Thursday, October 4, 2018

Pioneer Valley Theatre News October 4, 2018

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 October 4 - 24, 2018

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Lots of fun short-run events this weekend: Before You Became Improbable at the Emily Dickinson Museum, Serious Play's Return from the Fringe performance at the Arts Trust, Life in the 413 at the Academy of Music! Come see a show!

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from Howlround
Men and Women and Non-Binary People On Boats
by Sloth Levine

From the article: 

Transgender people are sort of having a moment right now. Many of us are finally feeling confident enough to assert ourselves in public spaces. Our representation has never been better in TV and film. (I’m not saying it’s good, but it’s never been better.) And I’ve noticed a small but mighty community of transgender and non-binary theatremakers grow over the past year, both online and especially in my home community of Boston, Massachusetts.

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Silverthorne Theater Company presents DELECTABLE DURANG A Collection of Six Unruly Comedies

October 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 PM
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St, Greenfield

This production will be an ‘homage to the theater‘ featuring Durang’s most pungent satirical takes on the world of the stage. The six plays are The Actor’s Nightmare, Women in a Play Ground, Nina in the Morning, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, One Minute Play & Medea. Every theatrical element will be in full view of the audience throughout, as the actors function as a mini-repertory company, portraying a variety of multi-dimensional characters with serious personal issues who fearlessly leap into Durang’s world of comic mayhem with emotional abandon and a bountiful sense of play.

Emily Dickinson Museum presents Before You Became Improbable
October 4, 5, 6 at 6:30 PM
Emily Dickinson Museum

It took eight years of correspondence before Thomas Wentworth Higginson arrived in Amherst to meet his elusive advisee, Emily Dickinson. Before You Became Improbable reimagines the day of that meeting, offering audience members an encounter with her words and poems in a remarkably personal theatrical experience. This immersive journey returns to the Emily Dickinson Museum in October after sold-out productions in 2014 and 2015.

Before You Became Improbable is not a stationary production, but a walking theatrical journey throughout downtown Amherst, en route to the Dickinson grounds. Equipped with a special pair of headphones, audience members are guided carefully through the show, following a path visible to only them, leading them through a series of compelling encounters. The journey ends in the Dickinson parlor, where participants gather to share insights and experiences with the playwright and each other.

Please be advised that this production has audience members traveling on foot for the better part of an hour. Participants should feel comfortable walking for much of the time, occasionally on uneven ground. Due to the nature of some historic sites, parts of the show are accessible solely by stairway.

More Information.
October 4-21

The Majestic Theater celebrates the launch of its 22nd Season with the opening of “Johnny Guitar” on September 6. The madcap musical, by Nicholas Van Hoogstraten, Martin Silvestri and Joel Higgins, is based on the legendary Joan Crawford cult Western from the 1950s. The play is a send-up of fifties-style acting, melodramatic romance, and rough and tumble cowboy action, set to a doo-wop/country ballad musical score. The story follows what happens to a sultry saloon keeper and her jealous nemesis when a handsome stranger rides into town. Screwball comedy reminiscent of a Mel Brooks spoof is the result.

The cast includes Billy Clark Taylor (Johnny), Myka Plunkett (Vienna), Bethany Fitzgerald (Emma), Michael Morales (Dancin' Kid), Walter Mantani (McIvers), Joe Duda (Turkey), Michael King (Bart), Steven Sands (Eddie) and Michael Garcia (Sam). The play is being directed by Producing Director Danny Eaton, and Mitch Chakour is the music director. Greg Trochlil is set designer, Dawn McKay is costume designer and stage manager is Gary Lamagna. 

Tickets for these shows range from $24-$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. Subscriptions are still being accepted for the five Season shows.
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JUST BACK from a month of performance at the 2018 FRINGE & much success -
Catch Serious Play Theatre Ensemble's  RETURN FROM THE FRINGE
October 5 and 6,  at 7pm 
Flex Space/A.P.E@Hawley,
Arts Trust building, Northamtpon

Each evening two shows: 
THE RED GUITAR with master guitarist John Sheldon, 
& DO IT NOW: Manual Override with John,Tony Vacca & Paul Richmond 
Both directed by Sheryl Stoodley (one 10 minute intermisson)

Continue your support for the ongoing Serious Play / Edinburgh Fringe Performance Exchange Project

Tickets: $18 at
              $20 at the door

Thank you to this year's Performance Exchange sponsors: BJ Goodwin Fund / NAC, Tanyss & David Martula, Nancy Wheeler, Alyssa Wright Consulting & several anonymous others

 THOMAS GLEISSNER photo credit

Piti Theatre Company presents
Greenfield’s Grumpiest T-Rex - part of the 2nd Annual Great Greenfield DinoFest

October 6 at 11:00 AM
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301

“Greenfield’s Grumpiest T-Rex” is an original play by Piti Theatre's Youth Troupe. It will be performed at Hawks & Reed, as part of DinoFest.

