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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.


Stephen Petronio Dance Co. to Make the Catskills Home [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The Catskills are returning as a cultural mecca, not so much for the popular Jewish comedians which were their stock in trade for decades, but for the fine arts like theater and dance. In the town of Catskill, Bridge Street Theatre has just completed the construction of its new theater, and now in an act that will provide a creative home for dance, Stephen Petronio Company has purchased Crows Nest, a 175-acre property in Round Top, just outside the town of Cairo in Greene County. The $1.3M property includes two modern buildings, built in 2003, which offer 9,000 square feet of year-round residential and studio space, and an 1800’s caretaker’s cottage.

There will be a wait as all the pieces come together. Crows Nest will house and fully support the recently launched Petronio Residency Initiative, which will open in the summer of 2018. The Initiative will focus on the beginning stages of the artistic process and provide dance companies, invited by a rotating selection panel, with multi-week creative residencies, in addition to room and board and a healthy stipend. With stunning views of four states, Crows Nest will offer artists in residency a bucolic retreat from commercial marketplace pressures.

“After years of searching for the right property, I found heaven at Crows Nest,” says choreographer Stephen Petronio, 60. “When I began this search, it seemed only natural to secure a home where the next generation of work could be made. With Crows Nest, I’m hoping to leave the world an intimate place where dance can be made, where history happens, and where the dance community can feel at home.”

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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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This Week: “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” @ Shakespeare & Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016
Jennie M. Jadow, Ryan Winkles and Sarah Taylor in It’s A Wonderful Life (photo:  Enrico Spada)

Jennie M. Jadow, Ryan Winkles and Sarah Taylor in “It’s a Wonderful Life” (photo: Enrico Spada)

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox brings back the popular show It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, a beloved holiday classic adapted from the original 1946 film. Directed by Jenna Ware and featuring Company actors Jonathan Croy, Jennie M. Jadow, David Joseph, Sarah Jeanette Taylor and Ryan Winkles, the production runs from Wednesday-Sunday (December 15-18) in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre.

Adapted by Joe Landry from the original screenplay by Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra and Joe Swerling, the play is set in a radio studio on a snowy Christmas Eve in 1946, when five radio personalities are live, on-air, retelling the story of George Bailey, who goes on an “other-worldly” journey with “angel, second class” Clarence at his side to show him what the world would’ve been like if he had never been born. The play is presented with live sound effects and rapid character changes from all the actors who also perform radio jingles, and popular holiday and Christmas songs reminiscent of the time.

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Berkshire Movie Makers Offer Panel Discussion [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, December 12th, 2016
Diane Pearlman, Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative.

Diane Pearlman, Executive Director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative

Movie Makers in the Berkshires, a panel discussion moderated by Diane Pearlman, executive director of the Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative, will be presented at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield at 6pm on Tuesday (December 13). Admission is free. The panel is comprised of film professionals who live and/or work here in the Berkshires: art director Carl Sprague, director Diana Walczak, director of photography Richard Sands, visual effects supervisor John Nugent and director/animator Ben Hillman.

This fascinating panel discussion is offered in conjunction with Now Playing: Festival of Trees 2016, on view at the Museum now through Saturday, December 31, featuring a fun movie and cinema theme. The Berkshire Film and Media Collaborative is one of the Presenting Partners for the annual holiday event.

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