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Pioneer Valley Theatre News January 13, 2022

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January 13 - February 2, 2022

Check out Paper String Revolt at the Northampton Center for the Arts this Sunday! And don't forget to watch Real Live Theatre's audio play Far Reaches. 

Thanks for Mark Auerbach for the shout out in this article!

The next issue will include events from January 20 - February 9. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

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Paper String Revolt
January 16 at 7:30 PM at Northampton Center for the Arts, 33 Hawley Street
Tickets and More Information
Real Live Theatre presents FAR REACHES
Streaming now, free of charge, on our website, BandCamp, and YouTube.
Exit 7 Players present The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
February 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8PM, February 13, 20 at 2PM
Tickets and more information here.
$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
Click to Access: Pioneer Valley Theatre Google Calendar
Click to Access: Pioneer Valley Theatre Personnel Spreadsheet
from Howlround

Podcasts and Zooms and Plays, Oh My!
by Ezra Brain

From the article: 

The email subject line from September 2020 was “Creating Something Special” and I truly think it will one day be reprinted in a textbook. The email from New York–based playwright and producer SMJ was sent to eight of their frequent collaborators, myself included, who were based all over the country. The idea seemed (relatively) simple: Let’s stop wallowing in all the things the pandemic took from us and start making something.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
“Paper, String, Revolt”
January 16th @ 7:30pm

Northampton Center for the Arts  
33 Hawley St. Northampton, MA.

Video of the Show and Q and A with the artists via Zoom - January 29th @ 7:30pm,  Sunday January 30th @ 3:00pm
With thanks to Northampton Open Media 

Website for Information and Tickets: 

Pioneer Valley performance group “Paper, String, Revolt” presents its debut of puppetry, live music, storytelling and clowning with tales ranging from the sublime to the absurd. 

The vision of this group of seasoned local artists is to celebrate adult-centered puppetry and performance art in Western Massachusetts. They shine a light on societal struggles and address humanity’s plight in poignant and whimsical ways. Worldwide puppetry is used to express political, psychological and spiritual themes. In short, it is a wonderful medium for adult-oriented theater.

Come join “Paper, String, Revolt” for their inaugural event in the Val
Co-directed by Jean Minuchin and Beth Fairservis

Creators/performers of original works: 
Beth Fairservis, Sue Huszar, Stephen Katz, Peter LaBrusciano, Jean Minuchin, Jonathan Stevens

Northampton Center for the Arts requires full COVID-19 vaccination cards to enter. Exemptions can be accommodated by a negative PCR COVID test within the previous 48 hours. Masks are required throughout the building and during the show.
Tickets will be sold to an audience of 40 with socially distanced seating.

The virtual performance will be available on Zoom with an artist Q and A on January 29th and 30th. 
For more information:
No Theater, A.P.E., Ltd.
January 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28 & 29 @ 8:00pm
A.P.E., 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA. 01060

(performances January 6-15 have been cancelled)

No Theater performs live

        LET GO

a short adult comedy about
love, death and piles of papers…
with Roy Faudree and Jane Karakula
A.P.E. 126 Main Street, Northampton

Tickets are now on sale:  

Limited Seating
A.P.E. requires full COVID-19 vaccination and the wearing of masks to enter the gallery.
Be ready to present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID test.

No Theater celebrates 50 years of original works for the stage in the Valley and around the world.
RLT presents our first original audioplay, Far Reaches.

One Raft Person. One Witness. One world covered in endless ocean.

What do we remember? What does it mean to survive, and what is survival worth? Two people from radically different backgrounds reach towards friendship and understanding, following memories and stories as they seek some kind of truth.

Written & Directed by Ellen Morbyrne
Production Managed by Syl Simmons
Sound Design/Recording/Editing by Rachel Hall
Theme Song by Cynthia Zaitz, PhD
Performed by Trenda Loftin as the Witness and Linda Tardif as the Raft Person.

Streaming now, free of charge, on our website, BandCamp, and YouTube.

