Live theatre is (sorta) back! And so are the reviews. Here's the latest from StageStruck. More information below if you'd like to see Eggtooth Productions' Under the Stars from the safety of your car. And if you aren't quite ready to leave the comfort of your couch, put this in your calendar: on August 15, Real Live Theatre is bringing back Queen Margaret! Lots of information below.
It certainly feels like it will be awhile before we're back in person to me. With the news from Smith College that we'll be fully remote in the fall and no chance of live performance with an audience at the Academy of Music in the near future, I'm keeping an eye on the experiment in the Berkshires. Send me your thoughts on what's next for theatre. And let me know if you'd be interested in a community conversation about what's next for theatre in the Pioneer Valley.
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A literary manager stopped me in the hotel lobby following a reading of my play at an industry showcase. “I’m desperate to do your show,” he told me. “But we just can’t. Not with the resources we have.”
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West Springfield's Majestic Theater, which closed to the public in March due to COVID-19, is offering weekly online programs that feature popular Majestic entertainers being interviewed, as well as videos of favorite plays from previous seasons of the Majestic Children's Theater program, and an online talkback session about those plays.
Stephen Petit, director of the Majestic Children's Theater program, hosts “Majestic Children's Theater Online.” Each Wednesday, a video of a past performance is uploaded to majestictheater.com, and the following Sunday, Petit and cast members from that play host a live talkback and Q & A session with viewers online. Here is a listing of upcoming shows:
Sunday, August 9 – “Aesop's (Oh So Slightly Updated) Fables”
All “Behind the Curtain” and “Majestic Children's Theater Online” episodes are archived and available for viewing anytime at majestictheater.com. There is no cost to view these shows, but donations are encouraged.
Eggtooth and Jack Golden Productions are proud to present Under the Stars, a Covid-friendly outdoor performance for two shows a night (at 8 pm and 9 pm) on August 13, 14, 15 to take place at top floor of the Greenfield Parking Garage. With one of the most beautiful views in the Valley eight cars per performance will be welcomed to enjoy an original performance by the movement artist, Jack Golden commissioned by Eggtooth Productions. Tickets are available here.
Under the Stars is a tale of three journeys. It captures the struggles and possibilities of our unusual times through a triptych of unlikely stories: epic, improvisational, and comic. Created by Jack Golden and produced by Eggtooth Productions, this performance is set, as the title suggests, in the fresh evening air, reminiscent of drive in theaters of days gone by, except the show is live. Audience members remain in their cars, provide stage lighting with their headlights, and watch this 25 minute one man show from behind the safety of their windshields.
Jack Golden starts with “Just in Case”, the story of an archetypal journey told by a lost traveler and inspired by the prologue from Dante’s Inferno.
From there he drops his script and opens his mind to whatever comes to him in the moment. This improvisation is impossible to describe ahead of time, but it’s sure to be a delightful surprise for all, including Jack. “The Big Sweep” is the final piece, a shadow play filled with hilarious banter and acted out by a troupe of cleaning closet characters.
Where else can you get Shakespearean drama, celestial guidance, and bathroom humor kicking it together on the same stage?
Jack states that his is a “performance that respects all “social distancing” standards while allowing for an intimate theatrical experience in a time when online-virtual artistic expression carries the day. I welcome participants to Under the Stars! This performance takes place in a parking garage on the top floor where the audience drives in their cars and watches the show from inside their vehicles.
The piece utilizes shadow play, improvisation and text, and presents three separate journeys that reflect the uncertainty of our times in an upbeat and uplifting way. Heart leads to humor and returns to the heart.”
Jack Golden began his career as an actor-mime-juggler-movement artist, improvisor and clown in 1983. He has been the featured clown with the Pickle Family Circus of San Francisco and a founding member of The Wright Brothers, a new vaudeville touring company that was voted “Best of Fest” at the 1987 International Clown and Mime Festival.
In 1989 he embarked on a solo career that has led him to create and perform several nationally touring shows for schools and family audiences including the award winning Garbage Is My Bag. He studied physical theater and improvisation extensively with the world-renowned director and performer, Tony Montanaro. Additionally he trained with the San Francisco School of Dramatic Arts. He has taught physical theater and improvisation at Savannah College of Arts and Design, New England Center for Circus Arts, the University of Massachusetts and Boston University.
