Posts Tagged ‘Berkshire On Stage’

Nick Cave’s “Until” Opens @ MASS MoCA on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, October 14th, 2016
Nick Cave in a studio at MASS MoCA, 2016 (photo by Nathaniel Brooks forThe New York Times)

Nick Cave in a studio at MASS MoCA, 2016 (photo by Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times)

If you think you know Nick Cave, think again. The artist – not the musician – known for his wearable sculptures called Soundsuits turns expectations inside out at MASS MoCA with “Until,” a massive, immersive installation opening on Saturday (October 15); not a single Soundsuit will be found in this exhibition.

The opening reception – featuring a performance in the exhibition space by Shreveport musicians Brenda Wimberly and Sereca Henderson – will be held from 5:30-7pm. Following the reception, Mercury Prize-winning singer-poet Benjamin Clementine performs in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center at 8:30pm.

Cave fills MASS MoCA’s signature football field-sized space, creating his largest and most overtly political installation to date, made up of thousands of found objects, which will make viewers feel as if they have entered a rich sensory tapestry, like stepping directly inside the belly of one of his iconic Soundsuits. The sheer volume of material that has been gathered is astounding — 16,000 wind spinners; millions of plastic pony beads; thousands of ceramic birds, fruits, and animals; 13 gilded pigs; more than 10 miles of crystals; 24 chandeliers; 1 crocodile; and 17 cast-iron lawn jockeys.

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THEATER REVIEW: “Camping With Henry and Tom” @ Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 13th, 2016
Kevin O’Rourke, Patrick Husted & PJ Benjamin in Camping with Henry and Tom. Photo by Scott Barrow.

Kevin O’Rourke, Patrick Husted & PJ Benjamin in “Camping with Henry and Tom.” Photo by Scott Barrow.

Review by Macey Levin

At the opening night of Mark St. Germain’s play Camping with Henry and Tom, Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, declared for this season’s finale that she and her staff didn’t realize the relevance of the play when it was originally selected. Though first produced at the Berkshire Theatre Festival in 1993 when Ms. Boyd was artistic director there, the play could have been written last night with lines from the past week’s newscasts.

Some of the issues, personalities and catch-phrases that have been involved in the current presidential election are in this flawed but intriguing play. The characters – Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford and President Warren G. Harding – argue over corruption in government, the need for an outsider to be elected, sexual escapades of elected officials, immigration (Ford has an extensive speech in which he says, “First get rid of the Jews”) and “Let’s make America great again,” amongst other comments.

The premise of the play is partially based on an actual incident. Ford and Edison used to go camping together; St. Germain fictionalized their last trip, in 1921, by including Harding. They decide to leave the fictional campsite where their aides and the press have surrounded them to seek a quiet time. Ford, driving a Model T, veers to miss a deer on a mountainous road, disabling his car by running into a tree. Their first and continuing argument is what to do about the injured deer. Their attitude and decisions toward it mirror the development of the conflicts. While they wait to be rescued their various aspirations and personalities are revealed.

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THEATER REVIEW: “The Bakelite Masterpiece” @ the Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
David Adkins and Corinna May in WAM Theatre’s Bakelite Masterpiece (photo: Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware)

David Adkins and Corinna May in WAM Theatre’s Bakelite Masterpiece (photo: Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware)

Review by Macey Levin

Under what circumstances would a convicted art forger gain his freedom by forging another masterpiece? The current production of The Bakelite Masterpiece by Kate Cayley, jointly produced by WAM Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Group at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, explores an historical incident in the Netherlands during the late stages of World War II.

Han van Meegeren (David Adkins) has been sentenced to be executed for having sold an original painting by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer to Nazi leader Hermann Goering. His defense is that the painting was his forgery. The prosecutor Geert Piller, (Corinna May) an art historian and resistance fighter, conducts one last interview demanding Meegeren sign a prepared confession. He refuses citing the fact that the painting was not the original. To prove his facility at forgery he requests that he be allowed to demonstrate his ability to recreate another Vermeer. Out of curiosity, Piller agrees.

He tells her he will reproduce Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, the “long-lost” painting he sold to Goering, if she will pose for him in a blue dress. Reluctantly, she agrees. Instead he paints an interpretation of Vermeer’s Woman in a Blue Dress. Both are attempting to define their respective version of the truth; he to demonstrate the validity of his claim; she to reinforce the case against him. As van Meergeren starts to paint, he and his watchdog develop a relationship of mutual respect. After feinting and parrying through several conversations each becomes concerned for the other.