This program is supported by grants from the Amherst, Burlington, Greenfield, Hadley, Holyoke, South Hadley, and Springfield Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

From New England New Play Alliance:

Virtual Theater


Breaking Light Productions presents
Mrs. Hawking: Lady's Champion of London
by Phoebe Roberts and Bernie Gabin
January 16
directed by Phoebe Roberts

The year is 1880. Young Mary Stone has just arrived in London, alone, friendless, and unsure of what to do with herself after a lifetime of keeping house for her late parents in India. She has no choice but to accept a position as a house girl for Mrs. Victoria Hawking, an aloof, mysterious society widow. When she discovers Mrs. Hawking’s true business, as a secret champion to the otherwise helpless women of London, Mary is drawn into a world of new heroic purpose battling devious blackmailers, rescuing kidnapped children, and struggling against the restrictions society forces on women. Tickets: free.


Real Live Theatre presents
Far Reaches
an audio play
written and directed by Ellen Morbyrne
streaming now

One Raft Person. One Witness. One world covered in endless ocean. Far Reaches follows a deeply curious, tender-hearted Witness from another world as they discover everything they can about the ocean-swallowed planet of the solitary Raft Person. As the Witness and the Raft Person become ever more entwined in friendship, startling discoveries lead to endless layers of questions, and the two friends will need to unlock deeply forgotten memories in order to understand what their futures might hold. Tickets: free.

Arlekin Players present
by Nana Grinstein, Blair Cadden, and Igor Golyak
now-January 23
directed by Igor Golyak

Witness, the latest project from Arlekin’s Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab, is a new documentary theater piece about Jewish immigration in the face of antisemitism. The piece is inspired by the journey of the MS St. Louis, which left Hamburg in 1939 with over 900 Jewish people on board and headed to Cuba only to be turned away, leaving the passengers stranded with nowhere to go and no escape. Witness shares stories of Jewish immigrants from around the globe through an interactive virtual theater experience at the nexus of film, theater, and video games.
Tickets: $12-$25.

LAVA to host online performance by hip-hop storyteller Marlon Carey
Monday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.

FB event
Tickets (by donation)

The LAVA Center is proud to host an online performance by Marlon Carey, hip-hop storyteller. 

Blending the elements of Theatre, Hip-hop, Poetry and Storytelling, Marlon Carey aka Inphynit will perform a live set of new and classic material, that delves into his Jamaican immigrant background, growing up in a single parent home in Brooklyn, NY during the crack era, to being a father of three and balancing his art with his family life during the last two years of the pandemic.

Marlon Carey is a Poet Educator Artist Communicator Entertainer. He has taught Poetry and Creative Writing workshops in schools for several years in the New England Area and was named "Best Hip Hop Poet" by the Cambridge Poetry Awards two years in a row, designated as Boston Cantab Lounge's "Grand Slam Champion" and the Lizard Lounge Boston's "King." Based in Providence, RI, Marlon wrote, directed, and acted in From A Distance, LAVA's first online short play festival, in June of 2020.

This is a Zoom event. 

LAVA Arts Center/Real Theater
Bridges Director Sought
January 2022

A director is sought for a series of staged readings of a play about Israel/Palestine to be held over one-two weekends in March or early April at the LAVA Art Center in Greenfield. Stipend available. Please email if interested by early January.


Actors of all ages and identities are warmly invited to audition for any or all of a number of upcoming play readings at The LAVA Center. Actors will have an opportunity to be seen by representatives of three different theater companies for readings slated February through the fall. Honoraria vary; each production company will include that information in casting offer.

Auditions will be held at The LAVA Center, 324 Main St. in Greenfield, on Sunday, January 16 and Sunday, January 23, noon to 4 p.m.

Social distancing will be observed, and all actors, directors, writers, and others who attend are asked to provide proof of full vaccination and to wear masks. Actors will read from play scenes, and will read in groups of six or fewer. Please expect to stay for approximately 40 minutes. No advance preparation is required. 