DinoFest, presented by Piti Theatre Company and Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, is a celebratory day of performances, food, activities for children, a panel discussion, chalk art, dino films with live music and more!

New Century Theatre presents Life in the (413)
October 7th at 7:00 PM
Academy of Music

The always popular Life in the (413) comes back to the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Join local actors and musicians as they celebrate the (413) communities as their home sweet home. The all-ages event is a fundraiser for New Century Theatre who are making plans for a 2019 season! 

The evening features five original radio plays, penned by local authors and presented as old-time radio theatre - complete with foley style sound effects. Come hear tell of a (nearly true history) of the founding of the towns in the Valley; join a couple of poetry-loving bird watchers; drop in on a family preparing for the competitive world of children's book groups; see what happens when a new dating service in the Valley is introduced; and stop by a Saturday farmer's market that goes wrong during a student protest. 

The celebration will feature musical guests Mitch ChakourEli CatlinStephanie Carlson, and Boston's Aimee Doherty.  

Serving as Master of Ceremonies is actor Buzz Roddy, a New Century Theatre favorite, known for bringing his own original mayhem to any event. The radio plays star many of your favorite NCT actors and two surprise guests (we won't mention their names but their addresses are "Town Hall" somewhere in the 413!)

This year's event was coordinated by Jarice Hanson who serves as the event's producer. Hanson describes the event as "the perfect antidote to these turbulent times - a place to gather with hometown friends, young and old, and celebrate what makes life here in the 413 so special." 

Tickets are now on sale at the Academy of Music: www.aomtheatre.comor call the box office at 413-584-9032 ext. 105. Tickets for this fundraiser are $26; students $16.
Smith College Department of Theatre presents 
New Play Reading Series presents a few short plays

Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 PM
Acting Studio 1


written by Rosemary Ewing '19J
directed by Tari Owei '21

Fuzz and Powder—your typical late night stake-out but one officer has something heavy hanging over her head

The Clinic—a visit to the college health services turns inappropriate

The Crash—a couple copes with the aftermath of an accident

Trio—will an affair with a serious age-gap lead to a broken engagement?

an excerpt from Never Catch a Falling Knife—Hazel and Jane try to navigate early post-graduation lives while together they attempt to deal with Jane’s worsening mental illness

John 1:5—pizza night goes horribly, horribly awry

Free and open to the public.

The Northampton Center for the Arts will hold an Open House at 33 Hawley Street on Saturday, October 13, from 11 AM to 3 PM.

The day will feature classes, workshops, and performances for artists and arts lovers of all ages. There will be free theatrical previews, behind-the-scenes dance rehearsals, free introductory classes, and more!

The day also provides a fantastic opportunity for all to look over the new spaces that have opened up on Hawley Street, particularly The Flex, a space designed to hold extraordinary events of all kinds! Community members are invited to discover the Center’s offerings and consider opportunities to teach a class or stage a show.

Admission is FREE!
Happier Valley Comedy
The Ha-Ha's & Friends: ImprovBoston's AllForm Cast

October 13 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Longtime local favorites The Ha-Ha's perform a completely improvised comedy show on the second Saturday of every month! Each show has a new special guest - this month we welcome ImprovBoston performing their signature format AllForm! Saturday, October 13th at 7pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). And stick around after for the 9pm showcase and open improv jam! Tickets: $13 online and at the door. For more info:
Greenfield Community College presents 

Oct 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30pm, Sunday Matinee Oct 28 at 2pm, Halloween Night Oct 31 at 7:30pm
GCC's Sloan Theater, Main Campus, One College Drive, Greenfield, MA

A new adaptation by Roddy Barnes, based on the novel by Mary Shelley. This version of FRANKENSTEIN has comedic and poignant dialogue, along with the ever-present eeriness that defines the best of FRANKENSTEIN. Directed by Tom Geha, this production has a cast of eleven characters and a combined cast and crew of over twenty students, alumni, and faculty. Please join us for the excitement.


Smith College Department of Theatre presents WORLD PREMIERE performance of MOONLIGHT ON THE MISKATONIC

Music & Lyrics by Clifton J. Noble, Book by Samantha Noble, and Directed by Ellen W. Kaplan

October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14

The campus of Miskatonic U is decked out for Illumination Night. Four alums have arrived for their five-year reunion, only to find creepy goings-on hidden behind the ivy-covered walls, and the terrifying disappearances of students keep happening. There’s a snake in Paradise….or something much, much worse. Based on the super-scary stories of HP Lovecraft, this new musical is about love, friendship, and growing up – and about horrors that lurk very near.

