I got my first sunburn this week, so as far as I am concerned, summer is here. I've created a new section this week - as we start to have more plays performing live, I've decided to prioritize those over virtual performances - so they'll be in the first category, with virtual performances list next. Anything else you would like to see in the newsletter? Just send me an email!
The next issue will include events from June 3 through 23. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Instead of packing my bags traveling the country as an actor in the regional theatre, as I have done for the past ten years or so, I have traveled back from the future on the breath of your collective dreams to share how the story you are writing now has a good ending. As you look at the limited but ever-present moment, you can see that you are not in this perfect future yet, but you will be.
Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me! email@example.com
Howling at the Moon
Howling at the Moon will take place in early June at Double Edge's Farm Center. Mythic tales and ancestral visions will be shared fireside by Ensemble actors Travis Coe, Milena Dabova, Jennifer Johnson, and Carlos Uriona, interwoven with a musical and visual world of aerial flight and fantastic beings roaming the land under the starry sky. Author, musician, storyteller Larry Spotted Crow Mann of the Nipmuc Nation, will lead us into the performance with his own ancestral story drawn from his play Freedom in Season. This performance is co-presented by the Ohketeau Cultural Center.
June 11-13, June 18-20 with staggered start times: 6:00pm, 6:50pm, 7:40pm each night
Park Hill Orchard, Easthampton, MA
RE/EMERGENCE is a post-apocalyptic performance that examines grief, initiation, envisioning, and healing as a community after a year of unprecedented upheaval. Looking to nature and its transformative powers, RE/EMERGENCE invites audiences to reflect, meditate, and nurture a new vision of the future.
RE/EMERGENCE was created by the Re/Emergence Collective, a group of theater-makers and frequent collaborators mostly basesd in the Pioneer Valley who gathered in artistic community over the past year to devise this performance. We processed the many challenges of the year’s events through implementing more collective ways of artmaking rather than the traditional hierarchical theater model in order to practice the kind of inclusive theater that we hope to see more of in the future.
SILVERTHORNE THEATER AND LAVA ANNOUNCE THE PUBLIC READING OF NEW PLAY
Set in an unspecified re-purposed building in a small Western Massachusetts town, Northampton author and playwright Ellen Meeropol’s GRIDLOCK tackles issues of climate change and radical activism as two sisters reunite after a fifty-year separation. On Friday, June 11, a public reading of this work-in-development will give audience members and artists the chance to hear and comment on this new play.
Meeropol’s play is loosely based on the characters and events portrayed in her recently released novel Her Sister’s Tattoo (Red Hen Press, 2020). Two sisters are caught up in the anti-war protests of the mid-‘60s, but as a result of “the thorny intersection of family loyalty and clashing political decisions”, a half-century estrangement ensues. GRIDLOCK brings the two, now in their 70’s. back together when a widespread and days-long outage of the national electrical grid throws the country and the local communal living group into a difficult position.
Development of this play and others by local playwrights writing about contemporary issues is part of the missions of both Silverthorne Theater and LAVA (Local Access to Valley Arts). Jan Maher of LAVA directs this reading with actors from both groups participating. More information about the reading can be found at https://www.localaccess.org/ or https://silverthornetheater.org/special-events .
From the New England New Play Alliance:
and Audio Plays
White Snake Projects presents Death by Life
created by Cerise Lim Jacobs
directed by Kimille Howard
Galvanized by the killing of George Floyd, the virtual opera Death by Life explores the intersection of systemic racism and mass incarceration. The libretto uses texts by incarcerated writers and their families. The score features five Black composers representing a broad range of ages and styles. Tickets: pay what you can.
The Huntington Theatre presents The Black Beans Project
by Melinda Lopez and Joel Perez
directed by Jaime Castañeda
Mariana and Henry meet virtually to share a secret family recipe that forces them to reveal secrets of their own. The siblings transform pandemic panic into renewal in this tender comedy about family, food, and finding the strength to move on. Tickets: $5-$35 pay what you can.
