Thursday, March 28, 2019

Pioneer Valley Theatre News March 28, 2019

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March 28 - April 17, 2019

This Sunday, March 31, 2-4 PM at Flywheel Arts Collective, I'll be helping to host a conversation about the Future of the Performing Arts in Easthampton. We'll be touring the second floor of Easthampton's Old Town Hall building and discussing plans for it's future. Please join us. I recommend you register soon as space is limited.

We are also in the last few days for applicants to the Technical Director position at Smith College - spread the word!

The next issue will include events through April 24. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

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from Howlround
Climate Change Theatre is LIT
by Carolyn Reeves

From the article: 

Like many of us, I’ve spent a lot of time feeling disturbed, depressed, and defeated as the climate crisis grows. I’ve done a lot of soul searching to understand how I can transform my despair into something meaningful. Having long been fascinated and compelled by the power of art to command attention and inspire people to care about things, I wanted to study how this power could be wielded to encourage people to care about and act upon climate change. As a graduate student, I attempted to do just that. Ironically, the most significant thing I learned is that the true power of art isn’t something that one “wields” at all.

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Smith College Department of Theatre New Play Reading Series: GRAINS OF WHEAT by Abigail Weaver
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 PM
Acting Studio 1 Smith College

GRAINS OF WHEAT: A play about the paper brigade written and directed by Abigail Weaver. In the 1940s, in the city of Vilna, a group of Yiddish writers and partisans smuggled hundreds of thousands of books and cultural artifacts to safety. Twice. Based on a true story.

Free and open to the public.

UMass Play Lab
Swimming Lessons 
by Shazeb Meraj and Jared Sarnie
Director: Erin Nicole Eggers
Dramaturg: Tatiana Godfrey
March 29, 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Come My Beloved 
by Emma Weinstein
Director: Josh Glenn-Kayden
Dramaturg: Shaila Schmidt
March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
March 30 at 2 p.m.
The Rand Theater

$7.50 general admission per play, $5 per play for students and seniors. Call 1-800-999-UMAS or visit the Fine Arts Center Box Office online.

Come see how things play out — Play Lab presents two brand-new plays in development

Come My Beloved explores the downfall and resurgence of an American city
Swimming Lessons follows two young doctors as they navigate life and politics 

Play Lab is for finding undiscovered gems. The exciting new works we present each year are fresh from the  printer, and our Play Lab audiences are the first to see them live on stage!

From March 21-30, the 2019 edition of the UMass Amherst Department of Theater New Play Lab will present staged readings of two new plays that have been workshopped with the playwrights, MFA Directors and Dramaturgs and a company of actors. Come My Beloved, by emerging professional playwright Emma Weinstein, is a new play about race, intimacy, and Detroit, MI, and Swimming Lessons, by a pair of UMass students, Jared Sarnie and Shazeb Meraj, follows two young hospital interns as they navigate life, politics, and cultural differences.

Weinstein's Come My Beloved will be directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden with Shaila Schmidt as dramaturg. We experience the continuing impact of race and gentrification on personal relationships through a look at three black and Jewish couples from three different decades in Detroit. Heartfelt and insightful, Come My Beloved explores the downfall and resurgence of one of America’s most important cities and the vastly different trajectories of two communities within it.

Swimming Lessons, by UMass students Shazeb Meraj and Jared Sarnie, will be directed by Erin Nicole Eggers with Tatiana Godfrey as dramaturg. With funny, quick, and snappy dialogue, we follow the lives of two interns named Yusuf and Josephine as they navigate the inner workings of a reputable Boston hospital. This play explores timely conversations around representation, immigration, xenophobia, and racism—all fairly heavy topics—through a charmingly witty perspective and, as the authors happily note, “a lot of bad rap.”

These three writers will follow in the footsteps of previous years’ playwrights, including some whose plays have gone to be produced on the UMass mainstage and at professional theatres across the country. They will sit in on rehearsals and performances to hear their plays aloud, honing their work night by night. Those who come for our opening night may be seeing a completely different play than those who come to our closing performance! 

