It's almost February! And it's weirdly warm... so get out of hibernation and go see a show!
The next issue will include events through February 26. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at email@example.com
In 1998, ten theatre leaders got together to discuss the issues they were dealing with while producing new works outside the country’s major arts centers. Together, this group—mostly artistic directors of small and midsize companies working with playwrights in places like Dallas, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C.—envisioned a pipeline that could help expand the reach of their favorite writers and shepherd new plays across the country. They were determined to begin sharing the scripts they were working on, introduce playwrights to each other, and, perhaps most importantly, talk with one another regularly.
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The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day's American Idiot 1/30 7:30pm, 1/31 7:30pm, 2/1 7:30pm, 2/2 7:30pm
The Powerhouse, 10 East Drive, Amherst, MA 01002
The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day's American Idiot! We will perform in the Powerhouse at Amherst College on 1/30-2/2 at 7:30pm. Tickets are FREE for 5-college students, faculty, and staff, $15 for general admission, and $10 for seniors. We hope to see you there!
“DEATHTRAP” SET FOR JANUARY 30 - FEBRUARY 16 AT MAJESTIC THEATER
The latest production in the Majestic Theater's 23rd Season is “Deathtrap,” which runs through February 16, according to Producing Director Danny Eaton.
The classic comedy/thriller by Ira Levin follows the story of Sidney Bruhl, a formerly successful playwright now low on money and inspiration. A play written by a student, Clifford Anderson, arrives and Sidney is certain it will be a hit, even joking to his wife that he may have to kill the young man and steal his script. Sidney invites Cliff over to work on the play, which is also titled “Deathtrap,” then learns there are no other copies of the play in existence. To the horror of his wife, Sidney appears to choke Cliff to death and drag him off to bury him, but are things as they seem? Levin's play is described as an ingenious and spellbinding thriller, both sinister and hilarious.
The cast includes Ron Komora, Krista Lucas, Jack Grigoli, Lisa Abend and Walter Mantani. Danny Eaton is producing director. The director is Robbie Simpson, set design is by Greg Trochlil, Dawn McKay is costume designer and the lighting design is by Dan Rist. Stephen Petit is production stage manager.
Ticket prices range from $24 to $31 and can be purchased by calling the box office at (413) 747-7797 or visiting while the box office is open (Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm).
UMASS NEW PLAY LAB produced by Maegan Clearwood, Bianca Dillard, Josh Glenn-Kayden and Tatiana Godfrey
directed by Josh Glenn-Kayden
by M Sloth Levine
Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 6 at 7:30
Feb. 8 at 2
The Curtain Theater Walden
by Amy Berryman
Feb. 14, 15, 20 at 7:30
Feb. 22 at 2
The Curtain Theater
Audience members are encouraged to stay after the performance for a conversation about the play.
Two sisters working out family tensions amid a climate crisis and the settlement of Mars. Four meddling kids and a dog confront the unexplainable and question their identities.
The pair of plays selected for this year's UMass Theater New Play Lab — running Jan. 31-Feb. 22 — use sci-fi conventions as a way to look at familiar issues from a new angle. Now in its seventh iteration, Play Lab offers our team of graduate student dramaturgs and director, as well as our cast of undergrads, the opportunity to work on selecting and shaping new work fresh from the brains of emerging playwrights.
As valuable as the creative members of this enterprise are, though, there's one more element needed for a successful Play Lab, and that's the audience. Getting a work in front of community members who share their honest reactions is crucial to the Play Lab process, because it offers playwrights and our team an in-the-moment barometer of which parts of the script are successful and what needs more work. Those changes are often made in between performances. We've seen whole scenes added, even titles changed, over the course of a Play Lab run based on audience reactions and feedback gathered during the post-show conversations held after every performance. It's an immediate way for theater-goers to affect the direction of their favorite performing art!
About this year's plays:
The Interrobangers is written by M Sloth Levine. Four groovy teens and a dog search the woods in their van to solve a mystery while exploring drugs, queerness, and the fear that men in rubber masks are scarier than monsters. The four question the world they know, looking into the parts of their history they would rather avoid.
Walden by Amy Berryman is an extraordinary piece asking the questions about the relationships between the human spirit and scientific discovery. In the not-so-distant future, climate change has intensified and scientists are recommending that we colonize elsewhere. Cassie, a NASA botanist, returns from her year-long deployment in space and is shocked to find her sister, Stella, a former NASA architect, engaged to an Earth Advocate. As the twins grapple with questions of rivalry and love, humanity hangs in the balance.
Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $7.50 general admission. All audience members are invited to the free post-show conversation after every performance. Come see both plays, or see a play twice and watch it evolve.
