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Pioneer Valley Theatre News January 20, 2022

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January 20 - February 9, 2022

All of the performances of No Theater's LET GO have been cancelled due to the current COVID surge. Remember to double check if there is an in person plan to make sure it's still happening! Nothing (in the newsletter listings) scheduled to be in person until February, but there are quite a few virtual performances coming up - and don't forget about all the job opportunities, workshops, and classes coming up. 

The next issue will include events from January 27 - February 16. Submit upcoming events via the link below or by emailing me before Tuesday at midnight. Any questions, comments or feedback? Email me at

Submit Your Theatre Event
Paper String Revolt
Virtual Show on January 29th @ 7:30pm and 30th @ 3:00pm
Tickets and more information here.
Exit 7 Players present The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
March 11, 12, 18, 19 @ 8pm and March 12, 20 2pm
Tickets and more information here.
$5 per week for your poster and ticket link in top billing!
Email me to reserve your dates.
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from Howlround

Thinking Through Racism: Nigerian Theatre's Response
by Eseovwe Emakunu and Israel Wekpe

From the article: 

Eseovwe Emakunu: Hello, Mr. Israel. It's good to have you here. Can you give us a brief introduction of yourself?

Israel Wekpe: My name is Israel Wekpe. I'm a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds. My areas of interest are intercultural theatre, Ola Rotimi, and new directions in Nigerian theatre. I have been a theatre practitioner for over thirty years; I write, direct, and train actors.

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!
Ja’Duke Theater presents "Nunsense" The Musical
2/19/21 at 7pm, 2/20/21 @ 2pm, 2/25 & 2/26/22 @ 7pm, and 2/27/22 @ 2pm
Ja'Duke Theater

Ja’Duke Theater is proud to present Nunsense, this year’s first Ja’Duke musical of the highly anticipated Ja’Duke 25th Anniversary Season.  Nunsense is directed by Ja’Duke's founder Nick Wanyelovich with choreography by Eula Sagan.  Nunsense will be presented in the brand new, state of the art, Ja’Duke Theater!

Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser with a supporting cast of 20 nuns, the Little Sisters of Hoboken. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died from botulism after eating vichyssoise prepared by Sister Julia Child of God. Thus, the remaining nuns – ballet-loving Sister Leo (Jenna DiDonato), street-wise Sister Robert Anne (Samantha Myburgh), befuddled Sister Mary Amnesia (Rachel Howe), the Mother Superior Sister Regina (Judith Dean Kulp), and mistress of the novices Sister Mary Hubert (Juniper Holmes) and the Little Sisters of Hoboken – stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed.

Ja’Duke Theater is continuing its quest to bring laughter and joy into people's lives during these trying times.  With catchy songs and irreverent comedy, Nunsense is sure to keep audiences rolling with laughter and wanting more.  After all, Nunsense is Habit Forming!

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

General Admission (Adult) - $15
Children (12 and under) - $12
Senior Citizen (65 and over) - $12
Exit Seven Players Ltd.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
March 11, 12, 18, 19 @ 8pm and March 12, 20 2pm
Exit Seven Players Theater, 37 Chestnut Street, Ludlow, MA

Originally produced in London and on Broadway, the stage version of the best-selling novel by Mark Haddon won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play.

“This adaptation by the acclaimed playwright Simon Stephens is intensely, innately theatrical; it is also funny and extremely moving…resonates with quality.” —Telegraph (London). “…just terrific…a profoundly moving play about adolescence, fractured families, mathematics, colours and lights…dazzling.” —Independent (London). “A beautiful, eloquent, dazzlingly inventive show about the wonders of life.” —Evening Standard (London).

Curious Incident follows a critical period in the life of fifteen-year-old Christopher, a young man with an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at math but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, detests being touched, and distrusts strangers. Now it is seven minutes after midnight, and Christopher stands beside his neighbor’s dead dog, Wellington, who has been speared with a “garden fork” (British for pitchfork, as the story is set in England.)  Finding himself under suspicion, Christopher is determined to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington, and he carefully records each fact of the crime. But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a thrilling journey that upturns his life.

Through creative lighting and sound, clever staging and a versatile ensemble, Curious Incident invites the audience to embark upon a journey to understand the point of view of its unusual narrator and his completely unique way of interacting with the world. At times both comedic and heart-wrenching, Curious Incident is a timely examination of our assumptions about “normality” and neurodiversity.

Directed by Michael O. Budnick, Produced by Jami Wilson and Christine Greene
Now in its second year, Get Down with Your Hometown is a virtual  music festival produced by and for the benefit of North Star Center for Teens, the Institute for the Musical Arts, and the Shea Theater.  These three community-based nonprofits are linked by their support for young artists, some of whom will be performing alongside nationally known performers during two evenings packed with fantastic music and hosted by very funny local celebs. 

The event is free, but we hope you'll be inspired to drop some money into the tip jar during the event.  You can also hang out with some of the performers in the virtual backstage at the end of the evening for a donation of $60 or more, get the VIP Backstage passes here
Paper, String, Revolt”
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.

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

The virtual performance will be available on Zoom with an artist Q and A on January 29th and 30th. 

For more information.

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. 

Ko Festival of Performance presents
Piti Theatre Company's 
Canary in a Gold Mine

Written/performed by Jonathan Mirin
Directed by Deanna Fleysher
Sound Design & Stream Engineering by M Florian Staab
Videography by Brendan Leowolf & Hannah Brookman
ONLINE: FEBRUARY 11-13 | Fri. & Sat at 7:30pm, EST | Sun. at 3pm, EST
For tickets & more info visit
Live, online post-show discussions with collaborators & guest experts follow each online performance.

