This is the performance weekend for Easthampton's new theatre company - performing God of Carnage in the Blue Room at CitySpace! And lots of other options too: at GCC, NHS, UMass, and a Barn in Belchertown! Check out the listings below for all the details.
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While Star Finch and Ellen Sebastian Chang officially made each other’s acquaintance in 2016, it wasn’t until 2020’s shelter-in-place that their friendship deepened via monthly phone calls where they spent hours trying to make sense of the state of the world. Now on the cusp of their first collaboration this summer, when Ellen will direct Star’s new play Josephine’s Feast at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, these two creatives sat down for a conversation about the local Bay Area theatre scene’s recent, but long overdue, racial reckoning.
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What: FREE workshop readings of a new play
A special project of The Medical Reserve Corps of Franklin County
When & Where:
Thursday, May 11 at 6:30pm - Greenfield Community College Dining Hall
Wednesday May 24 11am - South County Senior Center, South Deerfield
About the play:
The voices of older adults living in western Massachusetts combine to form the core of this performance experience that reflects the drama, the conflict, the inexplicable, and the (un)reality of adapting to constant change during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These first-person stories– sometimes poignant or sad, sometimes humorous, or joyful - are supplemented by narratives from members of the Medical Reserve Corps and others who worked in hospitals, clinics, and vaccination sites. Together, the stories offer rich insights- and some surprises- into how those of us in rural Massachusetts navigated the unknown territory of a global public health crisis.
A talkback after each workshop reading will provide an opportunity for the audience to respond to the production and contribute their insights towards the further development of the project.
This performance is co-sponsored by Greenfield Community College’s Department of Community Engagement and the Franklin Medical Reserve Corps. This program is supported in part by grants from the Buckland, Deerfield, Greenfield, and Sunderland local cultural councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Franklin Medical Reserve Corps partnered with Greenfield Community College’s Department of Community Engagement to interview and record the oral histories of 27 older adults in our area. These recordings are archived in Digital Commonwealth, a digital archive managed by the Boston Public Library. -----------
Producers: Corinne McKeown, Director of the Medical Reserve Corps of Franklin/Berkshire County; Carmela Lanza-Weil, MRC Special Projects Consultant
Interviews conducted by Denise Schwartz and Craig Clemow
Written & directed by Carmela Lanza-Weil
Dramaturg/Script Consultant - Rebecca Daniels
Featuring: Jane Barish, Amanda Bowman, Marina Goldman, John Reese, Tricia Yacovone-Biagi with additional assistance from Eve Brown-Waite and Judith Sharp.
Northampton High School
May 11 at 6:30 PM
Northampton High School
Funky-Tones Returns! Join NHS’s improv troupe, Funktionlust and acapella group The Northamptones
In the high school auditorium on May 4th! Each group with perform with a Jam at the end. The show is family friendly! Suggested donation of $5 to raise money for the music Dept.
Easthampton Theater Company
God of Carnage May 11, 12, 13 at 7:30PM and May 14th at 2PM
CitySpace Blue Room, Old Town Hall, 243 Main Street, Easthampton, MA
Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage comes to Easthampton! Directed by Michael O. Budnick working with a multitalented production team, this dark comedy explores tensions underlying the thin veneer of civilized behavior.
Set in a Brooklyn apartment, "God of Carnage" follows two sets of parents who meet to discuss a playground altercation between their children. As the afternoon progresses, the polite facade of social etiquette quickly breaks down, revealing more primal instincts. What starts as a civilized conversation quickly devolves into a chaotic and hilarious battle of egos and emotions.
With great wit, biting social commentary, and a little chaos, we watch each character descend into their worst impulses. Originally written in French and translated into English by Christopher Hampton, "God of Carnage" has been performed to critical acclaim in theaters around the world. The play won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
The play will be performed in the newly renovated Blue Room of the Old Town Hall, which is the first phase of an expansive revitalization that will give rise to an exciting new arts and performance space in Easthampton.
