Thursday, August 11, 2022

Pioneer Valley Theatre News August 11, 2022

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August 11 - 31, 2022

Summer theatre seasons are coming to a close: it's the final weekend for Great Barrington Public Theater (with Things I Know to Be True) and the final show at Chester Theatre (To The Moon and Back) opens this weekend. Also this weekend, catch a new play reading at the LAVA Center, Margaret and the Giant at Ja'Duke, or some longform improv at Happier Valley Comedy. 

The next issue will include events from August 18 - September 7. 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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Great Barrington Public Theater presents Things I Know to Be True
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Chester Theatre Company presents To The Moon and Back 
August 11-21. Buy Tickets
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The TikTok Revolution
by Katy Zapanta

From the article: 

A couple years ago, I created a podcast about theatre entitled “For the Revolution.” It originally started as a project for a class, a way for me to recommend plays and share advice to other young theatre creators, but soon it evolved into a conversation about the future of theatre and Generation Z’s place in it. At the end of every episode, I ask my guests the same question: What does theatre need?

Have you read an interesting article about theatre recently? Send it to me!

New play reading series at The LAVA Center, featuring local playwrights and friends of LAVA
Some Thursdays and Saturdays in August and September; see schedule below
The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., Greenfield

In August and September, The LAVA Center is presenting a series of new play readings by local playwrights and friends of LAVA.

For many of these readings, actors are invited to perform in an unpaid cold reading of the play in a casual atmosphere.

The schedule for the playwrights is as follows:

Thursday, Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m.: Rex McGregor
Thursday, Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m.: Patricia Crosby
Saturday, Aug. 20, 11:30 a.m.: Cheryl Dukes
Thursday, Aug. 25, 5:30 p.m.: Christine Benvenuto
Thursday, Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m.: Alfonso Neal

Actors are invited to jump in on cold readings on Thursday, Aug. 11; Saturday, Aug. 20; and Thursday, Sept. 8.

For more information, visit our website at

Things I Know to Be True at Great Barrington Pubic Theater, August 11-14, turns an ordinary American family’s unraveling, redemption and bonds of love into extraordinary theater.
The GB Public Theater 2022 mainstage season continues Aug.4 – Aug 14 with an evocative, penetrating drama about the vicissitudes and complexities of family dynamics, self-identity and the nature and meaning of love today. Written by multi-award-winning Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, and rewritten for American audiences, it premiered in Milwaukee in 2019 to wide critical acclaim. It was slated for New York until Covid diverted plans. Earlier this year GBPT was able to secure rights for a brief East Coast premiere.
A year of change and unsettling discovery for the Price family is played out by a superb ensemble, including Corrina May; John Wojda; Liz Hayes; David Keohane; Raya Malcolm and Jo Michael Rezes. Directed by Judy Braha, who directed last year’s hit Mr. Fullerton, Things I Know to Be True brings the realistic joy, fierceness, fears and dreams of the family to the McConnell Theater stage for ten performances only.
Things I Know to Be True will be staged ten times only, from Aug. 4-14, Thurs.-Sun., 3pm and 7:30pm, in the McConnell Mainstage Theater, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Tickets can be reserved on the Great Barrington Public Theater website.
Chester Theatre Company presents To The Moon and Back
August 11-21

World Premiere

CTC’s season will close with this World Premiere Commission by Darcy Parker Bruce, sponsored by Frances Henry and Walter Korzec. Starring Tara Franklin (Tiny Beautiful Things, On the Exhale) and Raye Birk (Curve of Departure) as a daughter and father with history as murky as the dark side of the moon. Ace alternately maps craters searching for…something, and flips burgers at her day job as she tries to outrun the shadows of the past she shares with her dad, who spends his days watching gameshows from his lawn chair—on the moon. Pauli Pontrelli (I and You, The Aliens, Curve of Departure) returns for their fourth appearance at Town Hall as Ace’s co-worker, RJ.

