The Making of a Great Moment opens at Chester tonight, kicking off their summer season. Also this weekend: The View UpStairs at 33 Hawley St, presented by K & E Theater Group. And it's audition weekend for God of Carnage in Turner's Falls.
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Rosalba Rolón is the co-founder of Pregones and artistic director of Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater (PRTT). She spearheads the sustained development of the company’s acting and music ensemble, creative methodology, and original repertory. Originally from Puerto Rico, Rolón came to New York for her studies and found community and her artistic home in the city. Eric Swartz is a queer Salvadoran American theatermaker from Washington, DC (Piscataway) and currently based in Los Angeles, CA (Tongva) where he is an MFA Directing candidate in the School for Theater, Film, and Television at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Both artists have spent many years advocating and making space for their cultural identities to be represented on and off stage. Their conversation is a reminder of the world many Latinx artists have had to imagine themselves and others in—the world they have created the spaces for.
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K and E Theater Group Presents The View UpStairs at Northampton Center for the Arts, June 22-25, 2023 for 5 Performances Only!
K and E Theater Group presents the Off-Broadway hit The View UpStairs, by Tony Award Nominee Max Vernon, June 22-25, 2023. This show marks a second production in their Coming Out with Pride series, presented annually in June celebrating queer-forward stories.
When Wes, a young fashion designer from 2023, buys an abandoned building in the French Quarter of New Orleans, he finds himself transported to the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant seventies gay bar. As this forgotten community comes to life, Wes embarks on an exhilarating journey of self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. This smash hit features a gritty, glam rock score and a tight-knit ensemble of unforgettable characters. The View UpStairs asks what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.
The real UpStairs Lounge was a beacon for those living covertly queer in New Orleans. “The bar, like the show, is about community, and that the shared experience that gay people lived in the 1970s brought them together,” said KETG Artistic Director Eddie Zitka, said of the show. “With that, also comes joy, and optimism for humanity. However, we also eventually realize that in today’s reality, our community has never been more fractured,” adds Ken Comia, Vice President and Co-Founder of K and E Theater Group.
K and E Theater Group’s production of The View UpStairs features Zach Bakken as Cop, Michael Garcia as Freddy, Eric Macksoud as Dale, Christopher Morey as Richard, Aileen Merino Terzi as Inez, Raven Turner as Henri, David Wallace as Buddy, David Webber as Patrick, Robert J. Williams as Willie, and Eddie Zitka as Wes. Andre Ruiz serves as Stage Manager. The band is led by musical director Benjamin Maniscalchi.
Thursday, June 22, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Friday, June 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, June 24, 2023 at 2:00 PM* and 7:30 PM
The closing performance is scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 2:00 PM.
*Face coverings required at this performance.
All performances are at Northampton Center for the Arts, located at 33 Hawley Street in Northampton, Massachusetts. Tickets are $27.00 and seating is general admission.
This production contains mature themes, explicit language, and strong sexual content. Stage effects include strobes and bright moving lights. Parental guidance is suggested.
The health and safety of our audience and all volunteers is our top priority. Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth will be required at the Saturday, June 24, 2023 matinee show. For all other performances, face coverings are strongly recommended, but optional.
This production is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Northampton Arts Council.
Tickets and performance information for The View UpStairs are available at www.KETG.org.
Great Barrington Public Theater set to stage the American premiere ofThe Stones, a mind-twisting gothic mystery, with Ryan Winkles in a solo performance as the haunted school teacher Nick, directed by Michelle Joyner.
After a strange epiphany, Nick leaves his job as a school teacher and breaks up with his long-term boyfriend. A reconnection with an old flame-- from whom he's kept a long-buried secret--leads to a job at a countryside estate as tutor to two beguiling young children. In his uprooted situation, the job, setting and family seem too good to be true... until ordinary stones begin to materialize around him. A fascinating, ominous mystery unfolds. Reality splinters into historical illusions with the stones as witnesses of the human record, leaving Nick and his audience to riddle: Who among us is deluded and anesthetized by modern contentment? Who is crippled by guilt and revenge--both personal and collective? And finally: How do we navigate and survive our murky, threatened future?