To sign up for an audition slot, please visit this link and add your name to one slot. Then, email with your name, phone number, and the date and time you are auditioning to confirm. 

For more information about the plays and the roles, visit this link.

If you have any other questions, please email


Danny Eaton, Producing Director

Theater Carpenter / TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,400.00 per year

The Theater Project, inc., dba Majestic Theater, located in West Springfield,

Massachusetts is seeking an immediate hire for a Theater Carpenter / Technical Director. The Majestic is a year-round 229 seat professional theater operating under and SPT6 contract with Actors Equity Association. We produce a five play subscription season September to June, in July and August a three production Children’s Theater, and musical concerts over the Summer. More at:

This is a full time position which requires a number of years of hands-on experience in live theater and a skill set that includes carpentry, welding, and rigging. The Technical Director should also be versed in both stage lighting and sound design.

He/She is responsible for maintaining the scene shop in good working order with a focus always on safety. Additionally, from time to time, there may be repair and/or maintenance projects at the theater itself for which the TD is responsible.

This is a full-time year round position with a salary of $40,040 and may include benefits.

To apply, please send an email to telling us of your interest and why you think you’d best fit this position. Please also include your professional resume.

Danny Eaton, Producing Director


131 Elm Street

West Springfield, MA 01089

Theater Manager - Associate at the MAJESTIC THEATER - West Springfield, MA


The Majestic Theater is a 229 seat live theater. Since 1997 we have locally produced a five show subscription season, summer children’s theater and concerts. Our non- profit mission is to provide Pioneer Valley (Western MA) based actors, actresses and theater technicians a professional environment in which to perform – the Majestic Theater.


The Associate Theater Manager is a full-time staff person who will work with the

Treasurer, Marketing Director, Box Office Manager, theater Accountant, Production Manager, and Producing Director. This will be a learning position which will hopefully allow this candidate to transition from being the Associate - Theater Manager into becoming the Theater Manager in a year or two.


  • Learn all aspects of the operation of the Majestic Theater

  • Become comfortable using with the box office systems

  • Work with the Treasurer and Accountant on financial matters

  • Help manage marketing and fundraising projects

  • Coordinate with production staff and assist with producing shows

  • Learn about and assist with the management of the Majestic Café

  • Understand and facilitate the maintenance of the Majestic buildings


  • A professional demeanor and an upbeat attitude

  • Willingness to work collaboratively with a diverse group

  • Organized and able to assume responsibility

  • Comfortable with software technology, including: Word, Excel, Outlook,

  • QuickBooks, Zoom, TeamViewer and box office systems

  • Education and experiences that would be beneficial based upon the Job

  • Responsibilities

  • Reliable transportation


Starting ASAP. 

Annual salary: $36,400

Benefits (vacation, sick, personal) available and to be reviewed.

Average 40 hours a week, with nights and weekends

WHAT: Play Incubation Collective (PIC) 2022 Developmental Residency
WHEN: March-December 2022 (Applications now due Feb 15 2021)
WHERE: Rehearsals will take place in Hampshire County (playwrights should expect to regularly attend local in-person rehearsals)

PIC is actively seeking submissions of scripts-in-progress by local BIPOC
and/or queer playwrights. We are defining local as roughly within a 1 hour drive from Northampton, MA.

PIC’s process of play development is unique. We invite incoming playwrights to spearhead their vision with the support of our collective of theater makers. We bring a talented team of local actors, dramaturgs, designers and more to collaborate with each writer on the development of their piece. The specifics of what that development looks like are open to the writer. All collaborating artists  help contribute to PIC’s monthly administrative duties.

The 2022 PIC writer-in-residence will receive a stipend to go along with this 9-month residency, access to monthly rehearsal space, and a culminating public presentation of their play in the fall of 2022.


Submission Form Due by FEB 15, 2021
Submitted scripts do not need to be complete. Playwrights must submit a minimum of 20 pages, and the play’s cast should not exceed 10 characters. Plays only please. We cannot accept musicals at this time.

