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Celebrating the Winners of the Berkshire Theatre Awards [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, November 11th, 2016
(left) J. Peter Bergman and (right) Elizabeth Aspenlieder

(left) J. Peter Bergman and (right) Elizabeth Aspenlieder

The winners of the inaugural Berkshire Theatre Awards will gather at 5pm on Sunday (November 13) at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield. Along with members of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association, they will raise a glass of bubbly in celebration of the exciting 2016 theater season nearing its conclusion, and the genesis of these awards in recognition of its importance to the community and economy of the region.

Headlining the evening’s entertainment are Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Debra Jo Rupp, award-winning actors who also make their homes here in the Berkshires. Hosts for the ceremony are J. Peter Bergman from The Berkshire Edge and Macey Levin from Berkshire on Stage, members of the Founders’ Committee.

The event has drawn the Berkshires’ theatrical community together in a show of support that is rare for the off-season. Making an appearance are the four major Berkshire theater companies, and the half-dozen smaller troupes who contribute so much to our year-round cultural life. Among the winners who will claim their awards are Julianne Boyd, Nehassaiu deGannes, Chris Demos-Brown, Jess Goldstein, Dana Harrison, Debra Jo Rupp, Tamara Tunie and Andre Ware.

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FESTIVAL FEVER: Made in the Berkshires Festival Is This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

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Berkshire Theatre Group has announced the full schedule of events for the Made in the Berkshires Festival, which will be held this weekend (Friday-Sunday, November 11-13) at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Now in its sixth year, the festival is a celebration of local art and artists.

The sixth annual festival features cutting-edge theatrical works performed as staged readings, live music, film, short stories and dance in a festival atmosphere like no other. New and innovative pieces as well as established work will be presented by local Berkshire County playwrights, actors, directors, musicians and performers. Featured as performance blocks, Made in the Berkshires will allow audiences to enjoy the breadth and depth of the artistic talent that has landed in Berkshire County while celebrating the best in the visual and performing arts. Professional artists and artists-in-the-making gather to share their talent with the Berkshire community. The festival will once again be curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, two local artists who have helped create the rich cultural tapestry that permeates this area.

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Concrete Temple Theatre’s “Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities” Comes to Catskill [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, November 7th, 2016
“Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities” comes to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre November 11-13, 2016.

“Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities” comes to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre, November 11-13

Concrete Temple Theatre brings their one-man puppet theater spectacle, “Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities,” to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre for three performances Friday-Sunday (November 11-13). A tale of resilience and adaptation for audiences of all ages, it tells the story of a puppet-maker and recent widower, Geppetto, as he attempts to perform the mythical love story of Perseus and Andromeda without his wife for the first time. During the performance things begin to go haywire, and Geppetto finds himself desperately improvising to overcome the challenges of performing alone while at the same time scrambling to devise new storylines, new characters and even new limbs for his puppet hero.

Inspired by an NPR story on Hugh Herr, whose legs were amputated after a climbing accident and who now designs technologically advanced artificial limbs, “Extraordinary Extremities” began life as “Peculiar Extremities” in June, 2012, when a 20-minute-excerpt was presented as part of St. Ann’s Warehouse’s Puppet Lab’s “Labapalooza!” In March 2013, an in-process version of “Geppetto” was performed at Hudson Opera House in Hudson, and in June 2013, “Geppetto” premiered as part of HERE’s Sublet Series, generously supported by the Jim Henson Foundation.

In November 2013, the play enjoyed a seven-city tour in Northern Italy where it was performed in Italian, and in January 2014, it was performed at Teatro Jaco in Jaco, Costa Rica in Spanish. “Geppetto: Extraordinary Extremities” has also been presented Off-Broadway at SoHo Playhouse, April-May 2014; November 2014 at Pontine Theatre, New Hampshire; January 2015 at the Mint Theater, NYC and Rowan University, NJ; March 2015 at Creative Aging Conference, NYC; June 2015 at Diana Jones Innovative Senior Center, Brooklyn, NY; September 2015 at the Dairy Center for the Arts, CO.

