Thursday, April 5, 2018

Pioneer Valley Theatre News April 5, 2018

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 April 5 - 25, 2018

This week's article from Howlround is by recent Smith College alumna Hannah Sachs - take a look! And come to the WORD! Festival at Smith tonight - it's free!

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from Howlround
Working with Students to Reclaim the Revolutionary Roots of Czech Theatre
by Hannah Sachs

From the article: 

“Now let’s create an image of exclusion,” I explained to the classroom of young Czech teens. Silently, they arranged themselves into a landscape of frozen poses, working together to create a tableau based on their personal understanding of the word. Some students crowded around a kneeling student, trapping him as he reached out towards the others. A young man held another boy’s hands tightly behind his back while another student covered his mouth. A girl sat with her back to the rest of the group, eyes cast downward, utterly isolated. Then I asked them how they might change the image from one of exclusion to one of inclusion. Students impulsively began to adjust their forms. Some students shifted so that their linked arms that had previously imprisoned their classmate became an arch for them to walk through. A group of students who had been standing moved towards the isolated girl and sat on the floor in order to meet face to face. Clenched fists and crossed arms gently relaxed and were replaced with open palms and eager embraces. We don’t share a mother tongue, but through Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, my students and I were learning to dream in the same language.

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Smith College Department of Theatre presents WORD! Festival
April 5 at 7:30 PM in Acting Studio 1
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College


The annual WORD! Festival, now over 30 years old, will present staged readings of short poly-cultural plays (or excerpts of plays) by Five College students awarded the 2018 James Baldwin Playwriting Prize.

Five plays will be performed on Thursday, April 5 at Smith College: 
Aabaad by Zoya Azhar
These Horns of Mine by Wen Rui Tai
Mom by Tasheena Stewart
Walang Hiya by Cristina Rey
Jamel Goes to the Moon by Long You

Free and open to the public.

Black Cat Theater presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Thursday, April 5 thru Saturday, April 7 – 7:00 curtain
Sunday, April 8 – 2:00 curtain
South Hadley High School
153 Newton St, South Hadley

$15 General Admission -- $12 Seniors / Students
Military/Verterand and First Responders always FREE

For reservations call 413-563-6023 or email

This performance is made possible in part by:
Sweet Peas Tailors, South Hadley MA
Pizza D’Action, Holyoke MA
Village Eye Care, South Hadley MA

    Journey "under the sea" with Ariel and her aquatic friends in Disney's The Little Mermaid JR., adapted from Disney's Broadway production and the motion picture (featuring the enormously popular Academy Award-winning music and delightfully charming book and lyrics). Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories, Disney's The Little Mermaid JR. is an enchanting look at the sacrifices we all make for love and acceptance.

    In a magical underwater kingdom, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home – and her fins – behind and live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father, King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, and convince the handsome Prince Eric that she's the girl whose enchanting voice he's been seeking.

Happier Valley Comedy presents We Made a Thing: a Tiny Audience Show
every Monday (except April 30) at 9:00 PM
Northampton Senior Center

We Made a Thing, a tiny audience show: Super casual, weekly improvised theater show every Monday at 9pm (except March 12, March 26 and April 2) at 67 Conz Street, Northampton. Free. More info.

Silverthorne presents Tar2f! An irreverent Musical Comedy
April 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm and April 15 at 2 pm
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main Street, Greenfield

Back in the 1600s, the celebrated playwright Molière was unapologetically critical of excesses and hypocrisies of French society, so much so that performances of his plays were frequently shut down! Northampton composer and lyricist Jeff Olmsted knew that the classic Molière comedy Tartuffe was the perfect vehicle for his own musical jab at our turbulent times. In this farcical face-off between love and greed, credulity and cynicism, we've added a framing device that parallels the crisis within the play, leading to a surprise climax.

