Posts Tagged ‘Larry Murray’

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

Friday, October 21st, 2016


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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Inaugural Berkshire Theatre Award Winners Announced [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 17th, 2016
Will Swenson & and ensemble in Pirates of Penzance. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Will Swenson & and ensemble in “Pirates of Penzance.” Photo by Kevin Sprague.

The winners of the inaugural Berkshire Theatre Awards have been announced. Seventeen arts journalists voted on 120 nominees in 25 categories chosen from artists in the 75 live theater productions mounted in Berkshire County and adjacent areas between October 1, 2015 and September 30, 2016.

The winner of the special Larry Murray Award, to be given to a person or theater project that advances social, political or community issues, will not be announced until the Winners’ Celebration at 5pm on Sunday, November 13 at Barrington Stage’s Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield. Nominees for the Larry Murray Award are Kristen van Ginhoven, co-founder and Artistic Director of WAM Theatre; Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director of Barrington Stage; and the three Vermont theater companies that teamed up to produce all three plays in Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests this past summer – the Dorset Theatre Festival, Northern Stage Company and the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company.

“If these awards indicate who is doing the best work in the Berkshires, then Barrington Stage and Shakespeare & Company have to be at the top of anyone’s list,” said awards organizer Larry Murray of “Those two companies received the majority of wins, with WAM Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Group also receiving recognition of their work. That the Williamstown Theatre Festival came close in many categories without securing its own place in the awards will undoubtedly be cause for speculation. It seems the critics have spoken.”

Here’s the complete list of Berkshire Theatre Awards nominees and the winners:

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GO HERE to read review of “Pirates of Penzance”…

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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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


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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