Locked down during COVID and desperate to make theatre, Piti Theatre’s Jonathan Mirin turns the camera on . . . himself, telling the story of the mysterious symptoms his life and production partner, Swiss choreographer/designer Godeliève Richard began experiencing in 2010. Increasingly unable to leave the house and take care of their new baby, the couple contends with the growing likelihood that her illness is environmental – and inescapable. Richard‘s severe neurological symptoms are triggered by exposure to EMFs, the wireless radiation that the rest of society is passionately embracing to connect phones, devices and upload cat videos. As her electro-hypersensitivity (a.k.a. “microwave sickness”) worsens, Mirin finds himself compelled to become a public health advocate, activist and petitioner in a landmark legal case against the FCC. The result: a show that’s a 21st century love letter as well as a wakeup call to the risks of 24/7 wireless exposure.
"Canary in a Goldmine" is highly entertaining. As Mirin puts it, “It’s just like theatre…only flatter,” turning what could be an earnest public health lecture into a compelling dive into the opposing forces of corporate profit vs. public safety.

From New England New Play Alliance:

Virtual Theater


The Depot for New Play Readings presents
In This House
an audio play
by Deirdre Girard directed by Anne Flammang
January 23, 2 p.m.

Lunch lady Jessie, “the toughest bitch you’ll ever meet,” is content living in her rough and tumble South Boston neighborhood, working hard to give her daughter Lynn a better life, and helping her best friend Maggie navigate issues with a deadbeat brother and lack of available men. Then a humbling class reunion and her daughter’s imminent departure for college cause her to question what she has accomplished in life, driving Jessie to expand her world by hosting patients and their families who need treatment at the nearby Mass General Hospital. Tensions build as Jessie pushes aside old relationships and risks losing her beloved home to pursue the volunteer work that not only makes her feel worthwhile, but also brings sweet and sophisticated Lenny into her life. But Jessie is sure love isn’t for people like her, and retreats back into the routine of her blue-collar community— until committing to love becomes a matter of life and death. Tickets: free. Email to sign-up for Zoom link.

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.

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.
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


WAM Theatre is currently accepting videoed audition submissions for our 2022 Season which will comprise of a series of 3 Spring play readings and 1 Fall production. All will be performed live at various theatres throughout the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Interested artists should send their headshot, resume and a video audition containing a brief introduction and contemporary monologue to The email should have "2022 Season Audition" in the subject line and include your union status (Equity or Non-Equity) and whether you have local housing (within 90 minute drive). Deadline to submit is February 1, 2022.

WAM Theatre and Actors Equity Association are committed to diversity and positive models of inclusion and as such encourage performers of all ethnicities, gender identities and ages, as well as performers with disabilities to submit.

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.


Job Title: Digital Marketing/PR Manager 

Reports to: Managing Director

FLSA Status: Part-Time, Non-Exempt, Year Round, Starting at 10/hrs a week at $20 an hour

WAM is seeking a part-time Digital Marketing Manager to join our team. This position is responsible for promoting WAM Theatre to external audiences via online platforms, social media channels and weekly e-newsletters. Must be a team player with a sense of humor, and the desire to work on a collaborative team. The Digital Marketing Manger is  a key partner in the development and implementation of WAM Theatre’s vision and strategic plan.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Creates content/copywriting for WAM’s social posts, newsletters, press releases, and other materials

  • Produces weekly e-newsletter highlighting events and ongoings

  • Manages press lists, kits and outreach as needed

  • Generates 4-6 weekly social media posts, and monitors for feedback and questions

  • Collaborates regularly with the WAM Team, participates in creative and strategic brainstorms as related to marketing/PR, reports directly to the Managing Director and works closely with WAM’s Webmaster & Archivist

Qualifications & Skills:  

  • Excellent time management and communication skills (oral and written)

  • Experience using MailChimp or other email client software

  • Experience creating engaging social media post on Facebook and Instagram

  • 1-3 years of marketing / PR / theatre admin /nonprofit experience

  • Experience using InDesign or Canva, and/or experience in photography & videography experience is a plus

  • Familiarity with Google Drive/Suite 

  • Regular access to a computer to easily participate in remote work, including the ability to Zoom

  • Candidates with a passion for women’s issues, social justice and arts as activism are preferred 

  • Familiarity and experience with the Berkshires and surrounding theatre community and/or not-for-profit arts community preferred but not required

WAM Theatre is committed to creating,  maintaining and learning about a diverse and inclusive working space and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin including ancestry, ethnicity, sex including pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender status, gender, disability, alienage or citizenship status, military status, including past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, actual or perceived sexual orientation. Find out more about our ongoing accountability work here: mission-and-values/wam-diversity-statement/ 

To apply please email a resume and cover letter to Applications will be accepted until February 25, 2022

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. 
the Drama Studio
January and December Workshops at Drama Studio!
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 9-12
January, 22nd

For more information, visit
You got that right! Based on your feedback we have combined the Winter and Spring Sessions into one!The Completely Ridiculous Conservatory will now run from Thursday, March 4th - Saturday, May 1st

Classes will run from Monday - Saturday, 1-4/5.15pm EST.
In recognition of Passover and Easter there will be no classes Friday April 14th - Monday April 18th.

Apply Now!
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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