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Earlier this fall, Emerson College hosted a day-long Teach-in on Race. The day was supposed to give the Emerson community a chance to come together and talk about how prejudice and race manifest in the school and in the fields Emerson students are training to enter. As an acting major, I am well aware of the systematic injustices that are rampant within my field, but I admit I sometimes do not know what is the best way I can use my privilege to create change. Seeing that one of the panels for the day was called the "Current Crisis on Casting in Theatre and Media," I thought it was the perfect chance for me to be able to find some answers, or at least get some pointers as to things that I could do now.
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The Majestic Theater presents Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones February 1 - 11
Majestic Theater, West Springfield
The play tells the true story of the State Librarian of Alabama, Emily Wheelock Reed, who was persecuted for protecting books in the south during the days of the Jim Crow laws. In 1959, Garth Williams, a well-known writer and illustrator, has just published a children's book entitled The Rabbit's Wedding, in which a black rabbit marries a white rabbit. State Senator E. W. Higgins is outraged, certain that the book promotes race-mixing, and mounts a crusade to have it removed from the shelves and banned.
Alabama Story has been hailed as a social justice drama that's “a vest-pocket cousin” to To Kill a Mockingbird. It has been described as a “love letter to reading,” and productions have garnered both critical praise and standing ovations wherever it's been produced.
Cast members include Cate Damon, Jack Grigoli, Rand Foerster, Melenie Flynn, Silk Johnson and Mark Dean. The play is directed by Sheila Siragusa and producing director is Danny Eaton. Set and lighting designer is Dan Rist and Dawn McKay is costume designer. Stephen Petit is production stage manager, and assistant production manager is Aurora Ferraro.
Ticket for the play range from $23-$30 and are now available by calling or visiting the box office during its hours of operation, which are Monday through Friday10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 1pm.
UMass Theater presents Dream Play
An immersive experience based on the classic play by August Strindberg
Directed by Mary Corinne Miller
Feb. 7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.
Departs from and concludes in the Curtain Theater, and travels to Rooms 433-442 on the Fourth Floor Arts Bridge, Fine Arts Center; accessible
$5 per play students/seniors, $15 general admission
We accept credit cards and Ucards at the door
Visit the Fine Arts Center Box Office in person, online, or by calling 1-800-999-UMAS
Eyes looking forward, feet still, knees straight ahead — that's how we take in most theater performances. Not so with UMass Theater's Dream Play. In director Mary Corinne Miller’s innovative vision for August Strindberg’s drama, the internal psyche of dreams comes to life in a site-specific, experiential/immersive play, the first of its kind to be part of the UMass mainstage season.
Audience members are invited to mingle with performers as they forge their own path through this unique take on a classic, running Feb. 7-17 on the fourth floor Arts Bridge in the UMass Fine Arts Center.
Written in 1901 as a counter strike on the era of realism, Dream Play challenged people to reconsider how they experienced time and space.
In Strindberg’s original production, Dream Play followed Agnes, a daughter of the gods, on her quest to understand humanity. In her travels, she met countless individuals and couples whose suffering was great. Miller’s immersive adaptation of this play invites the audience to step into the role of Agnes. Like her, they'll venture through the story, meeting the other characters Agnes met, pondering what their experiences mean. They will encounter not only the hardships of human existence but the joys of life; they will get the opportunity to discover for themselves what it means to be human.
A team of fourteen actors will guide audience members from the Curtain Theater up to the fourth floor Arts Bridge in the Fine Arts Center, where a dream-world will unfold throughout ten different rooms. Audience members can choose to stay in one room, follow a specific actor on their journey through the space, or forge their own pathway through the Arts Bridge.
Not only will this production of Dream Play be the first immersive, experiential performance done as a mainstage production at UMass Theater, it will also be one of the first to experiment with engaging all five senses throughout the performance. Audience members will not be required to participate in the performance but may be offered objects to hold by actors, invited to listen through telephones, experience smells in the separate rooms, and even taste food and drink while they move through the spaces.
