“Found” Workshop: A Total Laugh-In for the Facebook Generation + Randy Harrison [Berkshire on Stage]

September 27th, 2012, 1:00 pm by Sara
“Found” explores life through a series of unrelated notes, found serendipitously.

“Found” explores life through a series of unrelated notes, found serendipitously.

Peering across the great generational divide of those who were weaned on Rowen and Martin’s Laugh-In, a television sketch program that ran from 1968 to 1973, to last night’s workshop production of Found at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, it seems that times have not changed all that much. Everyone likes things that are funny. And people will easily spend an hour or two watching little bits of life that make them laugh. All it takes are odd bits of notes – often embarrassing – in which people can recognize themselves, their friends and family.

For three weeks the artistic company of Found has been encamped in the Berkshires, working on a show that is built from little scraps of paper that were found serendipitously. Last night’s work in progress showing proved that the kids are alright. They are hot on the trail of an innovative work that could signal a new format and direction for contemporary theatre, though it is more likely to stand alone as a sentinel, a marker for theatre’s future.

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Randy Harrison Interview: “We’re Bringing QWAN Back to the Berkshires Where it Was Born” [Berkshire on Stage]

August 20th, 2012, 11:00 am by Sara

The hilarious QWAN company brings its unique take on humor, films and popular culture to the Colonial Theatre for one night only, August 20 at 7:30. They will parody The Black Swan and Notes on a Scandal. Seeing the film first is not a requirement for being able to laugh along with the actors. (photo: Michael Hart)

Ideas are a lot like babies in that there is a moment in which they are conceived and born, followed by a long period of nurturing. The QWAN company – which hopes to have Berkshire audiences doubled over with laughter on Monday – is just such an idea. Conceived late at night in the Berkshires, it soon took root in New York City in a series of performances a year ago, and is now ready for the trip back home. I will be among the friends and neighbors who will turn out to share their pride and joy as they perform two satirical and campy parodies of pretentious films, Notes!!! and Swan!!!.

In trying to figure a way to explain just how entertainingly funny this group of talented actors is, we turned to the long time Berkshire Theatre Group regular, Randy Harrison, one of the six QWAN members who are making the trek to the Berkshires for their August 20 show at Pittsfield’s Colonial Theatre. “I understand that it’s a show that could make lots of folks in Provincetown wish they were in Pittsfield this week,” I offered. He laughed and agreed it was pretty over-the-top when it comes to things on stage.

People wonder what kind of a name is “QWAN” to give your baby; what does it mean? Turns out it’s a loose association of actors that was born during summers they spent at the Berkshire Theatre Festival which ended up simply being called QWAN, which is an acronym for “Quality Without a Name,” he explained.

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Interview: Randy Harrison Talks About His “Tommy” Experience [Berkshire on Stage]

July 18th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Sara
Randy Harrison in the Berkshire Theatre Festival production of "Tommy"

Randy Harrison in the Berkshire Theatre Festival production of "Tommy"

Actor Randy Harrison’s yearly sojourns to the bucolic hills of Western Massachusetts are major events not only for his many fans, but also for the residents of the Berkshires. The spectacular offerings of the region’s four major producing theatres attract legions of live theatre patrons from around the nation each year.

This summer, the Berkshire Theatre Groups superb rendition of the rock opera Tommy had everyone talking. Randy Harrison played the title role with true star power. (Link to my review)

While some poor souls are still fixated on his role as Justin in the Showtime series Queer as Folk, and some even imagine that Brian (Gale Harold) is still in his life, Harrison has moved far beyond that series. He continues to pursue his one and only great love, live theatre. Those who share his passion for it are perhaps the luckiest people around.

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