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It’s about time we shine a light on those shining the light. Theatre has a diversity problem and lighting design is not exempt. While American Theatre takes the time this summer to celebrate the great history and future of the field, it’s important to acknowledge where the field is now. And right now the field is incredibly white and incredibly male.
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Eggtooth Productions is proud to remount their sold out immersive theater production of:
Deus Ex Machina by John Bechtold June 21-24th
at the Shea Theatre in Turners Falls, MA
We offer two shows each night at 7 pm and 8:30 pm for five nights only with a limit of 250 participants total. Tickets are $25.
SPONSORED BY TEDDY BEAR POOLS AND COHN AND COMPANY REAL ESTATE!
For the uninitiated, what is immersive theater? Immersive theater is a brand of performance that puts the audience directly into the world of the show, often in non-traditional spaces and with a higher level of agency than a conventional performance. Unlike "audience participation" moments in more traditional theater, immersive theater audiences are not put on the spot for entertainment purposes so much as invited into the show's universe, where meaningful connections between characters and audience begin to take form.
In Deus Ex Machina, audience members will be invited to explore the many corners of the historic Shea Theater, which has been a home for 1920's vaudeville troupes, a controversial 1970's commune called the Renaissance Community, and much more. Though a carefully-curated experience, they will get the chance to play with the ghosts of the building in exciting and sometimes unexpected ways.
Indeed, the star of the show is the Shea Theatre, a venue with a long and wondrously checkered past. Denis Shea opened the theatre on Valentines Day 1927. The stage was the home for amateur theater productions put on by such groups as the American Legion Auxiliary, the Rotary Club, and the Turners High School. Mr. Shea also brought in occasional vaudeville shows. He died in 1945 and his family sold the theatre two years later. It continued to operate under various owners until 1956. The Shea then remained dark except for a short time in 1963-64.
In 1973, the Renaissance Community bought the Shea and used it as a recording studio and site for their religious activities under the leadership of Michael “Rapunzel” Metelica. In 1986, they sold it to the Franklin County Community Development Corp, who launched the restoration project whereupon the town of Montague bought the property. Most recently, in 2015, a new board of directors took on the lease and restored the building to once again become an active and vibrant community cultural center.
The cast of Deus Ex Machina includes Eggtooth regulars and a few new performers: Linda Tardif, Marina Goldman, Reynolds Whalen, Katie Spurgin, Atticus Belmonte, Enzo Belmonte, Pax Belmonte, Amelia Chalfant, Jack Golden, Katherine Adler, Monte Belmonte, Lindel Hart, Lori Holmes Clark, Michayla Robertson-Pine, Emma Ayres, Troy Mercier, Emily Pritchard, Matt Ferrari, Joe Dulude, Deb Banks, and Julia Whalen.
Chester Theatre Company presents BAR MITZVAH BOY by Mark Leiren-Young 6/21 2 & 8pm, 6/22 8pm, 6/23 2 & 8pm, 6/24 2pm, 6/28 2 & 8 pm, 6/29 8pm, 6/30 2 & 8pm, 7/1 2pm
Town Hall Theatre, 15 Middlefield Rd, Chester, MA
Joey is in a hurry to “become a man,” but he’d prefer not to skip his weekly poker game for Friday night services to do it. While this late-in-life Bar Mitzvah (and successful divorce attorney) is finding his spiritual way, the rabbi guiding him is losing hers. The 2017 Jewish Playwriting Prize winner is being directed by Guy Ben-Aharon, director of 2016’s hit production, Oh God. Berkshire favorite Tara Franklin (Sister Play) returns to play Rabbi Michael, and Boston veteran actor Will LeBow will make his CTC debut as Joey.
SILVERTHORNE THEATER PRESENTS SECOND SEASON SHOW,
ATHOL FUGARD’S THE ROAD TO MECCA
South African playwright Athol Fugard’s The Road to Mecca, has been called “a penetrating study of the role of the artist in any society.” Silverthorne Theater continues its exploration of the function of art with this piece that runs June 21-30 at the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield.
The play is based on the true story of an aging Afrikaaner woman, Helen Martins, whose evocative sculptures transformed the yard of her house in her isolated community into “a visionary environment”, assaulting the sensibilities of her conservative Dutch Reformed neighbors and causing them to doubt her sanity. Her home became known as “The Owl House” for her frequent depictions of owls in addition to a variety of human figures. The Mecca in the title does not have a religious implication but instead reflects Miss Helen’s fascination with the eastern culture that resulted in her having the statues all facing East.