After the performance concludes, audience members are invited to join members of the production in the Curtain Theater to mingle, enjoy a beverage, and discuss the performance.
Buy your tickets now and join us inside a gorgeous, surreal world!
Mount Holyoke College Rooke Theatre presents Play Reading of Chay Yew's "Question 27, Question 28" Feb. 9-10, 2018 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
What happened to the women of the Japanese American Internment? How did these brave women keep their American dream alive?
This play weaves a story of the struggles, plights and courage of Japanese American female detainees in the American internment camps of World War II. Nationally-recognized playwright Chay Yew draws from the special archives of the Japanese American National Museum to create a documentary theater project based on testimonials, transcripts, documents and interviews with female internees living in the camps during WWII.
Exit 7 Theater presents William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing February 9,10, 16,17 at 8pm, February 11 and 18 at 2pm
Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut st, Ludlow, MA
(413)583-4301 or at www.exit7players.org
The Exit 7 Players are proud to announce Its winter production, William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Show dates are February 9,10, 16, and 17 at 8pm and February 11 and 18 at 2pm. The Bard’s famous comedic romp known for the brilliant war of words between the feisty Beatrice and the staunch bachelor Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party. When Don Pedro Prince of Aragon visits Leonato, Duke of Messina, love antics ensue. War hero Claudio falls in love with Leonato’s daughter, Hero and their marriage is agreed upon. While marriage preparations ensue, Don Pedro schemes up a plan to make old flames and longtime bantering partners Benedick and Beatrice fall in love. This charming exploration of love and marriage, friendship and honor, features some of Shakespeare’s wittiest and most poignant dialogue.
The show is directed by Ryan Bird. Ticket prices are $22 (preferred), $20 (adult) and $18 (seniors over 62/children 12 and under), and are available through the Exit 7 Theater website at www.exit7players.org or via phone at (413) 583-4301. Discounted group tickets are also available by calling the box office.
Sunderland Public Library presents Sunderland Short Story Series February 17 at 2:00 PM
Sunderland Public Library - Community Room
Dramatic readings performed by professional local actors that bring short stories to life.
Myka Plunkett reads "The Lone Pilgrim" by Laurie Colwin
Troy David Mercier reads stories from "Man Seeking Woman" by Simon Rich
This performance is free and open to all.
Happier Valley Comedy presents the Happier FAMILY Comedy Show February 17 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Every show is all new and created on the spot based on your suggestions. A high-energy interactive improv comedy show that is funny for the whole family. $5/child, $10/adult, 4 and under/free (attendees do NOT have to pay museum admission; however discounted show tickets are available for museum members).
Real Live Theatre presents When Last We Flew (a staged reading) February 17 at 7:00 PM
Gateway City Arts
After stealing his local library’s only copy of Angels in America, misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen…
RLT presents a staged reading of the funny and powerful script When Last We Flew by playwright Harrison David Rivers. This coming of age story follows teens Paul, Ian, and Natalie (and their families) as they take ownership of their identities as Black, gay, and activists.
Co-directed by Ellen Morbyrne & Trenda Loftin.
The reading is taking place at Gateway City Arts and their fabulous Bistro will be open for food and drinks before and after the performance. A perfect all-in-one night out! Check out their full menu.
Mature content (sexual themes and strong language).
This reading is also a fundraiser for RLT's 2018 5th Anniversary Season. Sliding scale tickets $10-$20. (Inquire about potential group discounts.)
Hampshire Shakespeare Company is currently seeking 2 Directors and a Fundraising Director for the 2018 Summer season of “Shakespeare Under the Stars,” which will include the adult productions of Othello and Twelfth Night and the Young Company production to follow. Please see the website for more information on how to apply!
Smith College Department of Theatre New Play Reading Series: HOW TO DATE A MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL Written and directed by Lyssandra Norton MFA '18
Auditions are February 5 7-10PM in Acting Studio 1
Auditions for a super low-key staged reading at Smith. 1-3 rehearsals. Reading the script off a music stand. If you're looking for something low commitment stop by anytime between 7-10 in Studio 1 on February 5th at Smith in the theatre building.
