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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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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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