This makes Play Lab a safe haven for established and emerging playwrights; it's also an opportunity for audiences to see new ideas in action and see the beginnings of what could be a masterpiece. Get your tickets now to be in the room to be part of this creation!

Post-show Discussions
We want to hear what you think! Please join the Swimming Lessons cast and crew on March 23 at 2 p.m. and March 29 at 7:30 p.m. for a Post-show Discussion. Please check our website for information about Come My Beloved discussions.
Ghost Light Theater Presents: Constellations by Nick Payne
3/28, 29 & 30 at 8 PM
Gateway City Arts - 92 Race Street, Holyoke

Directed by Sue Dziura

How many chances do we get to make a first impression? For Roland and Marianne, the answer is infinite. In the play, running March 22-30 in the Mark Landy Party Hall at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, Payne proposes that life exists in a multiverse, in which countless parallel existences play out simultaneously, allowing for an infinity of possible futures. In Constellations, some of these parallel universes play out over the course of Roland and Marianne’s relationship. Do they hit it off right away or part ways, never to meet again? Does he break her heart? Does she break his? Will their relationship take root and grow into something beautiful, or will their romance be cut short by the decisions they’ve made? Marianne is played by Jen Campbell, and Roland by Kevin Tracy.

Performance for Constellations are March 22, 23, 28, 29 & 30 at 8:00 PM, and March 24 at 2:00 PM. Tickets are $12 for evening performances & $8 for matinees and can be purchased at the door or online. 

Constellations is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.

NHS Theater presents Waiting for Godot
3/28, 3/29 and 3/30 at 7:00 PM (and 2pm on 3/30 as well)
NHS Black Box Theater

Waiting for Godot @ NHS

Experience Samuel Beckett's critically acclaimed play IN THE ROUND this spring. Immersive yourself in the modern classic at Northampton High.


“Boeing-Boeing,” a classic French farce by Marc Camoletti, will be presented at West Springfield's Majestic Theater February 21 – March 31. The comedy, translated and adapted by Beverley Cross, premiered in London in the 1960s where it ran for seven years. A 2008 Broadway revival garnered Tony Awards for Best Actor (Mark Rylance) and Best Revival of a Play.

The story is set in Paris, home to an American architect and lothario named Bernard who is “engaged” to three different air hostesses who don't know each other exists. All along Bernard has been carefully arranging their arrivals and departures based on the their flight schedules into Paris's Orly Airport. This arrangement works for him until one day he is visited unexpectedly by Robert, an old school chum from America. As Robert arrives, various flight schedules are changed, and the three women begin showing up at once. Critics describe “Boeing-Boeing” as a “madcap, politically incorrect, door-slamming romp of a comedy.”

Majestic Theater veteran Rand Foerster will direct the play with Danny Eaton serving as producing director. Greg Trochlil is set designer, Dawn McKay is costume designer, Dan Rist is lighting designer and production manager is Stephen Petit.  Actors include Jack Grigoli (Bernard), Scott Renzoni (Robert), Christine Anthony (Bertha), Kyle Boatwright (Gloria), Katie Mack (Gabriella) and Larissa Marten (Gretchen).

Tickets for these shows range from $24-$34 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  
Wilbraham United Players presents SOMETHING'S AFOOT
3/29, 3/30, 4/5, 4/6 @ 7:30PM; 3/31, 4/7 @ 2:30PM
Fellowship Hall Stage at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main Street, Wilbraham

Wilbraham United Players production of SOMETHING'S AFOOT opens March 29th and continues with performances through April 7th. Billed as a Murder Mystery Musical the story includes an old English mansion. A raging thunderstorm. Ten strangers. Murder, mystery, music and comedy abound when the guests disappear one by one - knocked off by cleverly fiendish devices. Join the fun as Miss Tweed the amateur sleuth sets out to solve the crimes…but did the butler do it? With songs like "I Owe It All To Agatha Christie," it's a zany whodunit for all to enjoy. The musical will delight audiences from 8-80.

