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‘Bang on a Can Plays Art’ Puts New Twist on Group’s Annual Summer Residency @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 18th, 2014
Bang on a Can

This summer, Bang on a Can Plays Sol LeWitt featuring music by Steve Reich at MASS MoCA.

From July 26 through August 2, 2014, the “relentlessly inventive” (New York Magazine) new music collective Bang on a Can collaborates with MASS MoCA to present Bang on a Can Plays Art, a jam-packed, week-long new music extravaganza featuring 14 concerts in 8 days, as the culmination of the 13th annual Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA which runs from July 14. Bang on a Can Plays Art draws inspiration from the visual art on exhibit in the galleries at MASS MoCA. Each concert will showcase music that interacts with the art on various levels – stylistically, thematically, and whimsically – performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Festival Artists and Fellows, and special guests Steve Reich and Glenn Kotche (of Wilco).

Bang on a Can Plays Art kicks off in the afternoon on July 26 with Bang on a Can Plays Izhar Patkin featuring Terry Riley’s minimalist classic In C, followed by a performance that evening of Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang’s haunting death speaks by the Bang on a Can All-Stars with special guest Shara Worden, as well as a late-night solo concert by Worden’s alter-ego My Brighest Diamond.

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PS21 in Chatham Announces Bold, Diverse 2014 Schedule of Events [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

PS 21 Summer Schedule

By Larry Murray

There is a lot to recommend in Columbia County, but perhaps the most beautiful outdoor venue there is PS21. The Performance Spaces for the 21st Century has announced its diverse 2014 summer array of dance, music, theater and film events, making some bold choices in the process. This is PS21’s ninth season and highlights include classical and jazz music performances, live theatre, a fashion show, Just For Fun (an afternoon program for kids), plenty of foot-tapping film and the first ever Chatham Dance Festival.

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Berkshire Fringe Moving to Upstreet Cultural District, Plans Its 2014 Festival in Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Berkshire Fringe 2014

Story by Larry Murray

Following in the footsteps of Barrington Stage Company and the Berkshire Theatre Group, a third major theatre company has decided to make Pittsfield – and its developing Upstreet Cultural District – its home base.

The Berkshire Fringe Festival, which has made its home at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington for the past nine years, is moving its operation to Pittsfield where it will present its tenth season this summer.

Dedicated to the work of new and emerging artists, it will no doubt benefit from the city’s younger demographic, as do the Berkshire Actor’s Theatre and WAM Theatre, which have also emerged in recent years, greatly enriching the local scene. Planning is also underway for a first-ever Shakespeare in the Park in Pittsfield, an initiative of Enrico Spada, who recently received a commitment of support from the Pittsfield Cultural Council.

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Oldcastle Theatre Has an Enticing Slate of Summer Theatre Planned [Berkshire ]

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Bennington has much to offer at night including some fine restaurants and great theatre.

Bennington has much to offer at night including some fine restaurants and great theatre.

The Oldcastle Theatre Company has chosen four plays and a musical as their offerings for 2014, and all five choices intrigue. The musical is My Fair Lady, the Lerner and Lowe classic, retelling the story of an uneducated flower girl and her autocratic linguistics professor. The professor is sure he can turn her into a perfect lady who will fool even the most discerning member of the aristocracy.

We’ll let you read the recaps of the other plays below, all superb choices. It will be interesting to see who Oldcastle casts as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which is a tale whose twists and turns of life in the steamy south that never fails to draw the audience in.

For those of us in the Northern Berkshires, Bennington, VT is just next door, and both the Dorset Theatre Festival and Weston Playhouse are just a bit further. There’s great theatre tucked inside our nearby rolling mountains.

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Carl Sprague Talks Film-Making at Berkshire Museum on Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Carl Sprague with the model of the Grand Budapest Hotel he drew/designed for the film.

Carl Sprague with the model of the Grand Budapest Hotel he drew/designed for the film

Pittsfield, MA: Art director Carl Sprague, concept illustrator for the acclaimed new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, will be the special guest at Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema on Thursday (April 10) at 7pm, for a special screening of The Royal Tenenbaums with a slide talk to follow. Sprague will show his original concept drawings for all three Wes Anderson films on which he worked (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, and the recently released The Grand Budapest Hotel) as well as several of his other projects, including his role as set designer for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.