Boston Theater Marathon XXIII: Special Zoom Edition features 10-minute plays by New England playwrights in collaboration with New England theatres. Audiences are encouraged to lend their support to area theatre companies and to the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theatres and theatre artists in need. The productions begin at noon each day, with the exception of Sundays. A question-and-answer session follows each play. This week's plays:
by Kelly Smith
sponsored by Flat Earth Theatre
Desperate to buy last minute concert tickets, Lindsey tries to remember her login password with the help of… her Password.
by Kirsten Greenidge
sponsored by Company One Theatre
Four girlfriends get together on Zoom to chat and catch up, but something is wrong with one of them. Is it a technological glitch or something deeper?
by Alexis Scheer
sponsored by imaginary beasts
A digital manifestation of magic and intention, at the intersection of guided meditation and performance art.
Kick the Tires, Alma
by Jack Neary
sponsored by Acting Out Productions
Three ladies “of a certain age” tackle Zoom together for the first time. Introduced previously in a number of Marathon plays, and in Neary’s The Porch, Alma, Gert, and Marjorie address a wide range of subjects, but always end up talking about sex.
Tickets: free, click "purchase tickets" to join the production.
AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIES
SILVERTHORNE ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR “A BROADWAY CABARET’
What better way to celebrate the return of live theater than with music? In our first major post-pandemic production, Silverthorne Theater presents A Broadway Cabaret, onstage August 6-8 in The Perch at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in downtown Greenfield. Eight singer/actors will perform tunes from Broadway’s Golden Age shows - solos and ensemble numbers presented for audiences seated at cabaret tables arranged for maximum comfort and following whatever state guidelines for indoor performance are in place at that time.
The show will be staged by veteran STC director John Reese, with Ben Ware as Music Director. Stage Manager Robby Moore will be scheduling audition appointments.
A Broadway Cabaret is a fundraiser for Silverthorne which, like all other live theaters, saw drastically reduced revenues during the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020. Front-line workers and emergency personnel will be offered free admission to the event in recognition of the services and sacrifices made for our entire community during the pandemic.
Easthampton Learning Foundation (ELF) and Easthampton Public Schools invite proposals for projects,
initiatives, and activities that provide enriching experiences to students in collaboration with school
administrators. The activities must take place outdoors, during school hours, and must follow COVID-19
safety protocols as prescribed by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
Let’s connect our community of talented artists, musicians, science buffs, historians, etc., and dream up
some fun, safe, enriching outdoor activities during the school day for our school community
Easthampton Public Schools serve children of all abilities between Pre-Kindergarten and 12th grade, and
successful proposals should specify the school and grades it aims to serve.
● Maple School: Pre-Kindergarten - 4th grade
● Center and Pepin Schools: Kindergarten - 4th grade
● White Brook Middle School: 5th - 8th grades
● Easthampton High School: 9th - 12th grades
PROPOSALS MUST INCLUDE DESCRIPTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING:
● Educational or enrichment objective of project
● Project timeline
● Nature of student involvement
● Short budget outlining planned expenses
● Description of past and/or current experience working with children and teens
EXAMPLES OF MINI-GRANT PROJECTS
● Arts and crafts (mural painting, visual arts, theater, creative writing, music, etc)
● Sports, dance, exercise (Yoga, Thai Chi, playground games, obstacle courses, etc.)
● World Languages
Successful awardees will receive a grant, which could include materials and/or staff compensation.
Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis.
ELF is actively committed to supporting BIPOC* artists and educators. BIPOC applicants strongly are
encouraged to apply.
*BIPOC = Black, Indigenous, People of color
NOTE: All individuals are required to have a CORI check prior to working with students and/or receiving any
To submit a proposal, please visit https://elfhelps.org/apply-for-a-grant.html, and attach your CV.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Sara (908-892-4104; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jenny
Assistant Production Manager, Five College Dance (Post-Baccalaureate)
The Five College Consortium seeks an Assistant Production Manager to provide production management support for Five College Dance (FCD) events on the multiple campuses within the consortium.