SILVERTHORNE THEATER COSTUME FASHION SHOW TO BE PART OF LAVA CENTER GRAND OPENING IN GREENFIELD
On Saturday, February 1 at 7:30 pm, Silverthorne Theater will pull out some of the more spectacular of the costumes used in Silverthorne's past six seasons as well as samples from its collection for a festive Fashion Show. This free event will celebrate Silverthorne’s new tenancy in the LAVA Center, the arts incubation space in downtown Greenfield at 324 Main Street. Space is limited – seating will be on a first-come basis.
Over the years, Silverthorne Theater has amassed a large collection of costumes for a wide range of shows. Some are original creations, built for specific characters. Others were bought and adapted for shows. A large number of period pieces were donated by generous Silverthorne fans. Many will be featured in the Fashion Show.
An extra added attraction will be "THESE SHOES WEREN'T MADE FOR WALKING" - a display of some of the outrageous footwear from STC's collection - up for auction! Visitors to the LAVA Center throughout the weekend will be able to bid on a selection of utterly amazing shoes. Proceeds will benefit STC’s upcoming Theater Thursdays New Play Reading Series. More information
Ja’Duke Theater is ready to impress with their first show from the Broadway Junior Series, Frozen Jr.
Don’t miss out on Ja’Duke’s Frozen Jr, February 7, 8, 14, 15 at 6:00pm and February 9, 16 at 2:00pm. For more information and to purchase tickets visit, www.jaduketheater.com.
Part of the Broadway Junior Series, Frozen features a cast of 2nd – 12th graders from all over Franklin County. Don’t let the “Jr” fool you…this is no small production. With exciting magic and gorgeous sets to back them up, these students shine bright as Disney’s well-loved characters.
Frozen is the timeless tale of two sisters, pulled apart by a mysterious secret. As Elsa struggles to find her voice and harness her powers within, Anna embarks on an epic adventure to bring her family together once and for all. Both are searching for love. They just don't know where to find it. With a cast of beloved characters and loaded with magic, adventure, and plenty of humor, Frozen JR. is sure to thaw even the coldest heart!
Don’t miss out on Ja’Duke’s Frozen Jr, February 7, 8, 14, 15 at 6:00pm and February 9, 16 at 2:00pm. For more information and to purchase tickets visit, www.jaduketheater.com.
Tickets are $12 for adults, and $10 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at www.jaduketheater.com/frozen-jr or in person at the Ja’Duke Theater Box Office. Box office operating hours are Monday through Thursday 5:30 – 7:00, and one hour before show time.
A Completely Ridiculous Open Mic with Klaus, Musicologist Saturday February 8th, at 7pm
Sign up at 6.30
Northampton Center for the Arts, at 33 Hawley St. Tickets:
"Hello, my name is Klaus. I am a German musicologist primarily focussed on the work Steve Miller and his band - The Steve Miller Band. I, Klaus am traveling through America for the first time to gain insight into the country that shaped the genius of Steve Miller and the Steve Miller Band. In pursuit of my goals I am organizing my very first open mic. My hope is that people will come and tell me stories about their experiences in and of America. These stories can come in the form of a dance, a song, a comedy routine, a poem, a magic trick, or even an actual story. Whatever it happens to be, I will be most grateful to you for helping me to understand the birthplace of one of, if not the most important composers of our modern times.
Danke in advance for your time, presence and invaluable assistance.
ps. If you are one of the unlucky ones who has not yet experienced the wonder of Steve Miller and his Band, just stare into the drummers eyes in this youtube video. The majesty! The passion!! I truly can not wait to share all of it with you."
An open mic like no other! Join Klaus (Gabe Levey) as he attempts to host a public event for the first time, understand more about America, and spread the gospel of The Steve Miller Band. Featuring the work of you, you and YOU! (And also Steve Miller).
Sign up begins at 630, for a 7pm show.
Smith College Department of Theatre New Play Reading Series presents
Written by Mary Beth Brooker MFA ’20
Thursday, February 13 – 7:30 PM
Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA, Smith College
directed by Mary Beth Brooker and Marty Bongfeldt MFA ’21.
When guests come to dinner and invite their hosts to play illusion games, a family’s history is seen in a new light.
Free and open to the public.
SILVERTHORNE PRESENTS SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY PERFORMANCES OF A. R. GURNEY’S LOVE LETTERS
You know it is the season of love when stores begin to sprout heart-shaped boxes of chocolates and cute teddy bears with red bows. For those who are looking for another way to share the Valentine season, Silverthorne Theater Company presents noted playwright A. R. Gurney’s classic Love Letterson February 14-16 at the new LAVA Center at 324 Main Street, Greenfield.