Brookman is a daring, gifted writer making a name in British theater circles. The GB Public’s production of The Stones pairs Ryan Winkles, one of the Berkshires’ finest actors, with consummate storytelling director Michelle Joyner, who saw The Stones at the 2022 Edinburgh festival. She was taken by the story’s contemporary voice, sensibilities and moody atmosphere and describes itas, “A very of-the-moment tale that makes you want to pull your chair closer to the fire and listen. The pacing is tense, the mood darkly comic and spellbinding.”
The Stones plays June 15-July 2, Thurs.- Sat., 7:30pm, Sat. and Sun., 3pm, in the Liebowitz black box theater, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA 01230. More information can be found on the GBPT website and on Facebook. Tickets to performances are affordable to all, between $25 and $50, and are available on the website and by phone 413-372-1980, or GBPTboxoffice@gmail.com.
New play fest at The LAVA Center concludes with As We Were: Nine Days in October by Jan Maher
Friday and Saturday, June 23 and 24, 7 p.m.; also available online on-demand for 2 weeks (for online access, select the Thursday date when purchasing tickets)\The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., Greenfield
$5–15 sliding scale - purchase tickets
The LAVA Center’s festival of new play readings by local playwrights, “On the Boards,” concludes this weekend with performances of As We Were: Nine Days in October by Jan Maher.
For the past few months, LAVA hosted a theater incubation series, in which six local playwrights workshopped and developed new plays. Now they’re ready for an audience! Get a glimpse into the process of making theater, in this festival of staged readings of new works in many stages of development.
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.
As We Were will be performed by Alana Blake, Joe Doyle, Rebecca Hicks, Penney Hulten, Jayse Matrishon, E.C. Piper, Zac Poulin, Will Quale, Seth Rosenbaum, Kiersten Samalis and Clara Witty.
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. “1962 was a cusp year,” she notes. “We entered college that year at the tail end of the conforming Fifties, and emerged as the cutting edge of the legendary Sixties. The complacency of the Eisenhower years were behind us, and political assassinations, liberation movements, hippies, Yippies, massive demonstrations and massive concerts were yet to fully manifest.”
Audiences are invited to stay for post-play discussions, led on Friday night by Pat Hynes, of Traprock Center for Peace and Justice and on Saturday night by Doug Selwyn, LAVA Board President.
Come to a reading of the updated version of Lindy Whiton’s play reading, Every Moment of Every Day. First read at The LAVA Center in April 2022, Every Moment of Every Day tells the story of women who gave their babies up for adoption. The play explores the story of adoption from the rarely seen side of the original mother. This year’s adaptation includes Whiton’s story.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council provided Whiton with funds to create a video of the reading to be used to take to conferences and other events. This will provide a way to increase the public’s understanding of original mothers’ stories and bring this perspective or lens to the adoption triad narrative.
Every Moment of Every Day will be performed Penney Hulten, Patricia Williams, Rebecca Hicks, Jovonna Van Pelt, Christy Grecsek, Trouble Mandeson, Rebecca Mandel and Candace Curran; directed by Lindy Whiton; with videography by Elias Neijens. Illustration by EJ Worth.
Available Potential Enterprises, Ltd.
by No Theater
July 6-22, 2023, 8:00pm
A.P.E., 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060
No Theater celebrates its 50th anniversary this summer with performances of its most recent production LET GO. Based in Northampton MA, No Theater performs its original works around the world, and locally alongside productions of plays by such diverse writers as Shakespeare, Chekhov, Čapek, Gogol, Williams, Kroetz, Albee, and Martin McDonagh.
“The best-kept secret in experimental theater” (National Public Radio)
LET GO, a short, adult comedy about love, death and a pile of papers, is performed by No Theater veterans Roy Faudree and Jane Karakula with video by Nick Verdi. No Theater presented 6 workshop showings of LET GO last summer.
Auditions for "God of Carnage"
June 25 at 7:00 PM
Ja'Duke Performing Arts Center, Industrial Blvd, Turners Falls MA
The Ja’Duke Theater in Turners Falls announces auditions for God of Carnage, by Yasmina Reza. Sunday June 25th, and Tuesday June 27th. 7pm both nights. At the Ja’Duke Theater, Industrial Blvd. in Turners Falls.
Show dates are October 13th, 20th and 21st at 7pm. And October 15th and 22nd at 2pm.
