Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I hope you are all warm and safe and well fed and grateful for everything you have. I know I am grateful for this theatre community.
The next issue will include events from December 2 - 22. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at email@example.com
Glenn Davis: What has it been like taking the helm in the middle of everything that’s happening? I imagine if you saw yourself leading an institution that it would not be under these circumstances.
Ken-Matt Martin: It’s interesting. In many ways I felt like my entire career led to this moment, right? When I think back—shout out to [Robert] Hupp who’s now at the artistic director at Syracuse Stage, who was the artistic director with the Arkansas Rep. When I was like fourteen, he took me under his wing and let me just follow him around and ask him questions. That really planted the seed for me of wanting to be an artistic director one day.
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DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER AT THE MAJESTIC THEATER
NOVEMBER 26 – DECEMBER 5
The second show of the Majestic’s 24th Season opens this Thursday. Don’t Dress for Dinner, a madcap French farce written by Marc Camoletti (who wrote Boeing Boeing, a recent Majestic production) runs through December 5.
The comedy is set in renovated French farmhouse two hours from Paris. Bernard is hoping to send his wife Jacqueline off to her mother’s place for the weekend so that he can romance his mistress Suzanne, a Parisian model. He’s also hired a Cordon Bleu cook, Suzette, as an alibi, and he’s invited his friend Robert to dinner. Jacqueline, though, is becoming suspicious, and in a phone conversation with Robert it’s revealed that they, too, are also having an affair. Suzette, the caterer, arrives, and Robert introduces her as his mistress. Bernard is furious because of the mix-up, and Jacqueline feels betrayed because she thought she was Robert’s only mistress. Suzette is convinced, for a little extra money, to go along with the deception — but then Suzanne arrives and she now has to pretend she’s the cook!
The cast includes Jack Grigoli (Bernard), Scott Renzoni (Robert), Bethany Fitzgerald (Jaqueline), Elizabeth Pietrangelo (Suzette), Alexandra O’Halloran (Suzanne) and Shaun O’Keefe (George). Danny Eaton is producing director, Stephen Petit is the director/production manager and Greg Trochlil is set designer. Costume designer is Dawn McKay, stage manager/associate producing director is Sue Dziura, and Dan Rist is lighting designer.
In accordance with regulations from the Actors' Equity Association, an American labor union representing those who work in live theatrical performance, the Majestic Theater requires all attendees to wear masks at all times (except when eating and drinking), to be fully vaccinated against COVID, and to present their vaccination card (or a photo of it on their cell phone) upon arrival. At this time, no food or drink may be brought into the theater, and needs to be consumed in the Majestic Café.
Tickets range in price from $31 - $37 per show, and are available for sale at the box office in person Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 1pm; or on the phone at (413) 747-7797.
Bright Half Life
By Tanya Barfield
Directed by Gina Kaufmann
December 3-11, 2021
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
This intimate and celebratory production is under the direction of Gina Kaufmann, who directed Silverthorne’s The Revolutionists in 2019. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and a Professor of Theater (Acting and Directing) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a feminist who prioritizes social justice in her directing work and in her season planning. Throughout her thirty-year career as a director, almost every project Gina chose to work on was selected at least in part by her desire to wrestle with gender, gender hierarchies and revising form and expectations to open up our minds to new models of relating to one another.
Featured in this production are Kyle Boatwright in the role of Vicky, and Katie Mack, a member of the Actors Equity Association, as Erica. Boatwright is a Pioneer Valley-based musician, actor, coach, and creative collaborator. She was last seen on the Silverthorne stage in The Revolutionists (2019) and recently directed Smith College’s production of Stoop Pigeons. This will be Katie Mack’s first time working with Silverthorne, but Valley theater-goers will remember her performances at The Majestic in West Springfield. Ezekiel Baskin is stage manager and John Iverson will provide technical direction.
Moving seamlessly from head-over-heels romance to marriage to children to skydiving and so many little intimacies in between, the two characters, Vicky and Erica, span decades in an instant and slowly, delightfully, allow us to know and love them. Bright Half Life is a joyful and complicated chronicle of a deeply committed lesbian relationship.
“If these women, these maybe soul mates, could somehow suddenly see what the years will bring, would they still go out on that first date?” The New York Times
Tickets are available at the door and via Eventbrite.
Friday, December 3, 10, 2021 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 4, 11, 2021 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 5, 2021 @ 3:00 PM
Masks and Proof of Vaccination required for admittance. Click here for more details.
You are cordially invited to the Completely Ridiculous Open House!
On Monday December 6th, from 6-8pm EST we are opening up our doors to any and everyone who might be interested in getting to know who we are and what this whole Completely Ridiculous Conservatory is all about.