Ja'Duke Theater
Margaret and the Giant
8/12/22 @ 6pm; 8/13/22 @ 6pm; 8/14/22 @2pm

Margaret and the Giant is the third musical in the Fairy House chronicles.  Featuring all the beloved characters from The Fairy House and The Fairy Tea Party (Or How Pirates Almost Spoiled the Day), Margaret and the Giant begins with Margaret getting lost in the woods on her way to visit her friends at the Fairy House.  Her friends are in the midst of quite an upheaval themselves as the elusive and annoying Shmoopoo has returned to the Lovely Woods wreaking havoc and scaring the Woodland Creatures.  Margaret’s friends the pirates are also lost (as usual) but are valiantly trying to make their way to the Fairy House to protect the fairies and woodland creatures.  Margaret stumbles upon a Giant who has a secret crush on the fairies but is very shy and has a lot to learn about trusting.  Sound like a lot going on in the Lovely Woods? Add in teasing sprites, fairies who become witches, missing acorns, Giant dancing lessons and a Summer Spectacular and you have all the ingredients for a rip roaring fun-filled Shmoopoo howling can’t believe all this is happening song and dance filled fanciful musical sure to appeal to kids of all ages!

Rated: G

Running time: 70 minutes (one intermission)

Happier Valley Comedy
2nd Saturdays Presents: Longform Improvisation
August 13 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy's Next Door Lounge (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)

A cast of experienced improvisers dive into a variety of formats based on audience suggestions. Second Saturday of every month at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.

More information.
Happier Valley Comedy
HVC’s Fun Fridays: Storytelling Standup Showcase
August 19 at 5:30 PM
Happier Valley Comedy's Next Door Lounge (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)

Watch Happier Valley Comedy talent try out their latest material, laugh together, raise a glass, and support up-and-coming standup comedians. Doors open at 5:30. Showcase starts at 7pm.

More information
Happier Valley Comedy
HVC Presents: Not In Charge!
August 20 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy's Next Door Lounge (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)

Join the talented group Not In Charge for a fast-paced improv show inspired by true stories from the cast! Third Saturday of every month at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.

More information.
Ja'Duke Theater
"Proof" by David Auburn
8/20 at 7pm, 8/21 at 2:00pm, 8/26 at 7:00pm, 8/27 at 7:00pm, 8/28 at 2:00pm
Ja'Duke Performing Arts Center, Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls MA

"Proof" is a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning drama, written by David Auburn.  The show explores the grey area between genius and madness, through the relationships of the four characters. It's about loss, love, betrayal and family.

Happier Valley Comedy
The Happier Valley Championship
August 27 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy's Next Door Lounge (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA)

In this competitive comedy show, two teams of improvisers face off through scenes and games to see who can win the ultimate prize: your laughter! Fourth Saturday of every month at 7pm at the Happier Valley Comedy Theater (1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, on rte.9). Tickets: $13 online and at the door.

More information.
Catalyst 22 presents Mira and the Liminal Dimension
August 27 at 7:00 PM and September 3 at 7:00 PM
The LAVA Center, 324 Main St, Greenfield, MA 01301

"I ask you, as we head into the abyss, the in-between place where we tell our story: What is the half-life of human thought and action on a space?"

We invite you to join us for a premiere performance of our play, "Mira and the Liminal Dimension"! This is a collaboratively created show based on the concept of liminal space, and is our own modern mythical tale! The show is a one-act performance with no intermission. We will be performing at the LAVA Center in Greenfield!

Directed by Kevin Van Develde
Devising Company: Steph Reyes, Amanda Bowman, Kelly Tierney, Zee Shepherd, Angie Parker, and Biddy Remick.
Facebook event
The Academy of Music Theatre, an 816-seat historic performing arts venue in the lovely New England college town of Northampton, Massachusetts, seeks a full-time Technical Director. Responsibilities include organizing all technical aspects of performances and supervision of union stage crews. Knowledge of sound, lighting, set installations and rigging systems plus excellent communication and organizational skills required. A qualified candidate will have a minimum of a BA or BFA in technical theatre or equivalent with professional experience. Applications must be received by August 29th.  Send résumé to: For a full job description, please email
The Academy of Music Theatre provides live performing arts year-round: dance, theater, music, spoken word and multimedia. In addition, we provide educational programs year-round with one fully staged musical theater youth production. We serve over 62,000 patrons and are a destination site for visitors from the Connecticut Valley and New York City areas. We offer on average 130 performances annually.
The salary is $56-58K.
LAVA Center Greenfield
Play Reading Series at LAVA Center, Greenfield
August 25 at 5:30 PM