Three different Franklin County couples will perform the piece on three consecutive days. On Friday night at 7:30 pm, Ginger Carson and Kevin McVeigh of Greenfield will read the roles of Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Saturday, it will be Northfield Mount Hermon Choral Director Sheila Heffernan and her husband Bill Hattendorf’s turn, also at 7:30 pm. The 2 pm Sunday matinee will feature Conway’s Joan and Mike Haley as the couple. Silverthorne co-founder David Rowland directs all three couples.
Seating for each show is limited to 36, with reserved table seats at $50 and general admission row seating at $35. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-r-gurneys-love-letters-tickets-90663692545. A fundraiser for Silverthorne 2020-2021, the performances will also feature, wine/beverage tastings by local wineries; and an opportunity to win one of an art photographer Frank Aronson’s stunning pieces.
Love Letters is unique and imaginative theatre piece which, in the words of the author, "needs no theatre, no lengthy rehearsal, no special set, no memorization of lines, and no commitment from its two actors beyond the night of performance." It is comprised of letters exchanged over a lifetime between two people who grew up together, went their separate ways, but continued to share confidences. As the actors read the letters aloud, what is created is an evocative, touching, frequently funny but always telling pair of character studies in which what is implied is as revealing and meaningful as what is actually written down.
Exit 7 Players presents Noises Off Feb 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8pm; Feb 16 and 23 at 2pm
Exit 7 Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA 01056
Michael Frayn's Noises Off takes a fond look at the follies of theatre folk, whose susceptibility to out-of-control egos, memory loss, and passionate affairs turn every performance into a high-risk adventure. This play-within-a-play captures a touring theatre troupe’s production of Nothing On in three stages: dress rehearsal, the opening performance, and a performance towards the end of a debilitating run. Frayne gives us a window into the inner workings of theatre behind the scenes, progressing from flubbed lines and missed cues in the dress rehearsal to mounting friction between cast members in the final performance. Brimming with slapstick comedy, Noises Off is a delightful backstage farce, complete with slamming doors, falling trousers, and -- of course -- flying sardines!
Directed by Bruce Torrey
Lloyd -- Jason Rose-Langston
Dotty/ Mrs. Clackett -- Theresa Allie
Garry/ Roger-- Ryan Bird
Brooke/ Vicki-- Krystle Bernier
Poppy-- Angela Sanches
Frederick/Philip-- Terrance Peters
Belinda/Flavia-- Gilana Chelimsky
Tim-- Mark Hildreth
Selsdon-- Dan Jarvis
Brian Stanton is bringing his award-winning solo show "Blank" from Los Angeles to Northampton on Sunday, February 16th at 7pm.
"Blank" is a powerful and entertaining evening of theatre that
explores Brian's adoption story and struggles with identity. The show is inspiring, hilarious, and poignant, whether or not you or someone you know has been touched by adoption.
Smith College Department of Theatre AUDITIONS
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
directed by Tara Franklin
As portrayed in Homer’s ‘Odyssey’, Penelope - wife of Odysseus and cousin of the beautiful Helen of Troy - has become a symbol of wifely duty and devotion, enduring twenty years of waiting when her husband goes to fight in the Trojan War. As she fends off the attentions of a hundred greedy suitors, travelling minstrels regale her with news of Odysseus’ epic adventures around the Mediterranean - slaying monsters and grappling with amorous goddesses. When Odysseus finally comes home, he kills her suitors and then, in an act that served as little more than a footnote in Homer’s original story, ruthlessly hangs Penelope’s twelve maids. Now, Penelope and her chorus of wronged maids tell their side of the story in a new stage version by Margaret Atwood, adapted from her own wry, witty and wise novel.
Auditions: Sunday, February 2, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Monday, February 3, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Callbacks on Wednesday, February 5, 7:00-9:00 PM, Acting Studio 1
Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College
Performances: April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 at 7:30 PM, Theatre 14, Mendenhall Center, Smith College.
Casting Breakdown: 13 Actors
Audition Prep: Sides will be provided from the script. No monologues or appointments necessary.
Contact/Questions: Production Manager, Nikki Beck, email@example.com
Scripts: Perusal scripts available in Josten Library, Mendenhall Center, Smith College
Savage the Musical is a dramatic musical based on the true story of cowriter Nicolette Blount's Native American starlet, Great Grandmother, Wanda Savage. Savage will have their first production in the Pioneer Valley before returning to NYC for further development. The production team for Savage is currently looking for two actors for our first production in April.