Fugard is best known for his plays dealing with the evils of apartheid, but here he brings together two social & political opposites from white South Africa who each consider themself Miss Helen’s friend and take a strong interest in her welfare according to their own conflicting views about artistic creativity & the challenges of aging. Fugard himself had a home in remote Nieu Bethesda, Miss Helen’s community, and loved the stark beauty of the Karoo desert setting. The play won the 1988 New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and was hailed "[T]he author's most personal play to date, an essential Rosetta stone for the entire canon." - The New York Times.
Silverthorne’s production is directed by Rebecca Daniels and features veteran actors Jeannine Haas as Miss Helen, Chris Devine as Pastor Marius, and Mo Mosley as Miss Helen’s young friend, Elsa.. A native of South Africa herself, Mosley speaks Afrikaans and will serve as dialect coach for the other actors.
Former NMH instructor Ted Thornton serves as dramaturg, contextualizing for the cast and audience the nature of Afrikaaner culture in the 1970s setting of the play. The Company has engaged professional designer Molly Hall to create the magical environment of Miss Helen’s home that so expresses her unique artistic gift.
Tickets for the play may be purchased online through Eventbrite.com or by calling the Silverthorne Box Office at 413-768-7514. Discounted tickets will be available as of June 1 at World Eye Bookstore in Greenfield and Broadside Books in Northampton. Performances are scheduled for June 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 at 7:30 pm with a matinee on Sunday, June 24, at 2 pm. The fourth floor space at Hawks & Reed at 289 Main St, Greenfield, is air conditioned and fully handicapped accessible.
Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main Street, Sturbridge MA presents THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.
Performances June 22 through June 24, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 2PM.
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.
This production is directed by Kevin McGerigle, music direction by Virginia Bailey, choreography by Jackie McGerigle. Tickets are $20 adults, $17 seniors/students/military, $10 youth. Groups rates available. For tickets call 508-347-9005 or visit www.stageloft.org.
The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.
Wilbraham United Players presents BEAUTY AND THE BEAST June 22, 23 at 7:30PM, June 23 at 10:30AM also, June 24 at 2:30PM
Minnechaug Regional High School Auditorium, 621 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095
Wilbraham United Players Production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast will be held in the Auditorium at Minnechaug Regional High School in Wilbraham. MA. Tickets are $25 for premium seats, $20 for regular seating. ALL SEATS ARE RESERVED. $5.00 discount for Students and Seniors. Tickets can be purchased through players website.
Sunderland Public Library presents Sunderland Short Stories Wednesday, June 27 at 6:00 PM
Sunderland Public Library, 20 School Street, Sunderland, MA 01375
Actors Linda Tardif and Kermit Dunkelberg will read stories by British mystery writers, P. D. James and Arthur Conan Doyle. "Mr. Millcroft's Birthday" and "The Reigate Puzzle," respectively.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company
Twelfth Night--Shakespeare Under The Stars June 27th through July 1st and July 4th through July 8th at 7:00pm
Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies, 650 East Pleasant St., Amherst MA, 01002
Every summer Hampshire Shakespeare Company brings outdoor theater to the Pioneer Valley, as it was done in the Bard's day. This summer we are presenting Twelfth Night from June 27th through July 1st and July 4th through July 8th, and Othello from July 18th through July 22nd and July 25th through July 29th, as well as our Young Company production of Twelfth Night from August 17th through 19th. Our venue is the beautiful lawn of the Massachusetts Renaissance Center, located on the former estate of Winthrop Saltonstall Dakin, with their brick home built in the style of a Renaissance cottage in Shakespeare's Warwickshire nestled in the rolling hills of Amherst as the backdrop.
Goowin's Balloowins Thursday June 28 at 11am
Children's Museum at Holyoke
Celebrate the start of summer with madcap balloon artist, Allynn Gooen, at the Children's Museum at Holyoke! In this interactive performance, Gooen has the children become the characters and heroes of the stories, and the twisting of balloons creates the sets, props, and costumes in a fun and unique theatre of balloons. With a special focus on Dr. Seuss stories, this is an event your kids won't want to miss.
