Monologuist Mike Daisey Plays “The Trump Card” @ the Mahaiwe [Berkshire on Stage]

October 19th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Mike Daisey

Mike Daisey

With his latest creation The Trump Card, monologuist Mike Daisey is doing for Donald Trump what Michael Moore once did for General Motors: exposing the politician for the fraud he is. To do this he is using the best weapons currently available: the truth and biting humor. The insanely gifted and controversial comedian has never failed to make audiences sit up and take notice of what he says, and in our interview with him he admits that Trump surrogates have followed his latest show with more than casual interest.

There’s been some catcalling and heckling, and protests outside the theaters in different cities. Nothing I can’t handle — I’ve dealt with Apple fanatics and Scientologists, so I’ve seen the worst. – Mike Daisey

Daisey’s monologues are a brilliant amalgam of heartbreaking autobiography, hilarious gonzo journalism and unscripted performance pieces that cut to the bone. At the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington on Thursday (October 20), Daisey turns his razor-sharp wit to America’s surreal race for President, and there is no question as to which candidate he dislikes.

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Close Encounters with JS Bach… And PDQ Bach [Berkshire on Stage]

March 16th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara
Acronym Baroque String Band

Acronym Baroque String Band

The Berkshires’ premiere chamber music organization, Close Encounters With Music, celebrates Johann Sebastian Bach and his progeny at 6pm on Saturday (March 19) at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington with “J.S. Bach and Sons: Legitimate and Otherwise.” The Bach brood boasts an illustrious cluster of great musicians who act as a bridge into the classical style. Family members represented include Bach’s uncle Heinrich and his sons Johann Christoph Friedrich, Wilhelm Friedemann and Carl Philipp Emanuel.

Also appearing on the program is Johann Sebastian’s “illegitimate” son (the 21st of Johann’s 20 children!), P.D.Q. Bach (aka, Peter Schickele), in a concerto for “Four Handed Viola” that combines musicological scholarship, the conventions of Baroque and the antics of slapstick comedy.

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NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson Lands @ the Mahaiwe on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

September 28th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
NASA Astronaut Stephanie WIlson.

NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson.

NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson is headed to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center for two free talks. Co-sponsored by the Mahaiwe and Flying Cloud Institute, the Berkshire-raised astronaut will be in Great Barrington on Friday (October 2) at 10am (school field trip) and 7pm.

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Executive Director Beryl Jolly reports that “We have had enthusiastic interest from across Berkshire County for these appearances and eagerly look forward to these unique presentations about her extraordinary education, training, and multiple missions in outer space.”

A 1984 graduate of Pittsfield‘s Taconic High School, Wilson has logged more than 42 days in space as a veteran of three space flights (STS-121 in 2006, STS-120 in 2007, and STS-131 in 2010), serving as flight engineer and robotic arm operator.

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Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca Meld Spanish Dance with Classic Greek Drama [Berkshire on Stage]

June 29th, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Noche Flamenca (photo: Chris Bennion)

Noche Flamenca (photo: Chris Bennion)

Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, whose vitality, energy and passion have won accolades around the world, return to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington from Wednesday-Sunday (July 1–5) with Antigona, their visually arresting adaptation of Sophocles’s Antigone. The dance drama merges live music, theatrical spectacle and dance to create a production that propels the classic Greek play to new heights. In the production, Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca bring the inherent theatricality of flamenco to bear on this classical tragedy – reigniting the theatrical potential of the Greek chorus as the lyrical and rhythmic heart of the drama.

Noche Flamenca’s lead dancer and choreographer, the celebrated Soledad Barrio, will embody Antigone, the classical Greek heroine. Daughter of Oedipus and sister of the shunned Polyneices, Antigone follows her heart and defies Creon by burying her brother. Sentenced to death, Antigone then kills herself. Ms. Barrio will bring her usual fire to the role. “Powerfully athletic,” says The Washington Post, “Soledad Barrio burst forth with a chain reaction of staccato footwork and pumping knees, whipping her head as hairpins flew. Not to join her in this captivating journey would be to lose a chance at love, both its ecstasy and its agony.”

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Multi-Faceted Singer-Songwriter Rufus Wainwright to Shine @ Mahaiwe on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

May 6th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Sara
Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

By Larry Murray

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present “The Best of Rufus Wainwright” at 8pm on Saturday (May 9). “We look forward to an incredible evening with this exceptional artist,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “He is truly one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.”

The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter is the son of folk music luminaries Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright, but he has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film. He has released seven studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums. He has also collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and producer Mark Ronson, among others. His latest album, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, was released in 2014 on Universal.

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Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center Adds Seven New Concerts

April 13th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg
Pink Martini

Pink Martini

Of course, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington still has some A-list concerts coming up on its spring calendar – including Rufus Wainwright on Saturday, May 9 and Rosanne Cash on Sunday, May 17 – but now they’ve announced a big batch of seven new concerts for the rest of 2015. The new concerts range from the neo-lounge sparkle of Pink Martini to Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash.

Tickets for the newly announced summer concerts will go on sale to Mahaiwe members at 12noon on Thursday (April 16) and to the general public at 12noon on Wednesday, April 22.

Here’s the round-up of new concerts coming up at the Mahaiwe in 2015:

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Mahaiwe in March: Chinese Acrobats, Met Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, London’s National Theatre, More [Berkshire on Stage]

March 3rd, 2015, 1:00 pm by Sara
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

London’s National Theatre in HD presents David Hare’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”

There’s a variety of live and projected performances on stage and screen at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington for the month of March. Included are the Chinese acrobatic troupe Golden Dragon Acrobats and HD broadcasts of the Met Opera, London’s National Theatre and Bolshoi Ballet, as well as classic movies and children’s theater by the Omaha Theater Company.

“We’re offering timeless fun for the whole family this month,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly.

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo Is All About Harmony, Returning to the Mahaiwe Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

February 4th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Sara
Mahaiwe welcomes Ladysmith Black Mambazo back to the Berkshires.

The Mahaiwe welcomes Ladysmith Black Mambazo back to the Berkshires.

Excitement and anticipation is high as the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington welcomes back Ladysmith Black Mambazo at 8pm on Friday (February 6).

In conjunction with the performance, the Mahaiwe will also host a pre-show 7pm panel discussion at the theater with members of the Berkshire community from Africa, including Pauline Dongala and Eileen & Roy Tau. The speakers will talk about some distinctive aspects of South African culture and the impact of Ladysmith Black Mambazo on their countries. Admission to the panel is free to concert ticketholders. In addition, Castle Street Café Chef Michael Ballon will honor Ladysmith Black Mambazo by creating a South African cuisine menu option that evening.

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