Thursday, May 13, 2021

Pioneer Valley Theatre News May 13, 2021

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May 13 - June 2, 2021

It's the last week of classes at Smith and I think classes have already ended at the other campuses - which means the valley soon goes into summer mode. Stay tuned for more summer shows - and send me yours if you have one!

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Returning to Theatre with Enthusiastic Consent
by Andrew Pearson

From the article: 

“I’m fully vaccinated” is shaping up to be the phrase of the month among members of my communities. As of April, everyone in California ages sixteen years and up became eligible to receive their shots, so now those three magic words sneak their way into every text, email, or casual encounter on the sidewalk. I utter this not-so-secret password to set others (and myself) more at ease while simultaneously unlocking doors to previously risky and forbidden experiences. As exciting as this new power is, I have to admit I’m also a little anxious. With the United States racing toward a complete reopening, I can’t help but feel:

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Spring Studio Productions: A Number by Caryl Churchill

Thursday, May 13, 7:30 PM Virtual Event - through May 15

The Smith College Department of Theatre presents A Number by Caryl Churchill as part of its 2021 Spring Studio Productions directed by Fiona King. Bernard learns that he’s a clone and his father knew all along. Smith Studio Productions feature student directed one-acts. This year’s productions will be recorded and premiering online. To register for the free, virtual event:

From the New England New Play Alliance:

Virtual Theatre
and Audio Plays


The Huntington Theatre presents
Speaking Up
by Masha Oblensky
directed by
Melia Bensussen

While out for a walk on July 15, 2023, two white women sneak a peek at the construction site of their children’s new school. Speaking Up is one of the new episodes of Dream Boston, a series of short audio plays in which local playwrights imagine favorite locations, landmarks, and their friends in a future Boston, when we can once again meet and connect in our city. Streaming now: free.

New Rep Theatre presents
Quarantine Creatives Story Submission Project

Community members of all ages share stories from their experiences during COVID-19. Select submissions are sent to a local playwright and converted into a script, then acted and recorded by a New Rep artist. Currently available to stream:

The Not-Knowing Part
story by Jes Ellis
script by Ken Green
directed by Peter Sampieri

A Place to Tap
story by Ellen Peterson
script by Patrick Gabridge
directed by Shanelle Chloe Villegas

Stream now: free.

The Huntington Theatre presents
The Black Beans Project
by Melinda Lopez and Joel Perez
May 11-30
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 to renewal in this tender comedy about family, food, and finding the strength to move on. Tickets: pay what you can.

Silverthorne Theater Company presents 
an online reading of
When We Get Good Again
by James McLindon
May 13
directed by Mark Dean

Tracy can’t wait to graduate and leave the rich kids at her prestigious school in her rearview mirror. In fact, she’s planning on graduating in three years, and only partly because that’s all the college she can afford. But there’s one problem: Tracy needs to keep her 4.0 GPA intact to get into a top law school to have even a chance of getting one of the few public interest jobs available to represent the poor. And the only way she can get all her work done by the end of the semester while holding down two work-study jobs is to take a short vacation from her ethics and buy a term paper from Hire Education. When We Get Good Again is a play about integrity, excuses, and doing the right thing…as soon as you figure out exactly what that is. Stream here: free.

New World Theatre presents
a virtual reading of
Tiny Empty Nest
by David Beardsley
May 15
directed by Marina Altschiller

With their only child off to college, it is becoming harder for Ben and Claire to ignore the empty spaces in their relationship. That’s when Ben makes a surprising proposal: He wants them to audition for Tiny Empty Nest, a reality television show that chronicles new empty nesters living together in a community of tiny houses. Claire is skeptical but goes along. Audition day arrives, and Ben and Claire search for the emotional strength to keep moving forward together. Stream here: free

Fresh Ink Theatre presents
Boston in 10
May 15
directed by Lyndsay Allyn Cox and Regine Vital

As Fresh Ink celebrates 10 years of making new work in Boston, we find ourselves taking stock of this current moment and wondering what it means for the future of New England and the people who call it home. How will things change…in 10 days? In 10 years? In 10 decades? Combining the focused process of our Ink Spot Festival with the community spirit of Mad Dash, Boston in Ten brings together a cohort of artists to help us imagine what comes next.

In one play-ful night, we lined up back-to-back eight 10-minute plays written by j. sebastián alberdi, Fabiola R. Decius, Hortense Gerardo, Tatiana Isabel Gil, Brandon G. Green, Nick Malakhow, Nina Louise Morrison, and Kevin Mullins.