Peter Ludwig* plays the title role of Tartuffe, a skilled con-man who, oozing fake piety, worms his way into the confidence (and household) of the wealthy Parisian Orgon (Sam Samuels*) and his mother, Mme Pernelle (Louise Krieger). Orgon’s wife Elmire (Myka Plunkett) soon discovers the scoundrel’s real intentions toward her and her daughter Mariane (Grace Olmsted) whose plans to marry her sweetheart Valere (Steven Williams) are disrupted by her father. Other characters such as Orgon’s son Damis (Rich Vaden) and Elmire’s brother Cleante (Ted Trobaugh) and the family’s maid Dorine (Linda Tardif) try to penetrate Orgon’s stubborn trust in Tartuffe who proceeds to bring the family to near-ruin until a last minute royal pardon arrives. Thom Griffen plays Molière in this version. Chris Rohmann directs, and Ted Trobaugh is Music Director, with Lee Edelman on keyboards.

Tickets for this production are $25 general admission; $20 students/seniors. Discount tickets for Silverthorne Theater shows are available at the World Eye Bookshop in Greenfield and Broadside Books in Northampton.. Tickets may be purchased online at or on our website.

For questions and further information a, or call 413-768-7514. Silverthorne Theater Company is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization founded in 2014. Our mission is to bring excellence of performance to adventurous drama, combining the best of the theatrical repertoire while also promoting unheard voices and underserved populations.
Smith College Department of Theatre New Play Reading Series presents SMALL PIECES FOR ONE OR TWO

Thursday, April 12 at 12:00 PM
Acting Studio 1
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College. 

A few simple stories performed with movement and words.

Written by Mary Beth Brooker, MFA ‘20.

Free and open to the public.

APRIL 12 – MAY 27
Majestic Theater, West Springfield

Written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, Guys and Dolls tells the story of gambler Nathan Detroit who is searching for a spot for his illegal floating crap game while being pursued by police Lieutenant Brannigan. The one likely spot left is the Biltmore Garage, but Nathan has to come up with $1,000 as a security deposit, so he turns to his friend Sky Masterson and proposes a bet he cannot lose; Sky has to convince prim missionary Sarah Brown to have dinner with Havana.

One of the world's most beloved musicals, Guys and Dolls opened on Broadway in 1950 and ran for 1,200 performances, earning the Tony Award for Best Musical. It was inspired by two short stories by acclaimed writer Damon Runyon.

According to Producing Director Danny Eaton, "Out of the old Broadway musicals, Guys and Dolls has long been my favorite. Those Damon Runyan characters, as obvious as they are, still manage to find their way into our hearts and when you leave the theater afterward you leave with a smile and humming a tune."

Cast members include Buzz Roddy (Nathan Detroit), Bill Clark Taylor (Sky Masterson), Julia Suriano (Sarah Brown), Annie Kerins (Miss Adelaide), Stuart Gamble (Arvid Abernathy), Michael Morales (Harry the Horse), Jack Neary (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Margie Secora (Matilda Cartwright), Michael Garcia (Benny Southstreet) and Robert Clark (Big Julie).

The play is being directed by Rand Foerster, and Mitch Chakour is music director. Set design is by Greg Trochlil and Dawn McKay is costume designer. Dan Rist is lighting designer, Justin LeTellier is sound designer and Stacy Ashley is choregrapher. Stephen Petit is production stage manager, assistant stage manager is Cate Damon, and Aurora Ferraro is associate production manager.

Ticket for the play range from $26-$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
Ghost Light Theater presents TRUE WEST
April 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 at 8:00 PM
Gateway City Arts, 92-114 Race St. Holyoke, MA

Ghost Light Theater opens its 2018 season with the Pulitzer nominated True West by Sam Shepard. The play runs from April 13th to April 21st at Gateway City Arts Center in Holyoke, MA.

Set in the kitchen of their mother's home 40 miles east of Los Angeles, True West is a character study that examines the relationship between Austin, a screenwriter, and his older brother Lee. Austin is house-sitting while their mother is in Alaska, and there he is confronted by his brother, who proceeds to bully his way into staying at the house and using Austin's car. In addition, the screenplay which Austin is pitching to his connection in Hollywood  somehow gets taken over by the pushy con-man tactics of Lee, and the brothers find themselves forced to cooperate in the creation of a story that will make or break both their lives. In the process, the conflict between the brothers creates a heated situation in which their roles as successful family man and nomadic drifter are somehow reversed, and each man finds himself admitting that he had somehow always wished he were in the other's shoes.