This is a non-exempt, benefited, 11-month position (August-June), with a two-year appointment beginning early August 2021 and ending late June 2023, with the possibility of a one-year extension. This position is intended to be an in-person onsite role that may begin as a remote position due to pandemic-related restrictions.
The Post-Baccalaureate Assistant Production Manager provides production management support for Five College Dance (FCD) events on multiple campuses.
For sale is a prop car for the musical Chitty Chitty Bang bang. The wings deploy manually from inside the car, raft inflates, headlights and interior lights work. Its on a platform with casters and is manually moved around the stage. A scissor lift can be added to elevate the car. I'm looking for 2,000 or best offer. It is currently stored in Monson ma. Contact Jay Pollack at email@example.com for more information
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
BERKSHIRE FILM AND MEDIA COLLABORATIVE OFFERS ONLINE WORKSHOPS LED BY HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER AND AGENT MARILYN R. ATLAS
Atlas to provide industry insider expertise on what’s hot in Hollywood, in-depth character development, and perfecting the pitch.
Building on the success of professional-level screenwriting and pitching classes held this winter, Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative is pleased to present three new online workshops on writing and selling screenplays and scripts led by award-winning Hollywood talent/literary manager and producer Marilyn R. Atlas on June 3, June 10, and June 24.
What’s Hot in Hollywood: The Current State of the Film and Television Marketplace
Atlas leads a two-hour in-depth exploration of what studios and producers are buying right now, focusing on the types of projects being "green lit" by film and television studios. She’ll share tips, tricks, tools, and tactics for participants to reach out to production companies and get their screenplays “seen,” addressing how those who don’t live in LA or NYC can get in the game, how streaming services have shifted the playing field, and other crucial topics including film contests, leveraging YouTube, and securing representation. This enlightening workshop will be held online on Thursday, June 3, 6–8 pm ET. Tickets—$45, student tickets $30.
Perfect Pitch: Creating a Powerful Treatment and Pitch Deck/Look Book
In this hands-on, interactive workshop Atlas elucidates two critical tools necessary to generate interest in a screenplay: the treatment and the pitch deck (aka look book). The class will review and discuss examples of treatments, and participants will have the rare opportunity to sharpen their tools and presentations by actually pitching to a Hollywood pro. Perfect Pitch will be held online on Thursday, June 10, 6–8 pm ET. Tickets– $65; student tickets $45. Class size limited to 20.
Navigating Character Arcs: Hone Your Script by Deepening Your Character.
In this hands-on, interactive workshop, Atlas explains why writers must know their protagonists inside and out to give their scripts an authenticity that draws people in. She’ll examine how creating profound character arcs enables writers to refine their theme, strengthen their script, and make their mark as a storyteller. This workshop is limited to just 20 participants to allow Navigating Character Arcs will be held online Thursday, June 24, 6–8 pm ET. Tickets—$65; student tickets $45. Class size limited to 20.
Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative executive director Diane Pearlman says she’s pleased to bring Marilyn back to lead these workshops: “Marilyn provides the inside-Hollywood perspective that gives writers, directors and producers a clear advantage in getting their projects onto the page and into production. We had tremendously positive feedback from her January classes, and we’re thrilled we can leverage her expertise to take members of our community to the next level.”
Barbara Newman, a Berkshire-based film producer (and author of The Dreamcatcher Codes) who has worked with Atlas, sings her praises: “Marilyn is dynamic, brilliant, and on the pulse of the industry. Working with her made me pitch-ready; she made my characters, my story, and my writing better. If you're screenwriting, pitching, character building, or world-building, take her class. You'll walk away saying Wow.”
Marilyn Atlas is a Hollywood talent agent, literary manager, and producer with a longstanding commitment to diversity and the 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. Atlas has also produced several plays, and she’s currently developing multiple film and television projects. Atlas is a sought-after speaker at writers’ conferences; she’s co-author of the relationship-based, screenwriting guide, Dating Your Character (Stairway Press) or www.datingyourcharacter.com.
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 online production guide and locations database as a resource for filmmakers. BFMC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For details: www.berkshirefilm.org.