Finalists will be notified by March 1st and PIC will be in touch to schedule an interview.

Estimated Time Commitment: 10 hrs/month rehearsal time, 2-4 hrs/month admin time

Learn more and apply here.

The Chester Theatre Company, located in Chester, MA, is now accepting applications for the 2022 summer internship program  We are a professional theatre company located in the foothills of the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.  
CTC produces 4-5 plays each summer, staged and performed by professional actors, directors and designers.  Now in its 33rd season, CTC has earned a reputation for excellence in contemporary theatre, consistently winning top honors with area critics. CTC has a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its artistic and educational programming. CTC productions have gone on to Off Broadway engagements and regional, national, and international tours. 

We are currently accepting applications for our 2022 Summer Internship Program.  

Dates: Monday, May 30, 2022 – Wednesday, August 24, 2022 

Applicants must be able to receive academic credit for their internship at Chester Theatre Company.  CTC will cover any expense associated with that academic credit. 

Applicants must be able to provide proof of vaccination. 

CTC provides housing and a weekly living stipend of $200 to all interns.  Travel scholarships may also be available for those based further from CTC. 

Interns participate in the life of CTC, coming to know artists, staff, and audiences. Educational experiences include classes with the Director of Education, as well as with resident and visiting artists.  Interns also have the opportunity to see other performances at the many cultural institutions in the area. 

To apply, students can visit our website:

and go to the "Education & Opportunities" section.  Click on "Internships" and they will be able to get some information about the different internship opportunities we offer.  In the section "To apply:" they can click on a link to a Google Form.  They will be able to fill out all of the information we need, as well as upload the necessary documents, from that form. 
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).
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.
For more information and/or if you’re interested in you or your child being considered for the film, please apply at:
password: Lacy
For any questions, contact Eléonore and Abby at:
the Drama Studio
January and December Workshops at Drama Studio!
01/15, 01/22
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:

Stage Combat
Ages 13-18
January, 15th
Ages 9-12
January, 22nd

For more information, visit
Happier Valley Comedy presents Improv for Scaredy Cats
January 15 at 10:00 AM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)

Does the idea of performing in front of people scare the dickens out of you?
Have you ever watched improv and thought, "I could never do that!"?
Have you ever watched improv and thought, "Hell, I could definitely do that!"?
Do you not give a flying fig about improv comedy but want to learn some tricks to become more confident speaking in public and more mindful in the moment?
Interested in checking out what's going on at Happier Valley Comedy?
Are you curious about improv but you don't consider yourself a scaredy cat?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, "Improv for Scaredy Cats (And Non-Scaredy Cats Too!)" is the workshop for you. It's designed especially for the improv newbies, improv-curious, and anyone who wants to step outside their comfort zone.

Once you get started, you'll soon see it's not that scary after all.
Head of Happiness Pam Victor leads you through a very gentle, easy approach to improv comedy in a positive and accepting atmosphere where failure is disempowered. (At HVC, we believe it's only a mistake if you don't learn from it.)
Our main focus is to have as much joy and ease as humanly possible in two hours!

No experience necessary. Being funny is NOT required. The only requirement is a willingness to learn something new and have as much fun as possible.
Submit your workshop, class, audition, performance, or any other theatre opportunity here!
Pioneer Valley Theatre Companies
Academy of Music Theatre

Amherst Community Theater

Arena Civic Theatre

A.C.T. Youth Theatre

Black Cat Theater

Chester Theatre Company


Cold Spring Community Theatre

Completely Ridiculous Productions

Drama Studio

Double Edge Theatre

Eggtooth Productions

Exit 7 Players

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

Mount Holyoke College Rooke Theatre

No Theater

Northampton Community Arts Trust

Northampton Playwrights Lab
PaintBox Theatre


Pauline Productions

Performance Project

Phantom Sheep Players

Play Incubation Collective

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

Unity House Players

Valley Light Opera

Ware Community Theatre

Westfield Theatre Group

Wilbraham United Players

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