"I wanted to write a play about double nature, one that wouldn't be symbolic or metaphorical or any of that stuff. I just wanted to give a taste of what it feels like to be two-sided. It's a real thing, double nature. I think we're split in a much more devastating way than psychology can ever reveal. It's not so cute. Not some little thing we can get over. It's something we've got to live with." - Sam Shepard

The play is directed by Megan Healey with technical direction by Kevin Tracy and Ana Steiner.

Lee and Austin will be played by Greg Mahoney and Joshua Mason, Ghost Light alums. They will be swapping roles over the two weekends of performances. 
Saul Kimmer will be played by Dominic Baird
Mom will be played by Sue Boyle Dziura

Evening shows are $12, matinees are $8 and can be purchased online. Please see our page at
Eggtooth Productions with Turners Falls River Culture presents:
Full Disclosure Festival on the theme of Radical Interconnectedness

Downtown Turners Falls supported by the Amherst and Montague branches of the Mass Cultural Council and sponsored by Salon Herdis.
April 14 2018 from 4 pm til 10 pm.
Tickets $15 available online or at the Shea on the day of.

Featuring: THE PASS, a new performance work by Terry Jenoure for violin, voice, komongo, piano, and flute with dance and video. Through the allegory of a canary disguising himself as a cat, THE PASS looks at the ways we all pass for something other than what we truly are and the cost of that deception. With poetry and prose written by Jenoure, improvisational maps for flute, piano, violin and komongo weave together with movement, song, and video to tell a surprising story we all know. The work is a reunion of artists from around the world who have worked with Jenoure on the stage: Sibylle Pomorin, Angelica Sanchez, Maria Mitchell, and Jin Hi Kim. All are coming together at the Shea Theatre for a one-night performance at 8 pm. 

THE PASS, at 8:00 pm at the Shea Theatre, is the highlight of a one day Full Disclosure Festival in downtown Turners Falls with the theme of Radical Interconnectedness. Five offerings all based on the theme of the ways we are connected to one another will be shared in storefronts and underutilized buildings all in walking distance in downtown Turners Falls. A $15 ticket gets you into everything! 

4:00 pm  from Walt, from me, to You at the Discovery Center at 2 Avenue A
5:00 pm  Hygge House at 69 2nd Avenue
6:00 pm  Hauling Toward Home at the Senior Center at 62 5th St
7:00 pm  Karl and Mr. Drag at the Great Falls Harvest at 50 3rd St
8:00 pm  the premiere of THE PASS at the Shea Theatre at 71 Ave. A

4:00 pm – from Walt, from me, to You, Katherine Adler at the Discovery Center
from Walt, from me, to You is an exploration of the universality and depth in the eloquent and inspirational words of one of America's most revered poets, Walt Whitman. This interpretation of "Leaves of Grass" seeks to promote inward scrutiny and interpersonal empathy. Within the Full Disclosure Festival and the theme of Radical Interconectedness, "from Walt" transcends place and time, inviting the audience to read between the lines and discover how to "weave the song of [one]self".
text by Walt Whitman
compiled and performed by Katherine Adler 

5:00 pm – Hygge House, Crystal Nilsson 69 2nd Avenue. 
We are interested in collaborating to create a multimedia duet based on the visual artist Roy Lichtenstein’s drowning girl work. Through a cartoonish/pop-art aesthetic, we seek to explore archetypal gender relationships from the 50s and 60s. By deconstructing the superficiality of the stepford wife performance, we hope to uncover the hypocrisy of learned behaviors that follow strict gender guidelines in our society.
From a contemporary standpoint, we believe that this exploration provides us a foundation from which we can make commentary on our evolving digital lives: how do our digital versions of ourselves mirror our fragile self-images and the fragile confines that we create for men and women in society? How can we subvert these archetypes in order to actually drive home deeply feminist and anti-patriarchal messages?
Crystal Nilsson (CLMA, MFA, RSME) is a choreographer, performing artist, and dance educator. She holds an MFA in Dance from Smith College and a BS in Dance Performance from Ball State University. She is a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator. 
Crystal was previously the director of Dance at Deerfield Academy and Adjunct Professor at Springfield College and Smith College. She performs with NilsSprung Dance Project, Reject Dance Theatre, and Lori Holmes Clark & Co. She is currently working as Managing Director of FINE (tree) HOUSE with Lori Holmes Clark. 

