Thursday, April 30, 2020

Pioneer Valley Theatre News April 30, 2020

Pioneer Valley Theatre Newsletter
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April 30 - May 20, 2020

I'm still enjoying engaging with the online virtual theatre community. Here's an article about teaching theatre online. Another about what Broadway could learn from South Korea's theatre market. I've been watching virtual theatre and engaging with theatre makers online who I would never normally have time or energy to have conversation with. There are lots of these kinds of opportunities listed below - take advantage of this time as much as is helpful for you. 

Nora Kaye, who grew up in the Pioneer Valley, has written a movie - see the listings below for details on how you can support her latest venture! And if you are a theatre company interested in partnering with her, there are more details below about that as well. 

Perhaps YOU have written something in quarantine? Or you have something you are dusting off to work on again? Consider submitting it to the Play Reading Co-op. Details in the listings below!

The next issue will include events through May 27. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

Submit Your Theatre Event
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from Howlround

Indigenous Theatre and the Climate Crisis
by David Geary

From the article: 

Ko Taranaki tōku. maunga / My mountain is Taranaki
Ko Hangatahua tōku awa / My river is the Hangatahua
Ko Kurahaupo tōku waka / My canoe is the Kurahaupō
Ko Taranaki me Ngāti Pākehā tōku iwi / My tribe is the Taranaki Māori Nation of Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pākehā (non-Māori settler/colonial nations of England, Ireland, and Scotland; and I’ve been a Canadian citizen since 2008)
Ko Ngā Mahanga tōku hapu / My sub-tribe is the Ngā Mahanga
Ko Etahi Taputai me William Geary tōku tīpuna / My ancestors are Etahi Taputai and William Geary
David Geary taku ingoa / My name is David Geary
“Ua Tawa ! Ua Tawa! / “Purple Rain! Purple Rain!”

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
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Happier Valley Comedy LIVE!
Every night except Sundays at 8pm until we can open our theater again!
Safety of your own home! (YouTube Live Stream)

Come to our virtual theater! Each night, Pam and Scott will check in about their day, share how they're staying healthy and happy through all this social isolation, and then improvise for you, sometimes joined by surprise guests! We can also talk with you through the chat box, so come hang out, give suggestions, and join the fun! It's our way of opening our theater each night to bring people together through laughter and community.

YouTube Channel
Silverthorne Theater presents
by Rich Orloff

Monday, May 4, 2020
 7:00 PM

Live-streamed at

Posting of recording on YouTube on May 6

History records many turning points when societal upheavals resulted in unintended consequences that re-shaped the future of individuals and nations. 

On May 4, 1970, National Guardsmen shot and killed four student demonstrators at Kent State University in Ohio, an event whose repercussions are still felt throughout the American political landscape.

Adapted from letters and interviews with students who attended Oberlin College in Ohio, Rich Orloff's DAYS OF POSSIBILITIES explores the journey of one college's response to the Vietnam War, from small and polite demonstrations in 1964 to the campus-wide response in 1970 to the Kent State shootings. Along the way we meet the full spectrum of students, including the radical, the cautious, the conservative, and the chronically undecided. 

Join us this coming Monday when 20 Silverthorne actors 'perform' the play for live-streaming on our Facebook page. A recording of the performance will be posted on YouTube two days later, and in our next Tuesday newsletter we will give you the link.

This coming week, check out further information and cast biographies at

This kind of performance is a real departure for STC and we are finding the Zoom platform quite a challenge! As you know, high quality high speed internet connections are far from universal in Western Massachusetts, and several of our actors' performances may be adversely affected by limitations where they live.  We ask your forbearance and will bring you the very best experience possible!
Arts events, concerts, and productions have been cancelled in cities across the nation due to the effects of COVID-19. Artists, musicians, and performers whose livelihoods are dependent on these events  are facing insurmountable loses.

Now is the time to give back to the artists and performers who contribute so much to the quality, vibrancy, and enjoyability of our lives and culture.

We are collecting donations to support artists in our community who have been directly impacted by this global heath crisis. The funds raised here will be distributed as relief grants to eligible artists and arts organizations.

