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Happy Holidays @ Club Helsinki with Holidelic & Hedda Lettuce [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
Everett Bradley

Everett Bradley

You can always count on Club Helsinki in Hudson to come up with some pretty spiffy – and unusual – holiday offerings, and this year is no different.

Once again the holiday-funk spectacular Holidelic – the brainchild of Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, producer, actor, dancer and Springsteen bandmate Everett Bradley – will usher in the holiday season at Club Helsinki with a two-night stand on Saturday & Sunday (December 10 & 11).

So how can you top that? With an encore show with Hedda Lettuce, the self-described “world’s first and premiere eco-friendly drag queen,” who brings her annual holiday show, “Lettuce Rejoice!” featuring her patented blend of poised characters, startling satire and original music at 7pm on Sunday, December 18.

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THEATER: Sundance Institute’s “Club Diamond” Comes to MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016
From Sundance Theatre Institute, Club DIamond gets previewed at MASS MoCA on December 9.

From Sundance Theatre Institute, “Club Diamond” gets previewed at MASS MoCA on Friday.

It is not an idle boast to say that the Sundance Institute’s renowned theater program has developed Broadway and Off Broadway hits by the bushel. After all, over the years its annual lab at MASS MoCA in North Adams has gathered top-tier dramatic artists for writing workshops and work-in-progress performances. The quality of the work is often exceptional and cutting edge, which – when combined with the feeling of ink still wet – makes for a riveting night of theatrical innovation.

With Club Diamond, you can witness the latest theater-in-the-making with a Japanese twist in MASS MoCA’s Club B10 at 8pm on Friday (December 9).

Sundance Institute Theatre Lab returns to MASS MoCA with a presentation of Club Diamond, one of four projects it supports with its two-week artistic residency in North Adams. Created and written by Saori Tsukada and Nikki Appino, the play paints the story of a young woman traveling alone from Tokyo to New York City in search of fame. Drawing from Tsukada’s background in Japanese storytelling and Appino’s experience with American film, Club Diamond unfolds with a cross-cultural blend of media and storytelling techniques, rendering a single narrative through the use of silent film, illustration and live animation. The production is paired to Tim Fain’s delicate violin composition.

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Truman Capote’s “Holiday Memories” Comes to Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

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Two perennial holiday stories by Truman Capote, “The Thanksgiving Visitor” and “A Christmas Memory,” come to vivid theatrical life this month when Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre presents Russell Vandenbroucke’s heartwarming stage adaptation Holiday Memories for eight performances – Thursdays through Sundays, December 8-18 – as their final show of 2016.

When his parents’ marriage dissolved, the young Truman Capote was left in the care of distant relatives in Monroeville, Alabama (which also served as the model for Maycomb in his childhood friend Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird). There, he formed an unbreakable friendship with the youngest of his elderly cousins, a shy, childlike spinster he called Sook. The relationship between these two ‘outcasts’ forms the basis for the stories which make up Holiday Memories, a chronicle of growing up ‘different’ in the deep South during the depths of the Great Depression and an ode to the simple joys of love shared. A holiday treat the entire family can enjoy together, the play is a terrific alternative to more traditional seasonal fare.

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THEATER: Examining Juárez/El Paso @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, December 1st, 2016
Image from JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology by Theater Mitu at Mass MoCA December 3, 2016.

Image from “JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology” by Theater Mitu at MASS MoCA on Saturday.

A riveting work of theater explores the border community of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas — one a hot zone of the drug cartel wars, the other, directly across the border, the self-proclaimed “Safest Large City in America.” Led by Juárez-born and -raised founding artistic director Rubén Polendo, Theater Mitu’s company members condensed hundreds of hours of interviews and field recordings from both cities. Drawing on their research, JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology illuminates the region’s memories, hopes and fears, and takes the stage at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (December 3).

Based on the disparate lifestyles of “murder capital of the world” Juárez, Mexico, and its neighboring town on the U.S. and Mexico border, El Paso, Texas, Theater Mitu has developed a piece that draws upon the communities’ “memories from the past, both recent and distant, and hopes for the future, near and far.” Incorporating real citizens’ interviews on audio and video, JUÁREZ creates a multimedia environment engrossed in the authentic issues and emotions of these border towns. As its story unfolds, JUÁREZ confronts hardship and struggle directly, ultimately turning the tides and leaving the viewer with cautious optimism.

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First Peek at Summer 2017: Tanglewood Announces Season Schedule [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, November 18th, 2016

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The 2017 Tanglewood season will run from Sunday, June 18 to the Labor Day Weekend, offering Berkshire visitors an exceptional line-up of performances and musical activities. Especially noteworthy is that there will be ten programs led by Boston Symphony Orchestra Music Director Andris Nelsons. There are also several new initiatives designed to give patrons a wide spectrum of musical, entertainment, and educational activities, including some to enjoy before and after selected performances throughout the summer. Weekly highlights of the coming summer follow the text of their announcement.