Silverthorne Theater Company
Born With Teeth
May 11 at 7:30 PM
The Barn Theater, 715 Federal St, Belchertown, MA 01007
Silverthorne Theater Company presents a staged reading of local playwright Liz Duffy Adams’ award-winning play, Born With Teeth. Directed by Brianna Sloane, the reading will take place at 7:30pm on Thursday, May 11th, 2023 at the Barn Theater in Belchertown as part of Silverthorne’s free Theater Thursdays reading series. The reading features Valley favorites Myka Plunkett as Kit Marlowe and Tracy Einstein as William Shakespeare.
An aging ruler, an oppressive police state, a restless polarized people seething with paranoia: it’s a dangerous time for poets. Two of them—the great Kit Marlowe and the up-and-comer Will Shakespeare—meet in the back room of a pub to collaborate on a history play cycle and flirt like young men with everything to lose.
Tickets are free, and Silverthorne welcomes donations so that we can continue making our work accessible to all. Please note: In the best interest of all our patrons and personnel, we are requiring audience members to wear masks while at the performance. Masks will be available at the door.
This reading is made possible by the generous support of the Amherst Cultural Council.
Fringe Fest '23 continues this week, with many more events to come, all free. Check out the schedule and visit the page for details about making reservations for those shows that require it.
The Parable Task
designed by Percival Hornak, Caleb Bailey, Cameron Hoskins, Elie Abramovich, Crow Traphagen, and Luna Barros
Live May 1 - 9 on the UMass campus and over Discord
No reservations required
The Parable Task is an Alternate Reality Game that brings players into the fictional world of Moradna University, where they must join forces with the school newspaper to investigate an increasingly suspicious megacorporation and major funder of the university.
Dear Berenson: Isabella Stewart Gardner and her Museum
written and directed by Ulrika Brand
May 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Room 204, Bromery Center for the Arts
The reading of a work-in-progress, this is a new play set in the late 1880s about the Boston art collector and patron Isabella Stewart Gardner and her working relationship with her art advisor, Bernard Berenson*. This will be an informal event with an opportunity for audience feedback at the end. With Stephanie Carlson, Matthew Suchecki, Rebecca Hicks, Iris Sowlat, Carolyn Cooper, Kimberly Salditt-Poulin, Kitty Ryan, and other actors. (*Characters in the play are based on real historical figures.) Reservations encouraged; please fill out the form at this link.
The Insanity of Mary Girard
directed by Liv Darling
May 17 & 18 at 7 p.m.
Beatrice's Dragon: A Tavern Tale
written and directed by Claudia Maurino
May 19 at 8 p.m. and May 20 at 2 p.m.
Room 413, Bromery Center for the Arts
Reservations strongly encouraged with details TBA
Beatrice's Dragon is a new play that was written by the director in a playwriting class in the fall of 2022. This performance is part of the longer process of new play development and has come about after edits, revisions, and work with a dramaturg. The play tells the story of three women who work at a tavern in a small town and whose once-stagnant lives are changed forever by the discovery of a dragon egg in the middle of the woods. It is a story both magical and quotidian about finding your path and making your choice —with a healthy dose of fairies, ghosts, evil villains, and restaurant drama sprinkled throughout. Fully booked, waitlist at the door.
Dolls of New Albion: A Steampunk Opera
by Paul Shapera
directed by Michael Donnelly
May 20 at 8 p.m., May 21 at 4 p.m.
The Dolls of New Albion is a musical about death, love, obsession, and loneliness. A whirlwind of sound weaving the tale of lost and fabled New Albion, a place full of steampunk whimsy: airships, sentient plants, alchemists, machines of billowing smoke, and Annabel McAlistair, who’s raising up the dead into the titular clockwork dolls. This hectic journey through New Albion, its wonders and its tragedies, shows not only the self-destructive potential of loneliness and obsession, but the reconstructive power of genuine, meaningful human connection.
created by Sophia Schweik
The Arts Bridge, Bromery Center for the Arts
No reservations required
An interactive photography gallery showcasing the diverse coping mechanisms of people within the broader Western Mass community.
by Drishti Chauhan
May 20, 3:30-8 p.m.