Free with paid admission.
Ko Festival of Performance presents THE RADICALIZATION PROCESS Fri. & Sat. July 6 & 7 at 8pm, Sunday July 8 at 4pm
An original performance by The Hinterlands
Created and Performed by Richard Newman, Liza Bielby, and Dave Sanders.
Live Scoring by Richard Newman.
Scenic design by Shoshanna Utchenik
Archive Creation by Casey Rocheteau
Publication design by Benjamin Gaydos
Layering historical accounts of the radical left in the 1960’s and 70’s with a master class in American method acting, socialist pageantry, and a gleefully obtuse re-production of The Living Theatre’s Antigone, The Radicalization Process stokes the embers of America’s past revolutions to ignite our radical potential. Audiences begin the performance sifting through a basement archive of a forgotten revolutionary, navigating histories true and false, real and imagined, before they make their way into the performance space, a safe-house within a house in 1970s Detroit. Imagery unfolds both mundane and shocking; a live-score is performed on analog synthesizers and everyday objects; L’Internationale is sung; an explosion occurs.
The Radicalization Process asks us to question our assumptions about what drives us to take action, how far is too far, and what role the imagination has in revolution. Also, it’s funny. Sometimes. Other times it’s really dark. But hey, that’s America!
The performance was commissioned by Legion Arts, Power House Productions and Alverno Presents with generous support from the National Performance Network, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the NEA Artworks program.
Wednesday, July 11: 10:30 a.m. (Rain date Thursday, July 12)
Easthampton Band Shell
World-respected researcher Jane (Linda Tardif), assisted by an audience-full of young scientists, has come to the deep, dark jungle in search of the mysterious, elusive Tarzan. Is he really the king of the jungle? Not even close. Tarzan is a friend to all of the wild beast youngsters, teaching all of the little ones how to swim, climb, and avoid danger. So when Tarzan wants to brag, shout, and fly through the jungle, the older ones just play along. Troy David Mercier swings in as the legendary T-Man. Callum LaFrance will not only play Tarzan’s best buddy, Cheetah the Chimp, but (with the help of the audience, of course) he’ll play a whole jungle-full of wild beasts, birds, and swimmy things.
Williston Theatre, 18 Payson Avenue, Easthampton
Easthampton Band Shell, 2 Ferry Street, along the Manhan Rail Trail
Tickets: $10, Free for children under 2
Season Pass: $24
Groups (12+): $7 each, email email@example.com
Tickets at the door or BrownPaperTickets.com
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
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In 2013, a group of Pioneer Valley-based theatre artists got together to put on a production of The Tragedy of Othello. Five years and several productions and programs later, Real Live Theatre is having a 5th Birthday Party and YOU'RE INVITED! Join us for delicious food, a cash bar (don't forget to try our signature RLTinis!), live auction, and performed excerpts from all five years of our artistic work so far.
Saturday July 7th
6PM - 9PM
121 Club at Eastworks
116 Pleasant St
Easthampton, MA 01027
The party will take place at the fabulous 121 Club in Eastworks in Easthampton. Tickets are $20 (that includes the food and entertainment) or $50 (food and entertainment plus two drink tickets). We'll also be fundraising for Five More Years of RLT, with sweet perks for your support. We can't wait to party with you!
This is a non-profit theater company that is dedicated to producing quality entertainment and hands-on learning opportunities to children and adults. We offer a safe nurturing environment where individuals can come after-school to participate in theatrical programs pushing them to reach for their maximum potential.
We are looking for a dynamic individual to direct and manage the after-school theater programs. The Ed Director must have an interest and experience working with youth of ages 3.5-adult and expertise in one or more disciplines in theater production, direction, design, improv, and production management. The Ed Director must be a positive role model for participants and volunteers in the program, leading by example, able to create lesson plans, direct youth productions, oversee other afternoon workshop instructors, assuming the responsibility, safety, empowerment, and success of all participants. The Ed Director will manage 3 sessions of after-school theater programs, Oct-Dec, Jan-Mar, and April-June and is paid stipends per project. The programs run at the Eastfield Mall rehearsal space Mon-Thurs 3:30-6:30pm with a Friday “prep” day. Through the addition of the new Ed Director position GRP intends on further developing the Ed Outreach program in increments. There is a great opportunity for growth in this position. The cumulative stipend for all 3 projects is $11,000.00 and would preferably start this fall 2018.