More recently, he created the one person performance “You Don’t Know Jack”, which debuted at the Shea Theater and Art Center and went on to Baltimore’s Charm City Fringe Festival. In addition he played Atigonus in John Bechtold’s “A Winters Tale”, Night Custodian in “Deus ex Machina” as well as roles in Gem of the Valley and Sam’s Place.
On August 15th, 2020, Real Live Theatre presents a live “Zoom-staged” reading of our original feminist epic The Life & Death of Queen Margaret.
A patchwork of text written mostly by William Shakespeare, as deconstructed and augmented by Toby Vera Bercovici and Dan Morbyrne.
Directed by Toby Vera Bercovici
With Choreography by Annelise Nielsen
Stage Management by Ezekiel Baskin
Sound Design by Catherine McCurry
Featuring an original song by Cynthia Zaitz, Ph.D
Featuring a reunion of our 2017 cast: Myka Plunkett, Linda Tardif, Kate Hare, Annelise Nielsen, Ellen Morbyrne, Emily Tanch, Jeannine Haas (AEA), and Lisa Abend (AEA).
SILVERTHORNE THEATER ANNOUNCES 2020 THEATER THURSDAY PLAY READING SERIES
Following up on its highly successful Theater Thursday play reading series last year, Silverthorne Theater Company will take advantage of the use of online streaming to bring three new plays to the Valley and beyond this summer through the 2020 Theater Thursday Play Reading Series. All three plays in this year’s series will be streamed free to Silverthorne’s Facebook page and will feature live discussions with the playwrights following the readings. The series is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council through the generous support of the Greenfield, Hadley and Buckland Cultural Councils.
The final 2020 Theater Thursday play, which streams on Thursday, August 20, is written by Northampton playwright, James McLindon – Distant Music. Penney Hulten directs this complex piece set in January 2000. On a snowy night in an Irish pub in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Connor, Maeve and Dev meet, each agonizing over an irrevocably life-changing decision. The three fight over religion and beer, whether truth exists at all, the differences between the Irish and Irish-Americans, the many failings (according to Dev) of the latter, and, finally, the capacity of stout to explain, metaphorically and metaphysically, most of life. The play, winner of numerous awards, has been produced across the country and is published by Dramatic Publishing. The playwright will join in for a live post-show talk about the play.
K and E Theater Group Presents Local Spotlight Series this Summer!
K and E Theater Group is excited to present its LOCAL SPOTLIGHT SERIES on Facebook, IGTV and YouTube celebrating Pioneer Valley’s theater artists. KETG Artistic Director Eddie Zitka hosts the summer series streaming online every Tuesday and Friday starting on May 26th and through the rest of the summer!
The Forge Theatre Lab presents LifeBlood
an online reading
by Erik Nikander
directed by Jack Crory
A miracle medical device has the country abuzz about an exciting female entrepreneur. But when a young journalist begins to dig deeper, she finds out the shocking truth about the company and its founder. A drama inspired by the true events of the Theranos scandal. Stream here.
Apollinaire Theatre has taken on the challenge of creating an original operetta every week. These devised works will be based on the lives of local Chelsea residents who have been nominated by Chelsea's leading community organizations. First-hand interviews with these intriguing individuals on Sundays will provide the basis for creating a multidisciplinary Zoom-play about their life and work, presented the following Saturday night. Tickets: free, registration required.
“Celebrating the Black Narrative” is the theme for the third installment of SpeakEasy’s Play Discussion Group, a series of free virtual events which returns on Thursday, July 30. Actress Crystin Gilmore will moderate the conversations, which focus each week on various plays by contemporary Black female playwrights.
Week Three: Mlima's Tale
by Lynn Nottage
August 6, 5:30 pm Sign up here
Mlima is a magnificent elephant trapped by the underground international ivory market. As he follows a trail littered by a history of greed, Mlima takes us on a journey through memory, fear, tradition, and the penumbra between want and need.