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Adirondack Theatre Festival Plans Four Major Plays for its 20th Season in Glens Falls [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Adirondack Theatre Festival

Adirondack Theatre Festival (ATF) celebrates its 20th anniversary with a collection of shows and a team of professional artists honoring ATF’s past, present and future. Performances will be June 24 – August 2 at the Charles R. Wood Theater, 207 Glen Street, in downtown Glens Falls, NY.

A 20-Year History Built on a Crazy Dream

In 1994, a group of theatre professionals from NYC had what many said was a crazy idea: create a fully professional summer theatre in the Glens Falls/Lake George region of upstate New York. Starting a nonprofit professional theatre company hiring actors from NYC and across the country in a town with a population of 14,600 is crazy enough, but ATF’s founders upped the ante when they announced ATF would not produce the proven titles that usually appear on summer stages, but instead embrace the excitement, adventure and risk of new and contemporary shows. Their dream was embraced by enthusiastic audiences, business people, civic leaders and today ATF celebrates its 20th year. The dream has become a reality.

Since its founding, ATF has launched 19 world premieres (many of which have gone onto receive productions in NYC, across the country and internationally). These include “Murder for Two” (currently running Off-Broadway), “It Goes Without Saying,” “Mimi Le Duck,” “Barbara’s Blue Kitchen” and “Fully Committed.” The new play development process succeeds at ATF by engaging the audience as active participants in the process through readings, post-show discussions, open rehearsals and “meet the writer” events. ATF has also brought many Off-Broadway, Broadway, and regional theatre hits to its stage so local audiences could experience them. These include “Next to Normal,” “Avenue Q,” “Black Tie,” “Altar Boyz” and “Stones in His Pockets.” For a full list of past ATF productions and premieres, visit ATFestival.org/about/productions.

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Jessica Swale’s London Hit “Blue Stockings” Gets USA Reading by WAM Theatre in West Stockbridge [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Jessica Swale’s play examines the trials and tribulations of four brilliant, passionate young women who are desperate to become scientists.

Jessica Swale’s play examines the trials and tribulations of four brilliant, passionate young women who are desperate to become scientists.

With only 25 seats, the first in a series of Sunday afternoon new play readings by WAM Theatre will certainly be a rare experience for those lucky enough to be there. When first announced, few details were known about just who would be doing the reading but with the announcement of the cast, it is obvious that this is more than a simple reading, it will be an afternoon filled with drama, and if you want, great coffee and comestibles.

Blue Stockings is set in 1896 at Girton, the first college in Britain to admit women. It’s a moving, comical and eye-opening story about four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the backdrop of women’s suffrage. This critically acclaimed play dramatizes the fight for education, equality and access for women; issues that are prized by WAM Theatre and its audiences.

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New York State Legislature Creates New Tax Credits for Developing Live Theater [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
Proctor’s in Schenectady might find itself hosting a pre-Broadway tryout.

Proctors in Schenectady might find itself hosting a pre-Broadway tryout.

Story by Larry Murray

When it comes to commercial theatre, the Broadway League is the organization to watch. As the national trade association of the commercial theatre industry, it often has surprises to announce. The latest – and this is no April Fool – is that New York is now the fourth jurisdiction in America to offer financial incentives to investors who originate live productions within New York State. The new program will be effective for tax year commencing January 1, 2015. Included in the budget for Fiscal Year 2014–2015 is a program offering a 25% tax credit to producers who tech their shows in New York’s facilities.

Nearby theatres in Albany, Schenectady and Rochester were included, as are those in Elmira, Binghamton and Syracuse. This is not a new idea – Illinois, Rhode Island and Louisiana already offer tax incentives. The four major Berkshire theater companies have long been sending shows to New York City, to play both on and off Broadway. In Manhattan, theatre is a multi-billion dollar industry and a major marketing and economic foundation of the tourist trade. Here’s more from today’s announcement:

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