Aglet Theatre Offers “Collected Stories” by Donald Margulies in Sheffield [Berkshire on Stage]

September 16th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Sara
A story about a two writers…

A story about a two writers…

On Saturday (September 20) at 7pm, the Aglet Theatre Company will present its first staged reading of this season – Collected Stories by Donald Margulies. It will do so in its new home at Dewey Hall, 91 Main St. (Route 7) in Sheffield, Massachusetts. Erected in 1887, the Hall is an intimate and charming venue, conducive to the genial atmosphere created by Aglet as well as the company’s thought-provoking and insightful productions.

Directed by Thomas Gruenewald, Aglet’s staff director, Collected Stories features two highly accomplished actresses – Deborah Coconis and Deann Halper. All three artists have extensive experience in other parts of the country as well as the tri-state area.

The play follows Ruth Steiner who exploded into the literary world with a collection of short stories that brought her instant fame in her early ’20s. The fame dwindled away, and Ruth has since become an esteemed but little-celebrated member of academia, teaching writing to ambitious college students in New York City.

One evening Lisa Morrison arrives for a consultation about a story she’s written for Ruth’s class. Lisa’s talent captures Ruth interest and as their relationship develops Ruth comes to see in her protégée a version of herself, a nobody from Detroit testing incredible odds to succeed.

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Creative babes launch anthology about mothering March 1 at BFWW Opening in Sheffield [Berkshire on Stage]

February 28th, 2013, 11:00 am by Sara

Great Barrington, MA – What does it take to gestate a book about mothering? For Suzi Banks Baum, it took two teenagers, a fierce sense of longing, and a year of blogging while “tangled in kids, laundry, and work.” On March 1st, her book launch for An Anthology of Babes: Thirty-six Women Give Motherhood A Voice kicks off the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers with the second annual Out of the Mouths of Babes: An Evening of Mothers Reading to Others. (For the full BFWW Calendar of Events, go to our earlier overview story here.)

At this evening’s event, a selection of the writers will read from their work, celebrating the creativity of even the most uncelebrated acts of parenting. Profits from book sales will support The Community Health Program of Great Barrington (CHP) and Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires (VIM Berkshires), which provide crucial services to women in need.

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Broadway’s Michael Wartella is bringing “Wicked Unplugged” Home to the Berkshires Nov. 19 [Berkshire on Stage]

November 19th, 2012, 11:00 am by Sara
Michael Wartella is Boq in Wicked now at Proctor’s.

Michael Wartella is Boq in Wicked, now at Proctor’s.

by Gail Burns

Inspired by his Berkshire childhood as the step-son of musician David Grover, Michael Wartella is bringing his cast-mates from the national touring company of “Wicked” home to Massachusetts for an acoustic benefit concert for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on Monday, November 19, at 7 pm. The company is currently performing at Proctors in Schenectady, NY.

“I grew up in the Berkshire folk music scene with my stepdad and Arlo Guthrie, so it was a no brainer for me to produce something here in the County,” Wartella explained. “This concert will feature ‘Wicked’ cast members singing hits and classics from all different musical genres, as well as a few songs from the show, in an acoustic environment.”

Wartella’s mother, Kathy Jo Grover, is directing the Undermountain Elementary School’s fall musical production, and the cast of that show will make an appearance at the concert along with David Grover to sing a very special number.

“Growing up here I took advantage of every theatrical opportunity that came my way,” Wartella said. “I was involved with Shakespeare & Company and the Barrington Stage Youth Theatre. But when I went into New York City with some friends of mine in high school to see ‘RENT’ that was the tipping point for me – the moment I said ‘I want to do this for a career.’”

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