Tickets $10 General, $5 Students and Seniors, Free for Smith Students. 

Tickets online or call 413-585-3220.

Double Edge Theatre presents 
Leonora's World: An Autumn Spectacle

October 19, 20, and 21 at 6:00 PM
Double Edge Theatre

Performed rain or shine

We are excited to announce that this October Double Edge will present our first Fall Outdoor Spectacle, inspired by the world of Leonora Carrington. This Spectacle will take place in the autumnal landscape of the Farm, traveling across multiple sites.

For tickets:
Pilgrim Theatre presents Moon Over Dark Street
October 19 & 20 at 7:30 PM, October 21 at 2:00 PM
Shea Theater Arts Center, Turners Falls, MA

Moon Over Dark Street, a cabaret of Theatre and Song by Bertolt Brecht gears up with the jazz-hot tunes of Kurt Weill from such theatre classics as “Threepenny Opera” and “Happy End” and the wrenching ballads of Hanns Eisler. The production tracks the devastation of the Second World War and the McCarthy Era. Moon Over Dark Street travels from Berlin to Hollywood, offering songs of love, sex and agitation-with great resonance to today’s political scene!
Tickets: $25 /$18 for students and seniors.
To Purchase Tickets today - call 413-648-7432

“’Moon Over Dark Street’ aims for the moon and hits its mark. The show is a kick-ass mix of songs that pair Brecht’s dark lyrics with the twisted tunes of Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler. Like a top-shelf sipping whiskey, ‘Moon Over Dark Street’ starts off with a teasing bite and kicks in smooth and strong…Belle Linda Halpern and Kermit Dunkelberg, in their solo turns, both perform with subtlety and panache. And
together they’re downright intoxicating.”
- Anne Marie Donahue, Boston Phoenix
Exit 7 Players presents Sweeney Todd
Oct 19-Nov 2 (Fridays/Saturday’s at 8pm, Sunday’s at 2pm)
Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA

An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to nineteenth century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up... and the carnage has only just begun!

Directed by Kim Overtree, Musically Directed by Dan Monte. 

Cast List:
Sweeney Todd - Ryan Bird
Mrs. Lovett - Stephanie Gilbert
Anthony - Jeff Baum
Johanna - McKenna Troy
Beggar Woman - Marguerite Durant 
Tobias Ragg - Johnny Gordon
Aldolpho Pirelli - Erik Gladwin
Judge Turpin - Brian Cipoletta 
The Beadle - Drew Gilbert
Jonas Fogg - Jim Brennan

Jim Brennan
Phoebe Blaisdell
Angie Bourdeau
Regina Diemand
Monique DuBois
Leon Jerfita
Craig Judicki
Peter Kochanek
Mary Marcil-Labbe
Andy Price
Krista Stoops
Kerry Turok
Lucy Tew
Bridget Venezia
Amelia Weatherbee
Emily Yesu

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
A Musical Thriller

Music and Lyrics by

Book by
From an Adaptation by

Originally Directed On Broadway by HAROLD PRINCE

Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick

Originally Produced on Broadway by Richard Barr,
Charles Woodward, Robert Fryer, Mary Lea Johnson, Martin Richards
in Association with Dean and Judy Manos

Sweeney Todd

Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Happier Valley Comedy
Happier FAMILY Comedy Show

October 20 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W Bay Rd., Amherst)

Monthly family-friendly improv comedy show, great for 5-12 year olds and their adults. It's funny for the whole family! Saturday, October 20th at 3pm 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:
Happier Valley Comedy
Happier Valley Comedy Presents: Not In Charge

October 20 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

Join the talented new group Not In Charge for a fast-paced, high-energy short form improv show! For a limited run on the third Saturday of each month. Saturday, October 20th at 7pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). And stick around after for the 9pm showcase and open improv jam! Tickets: $10 online and at the door. For more
Request for Proposals
Eggtooth Productions Radical Interconnectedness Festival

Turners Falls, MA
April 26, 27, 2019

We are seeking proposals from artists to address the concerns of marginalized communities.
We invite stories that engage issues of race, age, gender, religion, economic class, and those aspects of cultural identity that have been suppressed.
We seek a wide range of artistic expression: music, dance, theatrical, visual, immersive, installation.
Commission fee will be $500 and Eggtooth will provide the venue, the audience, and promotions for the work.
Email proposals to:
Deadline is October 31, 2018
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

Starlight's Youth Theatre, Inc.


Turbulent Times Theater

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
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