There's a really good stretch of live shows coming up: Broadway Cabaret at Silverthorne this weekend, and a whole group of shows next weekend: My Evil Twin, Piedmont Plays Project, An Intervention, Young Frankenstein, and probably more! If you aren't feeling safe enough to go in public yet - or even if you just need another show to round out your weekend - check out one of the virtual shows listed below!
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Yura Sapi:Imanalla mashikuna. Imanallatak kanki. Hello, friends. How are you? Welcome to another episode of the Building Our Own Tables podcast, season two. I’m your host, Yura Sapi, recording from Emberá Native lands on the Afro-Indigenous coast of Colombia in Nuquí, Chocó, and the Gulf of Tribugá. The Building Our Own Tables podcast is produced for HowlRound Theatre Commons, a free and open platform for theatremakers worldwide, and by Advancing Arts Forward, a movement to advance equity, inclusion, and justice through the arts by creating liberated spaces that uplift, heal, and encourage us to change the world. I’m interviewing Black, Native, Asian, and other founders of color to find transformative solutions and ways of working together that are not replicating the same white supremacy culture we wanted to get away from.
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Silverthorne Theater Company presents A Broadway Cabaret August 6 & 7 at 7:30 p.m.
August 8 at 3:00 p.m.
What better way to celebrate the return of live theater than with music? In our first major post-pandemic production, Silverthorne Theater Company presents A Broadway Cabaret, onstage August 6-8 in The Perch at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in downtown Greenfield. Nine 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.
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.
In recognition of their extraordinary service provided to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, a portion of tickets for each performance have been donated to local health care workers.
Join us as we celebrate how far we have come as a community and the return of live theater!
A genre-bending new theater work comes to the stage at A.P.E.@33 Hawley this August. My Evil Twin is an intimate musical starring identical twin opera singers Jim and John Demler – as Jim and John Demler. Funny, poignant, and adventurous, My Evil Twin exposes tenderness and vulnerability beneath masculine bravado as the twins tell the story of their lives in words and song. It is a tribute to sibling love.
The gorgeous songs are by Eric Sawyer. They span styles from pop to Broadway to art song to opera, and give the twins the chance to unleash their virtuosic basso voices with madcap energy and deep emotion. The witty, fast-moving book, by Harley Erdman, was developed in rehearsal with the twins themselves and with director Ron Bashford. The show was developed at KO Festival of Theater in 2019 and is now presented in a newly revised version. The result is a polished, exquisite, entertaining, and totally out-of-the-box new kind of musical.
Sawyer, Erdman, and Bashford got the idea for the piece working while on The Scarlet Professor (2017), which won the America Prize for opera. John played the villainous Detective Reagan in the workshop version of the show, while Jim played the same role in the final production.
Jim, who has sung many roles around the world and teaches at Boston University, says he is grateful for “the opportunity of a lifetime to perform alongside my talented yet somewhat less attractive identical twin.” Pittsfield-based John, who has sung many roles around the world and will be familiar to Berkshire audiences, says he is grateful for “the opportunity of a lifetime to perform alongside my talented yet somewhat less attractive identical twin.”
If you have ever experienced sibling rivalry, or meditated on sibling love, come see My Evil Twin. It is a joyous and thrilling 75 minutes. You can also decide for yourself who is the less attractive of the twins.
Masks required. Theater has a new air-filtering HVAC system.
Play Incubation Collective presents
Piedmont Plays Project
August 14 and 15 at 5:00 PM
Northampton Arts Trust Parking Lot @ 33 Hawley Street
The Play Incubation Collective is pleased to share our first live and in-person presentation of a script-in-progress: excerpts of Darcy Parker Bruce’s “Piedmont Plays," a 4-play-cycle that PIC has been developing since our inception. Our two presentations on August 14th and 15th will each be followed by a community dialogue with local non-profit organizations (Community Action’s Generation Q on 8/14 and Jewish Family Service’ New Americans Program on 8/15). For those who can’t attend in person, a recorded performance will be available online the week of Aug 16th. As Darcy describes them, “the Piedmont Plays are an exploration of what it means to be queer in a small town, and what it means to trade everything you have for a nation’s promise. The Piedmont Cycle is intended as a gift for every queer heart searching for somewhere to call home.” Join us for this very exciting premiere!
