Thursday, January 21, 2021

Pioneer Valley Theatre News January 21, 2021

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January 21 - February 10, 2021

Whew! I'm sure you're all feeling relieved to have a successful inauguration in the past now. Hopefully COVID is on it's way out, the vaccines are on their way in, and we'll be back to live theatre before the end of the year. Fingers crossed. 

We have a ton of workshops listed this week. Scroll all the way down or click to view the newsletter in your browser to make sure you aren't missing anything - lots of great things coming up!

The next issue will include events through February 17. 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
Workshop: Recycled Puppets and The Throw Away World
January 23, 24, 29, 30
More information and register here.
$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
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from Howlround

Beyond Wandering
by Kate Bergstrom

From the article: 

Have you ever looked at the world’s first-ever website? Uploaded in 1991, it’s a white page filled with clear and concise text, in black with blue hyperlinks. The “World Wide Web” allures in its deceptive simplicity; the site’s one-sentence description titillates: “a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.” The hyperlinks have intriguing titles like “What’s out there?,” “People,” and “How can I help?”

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
Sunderland Public Library presents Sunderland Short Story Series
January 22 at 6:30 PM

Actors Court Dorsey and Terry Jenoure will perform two stories: The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono, and The Cracked Mirror by Wangari Maathai, respectively.  This is a virtual event over Zoom.


In conjunction with our mission to promote unheard voices, Silverthorne Theater Company is assisting with this important project by Time To Tell.

Survivors’ Voices: Works of Resilience Written and Read by Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse


Each showcase will highlight 8-9 survivors reading their original writing and then a dialogue between the audience and the artists.

Click here to register today: Survivors’ Voices Event Registration
More information.

From the New England New Play Alliance:

Virtual Theatre and Podcast

The Valley Players presents
A Life Altering Event
by Jeanne Beckwith
January 21-23
directed by Doug Bergstein

Judith comes home to find her husband in shock. Dan has had an automobile accident from which he miraculously walked away without a scratch. He should have died, and now he is looking for a rational universe. While new friends Keith and Bonnie are visiting, a strange woman, Mary, shows up. She is the wife of the man in the other vehicle. It soon becomes clear that she and her husband were not as ordinary as they first seem, and the mystery that surrounds them includes a bag full of cash and a secret code. Mary disappears after she is asked too many questions, which prompts Detective Dolan to ask some questions of his own. Tickets: free (donations requested).

Fresh Ink Theatre presents
a reading of
by Erin Lerch
January 24, 2:00 pm
directed by Joshua Glenn-Kayden

When the alien Legion came, Sheena lost everything. All she has left is one final, unlikely dream: the Rebellion. But when she arrives, it’s to a Rebellion shattered by the loss of its leader, pushed to increasingly desperate measures – including working with their alien enemy. As tensions mount, Sheena has to face the question: when you have nothing left, what do you fight for? Tickets: free (donation suggested).

Company One presents
Remaking America: An Inaugural Message to the New Administration
January 26

Each new President pledges to “preserve, protect, and defend,” but which communities are at the front of that line? Company One’s Surge Lab playwrights — Inda Craig-Galván, Francisca Da Silveira, and Idris Goodwin — demand that we ALL move to the front by re-imagining our Better Future for housing, health, and education, along with local community leaders who have been doing the work. Tickets: free, registration required (donation suggested).

The Wilbury Theatre Group presents
The Race
by Mark Binder
January 15-31
directed by Brien Lang

Two job seekers from vastly different backgrounds vie for the same position in a large, faceless corporation. Each reveals uncomfortable truths from their past while dodging land mines from their competition and dealing with an increasingly demanding disembodied interviewer. Neither’s future is certain as the audience becomes an integral part of the selection process. Tickets: $20.


Dorset Theatre Festival's Women Artists Writing Group presents
streaming now

See the annual public presentation by members of #DTFWAW as they share short pieces and works-in-process written in response to the word grace.
Gracefully Yours
by Sharahn LaRue 
How to be Graceful
by Elizabeth M. Kelly
Notes from Isolation: Birthday Flowers
by Nandita Shenoy
by Heidi Armbruster
Grace with a Capital G
by Donna Eis 
by Carolyn Baeumler
a selection from
Dolly's Dream Bimari
by Purva Bedi
Don't be a Karen, Mommy
by Mary Bacon
In the Final Hours
by Mariana Newhard
Beethoven's Dream
by Maggie Diaz Bofill 
by Katie Kreisler
by Laura Gómez
Stream here.