6:00 pm – Hauling Toward Home, Samantha Wood at the Senior Center
Hauling Toward Home is Samantha Wood’s sound installation with rocking chairs explores the definition of home through the human voice – place and story – embodied in the dual metaphor of the rocking chair, which, perhaps soothing, is also the motion and effort born of necessity rowing across dark seas to reach a familiar harbor.
Samantha Wood is an artist and journalist. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and works at The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where she is managing editor for news.

7:00 pm – Karl and Mr. Drag at the Great Falls Harvest
Mr Drag has been entertaining the masses for centuries...ummm years. Mr. Drag's origins are slightly obscured in a vodka soaked past. Amongst his worldly travels he encountered many characters but none tugged at his heart strings such as the poor street urchin Karl. Mr. Drag took him in and Karl has been his " trusted" assistant and earnest companion ever since. 
Join Mr. Drag and Karl for their new talk show Morning Vodka. Grab a drink and sit down in the audience or be interviewed (if you're lucky). Mr. Drag and Karl will bring their spectacle, talent their all-you-can-drink martini buffet (guests ineligible for buffet) with them. 
Karl is played by Katherine Adler. Katherine Adler is a movement artist living in Northampton. Other alter egos include Bob Dylan and Walt Whitman.
Joe Dulude II is best known as the makeup designer for such Broadway hits as Wicked, Beautiful, Anastasia and Spongebob. He is also a freelance makeup artist, a fine artist and performer. He graces the stage as Mr. Drag - his bearded drag manifestation.

8:00 pm – the premiere of THE PASS at the Shea Theatre by Terry Jenoure.
Artists in THE PASS:
Terry Jenoure (Northfield, MA) is an American violinist, singer, composer and visual artist. She grew up in a Puerto Rican-Jamaican family in the Bronx Jenoure received from the age of seven music lessons. She studied Philosophy (Bachelor) and Education (Master, Doctorate). In addition, she is a doll maker.
Jenoure appeared in 1987 with the band of Leroy Jenkins at the Moers Festival. The collaboration with Sibylle Pomorin led to the album Auguries of Speed (1991) and to further performances and the performance of recent compositions (most recently in 2006 in Berlin with Herb Robertson and Kim Clarke). She has also featured musicians such as Henry Threadgill, Archie Shepp, Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, Butch Morris, John Carter and Elliott Sharpplayed or recorded. In Germany she also performed her program "Josephine Baker - A Celebration of Life in Stages" with dancer Maria Mitchell. In 2004, she was the first to receive the stipend from on-site in Wuppertal as Artist in Residence. Together with the Helios string quartet and Sebastian Gramss, she recorded the CD "Looks Like Me" released in May 2006 on the label Free Elephant.
She taught at Lesley University in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences and runs the Augusta Savage Gallery at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Jenoure has published a book and numerous articles on improvisation and its value in music education. She also advised the National Endowment for the Arts, the Purple Wallace Readers Digest Fund, the Ford Foundation, and the Connecticut Commission on Arts and Tourism.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Happier Valley Comedy Show
Saturday, April 14 at 8:00 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts Downstairs Studio 33 Hawley Street, Northampton

All-new monthly improv comedy show! This month features The Ha-Ha’s and special guest performers Pat and Misch Break Up, Saturday, April 14th at 8pm at the Northampton Center for the Arts in the Arts Trust Building (33 Hawley St., Northampton, downstairs entrance). Tickets: $13 at the door. For more info.
Happier Valley Comedy presents More Improv, More Better Improv Jam & Showcase
Saturday, April 14 at 10:00 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts Downstairs Studio 33 Hawley Street, Northampton

Open improv jam for everyone and anyone to play and watch improv games, plus a showcase set featuring up-and-coming improv team Not In Charge. Saturday, April 14th at 10pm at the Northampton Center for the Arts in the Arts Trust Building (33 Hawley St., Northampton, downstairs entrance.)

