Posts Tagged ‘Pittsfield’

“The Tempest” Comes to Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

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Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park, with the Office of Cultural Development, is planning its third annual free outdoor production. For the summer of 2016 the organization has selected The Tempest, Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and redemption on a magical, mysterious island. The production, sponsored by local businesses and organizations led by Berkshire Money Management, will be directed by PSP’s artistic director Enrico Spada and will star long-time Berkshire actor Glenn Barrett as the wizard Prospero.

Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest takes place on an island inhabited by spirits and monsters and two humans, cast-offs from society: a wizard and his daughter. It’s the story of the old man’s revenge… or forgiveness. Playing the role of Prospero is Glenn Barrett, a founding member of Berkshire Public Theatre who has also appeared in numerous productions with Berkshire Theatre Group, Barrington Stage Company and Shakespeare & Company.

The Tempest opens on July 21, following that evening’s 3rd Thursday street festival. The production will run Thursdays-Sundays at 8pm for 12 performances, ending on August 7. Admission is free. Performances take place at the First Street Common in Pittsfield, located next to the Zion Lutheran Church.

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“Facing Our Truth:” An Evening of One-Act Plays Inspired by Trayvon Martin [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Multicultural BRIDGE, WAM Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group and Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker 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. Berkshire Theatre Group hosts the event at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 7:30pm on Saturday (February 6), 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, often around February 5, Trayvon Martin’s birthday. The purpose of Facing Our Truth is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues.

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Barrington Stage Co. Announces Ambitious New Season [Berkshire On Stage]

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
The bumbling policemen in Pirates of Penzance.

The bumbling policemen in “Pirates of Penzance.”

By Larry Murray

In the Berkshires, only one of the major performing arts organizations has made it a standard practice to invite the press to a season announcement where you can hear the plans directly from the Artistic Director, and some of their key personnel. The interchange with the media never fails to be interesting.

Such was the case recently as Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield announced her plans for the company’s 2016 season. With Managing Director Tristan Wilson at her side and actress Debra Jo Rupp (who will appear with the company again this season), the trio added the interesting details of how works were chosen, and how they fit into the company’s jam packed schedule. It is an adventurous one with casting and details of one other play on the St. Germain stage yet to be announced. Also TBA are the company’s usual slate of cabaret performers for Mr. Finn’s Pub and the name of the student musical – all details for follow up announcements later in the year. We also had a chance to talk with Boyd privately about American Son, the world premiere of playwright Christopher Demos-Brown’s play about parenting and policing in the U.S. that she will be directing.

The 2016 season at BSC will includes other world premieres, both musicals. They are the Jonathan Larson Award winning composer Joe Iconis’ Broadway Bounty Hunter and the Joel Waggoner/Eric Price story of a family of illusionists, Presto Change-O, directed by Marc Bruni of Broadway’s Beautiful The Carole King Musical.

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Rev Tor’s (Grateful) Dead of Winter Jam @ The Garage [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Rev Tor and his awesome musicians

Rev Tor and his awesome musicians

Rev Tor’s fifth annual Dead of Winter Jam celebrates the music of the Grateful Dead at The Garage in Pittsfield on Thursday (January 21) at 8pm.

The Rev Tor Band, led by singer and lead guitarist Tor Krautter, has become one of the most compelling and exciting acts on the blues and jam-band circuit. This fifth annual show will be a mid-winter celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead, featuring the Rev Tor Band with guest artists the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Rebel Alliance, the Picky Bastards, Misty Blues, Domino Theory, Who Are You, Gina Coleman, Billy Keane, Rob Sanzone, Jennifer Schultheis, Craig Simmons, Mike Wood and Ward Woolverton.

The Rev Tor Band was formed in western Massachusetts by front man Tor Krautter in 1996. Since its conception, the band has evolved into a powerhouse on the east coast club and festival circuit, performing in venues from Maine to Florida. In their native New England, the band keeps a heavy touring schedule enthusiastically supported by a large following of dedicated fans.

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Annual “A Christmas Carol” Returns to the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, December 7th, 2015
The cast of A Christmas Carol, 2014, photo by Christina Riley.