Job Status: This is a freelance job
Preferred Qualification Requirements:
Bachelors or Associate Degree or attending college with appropriate training or certification in their area of specialty is preferred
Minimum of two years’ experience working with elementary, middle, and/or high school-aged children
Exceptional group management, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Competency in youth development
Ability to create interactive activities that are age-appropriate
Genuine enthusiasm for developing professional skills through training opportunities and field practice
Ability to work as part of a team and with the Executive Director and Board of Directors
Ability to communicate and work effectively and respectfully with a broad range of diverse constituents
Be available to shadow to get the full scope of GRP expectations and run-of-program
Duties and Responsibilities:
Ensure the safety and engagement of children in assigned activities
Develop weekly project based activity lesson plans in area(s) of specialty
Facilitate purposeful activities that foster the development of new skills in children, while reinforcing skills/information previously taught
Direct fall, winter, and spring Ed Outreach productions while collaborating with other workshop directors; culminating all groups into one large production each session
Lead costume/set/props “Build” nights, instructing children and adult volunteers
Organize and lead the local tour by “Kids Tour; Acting Troupe” to local schools 1 day each spring and fall
Oversee participant sign-in/out
Work with the Executive Director to build the Ed Outreach program
In off-season and small class periods assist Executive Director with grant writing, scheduling/organizing of events, planning, recruiting volunteers, and other admin tasks that relate to the play/workshop production process
Uphold a high quality of expectation and work/ethic in all who are involved, in all areas
Must attend weekly production meetings with the Executive Director
Must attend monthly board meetings
Springfield College Theater hiring a Technical Direction/Scenic Designer Springfield College Fuller Arts Center and scenic shop
Beginning Fall 2018
Provide technical direction and scenic design for Springfield College Theater, supervised and directed by Prof. Martin Shell. We produce one play each semester.
Fee per show. Applicants with an MA or MFA may also apply to instruct a stage production course as an adjunct. TD does not require the grad degree, but please provide your resume of experience.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
PaintBox Theatre PreSeason Party June 23 at 12:00 PM
Captain Jacks in Easthampton
Free and Open to the Public
PaintBox Theatre presents our PreSeason Party at Captain Jack's in Easthampton, where you'll catch Tom McCabe telling stories, Lively Live music, and (thanks to our Season Sponsor: Royal Talens North America!) a lot of art to supplement the images needed for our summer season of TARZAN, PIRATES, and THE LITTLE MERMAID.
Intro to Drama Therapy Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, 11-3pm
Northampton Center for the Arts
Drama Therapy is a creative arts therapy method that uses theater practices and theories to achieve therapeutic goals. This workshop will be an introduction to a few of the most used drama therapy theories and practices. It is intended to expose potential future drama therapists, current mental health professionals, theater practitioners, and community members who might want to explore drama therapy as part of their personal journey.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register by July 1. Fee is sliding scale $45-$65.
Ko Festival of Performance Workshop:
SOUND AND FURY: An Embodied Approach to Voice, Text & Sound Design for the Theatre
July 9 – 14, 2018
with Richard Newman
Join The Hinterlands co-director Richard Newman for an extended workshop exploring the theatre as a place for radical sonic exploration. Using the voice, everyday objects, instruments, technology, and architecture, participants will take a holistic approach to sound design and performance.
Workshop attendees will use movement, song, and text to break out of habitual vocal patterns in order to use the voice as a tool for sonic exploration, create soundscapes from everyday objects and actions, and explore the possibilities for integrating technology into performer-centric theatrical work.
All classes meet from 10 am - 4 pm on the Amherst College campus.
Happier Valley Comedy presents The Magic Behind SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED Int/Adv Improv Workshop with Scott Braidman & Stephanie Carlson July 14 at 2:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley
Int/Adv. Improvisers! Come learn the improv magic behind HVC's most popular show, SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED, from two highly experienced performers (and all-around awesome people). In this structure, an actor performs one half of a scene strictly line by line according to a script while the improviser has no idea what scene it is and gets to make it all up on the spot. SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED is a wild and wooly ride that can be surprisingly, magically ease-ful for improvisers. Scott Braidman leads you through an exploration of the joy and ease of holding up the improviser's unscripted half of the scene while Stephanie Carlson provides insight on the scripted actor's half of your scenes. And you'll get to improvise while Stephanie performs the scene line by line with you. You get to practice SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED with Stephanie Carlson! How cool is that?! Spend the afternoon getting a hands-on feel for the artistry and craft of improvising in this structure. Then you'll get to see Scott and Stephanie perform in SCRIPTED/UNSCRIPTED that night. How cool is that too?!