Directed by Deborah Trimble with musical direction from Benjamin Maniscalchi and choreography by Dina Del Buono, the cast includes: Carolyn Averill and Tiera Everitt from Wilbraham as Hope and Letty. John Farrell and Meaghan Callahan of Chicopee as Flint and Lady Manley-Prowe, David Leslie of Longmeadow as Nigel and Joe Lessard of Enfield as Dr. Grayburn, Paul Nesbit and Jay Muse from Springfield as Colonel Gilweather and Clive the butler and Jay Lee as Geoffrey and Kate Hebert as Miss Tweed - both of Holyoke. The play is produced by Stacy Gilmour and Patricia Colkos.
SOMETHING'S AFOOT will be performed on the Fellowship Hall Stage at the Wilbraham United Church - 500 Main Street in Wilbraham.  Performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 with Sunday afternoon performances at 2:30.

Tickets are $25 for Reserved Premium Seating and $21 for General Admission Seating. A $5 discount is available for Students and Seniors on the General Admission Seating.  Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling (413)204-8125. A convenience charge is applied to all tickets.
Happier Valley Comedy Presents The Happiness Festival
March 30 at 1:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA

A full day of shows, activities, raffles, and a silent auction to benefit Happier Valley Comedy, a registered nonprofit dedicated to bringing more joy to Western Massachusetts. Saturday, March 30th from 1pm to 10pm at the new Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). For more info:
Future of the Performing Arts in Easthampton
Sunday, March 31, 2-4PM
Flywheel Arts, Easthampton Old Town Hall
43 Main Street, Easthampton

Performing arts organizations, organizational leaders, performers, musicians, artists, and interested community members are invited to attend a convening on the Future of Performing Arts in Easthampton II.

Join CitySpace and performing arts stakeholders for a tour of the Old Town Hall and presentation and discussion about the next steps for the Old Town Hall’s 2nd floor performing arts and community space. We are looking for your feedback on the vision and facility plan, and how CitySpace’s next steps fits into the performing arts eco-system of Easthampton and the Pioneer Valley.

While you are in Easthampton, come check out two city-wide events — come early for Easthampton WinterFest: City-Wide Festival and stick around for Art Walk Easthampton!

This convening is presented in partnership with CitySpace, Pioneer Valley Theatre News, Flywheel Arts Collective, and others. The Future of Performing Arts in Easthampton II is a follow-up and outcome from the 2013 charette that mobilized CitySpace to restore and manage the 2nd floor space into a flexible performing arts and community space. Since then CitySpace has been actively creating the strategies for the next steps including finalizing architectural construction design, and cost estimates with Kuhn Riddle Architects.

The Future of Performing Arts in Easthampton II is free and open to the public.
Facebook event. 
Greenfield High School Drama Club presents Clue: On Stage (High School Edition)
April 4 at 7:00 PM, Friday, April 5th @7:00 p.m. & Saturday, April 6th @ 2:00 p.m.

Greenfield High School Auditorium, 21 Barr Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301

Based on the screenplay by Jonathan Lynn
Additional Material by Hunter Foster, Sandy Rustin, and Eric Price
Based on the Paramount Pictures Motion Picture
Based on the Hasbro board game CLUE
Original Music by David Abbinanti

Produced by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing.

By special arrangement with The Araca Group, Work Light Productions, and Michael Barra/Lively McCabe Entertainment

Ticket Prices: $3 for children and students, $5 for adults

Tickets available for reservation at:

All ticket purchases must be made at the box office before the performance.
Smith College Department of Theatre New Play Reading Series: THEM WHAT BRUNG YOU by Tanya Ritchie
Thursday, April 4 at 7:30 PM
Acting Studio 1

THEM WHAT BRUNG YOU, a new play by Tanya Ritchie, directed by Mary Beth Brooker.  Women have babies every day. But wild, wonderful West Virginia can be very dark at night. No cell service. You wouldn't want to lose your way.