Grant Valentine, Tenor or Baritone with range, 20s/30s Handsome Hollywood Movie Star. Married and torn between his career and Wanda, ultimately choosing his career
Andrew - Wanda's abusive gambling first husband and father to her child Paul. Non singing role or singing. Currently a non-singing role, however if the actor can sing, we will add in a song.
Be part of the show that Tony Award winning producer Ken Davenport said was one of the top five shows to see last summer at New York Musical Festival in his blog! For more information about the show go to savagethemusical.com or visit our Instagram, Facebook, YouTube or hear our music that is currently streaming on all platforms.
UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts and HFA Career & Advising Center and Arts Extension Service Spring Arts & Humanities Internship Fair February 6 at 11:30 AM
UMass Fine Arts Center Atrium
Join us for an opportunity to meet prospective interns in our studio arts, art history, theatre, music, dance, history, and arts management programs as well as interested students from across the University. The Internship Fair is co-sponsored by the UMass College of Humanities and Fine Arts and HFA Career & Advising Center and draws qualified, interested students each semester.
*Interested in providing an internship? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lunch and parking provided. Space is limited.
CitySpace is a non-profit with a mission to restore, manage and preserve Old Town Hall as a vital center for the arts in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Capital Campaign Coordinator
CitySpace is midway through its Transformation Campaign to restore Old Town Hall’s second floor into a flexible and accessible performing arts organization. The Capital Campaign Coordinator for the CitySpace will work closely with the president of the board, as well as with campaign volunteers to coordinate a successful $6.6 million capital campaign. Central to the role is: assisting in developing capital campaign strategies, researching prospective donors, CRM software management and maintenance, coordinating the flow of information and meetings, follow-ups, and donor communications in accordance with CitySpace and the campaign plan.
Status: The Capital Campaign Coordinator is a contract position and is budgeted at 15-25 hours per week on a schedule mutually agreed upon by the Coordinator and the CitySpace Board of Directors. This is an 8 month part-time contracted position with the possibility of renewal. The Coordinator will work primarily offsite.
Document pipeline and task assignments, track prospects and maintain timelines
Research and identify corporate, foundation and individual prospects
Assist in developing and expanding capital campaign teams
Schedule meetings, prep for Board members and campaign volunteers
Acknowledge all campaign gifts and pledges and prepare pledge payment reminders and pledge agreements in coordination with board president
Write campaign correspondence including meeting requests and meeting follow up
Assist in maintaining campaign calendar
Organize and monitor volunteer assignments and follow-up
Schedule tours with board members and prospects
Assist with planning capital campaign gatherings and cultivation events
Work with the CitySpace board to create and distribute invitations, announcements, and other campaign communications to the public
Research donor information
Enter planned asks and other proposal information
Run campaign progress reports
Enter notes to track conversations and meetings
Work with board president to enter pledges into the system as assigned
Follow up with pledge commitments and past-due pledges
Work with board president to ensure that gifts are acknowledged with appropriate recognition and appreciation
Analyze donor giving patterns to increase donor retention, upgrading, and conversion rates
Perform other projects as assigned by the board leadership
Bachelor’s degree in the relevant area preferred
Development experience, including personal interactions with major donors
High level of computer literacy, preferably with a development management database and research software.
Detail-oriented and committed to accuracy
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Creative problem solver
Ability and desire to work as a member of a team
Self-starter, and proficiency in organizing and managing projects
Good judgment and ethical behavior
Experience with event planning and/or crowdfunding desirable
Enthusiasm for the mission of CitySpace.
Please include a cover letter, resume, and names of three references.
The review begins immediately. Applications accepted until the position is filled.
CitySpace does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, gender, disability, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. We offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Play Reading Co-op is currently seeking submissions of full length plays from New England writers for a monthly, ongoing reading series. The mission of the co-op is simply for local theater makers to have a chance to get in a room together to work on high quality material for our own learning, enjoyment, and camaraderie. It's also a great way to learn about new works and writers. The reading is intended to be informal and without an audience other than other co-op “members” and potentially a friend or colleague(s) of the writer. If the writer is looking for a discussion or feedback afterward, we are happy to make space for that as well. We are ideally looking for plays with at least 2 female identifying roles.
Local Access to Valley Arts to host grand opening weekend for new arts space in Greenfield
Arts nonprofit organization Local Access to Valley Arts is thrilled to announce the opening of its new performing arts and community space in downtown Greenfield, MA!
The LAVA Center is a new performing arts incubator, black box theater and community space in the heart of the Cultural District in downtown Greenfield, MA—the crossroads of the Upper Pioneer Valley. The LAVA Center is located at 324 Main St., in between TD Bank and the Pushkin Gallery.