Directed by Nick de Ruiter.
Described as “A comedy of manners… without the manners,” God of Carnage revolves around two married couples meeting to discuss a fight their 11-year-old sons had at a playground.
There are four adult roles. Age is not important, as long as the performer appears old enough to have an 11-year-old child.
Please prepare a brief monologue (3 minutes or less). It does not have to be memorized. Auditioners might also be paired or grouped to read from the script together.
If you have any questions, email email@example.com
Oversee the overall day to day operations of the box office from the daily sales and office hours to scheduling student staff for daytime and evening operations. The Box Office Manager will ensure a hospitable, smooth and efficient operation. Responsible for programming and monitoring the ticketing system, tracking daily sales and deposits, ticket account management and fulfillment, supervising and directing student staff and volunteers, and troubleshooting in difficult situations. Work closely with Theatre and Dance department staff, SmithArts Publicity Manager, and the Director of the Smith Office for the Arts. Leads by example at all times and provides the highest level of customer service to all guests, vendors and clients. Provide box office expertise and conduct research to help build a more expansive box office model for future years, serving diverse departments and partners across the Arts at Smith.
This role would be a 2-year fixed-term part-time benefits eligible role from September 2023-May 2025.
UMass FAC hiring Technical Assistant III
The Technical Assistant III oversees all operations in the lighting department, supervises lighting and related electrical aspects of productions with Fine Arts Center including outdoor, hybrid, virtual, rental and on/off campus events, assists in general production duties and supervises student and professional crew members in these activities.
Coordinates lighting and production planning with visiting professional and student production companies, designs, adapts or implements lighting plans for all stage productions and supervises the hanging and focus of stage lights and operation of lighting control consoles.
Repairs and provides preventative maintenance for stage lighting and related electrical equipment, responds to lighting and electrical problems occurring during productions and makes recommendations on major repair of lighting and on new equipment acquisitions.
Creates and maintains all lighting records including but not limited to detailing current lighting positions, circuit, focus, purpose and rentals. Manages and maintains all lighting inventories. Tracks electrical expenses for events from pre-production through post-production.
Trains and supervises student work crews in the performance of lighting and general stage production duties. Works collaboratively with touring technical production personnel and also supervises professional and union crew members.
Assists in general stage management duties, supervision of load-in, set-up, dismantling, and load-out of touring productions and securing of the performance area before and after production. Works with Production Manager to advance all events. Assists AV Head with technical projection and camera needs.
The Marketing and Development Manager provides administrative support under the supervision of the Executive Director for the annual marketing and development plans that will achieve the programming and fundraising goals of the Academy.
Essential Functions and Major Responsibilities:
· Partner with the Executive Director, Theater Manager and Development committee on fundraising events. Coordinate and help manage fundraising events.
· Acknowledge sponsors and oversee their sponsor packet opportunities.
· Coordinate direct mail campaigns. Responsible for mailings, acknowledgements, and tax-receipts.
· Manage and update accurate records of donors and prospects in Spektrix database and match against QuickBooks account. Enter contact reports of all visits, significant telephone conversations, letters and correspondence, gift solicitations, and other communications with donors.
· Identify, solicit, and manage a portfolio of advertisers for annual program guide. Design and create annual program guide and inserts.
· Create all print and electronic marketing and communication materials for Academy programs, including social and digital media.
· Schedule radio and television interviews for Academy productions
· Attend Development Committee Meetings.
· Any other tasks assigned by Executive Director
Specific Job Skills:
· Excellent writing and speaking skills.
· Excellent time management and organizational skills.
· Strong knowledge of and experience working with donor and graphic design software programs.
· Strong personal interest in the performing arts.
· Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
· Ability to lift 30 lbs.
· Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent required.
· Three years experience in development and marketing or related field.
How To Apply:
Please send résumé to Executive Director Debra J'Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 22, 2023 Salary:
$50,000 / Per year About this Organization:
The Academy of Music Theatre is an 816 seat non-profit performing arts center located in the beautiful college town of Northampton, Massachusetts.
