Here’s a sampling of music, theatre and dance happenings in and around the Berkshires this month. And other things to do, too, like buying spring plants, a fundraiser for theatre apprentices and film screenings and talkbacks.
May 1-3 Williams College Cap and Bells: Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’
Directed by Quinn Solfisburg ’14
It is 1809 in a British manor house, and precocious teenager Thomasina Coverly is far more interested in sex scandals than completing her studies of Fermat’s Last Theorem. Now fast-forward two centuries, when brilliant feminist scholar, Hannah Jarvis, investigates the life of a hermit who once lived at the manor. As the Tom Stoppard play slides between past and present, the truth of what happened in Thomasina’s lifetime begins to unravel. Fiery romance, the fluidity of time, and the tragedies that often befall the most powerful minds among us, all converge in Tom Stoppard’s intelligent, humorous and touching masterpiece. May 1-3 at 7:30 PM Tickets go to 62center.williams.edu/events/cap-bells/ $5 /$3 Students.
May 1 – Holly Hardman Documentary at Mass MoCA in North Adams
Williamstown native and filmmaker Holly Hardman crafts an authentic and complex portrayal of a sect of Americans seeing signs of the rapture or End of Times, in her insightful documentary Good People Go to Hell, Saved People Go to Heaven, screening on Thursday, May 1, at 7:30pm, in MASS MoCA’s Club B-10. Good People Go to Hell is the fifth film of five films screening in MASS MoCA’s God is Where? film series. Tickets are $9 general admission and $5 for students. All screenings in the series begin at 7:30pm and are followed by a Q+A session. Tickets can be charged by phone by calling 413.662.2111 x1 during box office hours or purchased online at massmoca.org.
May 1 – Spectrum Playhouse in Lee – Festival of Short Films
The 5th Bi-Annual Berkshire Shorts Film Festival returns to the Spectrum Playhouse on Friday, May 2nd at 8pm! The Festival is a night of local and independent films made by up-and-coming filmmakers, students, and animators. The festival is free to attend, free to submit, and open to the public. Don’t miss this fantastic chance to see new cinematic works from right in Berkshire County! Generously sponsored by the Toole Agency and Cutting Edge Video. Free with donation of $10 Spectrum Playhouse, 20 Franklin St, Lee, MA 01238 413.329.5023