Tales from Camp Strangewood is an anthology, with every episode helmed by a new playwright, director, and team of actors. These chilling tales follow the eclectic inhabitants of Camp Strangewood as they encounter circumstances on the very edge of reality on the same particularly strange night. Over the course of six Sundays, audiences will follow campers and counselors coping with fear and isolation while the rules of the world they once knew fall apart around them.
August 5 Double Trouble (the minisode)
by Alexis Scheer
directed by M Sloth Levine
Follow us @CampStrangewood on Instagram Live to catch an emergency broadcast from camper Frankie, as they realize their Parent Trap fantasy isn't quite what they expected.
by j. sebastián alberdi
directed by Francis Xavier Norton
Cabin Four has a bit of a turbulent reputation. Is it just a flair for the dramatic, or is something more sinister swimming just below the surface? Stream here.
Boston Podcast Players presents Big Work
by Melissa Bergstrom and Kate Marple
Melissa Bergstrom and Kate Marple interviewed dozens of people across their country about their feelings about their jobs, weaving their words into a fascinating play about how people really feel about their work. Stream the episode.
Silverthorne Theater Company is seeking part-time temporary assistance in its downtown Greenfield office. beginning August 17, 2020, starting at 10 hours a week, for a maximum of three months. As the activities of the theater increase with the resumption of live productions these hours may be expanded, especially if the successful candidate shows aptitude for a wider range of duties.
We are a small professional company dedicated to serving the community of Greenfield and greater Franklin County with high-quality, challenging and thought-provoking theatrical experiences. We value creativity, enthusiasm, collaboration, and consideration of others in the work we present and in the people we work with.
The ideal candidate will have experience in the following areas:
· office file maintenance
· database entry and management, including report production
· calendar maintenance
Additional desirable skills include:
· familiarity with theater or other performing arts organizations
· ability to maintain online presence -web page updates; e-newsletters
· familiarity with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
· proficiency in MS Word, Excel, Google business applications
· familiarity with Apple computer systems
Please submit a resume and the names and contact information of three professional references with whom you have worked by August 1, 2020. Send to email@example.com. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to our Valley community. Information about Silverthorne Theater Company at https://silverthornetheater.org
Producers: Already Alive, Inc.
Director: Michael Marantz
Casting Director: Charlotte Arnoux
Shoot Dates: August 11th and/or 12th
Rate of Pay: $300/day + $150 travel stipend
Location: Northampton, MA
Must be a Western Massachusetts LOCAL HIRE (no lodging provided)
WOMAN: 65-80 years old. Any ethnicity. Female. Has the gravitas of a long life lived fully — challenges overcome, hardships weathered. No nonsense, strong-willed, natural sense of humor.
VETERAN: 30-50 years old. Any ethnicity. Male. He speaks with authority as a veteran who feels perfectly safe voting by mail — as he’s done any time he’s served overseas. He speaks to our collective common sense, cuts through the bullshit, someone you’d come to for advice. Please note if you have served in the military.
NURSE: 30s-50s. Any ethnicity. Any gender. An essential worker during these tough times, who wants to make sure their voice is heard in this election. Please note if you own your own scrubs.
PERSON WITH HEALTH ISSUE: 30s-50s. Any ethnicity. Any gender. Come hell or high water, they will express their voice in this election, but they face deadly serious consequences if they were to get COVID.
LOGLINE: We are shooting a series of PSAs. The goal is to advocate for everyone to have accessible, secure mail-in ballots, regardless of party or state.
Director’s Bio: Michael Marantz has directed projects for brands including Facebook, Google, Porsche, Verizon, Walmart, Dove, Gillette, and many more. His films have 100s of millions of views online and over 10 Vimeo Staff Picks.
AUDITIONS: ACTORS WANTED FOR A NEW PLAY Western Mass playwright seeks experienced actors for dynamic new, four character, one act play. Audition/meet by zoom. Safe rehearsals, leading to an off book performance safely shot by zoom/iphone video for eventual public broadcast on line or on TV. Non-union. Paid. Immediate.
Dramatic; Female; Age 55+, African-American
Dramatic; Female; Age 50+, African-American
Dramatic; Female; Age 35+, African- American
Fast Talking Comic; Male or Female; 25-45, any ethnicity.