Looking for actors of all kinds 18-35.
Contact Lyssandra Norton with any questions. Facebook event.
K and E Theater Group Sweeney Todd Auditions at Gateway City Arts February 20, 5:00-10:00 PM
Gateway City Arts 92-114 Race Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
K and E Theater Group is so excited to announce auditions for their premiere production
" Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street".
Auditions are February 20, 2018 from 5-10pm. Callbacks will be held Febraury 26, 2018 from
5-10pm. Both auditions and callbacks wil take place at Gateway City Arts.
Please email email@example.com to secure an audition slot. Please include in your email 3 times that you request for a time slot and someone will answer confirming your slot.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Valley Performance Playground presents Movers & Shakers Fridays, 10-10:45 am Jan 5-March 16, April 6-June 15
Northampton Center for the Arts, Downstairs, 33 Hawley St, Northampton MA
Go on a creative adventure each week with your child as you move your bodies and stretch your imaginations. Children will gain physical awareness and hone social skills as they explore the dynamics of movement and rhythm. The class is designed to give caregivers the opportunity to connect with their children in a joyful and playful environment and take home creative tools to incorporate into everyday life. A variety of music, imaginative props, and stories will be used to create a stimulating and fun creative movement/drama class.
Ages: 18 mos-5 yrs, and their grown-ups,
drop-ins welcome ($15, 1/2 price for siblings) More information.
New Century Theatre Producing Director Sam Rush will offer two courses beginning in early 2018. Classes will be held at the Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street in Northampton, MA.
To register, send an email to Sam Rush (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 413-587-3933 to hold a spot.
Acting for Non-Actors Instructor, Sam Rush
Ages 18 and up (or by instructor permission)
Tuesdays, 5:15-7:15 p.m.
Northampton Senior Center, 67 Conz Street
February 13 through April 10
(no class on March 13)
The perfect course if you have never taken an acting class before but have always wanted to try or had a class once way back when and want to try again. With NCT Producing Director Sam Rush, you'll have a chance to explore your inner ham in a fun, relaxed and supportive environment. Using improvisation, text and original source material, you'll learn fundamental acting techniques that may just serve you the rest of your life - on stage or off.
J-ART in partnership with Phantom Sheep Productions presents Comedy Improv Classes- Adult & Teens (15+) Winter Session Six Weeks starting Feb 5th at 7:00 PM
Springfield Jewish Community Center
6 Weeks Session.
Mondays 7-9PM Starting February 5th!
Open to the general public!
Adults & Teens 15+
Sharpen quick thinking!
Unleash creativity and characters!
Enjoy the power of collaboration!
Improve acting and stage presence!
Relax and laugh! (a lot)!
Taught in a very fun, encouraging, and constructive atmosphere.
All levels welcomed and challenged at own pace.
NOW MUSIC AND THEATER Summer Programs for Children at beautiful Eaglebrook School
Eggtooth Productions offers TWO different two week sessions of summer theater or music for children ages 8-13.
July 30 - August 10, 2018
MUSIC with Jo Sallins
This program allows children to have their hands on their very own instrument and become part of an ensemble. Participants are taken on a journey from percussion basics into complex sound techniques for a truly magnificent music appreciation experience.
THEATER with Bill Stewart
Learn about stage play and combat, comic bits, delightful language and the joy that play can bring all while relishing the language of the Bard. Children create their own devised production that will be presented at the end of the session!
The cost is $590 with a limit of 15 children in each section. A check may be made to: Eggtooth Productions 102 Highland Ave., Greenfield, MA 01301. Founded in 1922, Eaglebrook School is located on 750 acres on the Pocumtuck Ridge in Deerfield, MA just off Routes 5 & 10. To learn more about Eaglebrook School or for directions visit: eaglebrook.org Camp runs 9 AM to 3 PM with mornings devoted to creation and rehearsal. Lunch will be provided in the beautiful Gibbs Dining Hall. Activities including swimming in the Schwab Pool, playing on the fields, and more.