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The Theater Barn Announces 2016 Season of Shows [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 5th, 2016

Yes, we have been nuts about the songs of Alan Sherman for more than half a century.

Yes, we have been nuts about the songs of Alan Sherman for more than half a century.



By Larry Murray

The Theater Barn in New Lebanon, New York has revealed its choices for its 33rd season, featuring both traditional favorites – an Agatha Christie mystery and a couple of musical chestnuts – and some unexpected fare. One of the most affordable theater experiences in the region, Theater Barn is known for casting local actors along with seasoned professionals from New York, and has blown us away with its high standards more than once. The company continues to offer reasonable ticket prices so that seniors as well as young families can afford to attend their shows.

Here’s what is coming up in 2016. We love all their choices.

Don’t Talk to the Actors

June 24–July 3
This farce has been called “A love song to the theater — laugh out-loud funny, witty and delightful!” A young playwright from Buffalo, NY is suddenly swept up in the whirlwind of New York’s theater scene when his play is optioned for Broadway. He soon finds himself hilariously in over his head dealing with egocentric actors. Don’t talk to the actors, just give them a script and let nature take its course…

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“The Tempest” Comes to Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the Office of Cultural Development, is planning its third annual free outdoor production. For the summer of 2016 the organization has selected The Tempest, Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island. The production, sponsored by local businesses and organizations led by Berkshire Money Management, will be directed by PSP’s artistic director Enrico Spada and will star long-time Berkshire actor Glenn Barrett as the wizard Prospero.

Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest takes place on an island inhabited by spirits and monsters and two humans, cast-offs from society: a wizard and his daughter. It’s the story of the old man’s revenge… or forgiveness. Playing the role of Prospero is Glenn Barrett, a founding member of Berkshire Public Theatre who has also appeared in numerous productions with Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company and Shakespeare & Company.

The Tempest opens on July 21, following that evening’s 3rd Thursday street festival. The production will run Thursdays-Sundays at 8pm for 12 performances, ending on August 7. Admission is free. Performances take place at the First Street Common in Pittsfield, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church.

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Adirondack Theatre Festival Announces 2016 Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Carner & Gregor Cabaret

Sam Carner and Derek Gregor

The Adirondack Theatre Festival has announced its 22nd season – the second for Producing Artistic Director, Chad Rabinovitz, who will again bring an entire season of major new works to ATF including two new musicals, magic cabaret and a play. After a record-breaking season of sold-out performances last year, the 2016 season will expand by one week with performances running from June 21–August 13 at the Wood Theater in Glens Falls.

Tickets: With ATF’s popular Subscription Package, season subscribers can use their tickets for any show, any time. Subscribers can use one ticket for each performance or all tickets for one performance. Ticket reservations can be changed to any performance without any exchange fees. If a subscriber is out of town for a performance, they can see another show twice or give their ticket to a friend. Subscribers also have the opportunity to reserve their favorite seats first before single tickets go on sale on April 1.

Here’s the schedule of shows for ATF’s 2016 season:

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FREE: Clark Art Institute’s “Word Up Family Day” on Sunday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Harris MacDonald will tell his story as an artist and the evolution of his musical style which incorporates rap, blues and dark pop.

Harris MacDonald will tell his story as an artist and the evolution of his musical style which incorporates hip-hop, blues and dark pop.

Unconventional, innovative storytelling — whether verbal, visual, digital or musical — is the theme of “Word Up Family Day” at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown from 1-4pm on Sunday (February 7). All activities are free. And as part of the Clark’s First Sunday Free program, admission to the galleries is free all day as well.

“Word Up Family Day” is a celebration of the artists’ books in the exhibition An Eye for Excellence: Twenty Years of Collecting, explained Ronna Tulgan Ostheimer, director of adult, school and community programs at the Clark. “The library has an incredible collection of these rare works, and it’s exciting to see such unusual, contemporary work in the main galleries,” she said.

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“Facing Our Truth:” An Evening of One-Act Plays Inspired by Trayvon Martin [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Multicultural BRIDGE, WAM Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group and Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker are joining together to present a reading of Facing Our Truth, a collection of six 10-minute plays by Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morrisseau, Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah, Dan O’Brien with Quetzal Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat. Reflecting on race relations in the United States, this collection of one-acts was inspired by events surrounding the Trayvon Martin case. Berkshire Theatre Group hosts the event at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 7:30pm on Saturday (February 6), with a moderated panel and community discussion to follow.

In 2013, the New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. This commission resulted in a collection of one-acts titled Facing Our Truth, which continue to be presented around the country, often around February 5, Trayvon Martin’s birthday. The purpose of Facing Our Truth is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues.

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Celebrating the Work of Zora Neale Hurston [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Zora Neale Hurston fascinates us for many reasons, not the least of which is that she is claimed as part of LGBTQ history. As was common in that era, this basic identity was masked and hidden, and both scholars and journalists are hesitant to make the claim outright for lack of specific attribution. Nevertheless, one only needs to read her work, her hilarious portrait of men and unsparing depiction of the foibles of life as a minority to sense that this was no ordinary daughter of a Baptist minister, but an authentic and rebellious voice that rarely held back. Still it seems the one inhibition she could not overcome was revealing her own basic identity. To me, it is and has always been there, between the lines, for those who know how to parse the truth from literary obfuscation. – Larry Murray

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center and the NYS Writers Institute are pleased to present Eyes on Zora: The Life and Legacy of Zora Neale Hurston, a series of events focusing on the life and work of one of the most important and celebrated figures to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance. Outspoken, spirited and gifted, Hurston (1891-1960) was an anthropologist but is more identified and well-known as a prolific writer, her books defining the black American experience. Famous for her vivacious and unapologetic personality, Hurston wrote works of fiction and folklore which drove forward both the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement.

Ushering in February’s Black History Month, public events take place beginning on Friday (January 29) in various locations both on and beyond the University at Albany campus. The schedule includes:

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Shakespeare & Company Announces Six Plays for 2016 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, January 25th, 2016
Nigel Gore and Ryan Winkles. Photo by Kevin Sprague

Nigel Gore and Ryan Winkles. Photo by Kevin Sprague

Shakespeare returns to Lenox and Shakespeare & Company for the renowned company’s 2016 summer season, in a season which also includes which includes the regional premieres of Or, by Liz Duffy Adams and Lauren Gunderson’s The Taming. Additional titles include Ugly Lies the Bone by Lindsey Ferrentino, a bracing drama fresh from an acclaimed Off-Broadway production, Sotto Voce by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz, and the return of Stephan Wolfert in Cry “Havoc!”

Shakespeare in the Round

From the works of Shakespeare, the company will do The Merchant of Venice, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Twelfth Night.

The summer season will also introduce a new stage configuration in the Tina Packer Playhouse. Artistic Directors Ariel Bock and Jonathan Croy announced plans to present performances in-the-round, offering a greater intimacy between performers and audience.

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Queer Music Before World War II: Sarah Kilborne @ Club Helsinki [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

At 8pm tonight (Friday, January 22), modern cabaret performer and Hudson Valley resident Sarah Kilborne will perform The Lavender Blues: A Showcase of Queer Music Before World War II at Club Helsinki in Hudson. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Hudson Pride Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Kilborne’s Lavender Blues has been praised as “a fantastic way to tell history” and “the best kept secret that needs to be public.” The Lavender Blues is a showcase of pre-war queer music. It is music history. It is queer history. It is women’s history. It is entertainment. It is life.

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