JUNE 19th Serious Play presents:
Unique Live Sound & Music Opportunity with Composer/ Musician Jonny Rodgers
Creating A Choir:
Getting Our Hands & Feet Wet in Sound Creation
Serious Play’s Live Community Workshop-Demonstration -Creating a Human Touch Activated-Water
Activated Choir. This is part of a public phase of development for composing sound using “Playtronica” (www.playtronica.com) for our upcoming July devised production, Moving Water.
For the musical score of Moving Water, composer Jonny Rodgers is developing choral compositions (& other aesthetic goodies) using a “Playtronica” device, so that actors can “play” the set, water & each other in real time & improvise with elements of musical compositions or sound design at will during the performance. The public is welcome to join us this June 19th, learn about how this happens & try this technique out for themselves!
When: SATURDAY June 19 / 2-3:30pm
Where: Well Ventilated Flex Space at the Arts Trust Complex, 33 Hawley St, Northampton
With All Covid Protocols: Social Distancing, Masks, Hand Sanitizer
Limited Number of Participants: 16 yrs & up
Please Contact Serious Play & Register:
Phone 413-588-7439 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Open to anyone interested in musical discovery- musician or not!
$15 general - $10 students & seniors (cash or check @ the door)
TRANSFORMING YOUR WRITING BY RESTING YOUR MIND
a meditation and writing workshop with JUANITA ROCKWELL
JULY 10 - 11, 1pm - 4pm EST
Whether we write for our own pleasure or for others, to be read on the page or to be spoken aloud, we want our writing to reflect our experience of the world. But our habitual thinking and the ways we tell these stories become a kind of spell of doing, of busy-ness; a spell that binds us, separates us from others, and limits our authentic expression. If we release this imprint of Doing, what might happen if we can rest in the stillness, silence and spaciousness of our Being?
In this two-day, small group workshop, you will learn practices that will ...
Twelve students. Six weeks. Five days a week. Three and a half hours a day. Over 100 hours of laughter, failure, tears, beauty, triumph, wonder and play!
Applications are accessible via the link below and will be accepted on a rolling basis until 11:59pm EST on May 30th.
Starting in July, a dynamic ensemble of Completely Ridiculous students will have the opportunity to engage in globally minded professional actor training - all from the comfort of home. We are all kinds of excited about the summer program, especially our faculty! This spring we brought on Chalia La Tour (Broadway: Slave Play, Tony Award nominee), Arturo Luis Soria (Broadway: The Inheritance) and Storm Thomas (Theater But Dance). And, this summer we will be welcoming back Ato Blankson-Wood (Broadway: Slave Play, Tony Award nominee) and Zenzi Williams (Black Panther).
By the end of the 6 weeks, Completely Ridiculous students will walk away with industry contacts, a more enthusiastic and curious body, a larger capacity to dream and dream big, and a greater comfort with spontaneity, freedom and play. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of who they are as unique individual artists, leaving the program with a whole new set of skills to apply to their career and/or ongoing education.
Drama Studio Summer Programs
July 5 2021 - August 13 2021
41 Oakland Street, Springfield, MA
The Drama Studio is a unique community where young people come to grow as artists, leaders, and individuals. Now offering a variety of on-site and online acting and theater programs in a safe environment, including Fantastical Scenes, where students will stage scripted and originally written fantasy scenes, build fairy houses, and prepare for a final performance /sharing. In TeenScene: Thinking Outside the Blackbox teens will study Immersive Theater and work together to create ideas and content for a socially distanced, outdoor performance. Other classes include Acting Up: Summer Sun Stories, SummerSlam: Improv Week, and an Online Class: Improv for Actors. No prior acting experience required. Summer enrollment now open! Space is limited.
Hampshire Shakespeare Company Educational Theater Workshop
August 2-6 at 9:00 AM
Virtual & Williston School
In this half day program students will learn age-appropriate storytelling and performance skills from home for the first few days, and work together to present on Friday. Come practice acting, public speaking, empathy, creative writing, prop making, costume designing, resiliency, and play (just to name a few!) with us.