Third Citizen Theatre Companypresents
Digital Dionysia
now-January 26

A ten-week series of new, contemporary short plays inspired by classical Greek theatre and mythology and produced by local creative teams with playwrights from New England and beyond. These plays reintroduce familiar characters and settings in ways that are surprising, hilarious, thought-provoking, and always original. 

Persephone at the Motel 6
by David Lewison
January 19
directed by Emily Grove

A Midsummer Night's Slam
by Arianna Rose
January 19
directed by Danielle Woods

Izzy at Zoom Therapy
by Jillian Blevins
January 19
directed by Peter Sampieri

The Oracle Cassandra
by Amanda Beveridge
January 26
directed by James Peter Sotis

The Making of Medea's Medea: A Mockumentary Play
by Chas Belov
January 26
directed by Peter Sampieri

Tickets: $5 per week; $25 series pass.

On February 12, 13 and 14, the Short & Sweet Festival will finally be launched! Here’s how it will work:
On Friday, February 12, the following plays will be screened, beginning at 7:30 pm. The Group A line-up, all directed by Julian Findlay consists of Choices, by James McLindon (Northampton MA); Canvas, by Andrew Heinrich (San Antonio TX); Interventions, by Greg Lam (Milton MA); Webster’s Bitch, by Jacqueline Bircher (Brooklyn NY); Cell Phone in the Yoga Class, by Michele Markarian (Cambridge MA); A Gift, by Jonathan Prouser (Western MA); Second Look, by Nick Malakhow (Brighton MA); and People Will Talk, by Scott Mullen (Burbank CA).
On Saturday, February 13, the Group B plays, under the direction of Ben Ware, will screen, again beginning at 7:30 pm. The line-up is Jump, by Gina Femia (Brooklyn NY); Indelible, by John Bavoso (Washington DC); Four Daughters, by Ellen Wittlinger (Haydenville MA); Raghead, by Tom Coash (New Haven CT); Family Game Night, by Peter Kennedy (Williamsberg MA); Mishpocha, by Emily Bloch (Easthampton); and A Wake, by Brian Petti (Slate Hill, NY).
Following each night of plays, viewers will be asked to select their Top Four Favorite Plays! Then on Sunday, February 14, the chosen Eight Favorite Plays will be screened again, beginning at 7:30 pm.
Viewers will be able to buy individual tickets for any of the three nights of plays for $15 each, or get a Festival Pass for all three nights for $35! The links to the online screening site are provided once tickets are purchased. Details and links to the ticketing site may be found on the Special Events page at Silverthorne’s web site: 

The Short & Sweet (tiny) New Play Festival is sponsored in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
K and E Theater Group Auditions: HELLO AGAIN
Audition submissions and materials accepted until January 24, 2021!

K and E Theater Group can't wait to say HELLO AGAIN!

Auditions to be held by video submission until January 24, 2021. Callbacks to be held over Zoom.

Check out for more information about the show, character breakdown and for audition submission requirements.

HELLO AGAIN runs September 9-12, 2021, at Northampton Center for the Arts in Northampton.

Don't forget to like us on Facebook and Instagram and visit for more information on our supersized Season Two!
Starlight's Youth Theatre
Winter Online Acting Classes

Classes run January 9-February 13
Financial Aid is available

We are happy to announce a Winter Term of Zoom classes for January and February on both Saturday mornings and Monday evenings.  Classes include Musical Theatre, Storytelling, Acting for Film, Directing Workshop, Aesop's Fables, and The Jungle Book.
Let's Play! Improv Games With Joy & Ease
January 22nd at 12:00 PM
More info.

Let's play easy-to-learn, silly-fun improv games that will have you laughing, connecting...and experiencing the positive benefits of play! This is part of the free Lunch & Laugh series of weekly online workshops, where individual workshops give you a bite-sized taste of one specific Happiness Habit from "The 30-Day Happiness Experiment Program" using playful learning exercises and engaging group connection.
(Note: This one is 45-minutes long.)
Recycled Puppets and the Throw Away World


Dates and times (eastern standard): 
Saturday January 23 @ 1:00- 3:00 pm
Sunday January 24 @ 1:00- 3:00 pm
Friday January 29 @ 7:00- 9:00 pm
Saturday January 30 @ 1:00- 3:00 pm



Recycled Puppets and The Throw Away World

How can objects found around the house be brought to life? What stories do they have to tell? 
Engage with others in short scenes and discussions about objects that are precious and the cost of knick knacks on the planet. Have fun discovering characters, stories and scenes through the magic of animating puppets made of a crumpled paper, an old baby blanket, a discarded umbrella. Explore sustainability in a completely new creative hands on approach.