The Light Lab, Bromery Center for the Arts
A one-minute lighting installation based on a quote from the book "Hiroshima" by John Hersey. Designed by Drishti Chauhan, voice over by Natasha Hawkins.
BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY COMES HOME TO MAJESTIC THEATER
MAY 11 THROUGH MAY 28
The life story of one of the most influential pioneers of 1950’s rock and roll comes to the Majestic Theater with the return of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story April 13 through May 28. The rock musical by Alan James was the first play presented when the Majestic re-opened to the public in March 1997, and it became an immediate crowd-pleaser.
The play follows the musical path of the young man from Lubbock, Texas who created some of rock’s first big hits including “That’ll Be the Day,” “Rave On,” “Oh Boy,” and “Peggy Sue,” among others featured in the show. Holly led the way in writing and producing his own songs, as well as playing all the instruments with his band, The Crickets. Buddy also features many other hit tunes of the era including “Chantilly Lace” and “La Bamba.”
Cast members include Dan Whelton, Caleb Koval, Shaun O’Keefe, Tina Sparkle, Josh Karam, Jacob Nichols, Chelsea Nectow, Josh Mason, Steve Henderson and Brad Shepard. Producing Director Danny Eaton will direct the play, and Sue Dziura is associate producing director. Music director is Mitch Chakour and Stephen Petit is production stage manager. Set director/technical director is Josiah Durham, and Dawn McKay is costume designer. Dan Rist is lighting designer and sound design is being handled by Doug Wallace.
According to Eaton, “The demand for another presentation of Buddy has never subsided. Over the years our audience members have kept requesting that we present the show again, and we figured it would be a great addition to our 25th Anniversary Season at the Majestic. The show is timeless, the songs are brilliant, and the story of Buddy Holly, one of the most talented and endearing figures in early rock and roll, has touched audiences around the world.”
Ticket prices range from $31 - $37 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.)
Effective March 2023, audience members are encouraged to wear face masks, but they are no longer required at the Majestic. 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
Saturday, May 13th at 6 PM
United Congregational Church
300 Appleton Street
$15 tickets at the door
Supported by the Holyoke Cultural Council!
Mother Tongue is an original multilingual physical theater performance, created by the Performance Project’s First Generation Ensemble. Mother Tongue is inspired by events and stories from Congo/Tanzania, Bhutan/Nepal, South Sudan, Holyoke, and Springfield, Massachusetts. The performance weaves together movement, music, dance, and stories in Arabic, Swahili, Nepali, and English.
The 90 minute piece incorporates themes of language, culture, identity, diaspora, hypermasculinity, transphobia, xenophobia, racism and revolution.
Appropriate for ages 13 and up.
The Hidden Territories of the Bacchae
Directed by Stacy Klein
Co-created with the DE Ensemble
After a sold-out run in 2022, we are happy to bring back The Hidden Territories of the Bacchae. We look forward to sharing a further developed and re-imagined version of this work: our response to Euripides' Bacchae in which women's rites are no longer in hidden territories but freely able to express their deeply held desires.
Mark your calendars and buy your tickets early:
Member tickets* are available from May 8, 2023
General Box Office will open on May 22, 2023
*Double Edge Members are given priority access to our Summer Spectacle tickets and other perks. Interested in finding out more about Membership? Write to Hannah and Carlos at email@example.com or give us a call at 413-628-0277 ext 204.
Shakespeare Stage presents Twelfth Night at the Academy of Music, with performances on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2023, at 7:30 pm.