Free and open to the public.
by Lynn Nottage
directed by Gilbert McCauley
April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m. 
April 13 at 2 p.m.
The Curtain Theater

In an America experiencing a rise in hate crimes and economic tension, and loyalties of red and blue that are sharply divided, many are asking, “How could this have happened?”
Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Sweat, explores systems of oppression and how they are internalized by people. This April, renowned director and UMass Theater Professor Gilbert McCauley brings to life Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winner at UMass.

Inspired by real-life stories, Sweat takes place in Reading, PA, where a group of friends spends their days together working at Olstead’s Steel Tubing, and their nights having fun and blowing off steam at a local bar. Layoffs for some, and promotions for others, bring out tensions as lives are twisted and relationships splinter. This play offers an intimate study of how national turmoil plays out on a community level. 
Although Sweat alternates in time between 2008 and 2000, we're encouraged to experience and understand the story’s relevance in today's society. As her audience watches the rust belt drama, Nottage pushes them to seek change and to “engage more with where we are culturally.” 
Come join us for a play that’s ready to spark a conversation across the political divide.
$15 general admission, $5 for students and seniors. Call 1-800-999-UMAS or visit the Fine Arts Center Box Office online.

Hatfield Public Schools presents Willy Wonka
April 5 at 7:00 PM, April 6 at 1:00 PM and 6:00 PM
Sherry A Webb Gymnasium at Smith Academy

Please join us on a delicious adventure as Hatfield students proudly presents Willy Wonka, a scrumdidlyumptious musical guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth! 

Shows will be in the Sherry A Webb Gymnasium at Smith Academy April 5th (7pm) and April 6th (1pm & 6pm) 

Tickets are available at Smith Academy Monday - Friday, 7am - 3pm 

Tickets are available at Hatfield Elementary (Community Entrance) on Saturday’s 1pm - 3:30
Springfield College / Visual and Performing Arts Department presents Death of a Salesman
4/11/19, 4/12/19 and 4/13/19 at 7:30 pm;  4/14/19 at 2:00 pm
Springfield College, Fuller Arts Center, Appleton Auditorium

“I don’t say he’s a great man…but he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He’s not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person. . . A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.”

Considered one of the greatest plays of the 20th century and as relevant today as ever, Arthur Miller’s classic drama tells the story of a worn out salesman, Willy Loman, who is crumbling under the weight of the American dream. It’s 1949 in Brooklyn, and during a pivotal 24 hours, Willy tries to reconcile the optimism of his youth with his unfulfilled dreams. Memory, truth, and lies intermingle, as he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn. What betrayal undermined his relationship with his wife and destroyed the adoration of his sons? Professor Martin Shell will play Willy, acting alongside his students in this emotion-gripping drama, winner of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

Suggested donation: $5; students and senior citizens: $2 

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatist Play Services, Inc.

Mount Holyoke College Department of Theatre Arts presents When We Were Young and Unafraid
04-11-2019, 04-12-19, 04-13-19 at 7:30 pm and 04-14-19 at 2:00 pm
Rooke Theatre

It is 1972 and Agnes has turned her bed and breakfast into a shelter for abused women.  We follow her, her daughter, and the women who have come to seek refuge as they struggle with their footing in a rapidly shifting political landscape.  

Treem "finds the feminist flux and foment in an era that has been more traditionally presented as comically awkward and quaint.  She has come up with a smart and exciting premise to bring characters of different backgrounds–and different notions of what it means to be a woman at a pivotal historical moment–into proximity and conflict." - New York Times

Box Office will be staffed beginning Mon, April 8, 3-6 pm daily and one hour prior to performance.
(413) 538-2406

Strident Theatre, the Valley’s newest professional
theatre company, is pleased to announce the first program of the company’s inaugural season, the Season Teaser Wine and Cheeser fundraiser. Designed to both introduce the company and create a dialogue with the community, the candid Season Teaser Wine and Cheeser will feature readings from the upcoming season’s works, complemented by light refreshments. The event will take place on Saturday, April 13 th at 7 p.m., at the Northampton Center for the Arts at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton. All proceeds will go toward Strident’s launch and inaugural mini-season this summer.

