Posts Tagged ‘Pittsfield’

William Finn, Suzanne Vega Join Tommy Tune, Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway for Barrington Stage Concerts [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

William Finn, Suzanne Vega join Tommy Tune, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway for Barrington Stage concerts

In addition to planning their spring through fall theater season, Barrington Stage Company has continued to program additional events that have a strong following among Berkshire theatre-goers. Two major additions to the schedule have just been announced by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson.

The 2014 Summer Concert Series on the Boyd-Quinson MainStage has added Celebrating the Music of William Finn on Friday & Saturday, August 29 & 30 at 8pm, and award-winning vocalist Suzanne Vega on September 12 at 8pm. They join the previously announced Tommy Tune in Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales on July 28 and the return of Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway in the Berkshire debut of their all-new show Here Come the Callaways on August 11.

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Carl Sprague Talks Film-Making at Berkshire Museum on Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Carl Sprague with the model of the Grand Budapest Hotel he drew/designed for the film.

Carl Sprague with the model of the Grand Budapest Hotel he drew/designed for the film

Pittsfield, MA: Art director Carl Sprague, concept illustrator for the acclaimed new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, will be the special guest at Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema on Thursday (April 10) at 7pm, for a special screening of The Royal Tenenbaums with a slide talk to follow. Sprague will show his original concept drawings for all three Wes Anderson films on which he worked (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, and the recently released The Grand Budapest Hotel) as well as several of his other projects, including his role as set designer for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.

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Will Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park Become a Reality This Summer? It’s Up to Us… [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Shakepeare in the park

Commentary by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail M. Burns: Berkshire natives and visitors love outdoor, bring-a-picnic entertainment – the lawn at Tanglewood, concerts at the Clark, Windsor Lake, and the Bandstand in Great Barrington, the WTF Free Theatre, Bankside entertainments at Shakespeare & Company, and the BTG productions on the Ellenoff Stage at The Mount, and now the possibility of free Shakespeare in the Park in Pittsfield. The recent announcement was an historic day for the city.

Larry Murray: That’s right, Gail, it’s another positive development for Pittsfield, and while we have seen the genial Mayor Bianchi at other theatrical announcements, he seemed particularly excited about what this new theatre company and its series of eight open air performances mean to his city and Springside Park. But even with free performances, there are expenses to be paid, and a crowdsourced Indiegogo funding campaign has been launched to let the public help make it a reality. More on that a bit later. What do you think of the concept in general? Been there, done that?

Gail: I confess that I didn’t frequent NY Public Theatre’s free outdoor Shakespeare at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park when I was growing up. But I have enjoyed many outdoor performances here in Berkshire county and have even staged a few of my own. I love watching the bats start swooping over a performance to catch the insects attracted by the stage lights as dusk falls.

Larry: There is something about outdoor performances during the glory days of summer that are like catnip for families. Who doesn’t like a glorious warm evening, stars sparkling above, and the fun of an easily digestible Shakespeare play like A Midsummer’s Night Dream. That play may seem to be done a lot to us regular theater-goers, but scratch most people and they have never seen it, so it seems a perfect choice to kick off this new Berkshire attraction. There will be dozens of children pretending to be Puck after they see it, and repeating its many famous lines.

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Pittsfield Looking to Launch Shakespeare in the Park This Summer [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

William Shakespeare

“Here’s a marvelous convenient place… this green plot shall be our stage.”
— Peter Quince, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

The Office of Cultural Development and Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park have announced the launch of an exciting new initiative to provide free outdoor theatre in the City of Pittsfield.

The inaugural production of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park will be Shakespeare’s magical and spirited “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” directed by local actor, director and theatre teacher Enrico Spada and featuring a varied cast of 20 actors, including local professionals, community members, and youth from nearby schools. The lead sponsor is Berkshire Money Management, with generous support provided by Berkshire Bank, the Pittsfield Cultural Council and a variety of local businesses and initiatives, and in-kind support from the City of Pittsfield and Barrington Stage Company.