Prerequisite: Completion of HVC's Zen of Improv 4 or the equivalent from another comedy school. More information.
Ko Festival of Performance Workshop:
FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance with GERARD STROPNICKY
July 16 – 21, 2018
Come with a story. (Or two. Or three.) Leave with a performance. (Or two. Or three.)
Come without a story, and by the end of Day One, you’ll discover more compelling material than you’d ever think possible. “After all,” says theatre artist Gerard Stropnicky, “people are simply wonderful walking story anthologies.”
Why do some stories – some performances – spark your imagination, set fire to your soul, and leave you transformed, while others just sit there? Is it the content, or the telling? The framing, or the style? Can story be employed to bring laughter, or tears, or understanding, or lasting social change, or all of the above?
Gerard Stropnicky has been working in story for twenty years. This award-winning director has helped create compelling work from interview, gathered story, letters to the editor, even advertisements, recipes and children’s games. He’s written, directed and acted in countless styles; he’s coached diverse thousands of performers, professional and not, young and old, from every walk of life, to bring their stories to vivid life.
We’ll play with monologue, and help each other create scenes. We’ll experiment with styles, colors and tones. We’ll make ourselves vulnerable to our stories, and to one another. The workshop will draw on the work of the late playwright and poet Jo Carson, Stropnicky’s long-time creative partner, as well as other practitioners of Story Work, and will culminate with a showing. This on-your-feet writers and performers story intensive is designed to release the enormous potential energy already alive in you and your story.
A repeat of last summer’s sold out workshop – alums welcome!
All classes meet from 10 am - 4 pm on the Amherst College campus.
MAKE LEARNING WITH REAL LIVE THEATRE THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR SUMMER!
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 email@example.com with any questions.
Ko Festival of Performance Workshop:
THEATRE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT with HELEN STOLTZFUS
July 30 – August 4, 2018
Theatre is about what happens at the edge: the edge of what is known, what is conscious, and what is expected. In this workshop you give yourself permission to take creative risks, delve deeply into the story within you that “must be told” in order to create theatre from your deepest concerns – all in a safe and supportive setting.
We will use voice work, movement, journaling, improvisation and guided fantasy to discover our personal, mythic, and ancestral stories and to shape them into solo or ensemble performances.
All classes meet from 10 am - 4 pm on the Amherst College campus.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Forget Your Fear & Trust Your Truth: A Personal Growth Workshop for Women with Pam Victor August 12 at 10:00 AM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley
Ready to disregard the hogwash that’s holding you back?
Would you like to get better at quieting your inner critic, so you can amplify your truth?
Ready to be braver about standing up to authority and authentically speaking your mind?
Would you like to connect mindfully with a group of supportive women who are on (and by) your side?
Do you need more play in your life?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then
treat yourself to a day of self-care and empowerment on Sunday, August 12!
"Forget Your Fear & Trust Your Truth" is a three-hour workshop packed with learning and laughter, community and connection, mindfulness and manifesting, trust and truth.
This workshop provides you with game-changing tools to bolster these skills in a supportive, judgment-free community of women using fun and active improv exercises to help you gain courage to flip off your fear and trust your truth because
YOU ARE ENOUGH.
This workshop is part of the "Females Unleashing Courage, Knowledge, Individuality, and Truth Program" which facilitates powerful learning experiences through easy-to-learn, non-performance improv training exercises. Most improv exercises are completed in a circle or pairs; participants are never forced to be “on stage.” Pam Victor's superpower is making sure all people along the introvert-extrovert spectrum feel successful and have a blast with the THROUGH LAUGHTER workshops. Throughout the workshop, you'll have opportunities for
both private reflection and focused sharing of your experiences and knowledge in a positive, judgment-free community of women who are there to lift each other up. Let's grow stronger together!
NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!
THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO ALL WHO IDENTIFY AS WOMEN AGES 18+.
No improv (or other) experience necessary. More information.