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The Smith College Department of Theatre's New Play Reading Series presents Flypaper by Lillian Groag directed by Claire Trivax MFA.
Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 PM
Acting Studio 1
Based on the real-life crimes of the Angelmakers of Nagyrév, this exciting new play by Lillian Groag explores how women worked together to navigate a post-World War I world and the ingenuous, albeit macabre, methods they used to obtain some measure of happiness and independence. Free and open to the public. Masks welcome.
Springfield Central HS Theater Dept
Love's Labor's Lost
11/9 and 11/11 at 7pm, 11/12 at 2pm
Springfield Central HS Theater- 1840 Roosevelt Ave, Springfield, MA 01109
As part of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare by Shakespeare and Company, Springfield Central HS will present
Love's Labor's Lost
Come down and support the great student working in front and behind the scenes to put on their adaptation of the classic comedy by Shakespeare.
$8 students and Senior Citizens
*Special performance 11/19 3:30pm at the Tina Packer playhouse at Shakespeare & Company- tickets for this performance available at shakespeare.org or 413-637-3353.
Tickets must be purchased at the door.
LOVE, MILLY & MURRAY AT MAJESTIC THEATER
NOVEMBER 10 THROUGH DECEMBER 4
West Springfield’s Majestic Theater continues its 25th Season with the premiere production of Love, Milly & Murray, a new comedy about old love, written by T. Emerson. The play, which runs October 27 through December 4, features Milly and Murray, who have been married for 57 years. Their well-practiced routines, revolving around constant medical appointments, banter and barbs, are the stuff of true love, especially as the pair are shown celebrating their anniversary. While anxiously awaiting a doctor’s telephone call, they replay their lives, telling stories from the past, and revealing a perfectly imperfect love story.
Danny Eaton is producing director, while Sheila Siragusa is directing the play. Associate Producing Director/Stage Manager is Sue Dziura, and Stephen Petit is production stage manager. The set was designed by Greg Trochlil, Dawn McKay is costume designer, and Daniel Rist is lighting designer. Cast members are J. T. Waite (Murray) and Julie Nelson (Milly). Understudies are Frank Aronson (Murray) and Linda Storms (Milly).
Ticket prices range from $29 - $35 and can be obtained by visiting or calling the box office at (413) 747-7797 during hours of operation (Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Audience members are required to wear a mask while in the building unless actively eating or drinking in the café. Doors to the theater will open one hour before the start of a show, which is also when the café opens. For more information, visit www.majestictheater.com
Die Fledermaus – Operetta or Musical?
Call it whatever you like, but do come and be thoroughly entertained as Valley Light Opera performs Strauss', Die Fledermaus. It’s presented in English and is a comical riot of flirtation, mistaken identity, and sumptuous music.
Die Fledermaus begins with an overture as famous as the rest of the show. You’ll love it from the moment you hear the opening bars of music.
From there, we are led on a journey into a play within a play. A practical joke between friends leads to an intricate plot featuring lust, longing, and love of life. With a generous amount of champagne, all is revealed before the final curtain falls.
You are guaranteed a delightful evening that will leave you tapping your feet, and humming some very familiar music.
Die Fledermaus will be performed at the Academy of Music in Northampton on November 5, 11, and 12 at 7:30 p.m. and on November 6 and 13 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale September 6th and can be purchased online 24/7 at aomtheatre.com or by visiting the Box Office at 274 Main Street on Tuesday - Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. To purchase by phone, call: 413-584-9032 ext.105.
Something Else & the reading premiere of How We Go Missing?Nov 11-12 Rainbow ExodusNov 18-20
We are so excited to share these new works with you!
For more information or if you have questions, please call our Box Office at: (413) 628-0277 x 502
GCC Theater presents
Nov 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19 at 7:30pm and a 2pm matinee on Sunday, Nov 13
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St. Greenfield, MA 01301
Mark your calendars! GCC Theater presents Jean Anouilh's ANTIGONE for two weeks starting November 11th at 7:30pm at Hawks & Reed, Downtown Greenfield. Directed by Tom Geha, with a cast and crew of over 25 students and community members, the story of Antigone, the second daughter of King Oedipus, is brought to life. Creon, her uncle, issues an edict that no one shall bury Antigone's brother Polynices because of his attempt to destroy the state. The punishment for breaking the law is death. Antigone's defiance of this law is due to her great devotion to religious law and her allegiance to the dead. In her calm defiance of Creon, she is the symbol of rebellion. The conflict between human law and divine law causes the tragedy. Creon bears the burden of age, wisdom, and public responsibility, while Antigone is young, idealistic, rebellious and non-conformist. $10 General Admission/$5 Students and Seniors
The ultimate coming-of-age story: UMass Theater presents Orlando, a play about knowing where you belong in the world
by Sarah Ruhl, adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf
Directed by Iris Sowlat
Nov. 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 at 2 p.m.