Meet some faculty, chat with some alumni, learn about all we have to offer, and more!
To join us on Monday December 6th, please click hereand register for free on Eventbrite. The Zoom link will be sent out to registrants the day of. You can also visit our Facebook Event Page. And, if you’re interested in learning about the conservatory ahead of time, just head on over here!
LAVA Arts Center
The Bridge of Her Nose
December 12 at 1:00 PM,
December 19, 5-7 PM
Mature teens and adults are warmly invited to audition for a play about Israel/Palestine to be staged as three dramatic readings the evening of February 26 and the afternoon and evening of February 27 at the LAVA Art Center in Greenfield. Please contact email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collaborating with LAVA and area theater artists, Temple Israel Greenfield will present a play in two parts, one a work of fiction, the other drawn from the transcripts of Compassionate Listening sessions conducted in the West Bank and Israel. We aim to increase understanding and empathy, and promote positive dialogue about the Middle East while considering our own urgent need for effective communication here at home. Performances will be followed by facilitated conversation with the audience.
People of all backgrounds, communities and identities urged to audition as we strive to create a multicultural, multigenerational ensemble cast.
CASTING UNTITLED ANNIE BAKER FILM
Written and directed by Annie Baker, originally from Amherst, Massachusetts, and Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright of The Flick.
Produced by Dan Janvey - Academy-Award-winning producer of Nomadland and Beasts of the Southern Wild - and BBC Films.
The film follows 11 year old Lacy, her mother Janet, and the three people who come into their lives over one summer in 1991.
LACY - 8-12 years old, any ethnicity. She is herself. Curious, observant, straightforward. Solid in her uniqueness, lives in her imagination. Odd birds welcome.
PIANO TEACHER - female piano teacher, 50-75 years old, any ethnicity. She teaches the Suzuki method to the main character, Lacy (8-12 years old).
ALSO SEEKING EXTRAS of all ages!
Acting experience is not necessary.
FILMING BEGINS SUMMER 2022 in Western Massachusetts.
Casting directors Eléonore Hendricks and Abby Harri are teaming up for their third film together in search of the young lead for Untitled Annie Baker Film. They specialize in street casting, finding non-professional actors, and discovering new talent.
TO APPLY / CONTACT
For more information and/or if you’re interested in you or your child being considered for the film, please apply at: untitledanniebakerfilm.com
For any questions, contact Eléonore and Abby at: email@example.com
The Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), which specializes in the art of performing, teaching, and directing staged combat/theatrical violence has announced a new initiative, “Expand, Educate, Empower” (EEE), providing free stage combat training to underserved communities. It is an effort by the SAFD to make stage combat training accessible to underserved artists and theatre professionals. This program is a nationwide search for educational organizations and institutions, performing arts groups, and community or professional theatres that are interested in participating.
The program offers 30 hours of training in one weapon discipline by a teacher and assistant certified by the SAFD. There is also an opportunity to certify in the said weapon discipline at the end of the course, also free of charge. If you would like to request a specific individual that is a member of the SAFD that you already have a relationship with, you are welcome to do so on the application.
the Drama Studio
January and December Workshops at Drama Studio!
12/4, 12/5, 01/15, 01/22
41 OAKLAND STREET, SPRINGFIELD, MA, 01108
This winter, we are offering ON-SITE workshops for students of all ages!
Join one or more of the Drama Studio winter workshops and learn about our theater conservatory for ages 6-18. We will offer the following workshops:
December, 4th, and 5th
Shadow Night at the Drama Studio
Apply Now to the Completely Ridiculous Conservatory!
January 10th - March 5th, 2022
April 4th - May 28th, 2022
Starting in January, and then again in April, 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!
The CRC is a one of a kind program, in that it was built entirely for Zoom, AND each faculty member not only has extensive training in their individual discipline of actor training, but also a strong foundation in the world of clown, games, play, and physical acting - having all trained with Master Clown and Commedia Teacher Christopher Bayes at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, and/or The Pandemonium Studio.
At the end of the 8 weeks, Completely Ridiculous students will walk away with:
•A greater sense of direction, as well as concrete and actionable next steps for each individuals career.
•A more enthusiastic and curious body.
•A larger capacity to dream and dream big.
•A greater comfort with spontaneity, freedom and play.
Students will also gain a deeper understanding of who they are as unique, individual artists and what they bring to an ensemble, as well as a whole new set of skills and professional contacts to apply to their career and/or ongoing education.
Don’t miss your chance to work with our ever expanding community of international artists and apply today!
Click the link below for all of the info and COME PLAY!