Seeking two actors of color in their 20s or so for a cold reading of a play in progress at LAVA, one male for a small role, one female for a lead role. Come give it a try! Thanks!
Ja'Duke Theater
Little Shop of Horrors Auditions
August 29 at 7pm
Ja'Duke Theater

The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names "Audrey II" - after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down and out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it, BLOOD. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's out of this world origins and intent towards global domination!

Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes (one intermission)
More information.
the Drama Studio Open House
August 30th at 6 pm, for ages 6-8 and August 31st at 6 pm for ages 9-18

Join us for our 2022 Open House to learn about our acting classes and Conservatory program!

Come and visit the Drama Studio on Tuesday, August 30th, at 6 pm for ages 6-8, and on Wednesday, August 31st, at 6 pm for ages 9-18.

Register here.
WAM Theatre is seeking a part-time (10-20/hrs a week) Company Administrator to support WAM’s daily admin activities and programming. This administrator will provide clerical and administrative oversight in order to optimize workflow procedures for WAM’s arts-activism mission.  Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter with the subject heading “WAM Company Administrator” to by August 21, 2022.  A detailed job description can be found HERE
Grant Application Opens: August 1st, 2022
Grant Application Closes: September 16th, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST

Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts 

Flexible Funding

We are excited to announce 2022’s round of Flexible Funding, which will provide general operating support to nonprofits that benefit our region.

As part of the Foundation’s strategic vision, preference will be given to organizations, who missions are in the following areas:

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion in workplaces and institutions, prioritizing racial equity.
  • A strong start for all children though high-quality early education and care.
  • Accessible and more affordable post-secondary education and training, providing pathways to completion and employment.
  • A vibrant and local arts and creativity ecosystem to support self-expression, economic vitality and connection.

Preference will also be given to organizations where leadership is racially diverse.

Learn More Here

Anyone who organizes or attends auditions or is involved in casting for the theatre, is recommended to take 30 minutes to listen to this conversation between casting director Victor Vazquez and dramaturg/performer Tatiana Godfrey.  Part of WAM Theatre's Spotlight Series, they talk about some of the problems that we run into in the traditional casting process, especially in terms of racial or gender stereotyping, and some of the opportunities and suggestions he has for better ways of placing actors in roles.

A Very Special Writing Workshop 

with Serious Play Alum Claire Titelman

Saturday September 24th and Sunday September 25th

Blue Barn at Bramble Hill Farm, 593 South Pleasant St, Amherst MA

11am-4pm each day, which includes an hour long lunch break on the farm; (bring your own lunch & cold drink) water bottles available.

Price: $175

More info: 

Email Claire Titeman at to see if there's a spot left and she will give you info on payment, etc. Limited enrollment. 

Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Covid protocol:  The class will be masked and you must be able to show proof of vaccination.

About the class:
This is a playful and challenging class with weekly exercises and writing prompts that run the gamut from surreal to straightforward, from very deep to very dumb. They will encourage you to get out of your head, delve into your unconscious, and develop your authentic voice, leading to vulnerable, funny, fierce, strange, and surprising work! Each week, we’ll subvert elements of memoir, theater, fiction, and other genres to help inspire creativity-- all with a curriculum that’s designed for artists of all kinds: writers, comedians, performers, filmmakers, visual artists, and non-artists interested in exploring creative expression. Dropouts, shut-ins and people picked last in gym class are welcome!*

*Jocks, geniuses and the well-adjusted also welcome. This is an inclusive class. 

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

Theater Between Addresses


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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