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A Stripped-Down Rick Springfield Headed to Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

By Larry Murray

The best butt in the business is no longer being sued for assaulting a member of the audience with his buttocks in Syracuse. (News Report) It happened at the 2004 New York State Fair while Rick Springfield was singing his 1983 single “Human Touch,” shaking his rear end and interacting with his audience. The artist says he doesn’t remember the incident, and his fans supported him online, while the gossips had a field day with his “buns of death”. But all that is in the past. Springfield hasn’t slowed down since that incident, and still loves the personal touch of singing and interacting with those who come to his concert.

Usually he takes to the road with a band, but this time it is just the man and his guitar, which makes for a very up-close-an-personal show which arrives at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Wednesday (March 26).

It is Rick Springfield’s first-ever solo acoustic tour which means that in addition to playing unplugged versions of many of his memorable tunes, Springfield will share stories about the songs and his life during the performances and do a Q&A session with fans after the performance.

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Theater: Ten Fun 10X10 Plays Brighten the Midwinter Doldrums at Barrington Stage Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
An intimate moment from the 10X10 New Play Festival. Dina Thomas and John Zdrojeski. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

An intimate moment from the 10X10 New Play Festival. Dina Thomas and John Zdrojeski. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Theater review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail M. Burns: For the third straight year Barrington Stage is spearheading Pittsfield’s mid-winter 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival with their annual collection of ten new ten-minute plays. The whole Festival got off to a bit of a slow start this year as we all coped with (yet more) snow, but on the day of the press opening the sun shone, and we got to enjoy this delightful potpourri of little bijou plays.

Larry Murray: I love this new play festival, coming as it does in the middle of a particularly cold and snowy winter in the Berkshires. I like how it gives six actors and three directors a chance to come together in much the same way a repertory company does. It’s when everyone gets to wear several hats, don colorful costumes and inhabit several totally different roles over the course of one evening.

Gail: Of the six actors, two – Berkshire residents Matt Neely and Peggy Pharr Wilson – have been involved in all three 10X10′s, and Robert Zuckerman is back for a second time, so they really do have the makings of a company. Emily Kunkel and Dina Thomas have both appeared in BSC Main Stage productions – All My Sons and See How They Run respectively. Only young John Zdrojeski is making his BSC debut.

Larry: Ten playwrights took part, and I was delighted to note that several had a much younger viewpoint than usual, and that there were as many women writers as men represented. That may be why I found some of the humor unusually fresh. The Possethsion by Ron Burch got things off with a bang, providing some great twists and turns straight out of the starting gate, giving us a comic book version of Rosemary’s Baby.

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10 Stories, 10 Minutes Each, to Debut with 6 Actors, 3 Directors at BSC’s New Play Festival [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
The Actors: Top (l to r) Dana Thomas, John Zdrojesk,i, Emily Kunkel, Bottom (l to r) Matt Neely, Peggy Pharr Wilson, Robert Zukerman.

The Actors: Top (l to r) Dana Thomas, John Zdrojesk,i, Emily Kunkel, Bottom (l to r) Matt Neely, Peggy Pharr Wilson, Robert Zukerman.

The 3rd annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival is slated for February 13-23 all over downtown Pittsfield. The star of this event has always been the new play festival, professionally staged and produced by Pittsfield’s resident theater company, Barrington Stage Co. Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson have kept us informed of what is planned, and have announced the actors, directors and production team. This is no minor undertaking for them with performances scheduled from February 13 – the start of the Festival – and continuing through March 2, so that everyone can enjoy what is the highlight of the winter season.

The plays and directors are:

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Dozens of Events for Pittsfield’s 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival, Feb. 13-23 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
A still from Stockbridge artist Laurie McLeod’s beautiful underwater dance videos. Part of the TEN SPOT art show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

A still from Stockbridge artist Laurie McLeod’s beautiful underwater dance videos. Part of the TEN SPOT art show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

The City of Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District has a sure cure for cabin fever this February: the third annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival featuring a lively array of art, theater, dance, film, music and more from February 13-23, in the hub of the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Counting individual performances there are dozens of cultural and entertainment happenings all over the city with something for everyone in town.

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