Suggested donation: $3-5. For more info.

UMass Amherst presents
The Lily's Revenge: A Flowergory Manifold

April 18, 20, 26, 27 at 6:30 p.m.
April 21, 28, & 29 at 1 p.m.
Beginning in the Curtain Theater, and traveling to other spaces in the department.

Lights, sequins, FLOWERS! The Lily's Revenge is not just a play, it's an extravaganza. You are cordially invited to the glorious finale of the UMass Amherst Theater 2017-18 season. 
Mark the joyous occasion of the first­-ever university production of this extraordinary multi­media, multi­-genre spectacle by queer New York performance artist Taylor Mac (McArthur Genius Fellow 2017, Pulitzer Prize Finalist 2017).
Running April 18­ to 29, the play is a bold allegory for the struggles and celebrations of LGBTQIA+ communities in contemporary American politics and invites audiences of all backgrounds to participate in radical acts of compassion and empathy.
"At its core, The Lily's Revenge is a play about community, courage, authenticity, and expanding perceptions of love--all ideas which feel necessary and hopeful at this time," says Jen Onopa, the graduate student who is directing this production. 
The Lily's Revenge follows a torch-singing anthropomorphic lily flower who falls in love with a human bride. Desperate to marry the Bride, the Lily embarks on a hero’s quest to transform into a human man, but comes to realize that this might not be the only path to life-long happiness.
The production is a kaleidoscopic somersault in 5 parts, taking the audience from musical theater to spoken word to drag performance, as the Lily explores humanity, love, and self­-discovery in the pursuit of becoming a fully-realized being. Along the way, the Lily meets other flowers, battles a nefarious curtain, and enters a high stakes world of haiku battles — while rocking a killer costume that would make any kween proud.
The Lily's Revenge moves through different spaces in the Department of Theater over the course of a run time akin to the span of a wedding reception. Just as a wedding physically moves from ceremonial space to reception hall to after­party, audiences will do so too! Between these stages, audiences are offered opportunities to participate in a parade, to interact with characters, and to ask questions about the production during the intermissions.
“What drew me to the play is its unapologetic celebration of life,” says dramaturg Gaven D. Trinidad, “And what better way to end a wonderful theatrical season than an inclusive party of a show!” This production is above all an expression of joy and happiness that welcomes audiences into a vibrant community. Everyone’s invited!

$5 per play students/seniors, $15 general admission
We accept credit cards and Ucards at the door
For tickets, visit the Fine Arts Center Box Office in person, online, or by calling 1-800-999-UMAS
Smith College Department of Theatre New Play Reading Series presents


by Jan Morris
April 19 at 12:00 PM
Acting Studio 1
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

a one-woman musical comedy drama written, directed, and performed by Jan Morris AC 

A book (or show?) on what love is and what it ain't.

Free and open to the public.

Pauline Productions presents Wayward Home: A Musical Folktale
April 19 and 20 at 7:30 PM
1st Congregational Church, Ashfield, MA

Inspired by Noah's Ark and migration stories, WAYWARD HOME is a musical folktale about a family forced to begin again. Through original music and fantastical storytelling, an international trio of performers untangles a universal tale of love, loss, and rebirth, and delve into the question "How do we keep going when the world turns upside down? An international troupe of three actors play all the roles, accompany themselves on musical instruments and found objects (bells, typewriters, jars of water and more!) live on-stage. 

This touring company has presented this inspired work across the country. Don't miss it! For ages 12 and up.

Mount Holyoke College Rooke Theatre presents A Midsummer Night's Dream
Apr. 19, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Apr. 20, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pmApr. 21, 2018 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Apr. 22, 2018 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rooke Theatre, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

"The course of true love never did run smooth." Join us for an evening of lovers' quarrels, mystical machination, adventures in the wilderness--all topped with a heavy dose of fairy dust! One of Shakespeare's most enduring comedies will be an evening of laughter and love for all to enjoy.