MAD House, a new theatre collective dedicated to making theatre that is adventurous in style and subject matter, partners with Eggtooth Productions to produce An Intervention Mike Bartlett’s fast-paced and funny two-hander which examines the limits of friendship and responsibility and asks us to consider how and when to intervene in both personal and political matters.
Directed by Gabby Farrah, the show will reopen The Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA where it will be performed live and in person on August 14th and 15th at 8pm with COVID safety measures in place. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at sheatheater.org<http://sheatheater.org/> or by phone at (413) 648-7432.
Farrah writes, “During the past year and a half of relative isolation, I found myself craving connection in theatre and life. Bartlett’s script is nuanced and complex, never trite or moralizing. I am eager for audiences to wrestle with the questions it poses. As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, I’m thrilled to bring this play—a battle cry for connection against all odds—to life in an intimate production showcasing the work of our artists at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls.”
Linda McInerney, Artistic Director of Eggtooth said, "It's such a pleasure to provide opportunities for young creators, particularly since they have been so waylaid by the pandemic and finding work in the theater has not been possible. I love Gabby and June and their work is superlative. I'm certain that this production of An Intervention will give them the showcase in our community that they so deserve and will launch them and their collective to find an audience here in the Valley.
Saturday, August 14 at 7:00 PM, Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM Friday, Aug 20, 2021 at 7:00 PM Saturday, Aug 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM Sunday, Aug 22 2021 at 2:00 PM
Ja'Duke Theater, 110 Industrial Blvd., Turners Falls, MA 01376
Ja'Duke is Puttin’ On The Ritz at the Ja’Duke Theater
On August 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2021 Ja’Duke will present its production of the Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein, the horror-comedy tunefest based on the uproariously funny 1974 Mel Brooks film Young Frankenstein. This hilarious adaptation features the music and lyrics of Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan.
Young Frankenstein tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (played by Justin Begin), a professor at a medical school who leaves behind his fiancée Elizabeth (Jessica Thompson) and travels to Transylvania to claim the estate of his grandfather – the creator of the famous Frankenstein monster. After years spent rejecting his family name, the doctor is helped by the castle’s current residents – Frau Blucher (Juniper Holmes), Igor (William LaPlante), and Inga (Samantha Myburgh) — in bringing his own monster (BJ Kulp) to life, with hilarious and unexpected results.
This Ja’Duke production features a cast of 40 in singing, dancing, and acting roles. It is directed by Ja’Duke’s Founder Nick Waynelovich with Choreography by Eula Sagan and additional direction by Jessica Thompson.
Director Nick Waynelovich thought it was very important that the first show opening at the the Ja’Duke Theater post Covid 19 be a funny, forget-your-troubles comedy. Proving to be not only funny but laugh-a-minute hilarious, Young Frankenstein will easily score a 10 plus on the laugh scale! Please join us at the Ja’Duke Theater for an evening of uproarious fun and frivolity. Young Frankenstein is rated PG13.
Performance dates are:
Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Friday, Aug 20, 2021 at 7:00
Saturday, Aug 21, 2021 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, Aug 22 2021 at 2:00 PM
Children 12 & under $12.00
Senior Citizen 65 and up $12.00
General Admission $16.00
Fourteen Wedding Dresses
by Steve Henderson
Directed by Keith Langsdale
Jimmy and Vivian are frightened teenagers running away from their small town home in Kentucky to get married. They fear not only for themselves but for their younger siblings Missy and Henry. They offer the best advice they can on how to stay safe and promise to return in a few years. But nothing goes as planned. Decades pass. Henry and Missy narrow their lives into a strange and heartbreaking cycle until the arrival of a young visitor exposes secrets and lies that rip their desperate routine to rags and tatters.