Summer Young Company is designed for young actors who wish to engage deeply with Shakespeare’s work through a more rigorous exploration of text, introductory voice, movement, ensemble building, and more. It's an extension of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, Spring Young Company, and Riotous Company programs, and is ideal for local participants or those with access to local housing or personal transportation to/from local rehearsal spaces.
The program runs Monday through Friday, 9am – 3:30pm, with a break for lunch. Mornings are set aside for classes, while the afternoon is dedicated to creating and rehearsing.
Final performances are Friday, July 28 at The Dell at The Mount, Edith Wharton's home, and Saturday, July 29 at Shakespeare & Company’s Rose Footprint Theatre.
To learn more or to schedule an audition, contact Education Programs Manager Meg Marchione at email@example.com or (413) 637-1199 ext. 172.
This new entry-level position at the Majestic Theater is our attempt to combine two part-time jobs into one full-time job with the following responsibilities:
Assist the Majestic’s Technical Director with the construction and installation of five season productions' sets and various other theatrical projects. Basic carpentry skills required, tools will be provided, and building techniques unique to the theater will be taught.
Provide basic maintenance, cleaning and snow shoveling of the Majestic Theater’s three buildings (theater, shop/rehearsal, and actor house). Coordinate sub-contractors providing any maintenance services related to electrical, plumbing or HVAC. Help to support and supply the Majestic Café’s operation.
The time spent on these two tasks will be determined by the Majestic’s production schedule. Candidates for this position should be upbeat, and willing to join a team that will work together to get the job done! There will be the opportunity to learn about many aspects of the theater.
Compensation will be hourly with an average week being 40 hours. During weeks that season production sets are being installed at the Majestic Theater the work hours will increase. The pay rate will be $16 to $19 per hour depending upon past experience and skills, with benefits to be reviewed. Valid driver’s license required. The Majestic Theater is an inclusive employer.
Ghost Light Theater
Auditions for Ghost Light Theater's LIZZIE!!
July 9 and 10 at 6:00 PM
Gateway City Arts - 92 Race St. in Holyoke
Ghost Light Theater announces auditions for LIZZIE!!!
Music by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Alan Stevens Hewitt, Lyrics by Steven Cheslik-deMeyer and Tim Maner & Book by Tim Maner
Directed by Kevin Tracy
Music Direction by Sarah Puckett
Choreography by Sarah Devine
On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend.
LIZZIE is four women fronting a six-piece rock band. LIZZIE is rage, sex, betrayal, and bloody murder. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score.
Please be advised that this production contains adult subject matter - some of a violent and sexual nature.
Auditions will take place July 9 & 10th at 6:00 PM at Gateway City Arts - 92 Race St. in Holyoke.
Call backs are by invitation only.
Please prepare 32 bars of a rock song - you can bring sheet music for accompaniment or bring a backing track to play over Bluetooth. You will be asked to read from the script and participate in a short dance call.
Rehearsals begin once weekly or bi-weekly starting in mid-July with a regular rehearsal schedule starting in September.
Performances are November 3, 4**, 9, 10 & 11 at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke.
**2 show day
LIZZIE BORDEN: Lead, Female identifying, 20-30
The younger daughter of the Borden household, accused of her father and stepmother’s murders; transforms from broken, fragile, meek, and obedient to strong, self assured, conniving, and terrifying.
Rock mezzo with strong high belt and head voice (High belt: F#3-F#5, Belt to A5)
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
ALICE RUSSELL: Supporting, Female identifying, 20-30
She lives next door to the Bordens and visits Lizzie often; secret, sweet, and sensuous, with a slightly maternal tenderness in her affections for Lizzie.
Pop/rock soprano with strong mix. (High mezzo lyric/mix/belt: G3 with F#3 pick-up – A5 legit soprano)
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
BRIDGET SULLIVAN/MAGGIE: Supporting, Female identifying, 20-35
Speaks and sings with an Irish dialect, traditional Irish lilting to hard rock-n-roll; housemaid to the Borden family; sly, with a dark, dry sense of humor; quick on the uptake. Rock mezzo. (Contralto/low alto: F3 with E3 pick-up)
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
EMMA BORDEN: Supporting, Female Identifying, 30-35
Older sister to Lizzie; resents her father’s second wife and his financial support of her family; commanding, angry, outspoken, and possessive, but also desperately sad. Rock alto/mezzo belt. (Alto/mezzo belt: F#3-D5)
Ethnicity: All Ethnicities
Ghost Light Theater encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities to audition.