We invite members of the community to donate to our artist relief fund via GoFundMe.
So many free online theatre streaming listings here.

National Theatre Live YouTube Channel

Streaming will begin at 2 PM EST. 

April 30 & May 1 ‘Frankenstein’ adapted by Danny Boyle, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller. (Switching roles on the two evenings!)

May 7 ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ by William Shakespeare, starring Ralph Fiennes.

from New England New Play Alliance
Virtual Theatre and Podcasts

New World Theatre presents
Snow Fall, Episode 2:

by Donald Tongue

As the storm intensifies, Ashley reaches out to her friend, Peggy, for help. An audio play on YouTube. Stream Snow Fall, Episode 2: Nor'Easter.


Silverthorne Theater Company presents
Days of Possibilities
by Rich Orloff
May 4


Silverthorne Theater will perform online a play that remembers a watershed moment in our nation’s historyRich Orloff’s Days of Possibilities will be livestreamed on Facebook on the fiftieth anniversary of the day National Guard troops shot and killed four student protesters at Kent State University. The playwright describes the piece as "based on letters and interviews with students who attended Oberlin College during the 1960's."  Mixing monologues and simple "story theater" scenes, Days of Possibilities charts the journey of one college's response to the Vietnam War. The performance will be streamed May 4 at 7pm on Silverthorne's Facebook page and then made available afterwards on YouTube. Stream Days of Possibilities.

Boston Theatre Marathon presents
Marathon XXII Special Zoom Edition
now-May 17

Special readings of ten-minute plays by New England playwrights presented in collaboration with New England theaters via Zoom. Audiences are encouraged to lend their support to area theatre companies and to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theaters and theatre artists in need. You need the free Zoom app to join. This week's readings:

A Few Adjustments
by Scott Malia
sponsored by Fort Point Theatre Channel
April 30, 12:00 noon

by Cliff Odle
sponsored by Gloucester Stage Company
May 1, 12:00 noon

by Caity-Shea Violette
sponsored by Boston College
May 2, 12:00 noon

Pearly Gates
by Jack Neary
sponsored by Acting Out Productions
May 3, 12:00 noon

The Lady Killer
by Erik Nikander
sponsored by Brandeis University Department of Theatre Arts
May 4, 12:00 noon

Warm Running Water
by Janet Kenney
sponsored by Firehouse Center for the Arts
May 5, 12:00 noon

Boston Podcast Players presents
Dirty Laundry
by Jecenia Isis Figueroa

In this episode, we talk with featured playwright and poet and everything, Jecenia Isis Figueroa, about characters under duress, writing bilingually, and the first Latinx character in pop culture Jecenia can think of who lives in Boston. Then we listen to Jecenia's short play Dirty Laundry, in which a couple struggle as to whether to support their son who stands accused of a heinous crime. Stream the podcast.

Western-Mass Low Income Freelancer Relief


About the Movie:
Chickago is a feature-length, dark comedy motion picture written by Nora Kaye and Whitney Uland. It follows the journey of three twenty-somethings who attempt to cope with tragedy and disappointment by staging a local production of Chicago, the musical, in their hometown. It fails hilariously, forcing them to face their demons head on.

About me/ the creative team: 
Nora Kaye, who began her theatrical career doing plays at Northampton High School and New Century Theater, recently became an award-winning filmmaker and actor in the Entertainment industry with her writing partner Whitney Uland. Their original TV pilot, Hysterical Women, won awards and accolades at major film festivals around the nation, including Geena Davis’ Bentonville Film Festival and Shonda Rhimes’ Seriesfest. Her work has screened internationally at the Cannes Film Festival.

In the last push for their fundraiser, any and all donations or support helps!

To learn more about the project and our production company (Changito Perrito Productions LLC is a development and production company that creates stories by women, for women. Dedicated to inclusion and diversity, we strive to make films and commercials that are as complex, honest, weird, funny, dark and intricate as the women who make them.):

If anyone has other questions Nora can also be reached at

The creative team is also interested in partnering with a local theater company for possible shooting location, co-production, and premiering the movie when it is done. Reach out to Nora for more information.
New musicals available streaming on YouTube every Friday for 48 hours!