The show will run for approximately 2.5 hours with a 15 minute intermission. Photography and film are allowed, with no flash.
Set “sometime” in the 1980’s, our production of Twelfth Night will feature original music, lyrics and design composed by Julian Findlay, Artistic Director and Founder of Shakespeare Stage.
Now in its eighth year, Shakespeare Stage offers high quality performances amid an opportunity for actor training and development of the performer, within the community. To that end, our mission remains one of preserving and sharing the rich world of Shakespeare through live performance.
The Academy of Music, with its rich history of live theatrical performance permeating this iconic theatre since the 1890’s, offers Shakespeare Stage an incredible opportunity to perform here in Northampton, Massachusetts. This company, comprised of local actors, is both honored and inspired to present their vision of Twelfth Night for you!
We hope you enjoy the magnificent theatre itself, the cast, the music, the staged movement and each other during our time together tonight!
Festival of new play readings by local playwrights to take place at The LAVA Center in June
On the Boards: a festival of new play readings by local playwrights
Fridays and Saturdays in June, 7 p.m. (see complete schedule below)
The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., Greenfield
The LAVA Center is proud to present “On the Boards,” a festival of new play readings by local playwrights.
For the past few months, LAVA has hosted a theater incubation series, during which six local playwrights have workshopped and developed new plays. Now they’re ready for an audience! Join The LAVA Center and the playwrights (Christine Benvenuto, P. H. Crosby, Nina Gross, Jan Maher, Silvia Martinez-Howard, and John McDonnell Tierney) for a festival of staged readings in June.
An Interview with Archie by John McDonnell Tierney
Friday and Saturday, June 2 and 3, 7 p.m.
Interview with Archie is a new play by John McDonnell Tierney that focuses on two themes — faith and dementia — and yet it is not “about” either. Rather, this play explores the experience of two men-of-the-cloth, one old, one young, with faith and dementia. Archie, a 90 year old retired Catholic Bishop who doesn’t believe Heaven exists, meets Elijah, a 20-year old Evangelical Seminarian whose whole purpose in life is to get to there.
John McDonnell Tierney, aka “Jack McT,” is a composer and playwright with an Off-Broadway track record and numerous plays and musicals in his portfolio. His musical, Humanity’s Child, premiered at the New York Theater Festival and played four weeks at the Players Theatre Off- Broadway in 2019. Extraordinary Hero, Jack’s full-length musical for virtual theater, was streamed on the Rogue Theatre Festival, 2022 and a trio of his comedies will play at the 2023 Festival in July. He is a contributing playwright to several online theater groups and is a director and actor as well. Jack works out of his home studio in Heath, MA where he lives with his wife Patricia and cat Willow.
“Time in Tatters” by Silvia Martinez-Howard
“Inheritance” by Nina Gross
Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, 7 p.m.
“Time in Tatters” by Silvia Martinez-Howard
This is a story of identity, uprooting, exile and traumas of war.
Silvia is a native of Argentina, who produced events for Amnesty International, in honor of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, and to the Minority Task Force on Aids, in New York City. Her eclectic work encompasses poetry, playwriting, ceramic sculpture, photography, textiles and jewelry. She teaches Spanish and loves cooking.
“Inheritance” by Nina Gross
Details to come.
“750%” by Christine Benvenuto
Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” adapted by P. H. Crosby
Friday and Saturday, June 16 and 17, 7 p.m.
“750%” by Christine Benvenuto
A seemingly random encounter on a subway platform brings two people together. As their story unfolds, who they are and who they are to each other, their shared past and separate futures, turn out to be as labile and unstable as the intimate partner violence that has brought them to this moment.
“750%” will be performed by Shannon Chabot and Mary Budzn.