LIZZIE is presented by special arrangement with Broadway Licensing, LLC. (www.broadwaylicensing.com)
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.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
Monthly “Puppetry Percolator” workshop series to begin at The LAVA Center
every 4th Thursday, 5–8 p.m.; begins Thursday, June 22, 5–8 p.m
The LAVA Center, 324 Main St., Greenfield More information
The LAVA Center’s Puppetry Percolator, on the 4th Thursday of each month, is an informal exploration of the worldwide art of puppetry. Drop in to examine puppetry’s history and evolution as an art, play with different forms, and workshop simple puppets and performance.
This event series is appropriate for teens and adults. Let’s have some fun! Facilitated by Jovonna Van Pelt, former director of Puppet Showplace Theatre. Donations are welcome.
Community Shakespeare of New England
with Joseph Cardozo and Hilary Dennis
June 13, 20, 27 at 5:00 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts (33 Hawley St), Downstairs
Reading Shakespeare aloud is a very different experience than reading his plays silently in the mind. Shakespeare’s plays were made to be spoken, and this course aims for attendees to experience the plays aurally in new and exciting ways. A great class for those who are new to reading Shakespeare, those who are well-versed in Shakespeare academically but have never tried reading the texts aloud in community, or those who are just curious about acting in general! This class has been very popular and is in its fourth year. This year we are focusing on Twelfth Night.
Tuesdays June 13, 20, and 27, 5pm at Northampton Center for the Arts, FREE to attend. No experience required, experts are welcome, feel free to join even if you missed the first class, we'll catch you up! More info about the course and instructors.
SHAKESPEARE IN TRANSLATION
with Marie Roche
June 15, 22, 29, and July 6
On Zoom, See Website to register
Conversational college-level French is required. The class will be conducted entirely in French. A bilingual text of Twelfth Night/La nuit des rois, ou Ce que vous voudrez, translated by Jean-Michel Déprats, will be provided to attendees.
This class seeks to expose attendees to Shakespeare’s texts in translation. We will read selected passages closely as a group, addressing questions about the role of translation in disseminating Shakespeare’s works. How do we experience the text in another language? What is gained or lost in translation? How do translators choose their words? How can humor be translated?
For those taking this class, it is strongly recommended to also attend Shakespeare Aloud on Mondays (if time permits).
Love Your Voice
Sundays, 12:00-1:30 PM, July 9th-30th
Sanctuary, Thornes Marketplace, 3rd Floor, 150 Main St., Northampton, MA, 01060
Your voice is a powerful tool for connection, yet many of us are disconnected in some way from our vocal power. All of our voices deserve love and care, which in turn helps us to deepen our capacity to be heard, and also to listen. This special series will guide you through gentle and restorative movements and stillnesses, exploring breath and sound using techniques from yoga, speaking, and singing; you will expand your lung capacity, unlock vocal resonance, and connect/reconnect powerfully with your voice. No special skills or previous experience required! Your voice deserves to be loved, exactly as it is.
4-week series. Sundays, 12:00-1:30 PM, July 9th-30th (in-studio only)
Sliding-scale series pricing: $80-130. Suggested price: $90.
*A note regarding accessibility to all Sanctuary offerings:
We have a range of scholarship options available. If the cost of participating is prohibitive, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
General Manager Steve Ball (with dog Willie) leads a two-hour walk through the Company’s stages, artists’ rehearsal studios, costume and prop shops, weapons armory, and more. meeting with some of the artisans involved in creating theater at Shakespeare & Company along the way.
The Summer Season’s Merry Wanderers’ Guided Tours will meet in the lobby of the Tina Packer Playhouse. The first Merry Wanderers’ Guided Tour will be held Thursday, July 6, at 10:30 a.m., followed by:
Thursday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 20, at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, July 27, at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 8, at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 10, at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 17, at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 24, at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 31, at 10:30 a.m.
Each Merry Wanderers’ Guided Tour will admit a maximum of 30 patrons, with tickets costing $15 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets can be reserved at shakespeare.org. For more information, call the Box Office at (413) 637-3353, or email email@example.com.