Theater Thursdays is supported in part by a grant from the Greenfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield, Northfield, and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Depot for New Play Readings presents Invincible Summer
by Kevin Brody
directed by Anne Flammang
Tom Hoffman is terrified. A young concert pianist, Tom has been running in fear since a diagnosis of Parkinson's effectively ended his performance career. His mentor, Colin, a cantankerous 92-year-old Irishman, has been coping with the disease for thirty years. Tom wants reassurance from Colin that he can have a good life in spite of the disease. Colin tells Tom there are no guarantees. The only option is to keep living. Stream: free.
An immersive virtual-theatre experience where audience members choose their own adventure as they navigate different rooms in Prospero’s decadent end-of-the-world party while a plague devastates the world outside.
The Blue Room
by Cliff Odle
directed by Johnny Nichols, Jr.
The Purple Room
by MJ Halberstadt
directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner
The Green Room
by Michael Lin
directed by David R. Gammons
The Orange Room
by Hortense Gerardo
directed by Jessica Ernst
The Violet Room
by Sari Boren
directed by Shira Helena Gitlin
The White Room
by Kelly Smith
directed by Elizabeth Yvette Ramirez
The Black and Red Room
by Gabriel Graetz
directed by LaToya T. Robinson
by A. Lehrmitt
directed by Lindsay Eagle
Silverthorne Theater Company, Greenfield, MA, is seeking a stage manager for their fall 2021 production, Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep - the classic quick-change parody of Gothic horror and monster movies, directed by Chris Rohmann.
Rehearsals begin the last week of August - mostly three rehearsals per week until late September - opening on October 1st for three weekends at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield.
Responsibilities include facilitating rehearsals and production meetings; keeping book; maintaining schedules, contact lists & other materials; maintaining communications among cast and crew; and overseeing tech rehearsals and performances.
Two Views Kids is a new book publishing venture concentrating on philosophy for children. The book we’re currently working on is called Mattie and Rabbit and we’re looking for a Mattie character to use as a model. Here is the website, it’s not yet live: http://twoviewskids.joannepinatel.com/
Mattie is a gardener and needs to be about 7 and willing to pose in the garden, digging, pruning, etc. We need an image of her happy and jumping, funny pictures of her bored and waiting for spring, hanging upside-down on the couch, maybe drooping over the arm in a funny way, maybe cross-legged reading a book. We will need her shoe size so we can provide pink boots. She will need a winter/spring coat for some shots and a wide brimmed hat for others. If she doesn’t have a hat we can supply it. Some pictures will be in front of a green screen some outside or with props like a wheelbarrow, rake, etc.
We are looking for a budding young actress that would be interested in this project. She can be of any ethnicity but not much older than 7 or a petite 8 or 9 that could pass for 7. The photographs will be processed in photoshop to look like illustrations.
Philip Doyle is the photographer. Mattie’s parent(s) will be required on site to sign a release and the shoot shouldn’t take longer than 2 hours.
Among other things, Phil takes pictures for Mass Audubon, Arcadia Day Camp at Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary and Jericho in Holyoke. They will be happy to supply a reference. If you’d like to see some of his work go here: https://www.thelazyexplorer.com/
The model and parents can keep any pictures from the shoot and we can also provide family or individual portraits at a time/place that is convenient for them if interested. We’re all fully vaccinated but will wear masks. We are based out of Easthampton and have lived here for 20 years.
If you are interested, email a picture of ‘Mattie’ to email@example.com and she will get back to you.
Academy of Music Theatre is hiring a Technical Director
The Technical Director (TD) has the daily responsibility for the theatrical technical operations of the Academy, including lighting, sound, set design and construction, and coordinating necessary theatrical maintenance. The Technical Director will act as crew chief, determining number of stagehands and scheduling staff for all productions. The TD will act as liaison with the steward of I.A.T.S.E. Local 232, communicating the number of stagehands required and will oversee union crew during production. The TD is responsible for all technical operations during all shows.
Duties and responsibilities include:
· Determines the necessary technical supports, such as lighting, sound, staging, and special needs, necessary for events and performances presented at the facility in advance of production dates.
· Engineers and provides for set ups, maintains and operates all house systems including but not limited to rigging, lighting, projections and sound systems for theater, dance, music, and other productions and projects; assists guest designers and artists with technical matters.