Strident Theatre’s first season will take place at Smith College, and boasts a world premiere production, as well as multiple staged readings of works by local playwrights. Attendees at the Season Teaser Wine and Cheeser fundraiser will hear selections from the upcoming season, and will also have a chance to mix and mingle with the Strident team. “It’s our hope that this event can really get us engaged with the community,” said Board President Kyle Boatwright. “We want to know what kind of productions people want to see, what kinds of classes we can offer, what programming—we have our own ideas and plans, our own vision, but part of that vision is moving forward with this company having really heard what our community

Strident Theatre was founded in 2018 by Artistic Director Susanna Apgar. With a leading focus on inclusive feminism, the theatre company seeks to offer artistic opportunities to underrepresented voices, through a summer mainstage season and year-round programming that will benefit the community in terms of both artistry and social justice. Said Apgar, “We’re witnessing a moment in time where theatre is shedding its skin on a grand scale - not just the practitioners, but the audiences. We’re seeing new and historically underrepresented voices growing and thriving. Strident is elated to join the Valley’s many theatre companies in making our area a more inclusive, more art-filled, and more beautiful place.”

To purchase tickets to the Season Teaser Wine and Cheeser, please click here.

For general information on Strident Theatre, please visit the website, or Facebook page, or email
The Tattooed Man Tells All by Peter Wortsman
Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 7:30 PM
Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA, Smith College

A solo performance by Keith Langsdale, directed by Ellen W. Kaplan

Woven from interviews the author conducted with Holocaust survivors in Vienna in the 1970s.

This program is co-sponsored by Smith Department of Theatre, the Jewish Studies Program and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Free and open to the public.
An integral part of Silverthorne Theater Company’s mission is to promote the development of new work, especially by Western Massachusetts and New England playwrights. In 2018, we staged the world premieres of three new works, two of which were from such writers.
In 2019 we offer a series of free rehearsed readings of new or new to us plays, , called Theater Thursdays, followed by audience discussions. These will be held in different locations in the region. Complete information for each reading may be found at
The purpose of the readings is to give a platform for new work to be heard, and when possible, to be able to give playwrights direct audience feedback.  It also gives Silverthorne a look at plays that we might consider fully producing in future seasons.
Thursday, April 18             SANDWICH, by Steve Henderson. 
                                                Directed by Brianna Sloane
                                                 7 pm                           170 Main St, Greenfield
Three women, three generations, three sets of problems, one house – a recipe for flying sparks!
Thursday, May 16               RESTORATION ROOM, by Harley Erdman
                                                Directed by Chris Rohmann
                                               7 pm               UMass Theater Department, Room 204
Two academics, each married to someone else, struggle to resist the power of their mutual intellectual & physical attraction.
Thursday, June 13               DEAR GALILEO, by Claire Willett
                                                Directed by Rebecca Daniels
                                                7 pm   170 Main Street, Greenfield
Three women in three different times wrestle with their identity, the conflict between science and religion, and what it means to be their fathers' daughters…. As the three stories move toward their point of convergence, the destinies of each become inextricably bound with the others, linked through time by love, family, grief, the search for identity and the wonder of the stars.
Thursday, September 12               CAMPUS UNREST, by Talya Kingston
                                                            Directed by Trenda Loftin
                                                            7 pm   Location TBA
Complex choices face an inter-racial British academic couple newly arrived on the campus of a troubled American college.
Sunday, October 13                         VERITAS, by Betty Shamieh
                                                            Director TBA
                                                            3 pm   Deerfield Community Center
In the 1660s Harvard College’s governors insisted that Native American youths be trained at the College as Christian ministers to be able to convert their tribes to Christianity.  This play explores the lives of the first four of these early converts and the attitudes at the time toward them. Post-show discussion led by historians & members of local Native American communities.
Further details at  or call 413-768-7514.
Smith College Department of Theatre seeks Technical Director

Position Summary:

Supervise and instruct students in technical responsibilities for the theatre complex and assist the instructor of set design courses.  Responsible for scene shop operations and the safe use of theatre spaces in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Supervise the Assistant Technical Director, student interns, assistants, and crews in the use and maintenance of all shop and stage equipment and stage properties, the setup and safety of flexible seating, dismantling and recycling of all scenery; organization of the technical and stage crew, and general shop and stage safety.