Tickets: Pay what you can.

The Wilbury Theatre Group presents
Whose Name Was Writ in Water
by Becci Davis
now-May 15

Becci Davis' Whose Name Was Writ in Water features dual narratives woven together: the interrogation of history through an imagined conversation with the artist’s enslaved 4th great-grandmother and a rite of passage for her teenage son. Water serves as the device that connects them through time and space. Presented as a 360° Virtual Experience using technology by New York-based virtual event production company Musae, audience members will be able to view the production on their phones, tablets, or computers, or may elect to receive a VR headset with their ticket purchase. Tickets: pay what you can, $5-$100.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre presents
Boston Theater Marathon XXIII
now-May 28

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:

178 Ludlow Street 
by Cayenne Douglass
May 11
sponsored by Sleeping Weazel

by John Minigan
May 12
sponsored by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston

A Good Mother
by Alan Brody
May 13
sponsored by Underground Railway Theater

Your Favorite
by Ken Green
May 14
sponsored by American Repertory Theater

Auditioning for Mary
by John Oluwole ADEkoje
May 15
sponsored by Wellesley Repertory Theatre

by Nick Malakhow
May 17
sponsored by Brandeis University Department of Theatre Arts

Following the Rules
by Alexis Krysten Morgan
May 18
sponsored by New Repertory Theatre

Tickets: free, click "purchase tickets" to join the production.

Spring Studio Productions: Blackademics by Idris Goodwin

Wednesday, May 12, 7:30 PM Virtual Event - May 14

The Smith College Department of Theatre presents Blackademics by Idris Goodwin as part of its 2021 Spring Studio Productions directed by Cate Boram. Blackademics is a sharp, surreal satire about navigating academia as Black women and about who gets a place at the table. Smith Studio Productions feature student directed one-acts. This year’s productions will be recorded and premiering online. To register for the free, virtual event:

Spring Studio Productions: Shapes and Stanzas by Ken Preuss

Tuesday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event through May 15

The Smith College Department of Theatre presents Shapes and Stanzas by Ken Preuss as part of its 2021 Spring Studio Productions directed by Madison VanDeurzen. In the play, friends meet three times across 60 years, exploring poetry, geometry, romance, and other complicated things. The Smith Studio Productions feature student directed one-acts. This year’s productions will be recorded and premiering online. To register for the free, virtual event:

I MET GOD (AND THE DEVIL) IN AN UBER by Daniel Rendón ‘21 
Directed by Ron Bashford
Senior Honors Project in Playwriting & Acting for Daniel Rendón
Release date: May 14, 2021

The Amherst College Theater & Dance Department is proud to present I Met God (and the Devil) in an Uber, an original drama by Daniel Rendón ‘21, directed by Ron Bashford, with scenic design by graduate design assistant Lauren Thompson ‘19, costume design by Lorelei Dietz ‘20, lighting design by resident lighting designer Kathy Couch and sound design by Julian Brown ‘23.

How much pain and suffering can we take as human beings before we reach the end of the line? What is the price of being good? What is the price of being bad? In Daniel Rendon’s new play, Santiago, a down-on-his-luck Uber driver, is pushed to find the answers, but will he?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rendón’s play was adapted into a teleplay. “Because of COVD, we decided last summer to re-work Dan’s play script into a teleplay. Seven student actors, working both remotely and in-person in a controlled environment, have been introduced to acting for the camera through this process. It’s been a wonderful adventure transforming our theater stage into a TV studio and learning how to shoot with remote participants. Hats off to the resourcefulness of all of the students involved, especially our wonderful in-person student crew,” said faculty director, Ron Bashford.

I Met God (and the Devil) in an Uber will be released for streaming on May 14, 2021. For more information, visit

Ja'Duke Theater presents
High School Musical
5/15 @6pm, 5/16 @2pm, 5/21 @6pm, 5/22 @2pm

Disney Channel's smash hit movie musical comes to life on stage! Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities.

Disney's High School Musical is fun for the whole family. This hour long show is perfect for any age. Seating capacity is limited so purchasing tickets in advance is highly encouraged. Masks must be worn at all times and social distancing is enforced.