Special Introductory New Year Offer: $50 for all 4 meetings

For information and to register:

About the facilitator: Jean Minuchin runs The World and Eye Arts Center, which produces hands-on workshops, exhibits and performance about social issues through the arts. Jean has 20 + years in arts education in schools and community. Her own works are a mixture of multi-disciplinary puppetry and storytelling.                                   



The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative presents two online workshops with the renowned Hollywood producer, literary manager and screenwriter Marilyn R. Atlas, as part of its continuing mission to provide learning opportunities for the film community in Western Massachusetts. Atlas will present “Creating Memorable Characters” on Saturday, January 23 from 3PM-5PM ET, and “The Importance of Pitching” on Saturday, January 30, from 3PM-5PM. During the latter workshop, some participants will have the opportunity to pitch their film and video projects to Atlas. 

Some writers talk about creating connections with their characters so deep that the characters feel like real people. But how do you bring memorable, three-dimensional characters to life enough to make that connection? In the first seminar, Atlas will use examples and lead exercises from the relationship based screenwriting guide she co-authored, Dating Your Character (Stairway Press).

The Pitch class will cover many critical topics including: adapting your pitch to the audience you’re pitching to, mistakes people make when pitching, understanding the market and projects worthy of pitching, and the importance of the “hook.”

Diane Pearlman, Executive Director of BFMC comments, “These seminars are for authors, screenwriters, playwrights, directors, producers or anyone who wants to tell an impactful story. Do you have an idea for the great film or TV series? You don’t need to be in NY or LA to create content these days - you just need the proper tools. So we’re thrilled that Marilyn is bringing her incredible expertise to our community”

Marilyn R Atlas, a Hollywood Talent/Literary Manager and Producer, has long been committed to diversity and portrayal of strong female protagonists. She’s the producer of the HBO Sundance winning film Real Women Have Curves (now in development as a Broadway show) and The Choking Game on Lifetime among other films. Marilyn also produced several plays including the award winning To Gillian on her 37th Birthday. She has spoken at numerous writers’ conferences throughout the US and Europe. She’s currently developing projects based on diverse characters such as the Gary Phillips crime books and the award-winning middle school book series, The Code Busters Club for television, as well as developing a limited series in conjunction with Maten, a Chinese-based production company. Atlas co-authored the  relationship-based, screenwriting guide Dating Your Character (Stairway Press). 

Tickets are $55.00 for one workshop and $95.00 for both. Student tickets are available at $45.00. Tickets for both workshops are available through EventBrite.

The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative (BFMC) is a creative economic engine that supports production and workforce development in Western Massachusetts. BFMC develops educational and workforce enrichment courses, offers networking events for industry professionals, acts as a resource for visiting productions, creates jobs within our communities in the film industry and provides an on line production guide and locations database as a resource for filmmakers. BFMC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For details:

Happiness Meditation: Recharge, Reconnect, & Relax
January 29th at 12:00 PM
More info.

Recharge during your lunch hour in this guided happiness-focused meditation that will (hopefully!) leave you feeling uplifted, joyful, and energized. This is part of the free Lunch & Laugh series of weekly online workshops, where individual workshops give you a bite-sized taste of one specific Happiness Habit from "The 30-Day Happiness Experiment Program" using playful learning exercises and engaging group connection.

Introducing our Completely Ridiculous Winter Workshop Series!

Tuesday nights from 6-8pm EST, starting February 2nd.
6 weeks. $295.
Open to 12 students.

Études are a rehearsal tool developed from Stanislavski’s final experiments. This course seeks to foster a dynamic interaction between actor and text. Through a series of exploratory improvisations called études, actors unpack and personalize the given circumstances — following their own impulses to achieve profound and thrillingly original interpretations. The course focuses on how to activate “bookwork” through imagination, awareness, and sense of spontaneous play. The method gives students practical tools to pull even the most intimidating texts off their pedestals and make them their own. Students will gain confidence in the legitimacy of their own impulses, having followed their interpretations of text and character to the furthest possible point.

Sign up.

Acceptance: Practice Through Improv
February 5th at 12:00 PM
More info.