· Engineers, supervises and assists with set and stage construction, installation and management.
· Oversees stage crews and back stage staff; responsible for hiring and firing non-I.A.T.S.E stagehands and for maintaining records of job performance for all stage hands. Makes recommendations for training.
· Orients Academy renters and visiting productions to safety, technical characteristics and other areas of facility operations; facilitates the use of the technical facilities by the resident company and others engaged by or renting the Academy.
· Monitors the condition of and maintains all Academy theatrical equipment including lighting, sound, projection and rigging equipment; arranges for the repair and replacement within budget; performs preventive maintenance on equipment; prepares annual budget for equipment purchases and maintenance.
· Assists with the preparation and control of Academy production budgets; maintains inventory and orders specialized supplies.
· Provides estimate for production costs prior to rental contract execution and for Academy productions; provides invoice for work performed to Executive Director.
· Assists Front of House Manager with facility maintenance.
· Any other tasks assigned by Executive Director
At least 3 years of relevant experience with a performing arts venue
Working knowledge of current techniques, methods and procedures of theater, dance, and music productions and presentations including stage, set, sound and lighting design and implementation; stage management; computerized lighting systems; stage carpentry; appropriate safety precautions and procedures.
Ability to lift and carry 50lbs
Excellent communication and interpersonal skill
BFA in Technical Theater or commensurate experience
Experience working in a union house preferred
How To Apply:
Please send résumé, letter of interest and 3 letters of recommendation to Executive Director Debra J'Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply by:
August 20, 2021 Salary:
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Hampshire Shakespeare Company presents
Young Company Two Day Workshop August 12 and 13, 10 am - 4pm
Williston Northampton School
Two day theater lab exploring Shakespeare's Macbeth led by Hannah Simms and Adam Lee Secor.
Ages 13-18, no experience needed.
Performance for invited audience at end.
This is an outdoor event.
Contact person- Cynthia Strycharz
Company- Starlight's Youth Theatre Starlights.email@example.com
Starlight's Youth Theatre accepting registration for Fall Acting Classes Intro to Theater – This class is for the first or second term student who loves to use their imagination creating their own plays. Working with the theme of being unique and special we will create different scenes which will come together in their original play “The Unicorns”. Grades 1-3 Saturdays 9:00-9:45 Sept. 4- Oct. 23 Show at Eric Carle Fee- $125.00 Actor’s Toolbox- Once the student actor has some experience on stage, they need to fill their tool box with skills such as: how to develop a character, how does that character walks, talks, thinks and feels. During classes students will use these tools to create and then perform in their original adaption of “Alice In Wonderland”.Grades 3-5 Saturdays 10:00-10:45 Sept. 4- Oct. 23 Show at Eric Carle Fee- $125.00
Play Production–This class will focus on character development and the decisions the actor makes to bring their character to life. The cast will be involved in multiple areas of the production such as costumes, props and set design and painting. They will be presenting “Fight for the Right”, a play about Susan B. Anthony’s journey to achieve the vote for woman.Grades 6-8: Saturday 11:00-12:00 Beginning Sept. 4- till show Nov. 6 at Northampton Center of the Arts Fee $140.00 Lights Up With a focus on the performance the students will learn about timing, pace and finding moments within the play as they use these new skills to present their original play “The Story of Dr. Dolittle”. This play will be recreated by the students themselves as they work to develop the story in “you finish it scenes” during class.Grades 3-5th Mondays 4:00-4:45 Beginning Sept. 13- till show Nov. 6 at Northampton Center of the Arts Fee- $140.00 Sherlock Holmes and Dr. WatsonSherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are looking for your help to solve their new mystery. Come join the fun and cast while they not only rely on each other to help solve this mystery, but also the audience as they engage them in finding the clues to solve this very funny mystery. Grades 6-8 Mondays 5:00-6:00 Beginning Sept 13 till show Nov. 1 at Maple Ridge Fee $145.00 All classes will be held at Maple Ridge Community Center, Sunderland. To register please go to https://www.starlights-youth-theatre.com/register-portal/