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Berkshire Playwright Ren Campbell’s “Opus to Moonlight” @ the Whitney [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 27th, 2017
David Boag, Mary Anne Nelson Grammer, Randy Lemire, Kristen Bossio and Carla Lewis.

David Boag, Mary Anne Nelson Grammer, Randy Lemire, Kristen Bossio and Carla Lewis.

At 2pm on Sunday (January 29) at the Whitney Center for the Arts, the Town Players of Pittsfield present a staged reading of Opus to Moonlight, the first full-length play by Berkshire resident Ren Campbell.

Three women and one shattering event create a debilitating tension between art and life.

Opus to Moonlight is a story about choices, secrets and creation. Three women, at three different stages of life, return to face the truth about the past. Time is fluid; the past interrupts the brief hour they spend together in the artist’s studio where their greatest achievements and ultimate betrayals occurred. In the end each must choose the future they are willing to create.

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Women Will Rock the Constitution @ the Colonial Theatre on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 20th, 2017
HEAR OUR VOICE by Liza Donovan was one of five graphics chosen from The Amplifier Foundation’s public call for art for the Women’s March on Washington.

HEAR OUR VOICE by Liza Donovan was one of five graphics chosen from The Amplifier Foundation’s public call for art for the Women’s March on Washington.

The Women’s March on Washington has inspired nearly 300 other ‘sister marches’ to take place on Saturday (January 21), including Berkshire County. All 50 states and Puerto Rico are confirmed to have at least one grassroots-led march on that day, as well as 55 global cities on six continents, from Tokyo to Sydney, Nairobi to Paris to Bogotá.

A local steering committee – including Kristen van Ginhoven (co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre) and community members Jayne Benjulian, Lynn Festa and Mary Lincoln – is organizing a free local event in solidarity with Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield will be open from 10am-2pm to provide a positive place where people can gather in support of the DC march.

“This event is free and people are welcome to stay the whole time or come and go between 10am-2pm,” van Ginhoven said. “We will be streaming the DC Rally from 10am-1pm in the theater, along with having some other action-oriented activities in the lobby. We are having a curated program from 1pm-2pm inside the theater that will highlight readings from the Constitution and original writing created especially for this event by local writers. The committee came together to organize this event because we wanted to offer a local alternative for everyone who can’t make it down to DC but wanted to support the March.”

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Nellie McKay Does Billy Tipton @ Club Helsinki [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 20th, 2017
Nellie McKay as “A Girl Named Bill.” (photo by Bob Boilen)

Nellie McKay as “A Girl Named Bill” (photo by Bob Boilen)

Cabaret-rock singer-songwriter Nellie McKay brings her uniquely eccentric blend of pop, rock, jazz and hip-hop to Club Helsinki in Hudson at 8pm on Sunday (January 22). This time out, McKay will be featuring songs from her musical biography, “A Girl Named Bill: The Life and Times of Billy Tipton,” a mid-20th century jazz musician and bandleader who lived his adult life as a man, although he was assigned female at birth. “A Girl Named Bill” was named one of the Best Concerts of 2014 by The New York Times.

The multi-talented Nellie McKay made her smash debut a decade ago with her groundbreaking double-CD, Get Away from Me, showcasing her eclectic musical reach and her dazzling lyrical wit (which extended to the album’s title, a subtle play on the breakthrough album by a somewhat similarly inclined pop-folk jazz singer named Norah Jones).

McKay has released six full-length albums, including Normal as Blueberry Pie: A Tribute to Doris Day and My Weekly Reader, featuring music of the 1960s, produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.

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A Princess Named Fred, 20 Mattresses and a Pea [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Don Dolan, Cathy Lee-Visscher, Sam Reilly and Erin Harwood (photo by Cindy Smith)

Don Dolan, Cathy Lee-Visscher, Sam Reilly and Erin Harwood (photo by Cindy Smith)

The Ghent Playhouse is conjuring up a hilarious Once Upon a Mattress – and making it a musical comedy for the entire family.

After all what else will you get when you mix one pea, 20 mattresses and a princess-to-be named Fred? You get one most unlikely musical love story, based on the popular fairytale, The Princess and the Pea. Join Queen Aggravain (played by Cathy Lee-Visscher, Playhouse Artistic Director and on-stage favorite) and King Sextimus the Silent (you will remember Don Dolan from last season’s The Weir) as they rule a small medieval kingdom in 15th Century Europe.