With a focus on creating opportunities in and through primarily the performing and literary arts, the LAVA Center will host a wide variety of arts events, classes, and workshops as well as be a space to display and sell art made by local artisans.
The LAVA Center’s grand opening will coincide with Greenfield’s annual Winter Carnival, with events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1–2. All events will take place at 324 Main St., Greenfield, MA. Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/546330569285742/
Friday, Jan. 31, 4:30 p.m.: LAVA Grand Opening Party with the Farley String Band, followed by watching the parade from our stoop at 6 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1, 1 p.m.: Kids Story Hour with author-educator Doug Selwyn
The Workshop is Strident Theatre's weekly drop-in monologue class, EVERY WEDNESDAY, at Pine Box Studios in the Arts and Industry Building, 221 Pine Street in Florence, MA, 6:30--8:30pm.
This is a casual, workshop setting class, designed for ALL skill levels. No need to sign up ahead of time - simply show up, with your monologue memorized. If you'd like to get up and work, there will be a sign up sheet when you arrive (first come, first served). If you'd like to simply observe and give some audience feedback, that's great, too. The class will be headed up by Strident's Artistic Director, Susanna Apgar.
Cost is a sliding scale / suggested donation anywhere between $5--$25+ per class. As with everything we offer, we'd like to make this class as accessible as possible to as many folks as possible. So, if a higher scale is not a good fit for you right now, that's fine - come anyway! If you are in a position to offer a bit more, to cover a neighbor, or to help grow this class and to bolster our general programming, that's wonderful!
Building / logistics / accessibility info: there is a ramp from the front parking lot to the first floor of the building, where our class is held. We are NOT fragrance-free, and there are fluorescent lights. THE ROOM IS QUITE WARM, SO PLEASE WEAR LAYERS AND BRING WATER! This is a class for ADULTS only. Please enter through the "Central Entrance" door and follow our signs.
We hope to see you! Again, this is a WEEKLY drop-in class, EVERY Wednesday, 6:30--8:30. Gather some friends, and come on down and join us!
Happier Valley Comedy presents Laugh With Your Loved One February 14 at 5:30 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater, 1 Mill Rd, Hadley, MA
Spend your Feb. 14th celebrating laughter with your loved one! You both are invited to join Head of Happiness Pam Victor in a joyful and easeful exploration of improv comedy exercises and games specifically for absolute beginners
- even those who might be a little (or a lot) nervous about improv -
in an evening of fun and giggles. What better way could there be to celebrate love than laughing together?
This 90-minute beginners improv workshop is designed especially for you and your
romantic partner, favorite pal, BFF, and/or dear family member to connect through comedy.
Prerequisite: None! This beginner's workshop is designed for people ages 18+ who are new to improv!
The Completely Ridiculous
Get out of your head and into your body! Rediscover your fun! Reclaim your wonder and willingness to play with abandon! And then pour it all into your Acting!! In this two-part 8-week class Completely Ridiculous students will relentlessly pursue the Fun of Failure and then catapult themselves into text analysis and scene study.
The Fun of Failure, 1pm-4pm at The Northampton Center for The Arts February 15th, 22nd, 29th, and March 7th
Through a series of games, students will strengthen their ability to listen and work together as an ensemble. This class will strengthen the student’s ability to listen; to play without shame; to be generous with others and themselves; to be courageous and vulnerable enough to fail, fail again and then fail better. Skills gained in this class can be applied to many aspects of life including leadership, self-confidence and acceptance, as well as community and civic engagement.
Acting as Play, 1pm-4pm at The Northampton Center for The Arts March 28th and April 4th, 18th, and 25th
Having completed The Fun of Failure, Completely Ridiculous students will then move on to text, applying the same scale of vulnerability and fun to traditional monologue and scene work. In Acting as Play, students will be asked to get out of their heads and into their bodies; to take big risks before feeling “ready;” to find fun in whatever given circumstances the character has no choice but to endure; and to always lead with hope, regardless of the inevitable disasters laid out in the text.
Enrollment: At the moment, these classes are open exclusively to 16-18 year olds. They are meant to be taken together, but can be taken separately if need be. Enrollment priority will be given to students who sign up for both.
Taken separately, each class is $175.
Taken together, the total cost is $300.
To ask questions, or sign up, please email email@example.com.
A member of the 3rd graduating class at Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School (PVPA), Gabe grew up in Northampton, received a BFA in Acting from Boston University, an MFA in Acting from the Yale School of Drama and now teaches Clown, Physical Acting, and Acting as Play at NYU Tisch School of The Arts. For more information and student testimonials visit: www.gabriellevey.com/testimonials.html