The cast of A Christmas Carol, 2014, photo by Christina Riley.

The Berkshire Theatre Group offers their 10th annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Eric Hill and co-directed by Eric Hill and Travis G. Daly, and presented for the fifth time at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. This year’s production includes 30 talented young Berkshire county actors, many of whom are returning to the Colonial Theatre, and some who are performing for the first time. A Christmas Carol runs Saturday (December 12) through Tuesday, December 22.

For many, this timeless tale is a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with the whole family and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas. Who doesn’t remember fondly the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits? Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols and the wonderment of the season.

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And the Kids Deliver Apocalyptic Pop @ The Garage on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Berkshire Theatre Group has added celebrated indie pop band And the Kids to their fall line-up at 8pm on Friday (November 20), along with opener Anonymous Animal. The music will emanate from the intimate Garage stage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, one of the Berkshire’s most comfortable listening spots for the best of regional pop, rock and comedy.

Recently called one of “the Western Mass. indie scene’s brightest creative lights” by Pitchfork, Northampton’s And The Kids recently released their debut full-length album, Turn to Each Other (Signature Sounds). Turn to Each Other is more than an album title: it’s a statement of fact for the band, whose bond—as musicians, friends and creative foils is as tight as they come. The album features 11 tracks full of ringing guitars from Hannah Mohan, knotty rhythms from drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro and bold accents from synthesizers and percussion by Megan Miller. Together, they create “apocalyptic pop,” a dizzying stop-start ride with lush, intricate soundscapes that frame Mohan’s lively lead vocals. Taliana Katz made her debut as the And The Kids bassist at their NPR Tiny Desk Concert earlier this year, and continues to carry the energy of the album to the stage.

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Made in the Berkshires Festival Kicks Off on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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Berkshire Theatre Group is pleased to announce that the Made in the Berkshires Festival will be held from Friday-Sunday (October 23-25) at the Colonial Theatre and The Garage in Pittsfield and the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, celebrating the wealth of local art and artists.

BTG’s Artistic Director/CEO Kate Maguire says, “We are so excited to present the fifth annual Made in the Berkshires Festival. This year’s line-up is bursting with Berkshire’s top talents, and is sure to be the best year yet.”

Tickets to the Made in the Berkshires Festival are now on sale and range in price from $10-$48, as well as a 3-Day All-Access Pass for $75, including: VIP Access to all events, 20% off tickets for the run of “The Homecoming” and an invitation to the closing party at Hotel on North.

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B.A. Dario Plays Pittsfield’s Berktoberfest on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
From left: members of the Pittsfield-based band B.A. Dario, bassist Jay Cimini, drummer Brad Greene, guitarist Dan Greene and keyboardist Aaron Nackoul. Photo by Jenn Smith/Berkshire Eagle

From left: members of the Pittsfield-based band B.A. Dario, bassist Jay Cimini, drummer Brad Greene, guitarist Dan Greene and keyboardist Aaron Nackoul. Photo by Jenn Smith/Berkshire Eagle

A sure sign of autumn in the Berkshires, the eighth annual Berktoberfest will be bringing some of the absolute finest craft beers in the northeast United States together under the big tents from 12noon-6pm on Saturday (October 3).

Not only that, but some of the areas liveliest music, too. If you weren’t able to catch B.A. Dario this summer at Mission in Pittsfield, and revel in their covers of Beatles tunes, well, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The band plans on doing three sets during the course of Berktoberfest, and are sure to provide a soundtrack that plays in your memories long after the craft beers are quaffed.

The band claims Pittsfield as its home town, and delivers their own special version of progressive jam rock that is a proven crowd-pleaser. Members of the group are Danny Greene (guitar, vocals), Brad Greene (drums), Jay Cimini (bass), Aaron Nackoul (keyboards) and Justin Nackoul (guitar). And to think at one time they were voiceless! But Chin Lee at Flavours (of Malaysia in Pittsfield) gave them their first bar gig and encouraged them to add vocals. They didn’t have the money for mics originally, but over time it all came together. Each performance is unique to its moment with unpredictable covers and constantly evolving originals.

But let’s not forget the beer…

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