Create all construction drawings and direct the engineering, construction and rigging of all scenery including the scheduling of scenic construction, scene painting, installation of technical elements. Maintain, organize, and inventory all shop equipment, scenery, properties, platform storage, traps, flying equipment, floor treatments, rehearsal and stage spaces. Prepare annual stage and shop budget request and supervise all expenditures. Assist with the instruction of design and technical areas as requested by design faculty. Consult with the Assistant Technical Director, who serves part-time as the Technical Director for the Department of Dance, regarding dance production needs in theatre spaces. Assess the production needs of non-Departmental groups, provide a list of pre-approved technical staff, and/or approve the qualifications of visiting technical personnel.

Supervise the safe use of theatre spaces, including the scene shop and technical equipment, with the exception of lighting and sound equipment. Oversee the maintenance of all performance spaces.



Education/Experience: Master of Fine Arts degree in appropriate field or professional equivalent experience.

Skills:  Must have requisite technical skills in all aspects of construction, carpentry, metal work, and stage rigging, as well as a complete knowledge of shop and stage equipment. Knowledge of Vector Works and/or Auto CAD design software required. Knowledge of theatrical automation a plus.

Additional Information: Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer

APPLY ONLINE before March 30.
We are looking to expand membership in FRIENDS OF SILVERTHORNE, our exceptional group of enthusiastic volunteers who help us out with many basic jobs throughout the year. (and not-so-basic) jobs throughout the year. It’s a great way to meet new people with common interests!
There is NO membership fee to join FOS!  Your time is priceless as far as we’re concerned.
You might

Help out backstage with fast costume changes
Pound nails or hold ladders as the sets are put into place
Assist a patron find just the perfect seat in the audience
Tap your creative side coming up with ideas for decorating at our benefit

Then again you might

Read new plays submitted to STC and advise on choices for our next season
Speak to your book club or at a senior center about STC
Scout locations for show posters
Post photos and notices on social media sites

In exchange for your time and energy there will be many perks such as recognition in the program;
comp tickets; play reading events; meet the actors, directors and sometimes even the playwrights.
GIVE SILVERTHORNE A TRY!  Call for more information: 413-768-7514. RSVP by April 1. Let Mary Kay know -

Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents 
Auditions for 2019 Season of Shakespeare Under the Stars

4/12/19 @ 5-9 p.m.; 4/13/19 @ 12-4 p.m.

Mount Holyoke College


Friday, April 12 @ 5 – 9 Room L-3, Cleveland Hall, Mt. Holyoke College
Saturday, April 13 @ 12 – 4 p.m. at the Blanchard Great Room, Community Center, Mt. Holyoke College

Callbacks will be on Sunday, April 14 @ 5 - 9 p.m.

Please prepare a 1 – 2 minute Shakespeare monologue.
People interested in auditioning for female roles in Taming should also prepare at least 30 seconds of a rock song.

Please sign up for an audition slot here.

Questions? Contact us via email or message us on Facebook.
More info.
Serious Play Theatre Ensemble presents Moving Water- Exploratory Workshops
April 6th, noon to 3PM; April 27th, 11AM to 2PM
Serious Play Studio #233, Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St, Easthampton, MA

Join Serious Play Artistic Director, Sheryl Stoodley, and Visual Artist Rosalyn Driscoll in a collaborative exploration of water in word, movement, sound, and text. 