*Doors open 30 minutes prior to show
*Pre-order concessions at
*Seating will be general admission and will adhere to social distancing policies
*Masks must be worn
Play Incubation Collective
PIC Salon
May 17 at 7:30 PM

Play Incubation Collective (PIC) hosts a monthly Salon: a curated virtual showcase of brand new works-in-progress and feedback discussion with the presenting artists + a public open mic where anyone is welcome to present original works of 5 minutes or less.

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance in order to receive the zoom link.

Howling at the Moon
June 8-12

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.

General Box Office opens on May 8

Member tickets on sale here!

Northampton Arts Council Announces Second COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant for Artists and Arts Producers

(Northampton, MA.) –The Northampton Arts Council (NAC) is pleased to announce its second COVID-19 Artist Relief Grant. Last year, with support from our local community, NAC distributed $42,570 to 129 artists. As need remains high in our community, NAC has decided to continue the COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund. In addition to funds allocated from NAC’s budget, the Council will subsidize the grant with community fundraising efforts.

This decision was made in response to the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s most recent COVID-19 impact survey of the arts sector in Massachusetts. Since March 2020 working creatives in Massachusetts which includes individual artists, teaching artists, and scientists/humanists cite $30,403,616 in lost personal income due to the pandemic. In Western Massachusetts alone 558 artists reported lost income of $4,901,683. NAC is grateful to the many artists who are using this time to create and support our local community online. The Board would like to award as much money in artist relief as possible; to that end, we invite members of the community to donate to our artist relief fund via MightyCause.


All artists and arts producers who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and contribute to the artistic vibrancy of Northampton, Florence, and Leeds are eligible to apply online at northamptonartscouncil.orgThe application is due May 15, 2021. The Northampton Arts Council usually administers the ArtsEZ grant round in the spring to support local arts projects that take place in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds. Since all public gatherings are on hold, and in light of the severe economic impact of COVID-19, the Board has voted to allocate $TBD to fund artist relief.

“Artists and arts producers play a vital role in making Northampton a great place to live and work. We want to ensure that members of our artistic community have the support they need to make it through this crisis and create beauty on the other side of it,” said Brian Foote, Executive Director of the Northampton Arts Council. “I’m grateful to the Northampton Arts Council Board for making the decision to allocate this fund towards artist relief and to the community for an outpouring of support for local artists at this time.”

The Northampton Arts Council remains committed to supporting arts in the City of Northampton. Our monthly board meetings will continue via Zoom, under the leadership of executive director, Brian Foote. All are also invited to join the Northampton Arts Council Facebook Group, which aims to create an online community for artists and arts producers or check out our COVID-19 Resource page. The Board will continue to seek new ways to bring our community together, even remotely, through the arts.

Ja'Duke Theater presents
Young Frankenstein Auditions
5/20 @ 6:00 PM, 5/23 @ 6pm

Join us for auditions for our live theater event of Young Frankenstein scheduled to take place in August. For performance dates and more information about auditions please visit our website.

More info. 
ELF Student Engagement
April 13, 2021

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
● 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

● Arts and crafts (mural painting, visual arts, theater, creative writing, music, etc)
● Sports, dance, exercise (Yoga, Thai Chi, playground games, obstacle courses, etc.)
● Science
● 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, and attach your CV.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Sara (908-892-4104; 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.

Job Summary

The Post-Baccalaureate Assistant Production Manager provides production management support for Five College Dance (FCD) events on multiple campuses.

More details here.

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 for more information 
Register for Summer Classes

If you are considering enrolling in Arts Extension Service's Online Summer classes, this your reminder that registration is open

Courses are available either for credit or non-credit, with the option of being taken individually or as a part of of one of AES' online Degree or Certificate programs

This summer's online offerings include:
Session One (May 17 - June 25)

  • Introduction to Arts Management
  • Arts Fundraising​

Session Two (July 6 - August 13)

  • Grantwriting for the Arts

Start planning for Arts Management Core or Professional certificate and register for AES courses for this summer, today! 

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a meditation and writing workshop with JUANITA ROCKWELL
MAY 15 - 16, 10am - 1pm EST and/or
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 ...

a meditation and writing workshop with JUANITA ROCKWELL
JULY 17 - 18, 1pm - 4pm EST
This workshop provides opportunities to deepen the work begun in Transforming Your Writing by Resting your Mind,

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” ( 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
Open to anyone interested in musical discovery- musician or not!
$15 general - $10 students & seniors (cash or check @ the door)
Announcing:The Completely Ridiculous Summer Conservatory

Monday July 5th to Friday August 13th

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.

More info.
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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