Practice the wellness mindset of "Acceptance" through a simple and silly improv game that will have you learning through laughter. This is part of the free Lunch & Laugh series of weekly online workshops, where individual workshops give you a bite-sized taste of one specific Happiness Habit from "The 30-Day Happiness Experiment Program" using playful learning exercises and engaging group connection.
Happier Valley Comedy presents Establishing A Resilience Building Happiness Practice

February 6 at 11:00 AM

Like the flight attendants say, "Please put on your own oxygen mask before attending to others." How’s your energy tank these days? If you just sighed with fatigue or guffawed incredulously, this fun and informative remote interactive online presentation might be just what you need! Professional improv comedian and happiness coach Pam Victor invites you on an experiential exploration of happiness and resilience building habits to enhance self-care practices. Using the wonders of Zoom, you’ll gain 11 simple but profound practices to bring more self-care, gratitude, and play into your daily life. By the end of our time together, you will have a full stress-relieving toolbox to develop your own customized daily happiness self-care practice.

More information.

Introducing our Completely Ridiculous Winter Workshop Series!
Sunday nights from 6-8pm, EST. Starting February 7th.
​6 weeks. $295.
Open to 10 students.

This workshop is designed to demonstrate to comedians of all kinds how their wayward point-of-view can help make them uniquely dynamic as actors. The workshop will also demonstrate to acting students how cultivating a comedy skill-set adds delight and ease to their process, and provides a pathway to more personal and electric performances in all genres and mediums.

While this class is geared towards comics who are auditioning; working on a specific project; getting into writing for the screen or stage; or simply want to become all-around bolder, more sensitive and dynamic performers - all are welcome.

Sign up. 

Positivity Practices Through Improv
February 12th at 12:00 PM
More info.

Join happiness coach Pam Victor in an experiential exploration of key Happiness Habits to bring positivity, well-being, and ease to your life. This is part of the free Lunch & Laugh series of weekly online workshops, where individual workshops give you a bite-sized taste of one specific Happiness Habit from "The 30-Day Happiness Experiment Program" using playful learning exercises and engaging group connection.
Intentional Connection Through Improv
February 19th at 12:00 PM
More info.

Intentional connection is profoundly necessary for health and happiness. This super-fun improv game has you connecting through laughter! This is part of the free Lunch & Laugh series of weekly online workshops, where individual workshops give you a bite-sized taste of one specific Happiness Habit from "The 30-Day Happiness Experiment Program" using playful learning exercises and engaging group connection.
Self-Care & Happiness Habits: Intro to the Happiness Experiment
February 26th at 12:00 PM
More info.

Explore some simple yet profoundly nourishing self-care daily habits to bring some extra joy and ease into your winter ... and the seasons to follow! This is part of the free Lunch & Laugh series of weekly online workshops, where individual workshops give you a bite-sized taste of one specific Happiness Habit from "The 30-Day Happiness Experiment Program" using playful learning exercises and engaging group connection.

Northampton Community Making Space

Where:  33 Hawley - Eli’s room

When: Third Saturday’s of the Month from 4-7
Feb 27

Who: Our Community

Cost:  Free - there will be a  voluntary (NOT required) collection jar to help pay for the space rental

What:  Northampton Community Making Space

As we continue to figure out how to be artists in this time, I would like to offer a space for us to make in a community, while still paying attention to the care that we need to take of ourselves and others in the times of COVID 19.  Please join us at 33 Hawley on the third Saturday of the month from 4-7 in Eli’s Room for community making.   All experience levels are welcome. 

Who is a maker?  A maker is a writer, a painter, a mover, a quilter, a weaver, a poet, a photographer, a digital artist, a filmmaker, a woodworker, a stained glass artist, a performer, a musician, a potter, a philosopher, an activist - so many things that it defies definition.  A maker is someone who looks around them and asks of themselves and others, “what can this idea become?” A maker is in continuous evolution. 

We will each have a 6’ space. You will be provided a table, a chair or easy chair, a dedicated power strip, and a drop cloth. You will need to bring your own materials and tools.  Please bring projects that are appropriate for working on in a group setting.  There will be three foot aisles between each space, and masks will be required at all times.  

The space will accommodate 10 people at one time.  You may stay for the full three hours, or just drop in for an hour or so.  In order to organize our safe attendance, please follow this link to sign up for a time.  Please indicate your interest and the time that you would like to attend by following the link and signing up for a slot.

I hope you are able to join us for making in community   See you soon!

Submit your workshop, class, audition, performance, or any other theatre opportunity here!
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
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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