More Info.
NHS Theater presents NATURAL SHOCKS
April 20 at 7:00 PM
Northampton High School

NHS Theater is hosting a staged reading of Lauren Gunderson's new play "Natural Shocks" on Friday, April 20, at 7:00 pm in the Northampton High School Auditorium. This will be one of many readings performed nationwide on that date as part of the national campaign of theater activism against gun violence.  

The evening will include musical theater performances by students from the Northampton High School and Amherst Regional High School theater programs, under the direction of composer Jenny Giering.  Jenny is writing a new song for the play in collaboration with Lauren Gunderson, and has invited students to rehearse and perform musical theater numbers with her, inspired by this play and the campaign against gun violence.

More info.
Smith College Department of Theatre presents

by Jaclyn Backhaus
directed by Tara Franklin

April 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM 
Theatre 14
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College

Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. MEN ON BOATS is the true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River.

April 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14.
$10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, FREE for Smith Students. Smith students can reserve a ticket by emailing:

PaintBox Theatre presents THE BOX
April 20 at 1:00 PM 
April 21 at 11:00 AM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

PaintBox Theatre presents the world premiere of The Box based on the picture book by Kevin O’Malley. A young boy receives a large cardboard box and, with the help of his parents, he transforms the box into a rocket ship, travels to another planet, and meets aliens. Join PaintBox for this exciting journey!

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Museum Admissions Desk or by calling 413-559-6336.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Happier FAMILY Comedy Show
Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Happier FAMILY Comedy Show: Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, best for 5-12 year olds and their adults. Saturday, April 21st at 3-4pm at The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W Bay Rd., Amherst). Tickets at the door: $10/Adults, $5/Kids, Free/4 yrs and under (Reduced admission for museum members). For more info.
Real Live Theatre presents The *Annotated* Taming:
Or, Out of the Saddle, Into the Dirt

Adapted from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew
and directed by Toby Vera Bercovici
Music and lyrics by Old Flame (Emma Ayres and Sam Perry)

Saturday, April 21st at 7 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts
33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01375

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of Katherina Minola, a fiercely independent young woman held in captivity by her father until a husband can be secured. Enter Petruchio, a man who has come to town to “wive it wealthily.” He is enticed by Katherina’s dowry and inspired by the challenge of taming a woman who is, by all accounts, a “shrew.”

This play has been a hotbed of controversy for its nearly 450 years of production history. There has arisen a collective desire to prove that Shakespeare must have written the play in jest, rather than as a moralistic tale intended to put women in their place. 

No matter the original intention, The *Annotated* Taming takes a look at the play in the context of the contemporary political and cultural landscape, most specifically as it relates to the treatment of women. It also brings to the script a brand-new character, the radical annotator The Librarian, as well as songs written by Western Massachusetts-based duo Old Flame.

Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
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Academy of Music Theatre

Arena Civic Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company

The Country Players

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

Ghost Light Theater

Hampshire Shakespeare Company

Happier Valley Comedy

Ja'Duke Center for the Performing Arts

Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival of Performance
Majestic Theater

New Century Theatre

PaintBox Theatre

Pauline Productions

Real Live Theatre

Red Thread Theater

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Silverthorne Theater

Smith College Department of Theatre

St. Michael's Players


Turbulent Times Theater

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players

We are psyched to launch five brand new summer workshops for theatre makers of all backgrounds, interests, and levels of experience.

All workshops are led by RLT members and educators and will take place at the North Star Building on Route 116 in Sunderland, MA. Join us for any or all of these fabulous afternoons - discounts are available for those interested in more than one!

Saturday July 21st 1-4 PM: Theater Making with a Conscience with Ellen Morbyrne

Saturday July 28th 1-4 PM: Rooting and Rising: Cultivating Community and Championing the Creative Spirit with Angelica Polk and Julissa Rodriguez

Saturday August 4th 1-4 PM: The Art of the Director with Toby Vera Bercovici

Saturday August 11th 12-4 PM: Choreographing Intimacy with Toby Vera Bercovici and Ellen Morbyrne

Saturday August 25th 1-4 PM: Instigating Hope and Change Through Theater with Ezekiel Baskin and Trenda Loftin

CLICK HERE for more information on each workshop, our educators, and how to register! Feel free to email with any questions.
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