If you’re interested, would love to connect with you and share details. Thank you!
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 413.320.5553
New Play Cinematographer/Editor Wanted
Western Mass writer/director seeks filmmakers/Iphone cinematographers, and video editors for a three camera, safe, low budget shoot of a dynamic new play for broadcast. Great lighting and sound design skills, and fast editing a must. All ethnicities urged to apply. To be shot in Western Mass. Non-union. Paid. If interested, send me a link to your work and let’s talk! Contact: email@example.com 4133205553
The Show Must Go Online: Pioneer Valley Arts Mentorship Program Launches
Valley Arts Mentors (VAM), a new collaboration between Piti Theatre Company, Holyoke Media and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Franklin County, is launching a remote mentorship program pairing artists with 15+ years of professional experience with younger artists ages 18+ or those considering a career change. Mentor/mentee pairs will meet once every two weeks for a six month period remotely as long as COVID-19 remains a safety issue.
The primary goal of the program is to provide early career artists with the support and encouragement crucial to launching a successful career in the arts. Related objectives include broadening the mentee's base of contacts, providing guidance about next steps in their training and connecting early career artists with financial and marketing tools helpful for arts entrepreneurship. The pairs will be provided support throughout the program by VAM staff. Registrations are being accepted at artsmentors.org/mentorship. Anyone with questions can call (508) 439-2069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mentors and mentees will be matched on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.
Piti Theatre's Jonathan Mirin states, "Of course, we had initially imagined this as an in-person program, but we have looked at examples of other mentorship cohorts that are remote by design and are excited to launch this program at a moment where there is a lot reflection going on about next steps, individually and culturally. Mentorship, particularly in the arts, has a long track record of being a critical factor in how careers and lives evolve."
Scott Macpherson from Holyoke Media adds: "It’s a challenging time to start a program that is focused on bringing people together," says Scott MacPherson, Executive Director of Holyoke Media, "But we have a lot of experience using technology to connect people and build community."
Jennifer Webster, Executive Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Franklin County concludes, "While Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County matches youth with older mentors for friendship and connection, the concept is really the same as this initiative- folks offering support and guidance to someone with similar interests and goals as they help them reach a greater potential. We are honored to lend our mentoring expertise and experience to this collaboration and help the arts community rise together."
Valley Arts Mentors is supported by a grant awarded by the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts’ ValleyCreates Program, with funding from the Barr Foundation.
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.
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.
Being Self with Joe Dulude II - email email@example.com to register
Being self is a unique online camp experience for LGBTQ+ kids ages 15-18 that runs from August 10-14, 2020 from 1:00-4:00 pm at a cost of $100.
Each day will be a 2-3 hour session involving theatre, self-discovery and artistic activities. The goal of the camp is to help young people discover who they are in this moment and who they would like to become.
All activities lead to a final video project where campers will record a documentary of who they are. These videos will be edited together into a short film which will be shown on Eggtooth Productions website.
The camp will be led by Joe Dulude II, himself a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Joe has worked the last 8 years as a Program Director for Camp Highlight and has developed several workshops on identity.
Joe Dulude II is probably best known for his Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End makeup designs on such productions as Wicked, Beetlejuice, Spongebob Squarepants the Musical, Torch Song, Sunday in the Park with George, Anastasia, Sweet Charity, Holiday Inn, Allegiance, Dr. Zhivago, On the Town, If/Then, Beautiful, The Wedding Singer, Grease!, Follies, Jekyll & Hyde and many more.
Joe is also a fine artist, showing work in NYC and his current home in western MA, performing artist and drag queen, having created the character of Mr Drag with his good friend Kat playing his associate, Karl.
Make A Change with Arts Management
Sally Bayes, an online AES student who works with The Walt Disney Company and who is passionate about theatre said, "The subjects that I have tackled in my (AES) classes, from cultural diversity in the arts to arts programming, have allowed me to look at my current work as a theatre director with new eyes. It has given me the gift of information and the gift of perspective."
Playwriting 101: An Introduction to Playwriting
The basics you need surrounded by conversation tailored specifically to your goals. Enter a novice, exit with a first draft.