Christine Benvenuto’s plays have been produced by the Boston Theater Marathon, the Sixth Festival in NYC, The Braid in Los Angeles, and online. Her play Bridges was part of The LAVA Center’s social justice series last year. Her play Destination Wedding received its first public reading at LAVA last summer, and its second at Clamour Theater in Northern Florida as part of a playwright’s residency in March. She is the author of two books published by St. Martin’s Press, and her short stories, essays, and articles have appeared in many newspapers, magazines and anthologies.
Melville’s “Bartleby the Scrivener” adapted by P. H. Crosby
Who is Bartleby? Where did he come from? What does he want? The head of a Wall Street law firm in the 1860s wrestles with proper management of his office staff, including a strange newcomer.
“Bartleby the Scrivener” will be performed by Rick Malone, Tracy Trimm, Kevin McVeigh, Becca Mandel and Andra Daunhauer.
P. H. Crosby, a resident of Gill, is a writer of poetry, fiction and drama, published in Changing Men, The Other Side, War, Literature and the Arts (WLA), the Montague Reporter, Sparks of Calliope, Friends Journal, Blue Unicorn and other venues. A short play, “A Change in Climate” was produced online in 2020 by The LAVA Center, where Crosby’s adaptation of George Gissing’s The Odd Women also received a two-part stage reading in 2022 and 2023. Crosby has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Brown University and studied English and Drama at Catholic University and Greenfield Community College.
As We Were: Nine Days in October by Jan Maher
Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 7 p.m.
Over sixty years ago, Bob Dylan recorded his first album, "Rocky and Bullwinkle" dominated Saturday morning television, and the world teetered on the precipice of all out nuclear war.
As We Were: Nine Days in October focuses on the impact of the Cuban Missile Crisis on the lives of ten students on a Midwestern campus. In the lounge of their small college, the students play chess, cards, and guitars; discuss homework, music, and Halloween pranks; flirt and banter. Abruptly, their cocoon is ripped open by JFK’s announcement that the world is on the brink of nuclear war. Each is wrenched into stark confrontations with identity, sexuality, values, mortality, themselves, and each other.
The Cuban Missile Crisis ends a mere nine days after JFK’s speech to the nation, but during that time the students and their world—our world—are forever changed.
Playwright Jan Maher was a freshman in college during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Events depicted are, as they say, “based on a true story,” though Maher freely admits she is primarily a writer of fiction.
On the Boards is made possible by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the local cultural councils of Greenfield, Bernardston, Gill, Leyden, and Northfield.
Leonora, la maga y la maestra
Porsgrunn Internasjonale Teaterfestival June 9 & 10buy tickets here
“… a peek into an expansive world – a hallucinatory, symbol-heavy tour of Carrington’s fervid mind.”– New York Times Critic’s Pick
Inspired by the visual art, writings and life of British-born Mexican artist Leonora Carrington and her mentorship of a long line of male artists, this surreal performance unfolds an encounter between Leonora and Adán (everyman) and portrays the magic, mystery, and humanity found in Carrington’s work.
On both days, critic and author Susanne Christensen will give an introduction to the performance in the foyer. She has written the book Leonora’s Journey, in which she undertakes a journey in Leonora Carrington’s footsteps, to New York, Mexico and California, in search of Carrington’s life and work.
Serious Play Theatre Ensemble is now working with an enthusiastic and most capable Tour Coordinator (recommended by NEFA) who is actively seeking New England colleges & venues interested in presenting MOVING WATER in late fall 2023 through 2024, with timely post-show discussions on rising water and climate change.
To this end, we will be auditioning actors for the roles of LUNA & DREW for our devised collaborative production MOVING WATER-- conceived by Serious Play Ensemble, written by Eric Henry Sanders, and directed by Sheryl Stoodley.
AUDITIONS will be held in our Eastworks Studio (in Easthampton), 116 Pleasant St., on Sunday May 14 & May 21, and will be scheduled between 2pm & 6pm. Additional auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 17 from 6-9pm.
(Seeking non-equity actors.)
Please phone 413-588-7439 to schedule an audition appointment, or for more information on our touring plan & rehearsal schedule.