Three Saturday workshops, open to the community

To register, contact Serious Play ( 
Be sure to include chosen date, your name, phone number, and e-mail address

Dress for movement 

Make, find, or bring a vessel to hold water

Participants 20+, limited enrollment 
Fee $20, pay at the door
Real Live Theatre presents Choreographing Intimacy
04-28-2019 10:00 AM
Real Live Theatre, Sunderland, MA

Real Live Theatre presents an expanded version of our popular workshop led by Toby Vera Bercovici and Ellen Morbyrne. “Intimacy Choreography” is a relatively new concept, having emerged out of a need to protect actors from unsafe working conditions and blurred boundaries. It is an important practice not only for the mental, physical, and emotional health of actors, but also for the experience of the audience: the more safe and grounded the performers, the more electric the scene. Utilizing techniques from multiple disciplines, including yoga, dance, and theater, Ellen and Toby will guide participants through a safe and specific process to develop choreography that feels motivated and appropriate for characters and situation, as well as authentic and dynamic in terms of external behaviors.

This workshop is useful and relevant to all theater practitioners and administrators: 

•As a performer, the take away will include language with which to speak to your director and co-actors and tools to create safe working conditions when there aren’t any. 

•As a director, teacher, or choreographer, you will learn how to build a safe environment, lead exercises to create trust within that environment, and utilize specific skills for analyzing and staging intimate moments.

•As an arts administrator, you will learn best practices for ensuring safe working conditions for your employees.

More information.
Real Live Theatre presents Exploring the Expressive Voice & Its Extremes
7-10pm on 5/10 and 10am-5pm on May 11
Real Live Theatre, Sunderland, MA

Tune in to find your voice

Discover the universe of sound that is inside you

Experience your boundless voice

Explore song and text

Create space and time with sound

We’ll begin with discovering and exploring the voice “as it is,” then work toward less familiar vocal areas. Through this process participants will increase awareness of centers of resonance in the body, developing a personal vocabulary unifying sound, sensation, image, and emotion. We will explore the voice in relation to simple song and spoken text. We will deepen the relationship to unknown vocal territories regarding pitch, timbre, resonance and dynamics. We will discover the world of vocal soundscapes and our connection to sound as an expression of space and time.

Liz Stanton is a New York City-based, multifaceted theatre artist, who has studied with a variety of teachers from the Roy Hart Theatre: primarily Richard Armstrong, Ethie Friend and Jonathan Hart Makwaia. She has incorporated the Roy Hart voice work into her teaching for nearly 20 years. She creates award-winning devised theatre pieces, composes music for theatrical sound scores, and she’s written an opera - The Bacchae: In Song and Vocal Extremes. She is the theatrical development producer of Convergences Theatre Collective in New York City. Liz is an adjunct instructor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Experimental Theatre Wing and New York Film Academy.

Upcoming Training Programs at Double Edge Theatre 

Double Edge Theatre was founded by Stacy Klein to research the role of actors’ training in the development of performance creation. Training is the heart and vitality of Double Edge’s creative process. Since 1982, when it was first developed by Klein based on her work with Rena Mirecka, Grotowski’s founding actor, it has grown to include work with large objects, developed by Klein and David Flaxman from 1985, and then outdoor work and spectacle developed with Carlos Uriona since 1996. Since 2011 Matthew Glassman has been leading the development of training at Double Edge. The unique, holistic methodology engages the actor’s full potential – physical, vocal, emotional, and imaginative – to drive individual exploration, ensemble collaboration, and performance creation.

Open Trainings
May 19
11 am

Summer Intensive: May 31 - June 14, 2019
Spectacle Immersion: May 31 - Aug 24, 2019
Fall Immersion: Fall 2019

Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
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Academy of Music Theatre

Arena Civic Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company

Cold Spring Community Theatre

The Country Players

Drama Studio

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

Ghost Light Theater

Hampshire Shakespeare Company

Happier Valley Comedy

Ja'Duke Center for the Performing Arts

K and E Theater Group

Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival of Performance

Majestic Theater

New Century Theatre
No Theater

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.

Strident Theatre


Turbulent Times Theater

UMass Theatre Guild

Valley Light Opera

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
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