The IOTF: The International Online Theatre Festival is back! Join us from 15 April to 15 May in celebrating theatre-making from across the world.

Wherever you are, you will be able to see a range of work from global artists and companies, as well renowned filmmakers who have turned to theatre as a mode through which to explore process, craftsmanship and performativity.

This year’s festival features 25 productions from leading international companies including Reckless SleepersTR WarszawaStanislavsky Electrotheatre and the Schaubühne.

Details here.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Playwrights’ Center is taking action to connect people with their communities and create income streams for theater artists who are out of work. We're pleased to announce an entirely new, online Spring 2020 Season.

This spring, Playwrights' Center will feature regular weekly programming of new play readings; seminars, classes, and workshops taught by playwrights; two weekly feature articles written by playwrights; open conversations and panels with playwrights and theater practitioners; Member Open Play events, where writers read each other's plays aloud and respond with constructive feedback; New Plays On Campus sessions for educators and students interested in playwriting; Writing Room Lunch Breaks where playwrights can come together to work; and open office hours with Playwrights’ Center Artistic and Membership staff, giving people a chance to connect, ask questions, and discuss best practices.

The schedule and links to events

from UMass Arts Extension Services
New Funding Resources Available

Remember weeks ago when events hadn’t been canceled or postponed worldwide? Your arts program may have been at the top of your to-do list however today, we are all searching for new ways to keep our arts organizations afloat during this time of uncertainty. We are here for you!  Arts Extension Service has put together a list of resources that includes funding and grant opportunities for artists and arts organizations. In this rapidly changing landscape, check in often, as we update this list daily. 

If you are delving into the grant writing process for the first time or feel you need to refresh your skills, check out the Arts Extension Service's online Grantwriting for the Arts course offered this summer!  Class starts July 6, and registration is now open!

from A.P.E. (full newsletter)

Stay Engaged: Links to news and arts
The Forgotten Art of Assembly by Nicholas Berger
ON AIR: Dramatists Play Service
12 Places to Watch Dance Online   by Siobhan Burke
Open Streaming during Lockdown:  Watch RAIN by Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker
Dear Diary, The World is Burning New Yorker
Five thinkers weigh moral choices in a crisis. New York Times Magazine
Why COVID-19 Might Be Our Chance to Reimagine the Arts Frieze

Links from last few weeks:
More excellent resources for freelance artists

This article has links to great free online trainings for theatre technology

More Digital Arts and Culture Resources

List of Arts Resources During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Stay At Home Fest: Online Entertainment Calendar

Join the New Performing Artists Network, created by Seth Lepore

UMass Arts Extension Services List of Resources

Live Puppet Theatre Online - from the Jim Henson Foundation

Even More Things to Stream While Broadway Is Shut Down

As part of "How We Are Responding" to the current health pandemic and the impact it's having on our beloved theatre community, we at TCG are extending complimentary postings of temporary / flexible / tele-commuting positions (artistic AND non-artistic) on ARTSEARCH®. 

This opportunity is open to ALL, in support of theatre-makers looking for immediate temporary work to alleviate the financial crisis that has resulted from the spread of the virus.

I am writing to share a new, quarantine-inspired idea and invite you to participate. The Center for the Arts will be producing four episodes of what we are calling “Hawley Street,” a cross between Sesame Street and an online variety show. We want to keep our artists and other community members connected, and are excited to give this a try for the next two months!

Each 20-minutes episode (geared towards children and families but hopefully entertaining for all ages!) will incorporate performances, tutorials, dance parties, and more, and we hope you will join us by submitting content!

Please email a high quality 2-5 minute video (smartphones are fine) filmed in landscape/horizontal mode of your original, arts-related content. The content must belong to you or not be copyrighted, but doesn’t have to be new. Some suggestions include:

--performances (music, dance, spoken word, skits, puppets, etc)
--tutorials/instructional videos
--magic tricks
--animated shorts
--stop motion
--dance party (you/your family dancing to fun music in your house or yard - this will be edited together into a collective dance party sequence)
--videos of you/your family laughing!
--cute videos of your pets!