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Mary Mott Stars in Her Play “Butter to the Edges” [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, October 28th, 2016
Mary Mott

Mary Mott

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Butter to the Edges, by and with Mary Mott, directed by Bob Moss, at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge at 7pm on Saturday (October 29); 2pm on Sunday (October 30) at 2pm; 7pm on Saturday, November 5; and 2pm on Sunday, November 6.

Mott returns to the Unicorn Theatre for this humorous one-woman performance that takes us on a comedic ride, as she explores the subject of aging. Horrified by her most recent birthday, she set out to explore her innermost feelings on the subject of growing older. From sensible walking shoes to squatting, Colonel Sanders to bathing suits, organ donation to the network news, Mott takes our hand and leads us down the path of what’s ahead… and how to laugh about it.

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“Whispering Bones” Makes for a Creepy Hubbard Hall-o-Ween [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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Once again, Kelvin Keraga hosts an evening of creepy and chilling tales at Cambridge’s Hubbard Hall, told by some of Greater Nippertown’s best storytellers. For hundreds of years writers have taken us by the hand and led us into old houses filled with apparitions: phantoms woven from memories and dreams and the dark core of our humanity. These tales are explorations of our souls, where characters cross the line between life and death, caught in situations that often draw out their deepest feelings. The supernatural teaches us what is natural: frailty and strength, loss and recovery. The nurturing power of imagination.

Saturday’s Whispering Bones is a great mix of great stories and the proceeds from the show will benefit Hubbard Hall’s Arts Education Scholarship program. This program helps to ensure that no student at Hubbard Hall is ever turned away from a class based on financial limitations.

This year’s Whispering Bones cast includes Siri Allison, Jack Boggan, Barbara Chepaitis, Kelvin Keraga, Stephanie Moffett-Hynds, Erin Ouellette, Tony Pallone and Catherine Seeley.

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Cultural Provocateur John Kelly Takes the Stage at MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, October 21st, 2016

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John Kelly, a theater artist of rare emotional depth, presents “Time No Line,” a solo work-in-progress based on personal journal entries about the East Village of the 1980s, gender performance, the culture wars, queer history and more, incorporating movement, projections, song and spoken word. Kelly takes the stage at MASS MoCA’s Club B10 in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (October 22).

John Kelly originally trained as a dancer, studying with top ballet schools before transitioning to the fine arts with a focus on painting and drawing. His connection with the self-portrait progressed into his work with corporeal mime, trapeze, tight-wire and voice. Each interest produces a different perspective on the human body, which has become a central theme in much of Kelly’s work.

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Havana Cuba All-Stars Head to Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
The Havana, Cuba All-Stars

The Havana Cuba All-Stars

The Havana Cuba All-Stars perform “Cuban Nights” at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 8pm on Thursday (October 20).

The Havana Cuba All-Stars is a band comprised of Cuba’s greatest and most prominent musicians, and is devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music. The origin of the Havana Cuba All-Stars began when it was created to exemplify the great musical traditions of the Cuban people. This is their debut tour in the United States and Canada.

Drawing inspiration from their traditional Cuban Son, Cuba’s greatest musicians have created and maintained the songs and music of the rich culture of the Cuban people. Staying true to an acoustic base, they have developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting. The “Cuban Nights” program is representative of the extraordinary musical legacy of this wonderful country.

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Monologuist Mike Daisey Plays “The Trump Card” @ the Mahaiwe [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey

With his latest creation The Trump Card, monologuist Mike Daisey is doing for Donald Trump what Michael Moore once did for General Motors: exposing the politician for the fraud he is. To do this he is using the best weapons currently available: the truth and biting humor. The insanely gifted and controversial comedian has never failed to make audiences sit up and take notice of what he says, and in our interview with him he admits that Trump surrogates have followed his latest show with more than casual interest.

There’s been some catcalling and heckling, and protests outside the theaters in different cities. Nothing I can’t handle — I’ve dealt with Apple fanatics and Scientologists, so I’ve seen the worst. – Mike Daisey

Daisey’s monologues are a brilliant amalgam of heartbreaking autobiography, hilarious gonzo journalism and unscripted performance pieces that cut to the bone. At the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Thursday (October 20), Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s surreal race for President, and there is no question as to which candidate he dislikes.

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