WAM Theatre to Open Fresh Takes Series with “Silence,” Directed by Tod Randolph [Berkshire on Stage]

April 13th, 2015, 1:30 pm by Sara
Moira Buffini’s “Silence” is the first Fresh Takes play reading of 2015

Moira Buffini’s “Silence” is the first Fresh Takes play reading of 2015

WAM Theatre has announced the cast for their staged reading of Silence by Moira Buffini, the first reading in the 2015 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. The inaugural series last year sold out, and whetted audience appetites for more professional readings of plays that explore the lives and experiences of women and girls.

WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday (April 19) at 3pm at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge.

The cast of Silence features Gregory Boover (Shakespeare & Company’s Romeo & Juliet), Doria Bramante (Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s Beethoven Love Elegies), Caroline Calkins (Shakespeare & Company’s Private Eyes), Rory Hammond (NYU’S The Scarlet Letter), Miles Harrison (Pittsfield Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Josh Aaron McCabe (Shakespeare & Company’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Acclaimed actor and director Tod Randolph, a Berkshire area favorite, will direct the reading. Jessica Sovronsky will be the stage manager.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.


One Square Inch of Silence

May 20th, 2009, 12:37 pm by Sara

Here at Nippertown we talk a lot about music and other joyful, human-made noises, but I must confess to sometimes wanting a bit of silence; as the saying goes, if there were no clouds, we should not enjoy the sun.

Gordon Hempton has been recording silence and the natural world for years, gaining fame with Dawn Chorus, his recording of birds, insects and the wind as day breaks. Now known as The Soundtracker, he actively seeks locations in the United States where there is no trace of sound from the modern world.

Writing in Orion Magazine, Kathleen Dean Moore tells a fascinating tale of tagging along with Hempton in his mission to defend these last natural places.

Astonishment and gratitude are an important part of what the future stands to lose under the shouting engines of human ambition. When humans silence nature, drowning out the small voices, we subordinate it to our own presumed power. Anyone who has felt the oppression in a classroom or boardroom or marriage when only some are free to speak will understand what it means to be silenced—to have no voice, to be seen and not heard, to be told to “pay attention,” which means do not pay attention to any voice but one. Human noise is yet one more oil-fired expression of modernity’s claim of sovereignty and control over the natural world.

Orion Magazine: Silence Like Scouring Sand

Here’s a documentary of Gordon gathering sounds from the Olympic National Park and Pacific Coast of Washington State:

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