Please send any contextual information (for explanation and credits) via email. We are accepting submissions throughout the month of April, but hope to get our first episode out by mid-month so please send videos soon!

We are also welcoming music (mp3s or links to downloadable original music) to use for the crowd-sourced dance parties, background music, and transitional moments.

"Hawley Street" will be available for free, but we hope people will consider making a donation to the Center. As a small nonprofit committed to serving our community, the Northampton Center for the Arts needs help so that we can continue to provide affordable space for artists, performers, and educators after this crisis is over. We will be inviting people to make a donation of any amount through our website or Venmo @Northampton-CenterForTheArts at the end of each episode.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and we can’t wait to see and share your art!

All the best,

Virtual Pride Video Campaign - Call to Participate
While the in-person annual Northampton Pride Parade and Festival has been canceled—Noho Pride will go on—virtually!

Be part of Northampton Radio Group and Noho Pride’s Virtual Pride Parade—an exciting video project capturing the energy, artistry and enthusiasm of Noho Pride, and celebrating the only way we can this year—online, but together! The video will be streamed on Facebook on May 2nd, 2020.

Be a part of it!
A message from Amy Rist:

Good afternoon my friends from area non-profit arts facilities (dance/music/acting is etc.).

I am an experienced grant writer, primary investigator and researcher. I have helped non-profits successfully obtain grants up to 500K federal and state and can help anyone interested in obtaining a grant at this site below or many other funding opportunities. This includes other funding available for nonprofit arts organizations etc. Please message me if interested. I’m happy to forward you proof and examples of my work. I am also a political consultant and able to obtain local political support is wherever necessary. Grant and Political references available upon request. 


Please contact me at
Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts

We understand the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nonprofits in many ways, including increased demand for their services, lost revenue due to closures and cancellations, as well as other challenges. We are happy to announce the COVID-19 Response Fund for the Pioneer Valley. With local businesses partnering to help raise over $1 million, this fund will provide flexible resources to organizations that are working with communities at the intersection of being most vulnerable to the virus and most impacted by inequity.
The Northampton Arts Council is now accepting performer applications for First Night Northampton 2021.

On Thursday December 31, 2020 the Northampton Arts Council will present the 36th annual community New Year’s Eve celebration and festival of performing arts. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled the Paradise City with a 12-hour family-friendly festival of the arts, culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. Proceeds from First Night Northampton will benefit local artists and community arts activities. 

We look forward to receiving many proposals and to creating a diverse, exciting, family-friendly event. Complete and submit the application no later than August 31, 2020. Proposals are reviewed as they are received, so early applications are recommended. Please submit separate applications for each proposal. Proposals without support materials will not be reviewed. We will be notifying applicants at the end of September. To apply to perform at First Night Northampton please complete the online application which can be found here.

Contact: Steve Sanderson, Events Producer, 413-587-1247,

Photo Credit: Steven E Nanton

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.
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
Is your theatre company missing? Email me!
Academy of Music Theatre

Arena Civic Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company


Cold Spring Community Theatre

Completely Ridiculous Productions

Drama Studio

Double Edge Theatre

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

Franklin County Youth Theater

Ghost Light Theater

Greenfield Community College's Theater Department

Hampshire Shakespeare Company

Happier Valley Comedy

Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center

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
Northampton Community Arts Trust

Northampton Playwrights Lab

PaintBox Theatre


Pauline Productions

Real Live Theatre

Red Thread Theater

Royal Frog Ballet

Serious Play Theatre Ensemble

Shakespeare Stage

Shea Theater Arts Center

Silverthorne Theater

Smith College Department of Theatre

St. Michael's Players

Starlight's Youth Theatre, Inc.

Strident Theatre


Turbulent Times Theater

UMass Department of Theater

UMass Theatre Guild

Valley Light Opera

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players
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