School matinee Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.
The Rand Theater, Bromery Center for the Arts
$15 general admission, $5 students and seniors
Tickets sold through the Fine Arts Center Box Office (call 1-800-999-UMAS or visit the website).
When we first meet Orlando in the play of the same name, they're a charismatic British noble, sumptuously costumed and part of glittering Renaissance society. They soon become Queen Elizabeth I's lover. Commanded by the monarch to stay forever young, Orlando travels around the world and through five centuries on a journey to understand who they really are, encountering fascinating people in gorgeous locales in a UMass Theater production described by its director Iris Sowlat as a "visual feast."
Originally written by Virginia Woolf as a playful, magical-realist tribute to her lover Vita Sackville-West, Orlando was adapted for the stage by Sarah Ruhl. UMass Theater's production runs Nov. 11-19 in the Rand Theater, with tickets on sale now through the Fine Arts Center Box Office. It's the third entry in a season that marks the 50th anniversary since the department's founding.
Orlando's journey, through relationships and exploring their own gender, is an expression of "queer joy," said Sowlat, who, along with many members of the cast and production team, identifies as queer, bringing an authentic perspective to the material.
"It's an optimistic story that's about people who happen to be queer, being joyful and being exceptional," Sowlat added. "I also see it as the ultimate coming of age story."
Dramaturg Percival Hornak agreed. "This is a story about self-actualization. It's a story about feeling like you are finally able to live in the world because you understand who you are and where you belong in it."
It's also a story told with great visual verve. Costume designer Emily Peck has created a wardrobe of vibrant, glorious looks for Orlando and the rest of the cast. Scenic designer Drishti Chauhan's monumental set is based around the oak tree that Orlando comes back to time and time again during their life, transformed magnificently by the skillful lighting of Hyejung Kang. Undergrad Darrow Sherman rounds out the team with a beautiful sound design.
Purchase your tickets now and to be part of Orlando's journey of self-discovery!
the Drama Studio
A Wrinkle in Time by Morgan Gould, adapted from the novel by Madeleine L'Engle
41 OAKLAND STREET, SPRINGFIELD, MA, 01108
November 11th-13th & 18th-20th at 7:30 PM
One of literature's most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, joins forces with Mrs Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O'Keefe, and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. In the end, we know two things for sure: 1. Love CAN overcome evil, and 2. There IS such a thing as a tesseract.
Wilbraham United Players
ON GOLDEN POND November 11, 12, 18 & 19 at 7:30pm; November 13 & 20 at 2:30pm
Fellowship Hall Stage at Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main St, Wilbraham, MA 01095
Loveable curmudgeon Norman Thayer is as tart tongued as ever. His spirited wife, Ethel, delights in all the small things that have enriched their lives. Together, they are returning to their summer home on the lake for the forty eighth year and are soon visited by their adult daughter, her uptight fiance and his rebellious teenage son. ON GOLDEN POND
Join the Wilbraham United Players as they take the stage in Ernest Thompson’s heartwarming drama ON GOLDEN POND November 11,12,13 and 18,19,20.
The production is being performed on the Fellowship Hall Stage at the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main Street Wilbraham MA 01095
Tickets can be purchased in advance on the Players website - www.wilbrahamunitedplayers.org.
Premium seats are $27 and General seating is $22. There is a discount for Seniors and Students.is a heartwarming story about revisiting the past and forging new bonds across generations. This story remains an inspiring celebration of the challenges that we all face and the ultimate triumphs of love, life and family.
Springfield College Theater
"The Taming" Nov 11 at 7:30 pm, Nov 12 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm, and Nov 13 at 2:00 pm
Fuller Arts Center, Springfield College Campus
In this hilarious, raucous, all-female “power-play” inspired by Shakespeare’s Shrew, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator’s aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip.
Here’s lookin’ at you, America.
Happier Valley Comedy
2nd Saturdays Presents: Longform Improvisation November 12 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (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.
Up: One Man's Journey to Feminism - An Autobiographical Play in Support of Gender Equality
Sunday Nov. 13, 20, 27, 2:45pm
Happier Valley Comedy, 1 Mill Valley Rd, Hadley, MA.
What does it take for a man to become a feminist—and why does it matter? In seven diverse and poignant vignettes from his own life, Peter Pruyn (“prine”), a trauma therapist who works with female survivors, takes us on his journey, including the experiences of attending an all-boys primary school, being the only man in a Women’s Studies class, flying as a pilot in Alaska, interviewing at the trauma unit of a psych hospital, and working in a methadone clinic—culminating in a personal reflection on male privilege as a fundamental barrier to social change. Along the way, Peter accompanies himself with improvised piano. Each performance is followed by a period of audience reflections.