Number of Sessions: at least 5
Playwriting 201: A More Advanced Exploration
In this course we will discuss what to do once you're a little more comfortable with the world of theater and playwriting. For this course, you should have written at least one play with a beginning, middle, and end. Goals and outcomes of this course include learning how to rewrite and redraft, scene breakdown and examination, and contextually relevant information on the theater industry as it exists currently.
Sessions may be tailored to an individual's needs.
Number of Sessions: Recommended minimum of 3.
Staging the Impossible: Theater as a Tool for Social Engagement
How can theatricality push social boundaries? How do fantastical moments onstage translate to moments of action offstage? How can we continue to imagine theater in a way that speaks to all communities, and responds with urgency to the world within which we live?
Session length: tailored to individual needs.
Liminal Spaces and Rites of Passage: World-Building and Guiding Characters Through the Unknown
What makes a play distinctly a play? How do the characters that populate plays differ from the characters that populate films or books? In this class we will discuss how to break with traditional realism and imagine spaces that exist between the known and the unknown.
The event is free. Donations are accepted.
Registration is required.
September 6 - November 25
Double Edge Theatre's 100-acre rural Farm Center is the perfect setting to take a gap semester from virtual University.
Our Fall Artist Immersion program is for anyone looking for an in-depth experience of our training as the springboard for developing their own creative path of artistic inquiry and work creation. During a three-month residency at Double Edge's International Center of Art, Living Culture and Art Justice, participants identify their research and develop the first stages of original material. The program fosters an intimate and experiential connection to the larger fabric of the ensemble through work on our Farm.
Amidst the deeply painful issues of our time, we at Double Edge believe that our mission and values of Artplus Living Culture plus Art Justice are even more vital to creating the future in which we want to live. We offer a sanctuary of the imagination for all. In 2016, in a spirit of support and solidarity and to take action to more directly impact Black
and Native Lives, and particularly Black and Native Artists, Double Edge established the Supporting Black & Native Lives scholarship to provide tuition-free and partial tuition scholarships, which in some cases will include housing and food, depending on the program, in each one of our Intensive and Immersion programs.
For our upcoming Fall Immersion program, we will be providing 2 tuition-free scholarships to Black and Native Artists.
Very limited space due to COVID-19, so apply soon!
THE PIONEER VALLEY LAUGHING CLUB
Saturdays from 1-2pm, starting May 9th
Completely Ridiculous Productions and The Northampton Center for the Arts would like to welcome you to the Pioneer Valley’s one and only Laughing Club!
In this weekly meetup we will gather together for an hour on zoom, introduce ourselves, warm up our bodies, have some fun and laugh ‘til it hurts.
Because we believe it is important to remind ourselves that it's ok to live in a happy body and laugh uproariously, especially in such crazy and chaotic times.
But seriously, Why?
Because laughter is a necessary survival skill, that's why. Also, super serious people like Doctors, Ministers and Therapists all around the world say that laughter strengthens the immune system, purges toxins, burns calories, works as a natural anti-depressant and keeps us resilient, happy and healthy! Laughter is the Best Medicine after all - and it's FREE!!
The PVLC is open to any and everyone, and just like going to the gym or taking a yoga class, there is nothing performative about it. However, a sense of humor will most certainly help - so be sure to bring yours along!
Each session is $15 suggested donation benefitting both the NCFA and Completely Ridiculous Productions. To sign up, please email
What in the what is Completely Ridiculous Productions?
CRP is a performance laboratory/training center dedicated to professional actor training, developing and producing new works of physical comedy, and strengthening each individual’s Empathic Vulnerability - the willingness to fully see and be seen by an other, while staying open to the possibility of being changed.For more information visit the website.
And who the heck is running this thing anyway?
Professional Laugher since birth, Gabe Levey is an actor/theatre maker who recently moved back to Northampton. In addition to running workshops and producing shows in the valley, Gabe teaches Physical Acting, Clown, Clown to Text and Shakespeare Performance at NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Founding Artistic Director, Completely Ridiculous Productions. MFA, Yale School of Drama.