ROLES OPEN include:
LUNA (25-35 yrs.)- requires an experienced Latinx female actor- fluent in Spanish, with movement (dance) experience- physical theatre acting ability.
DREW- (20-35 yrs.)- requires experienced male actor- some “soft shoe or tap dance” ability helpful, but not necessary.
The Northampton Arts Council is now accepting performer applications for First Night Northampton 2024
On Sunday, December 31, 2023, the Northampton Arts Council will present the 38th annual community New Year’s Eve celebration and festival of performing arts. Since 1985, First Night Northampton has filled our Paradise City with a 12-hour family-friendly festival of the arts, culminating in a traditional ball-raising from the roof of the Hotel Northampton. Proceeds from First Night Northampton will benefit local artists and community arts activities.
We look forward to receiving many proposals and creating a diverse, exciting, family-friendly event. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2023. Proposals are reviewed as they are received, so early applications are recommended. Please submit separate applications for each proposal. Proposals without support materials will not be reviewed. We will be notifying applicants at the end of October. To apply to perform at First Night Northampton 2024, please complete the online application, which can be found at firstnightnorthampton.org. Check out the First Night Northampton 2023 playlist on YouTube.
MAJESTIC THEATER ANNOUNCES AUDITION SCHEDULE FOR 2023-2024 SEASON
Auditions for both Equity and non-Equity performers for roles in the upcoming 2023-2024 Season at the Majestic Theater will be held in June, according to Producing Director Danny Eaton. This will be the 26th Season of performances since the venue was re-opened for live theater in March 1997.
Auditions will be held at the Majestic Theater in West Springfield on the following dates:
Monday, June 5 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Equity Principal Actors only)
Tuesday, June 6 – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Equity Principal Actors only)
Wednesday, June 7 – 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Equity and Non-Equity Actors)
Thursday, June 8 – 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Equity and Non-Equity Actors)
Friday, June 9 - 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. (Equity and Non-Equity Actors)
Saturday, June 10 – 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Equity and Non-Equity Actors)
Equity Principal Actors and Non-Equity Actors will need to schedule their in-person auditions at the Majestic during the allocated times. To book an audition time, performers must call the theater at (413) 747-7797.
An accompanist will be onsite June 5 and 6 for singing auditions. On other audition dates, performers are encouraged to bring an instrumental track to accompany them.
Actors will be auditioned for parts in the following productions: Bright Star (musical) which runs September 7 – October 15, 2023, Moonglow (romantic comedy) which runs October 26 – December 3, 2023, The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) which runs January 4 – February 11, 2024, The Ladyslipper (contemporary drama) February 15 – March 24, 2024, and The Play That Goes Wrong (contemporary farce) April 18 – June 2, 2024. See cast breakdown here.
Non-Equity performers new to the Majestic should prepare a brief monologue of their choice, and bring a picture and resume. They will also be asked to read from prepared script selections.
People auditioning and performing at the Majestic must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Interested in performing at a Play Incubation Salon this year?
We are seeking artists who are interested in sharing 10 minutes or less of a work in progress that has the potential to spark civic dialogue, and for which they desire feedback/input from an audience primarily comprised of other artists. Use this link to our salon submission form where, in addition to sharing information about what you’d like to present, you will be prompted to submit the questions they would like to pose to the audience in advance. The audience will be guided through 10 minutes of feedback where they aim to only answer and address the questions that the presenting artists has asked. There is more detailed information about this on the salon registration page. You can access a video with more details about the salon, as well as a link to the registration form for info about feedback, at www.playincubation.org/salon. If you’d like to view a sample salon, you can do so here!
What can you share in 10 minutes? Here are some examples:
2-3 new songs
A chapter or partial chapter of a novel
A 10 minute scene from a play
A 10 minute scene from a video piece
A dance piece or a 10 minute portion of a dance piece