A portion of proceeds will be donated to I Have The Right To, a non-profit organization that supports assault survivors and their families.
Happier Valley Comedy
Happier Family Comedy Show November 19 at 3:00 PM
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W. Bay Rd, Amherst, MA)
A high-energy interactive improv comedy show, perfect for 5-13 year olds and their adults. Third Saturday of every month at 3pm at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (125 W. Bay Rd. Amherst). Tickets: $5/child, $10/adult, 4 and under/free.
Happier Valley Comedy
HVC Presents: Not In Charge! November 19 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (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.
Happier Valley Comedy
The Happier Valley Championship November 26 at 7:00 PM
Happier Valley Comedy Theater (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.
Silverthorne Theater Company
Auditions, INTIMATE APPAREL, by Lynn Nottage
November 12 at 1:00 PM
Studio 204, UMassAmherst Theater Department, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst
Silverthorne Theater Company announced today that open auditions for its 2022-23 Season show, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel, will be on Saturday, November 12, at UMass Amherst Theater Department, Studio 204 in the Fine Arts Center, 151 Presidents Drive, Amherst. The show runs from March 10 through 17, 2023. Jasmine Brooks directs.
Audition slots are available from 1-5 pm. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, November 13, from 1-4pm, also in Studio 204 at UMass. To reserve a slot, call 413-768-7514, or send your request to email@example.com. Auditioners are asked to submit recent headshots and current resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. Video submissions will be considered if received by Friday, November 11. Anyone submitting a video would need to be available for the Sunday callbacks. Proof of vaccination against Covid-19 is required for all auditioners. Call 413-768-7514 or go to silverthornetheater.org for more details.
About the Director:
Jasmine Brooks is a Boston-based director and producer. She has previously worked at Company One Theatre as the Artistic Associate and NNPN Producer in Residence. as a director and producer. She recently served as Assistant Director for A.R.T.’s production of Anna Deavere Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 and is currently Associate Director for The Huntington’s production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone in October. Her work has been centered on being a fierce advocate for marginalized communities and celebrating black joy.
About The Play:
The time is 1905, the place New York City, where Esther, a black seamstress, lives in a boarding house for women and sews intimate apparel for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Her skills and discretion are much in demand, and she has managed to stuff a goodly sum of money into her quilt over the years. One by one, the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, but Esther remains, lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Her plan is to find the right man and use the money she’s saved to open a beauty parlor where black women will be treated as royally as the white women she sews for.
By way of a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man named George who is working on the Panama Canal. Being illiterate, Esther has one of her patrons respond to the letters, and over time the correspondence becomes increasingly intimate until George persuades her that they should marry, sight unseen. Meanwhile, Esther’s heart seems to lie with the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, and his heart with her, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them both, and Esther consents to marry George.
When George arrives in New York, however, he turns out not to be the man his letters painted him to be, and he absconds with Esther’s savings, frittering it away on whores and liquor. Deeply wounded by the betrayal, but somehow unbroken, Esther returns to the boarding house determined to use her gifted hands and her sewing machine to refashion her dreams and make them anew from the whole cloth of her life’s experiences.
ESTHER, African-American, early 30’s to early 40’s, A seamstress in New York City who makes her living sewing intimate apparel for clients ranging from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. She is described by herself and others as being a plain and unattractive woman. Note: this role includes on stage intimacy.
MRS DICKSON, African-American, 50’s or 60’s, owner of the boarding house where Esther lives.
MRS VAN BUREN, white, American, early 30’s to early 40’s, wealthy woman who lives on Fifth Avenue and is a client of Esther’s Note: this role includes on stage intimacy
MR MARKS, Romanian Orthodox Jewish immigrant, early 30’s to early 40’s, A fabric salesman who regards Esther as his favorite customer and is devout to his religion
MAYME, African-American, late 20’s to late 30’s, a prostitute who lives in the Tenderloin District, and a friend and customer to Esther. She is also a talented piano player. Note: The character plays the piano (not required, but please let us know if you do play piano), this role includes on stage intimacy
GEORGE, Barbadian immigrant, early 30’s to mid 40’s, A man who works on the Panama Canal and writes letters to Esther. Note: this role includes on stage intimacy
What to prepare:
Please bring a headshot and resume, and prepare a monologue up to 90 seconds
Smith College Theatre
AUDITIONS: My H8 Letter to the GR8 American Theatre
written and directed by Diana Oh '08
WASSSSUPPPP PARTY PPL!!! IMBIBING FOR MY H8 Letter to the Gr8 American Theatre
THE PROCESS will be: AWESOME, A PARTY, A HEART-CENTERED ROCK OUT, A JUICY SOUL MISSION, A SENSITIVE SPACESHIP, queer futurity now. Looking to build a community/familee of Artists, and not just a company of Actors. Searching for your authentic and full self. May this process be a healing, invigorating, and empowering one. If you read this play and it sends your heart ablaze and relief through your bombastic bones: THEN THIS ROOM WANTS YOU. If you do not like laughter or tears, or a sick beat, or immigrants or qtbipoc or folx of different access needs crushing life: this room probably isn’t for you. My Service Dogs will definitely come to some rehearsals. And the first rehearsal will be a potluck. A piece of Art made by queer and trans, folx of color, and allies.