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Steven Patterson’s Tour de Force Performance as “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Steven Patterson in “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” Photo by Tony Firorillo

Steven Patterson in “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus.” Photo by Tony Firorillo

Mary Shelley’s timeless tale of terror gets the tour de force treatment in Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, Jim Helsinger’s stunning adaptation for a single performer, coming to Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre on Thursday (October 13) and running through Sunday, October 23. BST’s Associate Director Steven Patterson plays all the roles in a virtuoso display of acting and storytelling artistry that will keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

Barely five years after it was first published, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” had been adapted for the stage. The 1823 production, which Mary herself attended, was so successful that a second edition of the novel was rushed out to capitalize on its sudden theatrical popularity. Since then, the book has continued to inspire artists in many media. For playwrights, its powerful themes suggest endless avenues of exploration and the operatic scale of the story creates unique dramatic and visual opportunities. For actors, the roles of the obsessed, doomed Frankenstein and his wretched, cobbled Monster are all but irresistible.

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THEATER: “Camping with Henry & Tom” at Barrington Stage Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company presents Mark St. Germain’s award-winning play Camping with Henry and Tom, directed by Christopher Innvar. Camping with Henry and Tom previews begin on Wednesday (October 5) with an official opening set for Sunday (October 9). The play runs through Sunday, October 23.

In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding took a camping trip together into the Maryland woods to escape civilization; what they couldn’t escape was each other. Inspired by an actual event, Camping with Henry and Tom is an exploration of friendship, politics and leadership—a comedic and dramatic clash of two great minds and one great heart of the twentieth century.

Camping with Henry and Tom features PJ Benjamin as Thomas Edison (Broadway: The Wizard in Wicked), Patrick Husted as Henry Ford (BSC’s An Enemy of the People), Fisher Neal as Colonel Starling (TV’s Person of Interest) and Kevin O’Rourke as Warren Harding (WGN America’s Outsiders and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire).

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20% Theatre Co. Explores Queer & Trans Experience [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, September 30th, 2016
From “The Naked I: Self Defined” at Hubbard Hall and Bennington College on October 1.

From “The Naked I: Self Defined” at Hubbard Hall and Bennington College on Saturday (October 1)

Hubbard Hall in Cambridge has partnered with Bennington College in Vermont to bring area audiences cutting-edge monologues and short scenes that explore the queer and trans experience. Presented by 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities from Minneapolis, The Naked I: Self Defined features brand new, never before seen monologues, short scenes, movement pieces, spoken word poems, short film and more, and includes the contributions of over 70 artists.

Inspired by The Naked I: Monologues from Beyond the Binary by Tobias K. Davis, a production that explored the bodies and experiences of transgender, gender-queer and intersex individuals (which 20% Theatre Company produced back in 2009), the company has created, and will continue to create and produce a new NAKED I production every two years that takes the idea of a monologue-based play to a new level and boldly explains and explores the land beyond ‘male’ and ‘female’.

Executive and Artistic Director David Snider says, “We have teens in our community realizing their LGBTQ or Trans identities who have few resources for support – and few opportunities to see their stories on local stages. This is a rare and much-needed foray into performance directly addressing issues from the LGBTQ and Transgender communities, and I’m thrilled to be able to offer it at the Hall.”

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WAM Theatre Receives New Grants; Launches Fall Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
(l to r) David Adkins, Kristen van Ginhoven and Corinna May.

(l to r) David Adkins, Kristen van Ginhoven and Corinna May

The summer has been exciting for the team at WAM Theatre as the seven-year-old Berkshire-based theater company has received three substantial competitive grants, been honored by the National Philanthropy Day Committee, been nominated for a Berkshire Trendsetter Award and a Nonprofit Awareness Day Excellence Award – and WAM’s Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven was recently invited to attend the Women’s Leadership Conference in San Francisco.

“Excellence comes in all shapes and sizes. This is what I was told when I received the call informing me that WAM Theatre was awarded the Outstanding Philanthropic Corporation award from the National Philanthropy Day Committee. What a wonderful acknowledgement of our work!” exclaimed van Ginhoven. “WAM has been the lucky recipient of an incredible number of awards and accolades this year. We feel lucky that our double philanthropic mission has received such esteemed recognition. As a young, fast growing company, we are incredibly grateful for these votes of confidence in our work and look forward to our continued impact into the future.”

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Sunday Is the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

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The Concert Across America to End Gun Violence is a nationwide series of memorial events in more than two hundred venues across America on Sunday (September 25), the date designated by Congress in 2007 as a day of remembrance for gun violence victims. Organizers and musicians will sing out in memorial and draw attention to the nation’s epidemic of gun violence, prior to the first Presidential debate, final voter registration days, and the 2016 elections. To date there are more than 20 concerts scheduled to take place in Massachusetts alone.

The Berkshire concert will take place from 2-5pm on Sunday (September 25) at the Society of the Congregational Church in Great Barrington.

All performances are contributed by local Massachusetts musical artists, and in the Berkshires they include such luminaries as Maureen O’Flynn, Bobby Sweet, David Reed, Terry a la Berry, Teresa Mango, David Grover, the Beeline Ramblers and the Matchstick Architects, as well as surprise guest artists. Some of the artists have written songs after mass shootings.

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