Once Upon a Mattress opens on Friday (January 20) and runs through Sunday, February 5 with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm.

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A Multimedia Exploration of Gender Politics @ MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Choreographer/dancer Richard Move (NYC) will collaborate with visual artist Paolo Canevari and theater artist Alba Clemente on XXYY (working title), an interdisciplinary performance exploring gender identity.

Choreographer/dancer Richard Move will collaborate with visual artist Paolo Canevari and theater artist Alba Clemente on “XXYY,” an interdisciplinary performance exploring gender identity.

Cultural partners Jacob’s Pillow and MASS MoCA present a one-night-only work-in-progress showing of performing artist, choreographer, and TEDGlobal Oxford Fellow Richard Move’s XXYY at 8pm on Friday (January 20) at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams. The new collaboration is conceived and directed by Move, with an original sound score by electronic music pioneer Martux_m and costumes by theater artist Alba Clemente.

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Shakespeare & Co.’s Winter Studio Festival of Plays [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Shakespeare & Company presents its Winter Studio Festival of Plays on Saturday & Sunday (January 14 & 15). This weekend of staged readings will showcase a diverse array of playwrights and feature both emerging and established actors. All performances will take place in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre on the Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox.

“We are thrilled to be able to produce readings of both new plays and enduring classics,” said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. “Sharing the powerful language of these influential writers in the off-season is important to keep the home fires burning. The Studio Festival gives actors and audiences an opportunity to connect and engage more intimately while exploring these provocative scripts.”

The Winter Studio Festival titles include St. Petersburg: 1913 by local playwright (and former UAlbany theater professor) Robert Sugarman; Susan Smith Blackburn Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl; OBIE Award winning dark comedy, Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard; Beyond the Veil by Berkshire native Emily Devoti; and Anton Chekhov’s classic The Cherry Orchard. Each reading will be followed by a post-show discussion.

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Holiday Happenings Around the Berkshires [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, December 16th, 2016
The 1753 House in Williamstown, MA.

The 1753 House in Williamstown, MA.

Christmas will be here in just over a week, and in the Berkshire area that means many different kinds of seasonal performances taking place.

Berkshire Theatre Group’s “A Christmas Carol” at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield

At the Colonial Theatre, A Christmas Carol continues until Thursday (December 22). Here you can revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits.

“A Christmas Carol” in Chatham and Hudson

A Christmas Carol is also being performed in Chatham by the Walking the dog Theater at 7pm on Monday (December 19). Performed by David Anderson, and directed by Ted Pugh, the performance takes place at Camphill Ghent’s Culture Hall located at 2542 Rt. 66, Chatham. Admission is $15.

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DANCE: Jacob’s Pillow Announces Summer Schedule [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, December 15th, 2016
Compagnie Marie Chouinard (photo: Marie Chouinard)

Compagnie Marie Chouinard (photo: Marie Chouinard)

Following the critical acclaim and record-breaking attendance of Festival 2016, Jacob’s Pillow in Becket has announced its 85th anniversary season of exciting programming featuring world premieres, commissions, site-specific work, international artists, live music and Pillow-exclusive engagements. Running June 21-August 27, Festival 2017 marks a notable moment in the history of the organization, with the first season programmed by Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge who joined the organization in April.

Highlights of the 85th anniversary season include the Pillow-exclusive engagement TIRELESS: A Tap Dance Experience curated by Michelle Dorrance with artists Reona and Takishi Seo of Japan, Jumaane Taylor of Chicago, Joe Orrach of San Francisco, and Joseph and Josette Wiggan of Los Angeles; a new site-specific work by the world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater commissioned for the outdoor Inside/Out stage; the world premiere of The Principles of Uncertainty, a collaboration between modern dance artist John Heginbotham and acclaimed author and illustrator Maira Kalman; the U.S. debut of Israeli dance company Roy Assaf Dance; and rare U.S. appearances by Compagnie Marie Chouinard of Canada and Compañía Irene Rodríguez of Cuba, whose program will also include a world premiere.

Notably, 11 companies with female artistic directors are represented amongst the Festival 2017 artists, more than half of the Pillow’s programmed season in the Ted Shawn and Doris Duke Theatres. Tickets go on sale to the public Monday, April 3, online at 12:01am and via phone at 10am (413.243.0745); Jacob’s Pillow Members can order as early as Tuesday, January 17.

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