Looking for Performers of all kinds with things like: weird hobbies and side gigs. Musicians, Knitters, DJ’s, Future Burlesque Stars, Performance Artists, People Who’ve Never Acted Before but Whose Friends Are Always Telling Them THEY ARE HILARIOUS, Actors who are SICK OF THE BULLSH*T, white allies who have read White Fragility and who are on the right side (aka the fun side) of history, Dancers, Wild Thinkers, Lewk Slayers, Asian Americans, African-Americans, Latinx, Indigenous, Queer Folx, Trans Folx, multi-lingual folx, white allies, Queer Elders, Performers who don’t speak English as a first language.
About My H8 Letter to the Gr8 American Theatre: There is a before and after this play and liberation is on the other side of it.
For Auditions: auditions are trash and are the worst and I want to make art with people who are cool, funny, and have awesome moral compassses. Read the Play: and choose whatever excerpt you want to bring in to read from the play and share with us – if it’s a scene: ask your friends to do it with you, or we will read it with you in the room: make the room your own, yay!!! and share yourself: DON’T BE NERVOUS!!! Love side gig/skillz/talents too! (i.e. I’m hilarious, I write songs, play trumpet, bake tofu, know ASL, am a novice at Dance Dance Revolution). This play is a malleable one: it will morph to honor the performers, ages, abilities, and identities in the room.
Don’t worry too much about the Track Breakdown - let us figure out that math.
Auditions: Sunday, November 13 and Monday, November 14,
Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA Please let us know if you are interested but unable to make either date.
Callbacks will be on Tuesday, November 15, 7:00-9:00 PM
Begin January 9, 2023. Exact schedule TBD. We typically rehearse 5 days per week.
February 24, 25, March 2, 3, 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
No appointment necessary. No preparation required, but auditioners are encouraged to choose a portion of the script that appeals to them. Perusal script available at this link. Sides from the script will be available at the audition and here.
Now in its 3rd decade of promoting performing arts in the Pioneer Valley, In the Spotlight seeks 3 additional writers with backgrounds in theatre, musical theatre, classical music, and contemporary/ethnic music. In the Spotlight began as a free monthly newspaper in 50 cities in MA running 15 years, onto Bravo-on-the-Air weekly radio interview program, then to the Web. The following are basic rules for reviews, previews, feature stories, and interviews.
Qualifications: Know your subject matter, strict attention to deadlines, represent In the Spotlight in a professional manner, write well although getting out the word in a timely manner may have to supersede placing of a comma correctly.
Unfortunately, none of us are paid. Your compensation includes your byline, 2 free tix to each show that you review/preview, and the good feeling that you are helping the arts and patrons of the arts in our community.
1) As editor, I assign plays/music/dance/etc. to writers who know these particular genres. 2) If you have interest in an upcoming production and wish to review, let me know. However, avoid any conflict of interest. 3) DEADLINES: crucial! If you review an event that runs one weekend only, the review must be sent to me by the next morning/early afternoon so it can be posted immediately. 4) If the run of the show is two or more days, please send the review to me within 2 days. 5) In addition to myself, reviews will be checked by our website manager. 6) VERY IMPORTANT: spell the names of people correctly and consistency. 7) Once the review is sent to me, barring something that is unforgivable, the piece will not be returned to the writer and/or the venue covered in the review. This has been standard newswriting for decades. 8) Note the heading format on past reviews and use that as your guide. 9) If at all possible, provide a photo and cutline. 10) You have the right to refuse to write about something/someone. I only ask that tell me up front so I can assign someone else. 11) Never take it upon yourself to give the tix to a person who you know and ask them to write for you.
1) If you are sick, broke a leg, bad weather, call me. Can't reach me? Call the venue to sell your tix.
2) NEVER tell the reader the end or climax of the show. Writers do this! What are they thinking?
3) NEVER say anything negative about children. If the kid performers aren't good, simply omit them.
4) YOU CAN be critical, not brutally honest about community productions. Never attach any one person.
5) ONLY one space after each form of punctuation ending a sentence; this is correct newspaper format.
6) No plagiarism allowed. If you use a quote, then give proper credit where credit is due.
Contact me with questions or send 2 writing samples. We seek diversity in age, race, color; we want a variety of perspectives.
Shera Cohen, In the Spotlight, Inc. email@example.com