RIP: The Passing of Larry Murray [Berkshire on Stage]

March 13th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
Larry Muray

Larry Murray

By Gail M. Burns

It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Larry Murray, founder of BerkshireOnStage.com. Larry passed away quietly early on Friday, March 10, following a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his two sisters, nephews, nieces and innumerable friends. His obituary and further updates will be posted as they become available.

Charles Guiliano has posted a lovely remembrance of Larry, with links to many interviews he conducted over the years, on his Web site Berkshire Fine Arts. A recommended read!

It was Larry’s wish that I, Gail M. Burns, take over and continue this site, and in fact he passed the reins to me about a month ago. I am committed to keeping BerkshireOnStage.com the premiere source for information on theatre in the Berkshire/NT Capital District/SW Vermont region.

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“Lovers’ Spat” @ Shakespeare & Co. This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

February 17th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
A Lovers’ Spat can take many forms.

A Lovers’ Spat can take many forms.

Shakespeare & Company is pleased to announce Lovers’ Spat: Shakespeare’s Famous Couple’s Encounters on Saturday (February 18) at 7pm and Sunday (February 19) at 2pm. Company actors and guest performers explore the complexities of love in staged readings featuring Shakespeare’s most notorious couples’ loving, fighting, scheming and wooing. Lover’s Spat is directed by Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and performed in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox.

“The best part of quarreling is making up,” said Allyn Burrows. “On this Valentine’s weekend we do the quarreling, and you do the making up, or making out, or making your sweetheart laugh.”

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

January 27th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
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]

January 20th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
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]

January 20th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara
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]

January 19th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara
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]

January 17th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara
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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Stephen Petronio Dance Co. to Make the Catskills Home [Berkshire on Stage]

January 12th, 2017, 11:00 am by Sara

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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