’s not to love?
To sum up: Shows! Food! Prizes! You’ll be done in an hour!
We’d love for you to come to our party.
Smith College Department of Theatre presents AUDITIONS for Studio Productions
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Nykole Darby ’19
When a housewife comes to the end of her rope with her abusive husband, she doesn't expect him to spontaneously combust. Now she has a pile of ashes on the floor, and a life to reclaim.
A KIND OF ALASKA
By Harold Pinter
Directed by Micaela Brinsley ‘20
A woman who has been in a coma for thirty years awakes with a mind still that of a sixteen-year-old. She must confront a body which seems to have aged without her prior knowledge or consent.
Auditions: Sunday and Monday, October 15 and 16, 7-10 PM Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA, Smith College
Callbacks for A KIND OF ALASKA – Tuesday, October 17, 7-10 PM, in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. Call backs on for POOF! Wednesday, October 18, 8-10 pm, in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
Performances: December 7 and 9 at 7:30 PM; Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center, Smith College
Casting Breakdown: 2 Actors (POOF!) / 3 Actors (A KIND OF ALASKA)
Audition Prep: No preparation necessary. Sides will be provided from the script.
Scripts: Perusal scripts available in Josten Library, Mendenhall Center, Smith College