In his most significant commitment yet to Tanglewood, Mr. Nelsons will lead both the opening and closing BSO concerts, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Resurrection, and Beethoven Symphony No. 9; Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Kristine Opolais; an opera gala with Ms. Opolais and Dmitri Hvorostovsky performing excerpts from Simon Boccanegra, La Traviata and Eugene Onegin; the world premiere of John Williams’ Markings with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter; and the first-ever BSO and festival concert performance of the complete Das Rheingold, a tour de force milestone in the history of the festival. Mr. Nelsons will also conduct the Boston Pops Orchestra for the first time, sharing the podium for Film Night with John Williams. Also new to Tanglewood in 2017, highly acclaimed composer/conductor/pianist Thomas Adès will make his first Tanglewood appearances as BSO Artistic Partner, leading orchestral concerts, performing as pianist with the Emerson Quartet, and working closely with the Fellows of the Tanglewood Music Center, the BSO’s acclaimed summer music academy.

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First Peek at Summer 2017: Jacob’s Pillow [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

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By Larry Murray

As the days grow shorter and the snow begins to fly, gardeners take to their seed catalogs and dream of Spring. Audiences immerse themselves in traditional Nutcrackers, English style pantos, Messiah sings and the ever-reliable Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

But what really gets us through the next six months are the announcements of the coming performing arts season, led first by the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the BSO’s Tanglewood Festival schedules. Their season announcements often appear before the end of the year. Tanglewood announced their full season last year on November 20, with updates on the popular artists series added right up to the beginning of their season.

Jacob’s Pillow also tipped its hand last year with a partial preview on November 17, and the full program by mid-December.

Soon thereafter the theaters chime in, usually led by Barrington Stage Company who, in mid-January, hosts a live Q&A season announcement session with critics and arts writers present. It remains the only company that gives such unfettered access to its artistic director and insights into its choices. This sets their PR stage for the whole year.

Shakespeare & Company follows a week later. By February we hear from the Williamstown Theatre Festival and finally, the Berkshire Theatre Group. Details on casting, cabaret performances and the like trickle in all through the Spring.

First out of the chute with their 2017 summer announcements is Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, which is planning for what they call a “momentous 85th Anniversary Festival.”

In advance of its full season announcement in December, the Pillow has revealed five artists being presented during Festival 2017: powerhouse ballet company Miami City Ballet will kick off the 85th Anniversary Season in the Ted Shawn Theatre; legendary modern dance ensemble Paul Taylor Dance Company will return to the Pillow with a program of audience favorites; UK-based artist Aakash Odedra will perform the enchanting solo Rising with choreography from a roster of acclaimed international artists; 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient Camille A. Brown and her company Camille A. Brown & Dancers will perform her newest work BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play; and Japanese-born artist Eiko Otake will create and perform a site-specific piece during a limited engagement on the Pillow grounds.

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LIVE: Berkshire Theatre Awards Show @ Barrington Stage Co.’s Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, 11/13/16 [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016
At the Berkshire Thaetre Awards: (l to r) William Finn, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Larry Murray and Debra Jo Rupp.

At the Berkshire Theatre Awards: (l to r) William Finn, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Larry Murray and Debra Jo Rupp

By Larry Murray

This past Sunday night at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield, something wonderful happened. With just about every theater company from miles around in attendance, the Berkshire theater community honored its own at the Berkshire Theatre Awards. The event ran for some two hours, with plenty of socializing before and after the awards themselves. With just two brief moments on stage to welcome everyone and to present the Larry Murray Award to Julianne Boyd of Barrington Stage Company, I was able to watch what a committee of theater critics, with a little help from their theater friends, was able to throw together. It was pretty impressive.

Those in attendance laughed heartily as emcees Peter Bergman and Macey Levin made jokes and engaged in funny bits of stage business as they doled out their precious plaques to some 25-plus recipients in record time. But it was the non-stop applause for all the nominees, each of whom was mentioned, that brought joy to my heart. So it is this brilliant collection of theater people that get my first thanks, for giving us such a wonderful choice of great plays and musicals to choose from.

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“Facing Our Truth” – Six 10-Minute Plays About Trayvon Martin [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, November 14th, 2016

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As time has passed, the Trayvon Martin murder has grown from one of outrage to one of deep thought and contemplation, especially among playwrights. Multicultural BRIDGE, Kickwheel Ensemble Theatre, and Bard College and Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock 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. Simon’s Rock hosts the event at the McConnell Theatre in Great Barrington at 7pm on Tuesday (November 15) 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. Facing Our Truth’s purpose is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues.

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