Posts Tagged ‘The Unicorn Theatre’

Jayne Atkinson and Susan Rose bring “Motherhood Out Loud” to the Berkshires [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 27th, 2014
The actors prepare for Motherhood Out Loud at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge,

The actors prepare for Motherhood Out Loud at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge,

Great Barrington, MA, February 28, 2014 – Two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson (CRIMINAL MINDS, HOUSE OF CARDS) will direct a benefit production of MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge on March 28th and 29th as part of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. Proceeds from the production, co-produced by Atkinson and Susan Rose, will benefit WAM Theatre and the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers.

The cast will feature Jane Kaczmarek (MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE and the upcoming FOX sitcom HERE’S YOUR DAMN FAMILY), Michel Gill (HOUSE OF CARDS) and Academy Award winner James Lecesne, as well as local guest artists Amber Chand, Tammy Denease, Tyler Malik, Corinna May, Rachel Siegel and Barbara Sims. After successful productions across the country, including an off-Broadway run at Primary Stages in New York City, this will be its Berkshire premiere.

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Mary (Mott) and Edith (Wharton) Delight at the Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
On left: Mary Mott. On right: Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor.

On left: Mary Mott. On right: Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor.

Review and Discussion by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail M. Burns: The weekend began with the four gentlemen in the Oldcastle Theatre Company’s Sherlock Holmes – Knight’s Gambit. That was followed by three fascinating ladies on stage at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s (BTG) double-header Mary and Edith: Stories by Women a Century Apart. The contrast between the two was dramatic.

Larry Murray: Yes, and even though two of those ladies were of the same Edwardian ilk of the gentlemen, I enjoyed the women far more than the men. The title Mary and Edith made me think of Downton Abbey‘s Lady Mary and Lady Edith, though they would likely disagree as to the propriety of the Edith Wharton tale, Roman Fever, which opens the evening at the BTG. Lady Edith of course had a remarkable feminist outlook for her day, and would no doubt love the final retort of the tale which ends the play.

Gail: Lady Sibyl was the true feminist of the Crawley girls, but I think all three sisters would have read and enjoyed Edith Wharton. Even the Dowager Duchess would have gotten a surreptitious kick out of Wharton’s genteel shocker.

Larry: Eric Hill has adapted Wharton’s popular short story, Roman Fever, into a half-hour curtain raiser. Tara Franklin narrates, and Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor play Mrs. Delphin Slade (Alida) and Mrs. Horace Ansley (Grace) who find themselves back in Rome chaperoning their own daughters’ amorous adventures some 25 years after their own girlhood rivalry in the same locale. We see them chatting on a hotel terrace at dusk, overlooking the hills of Rome, suggested via a splendid set by Carl Sprague, who also did the Sherlock Homes set. Busy guy!

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“Mary and Edith” with Kim and Kate and Mary on Stage Together at the Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
(l to r) Kim Taylor, Kate Maguire and Mary Mott.

(l to r) Kim Taylor, Kate Maguire and Mary Mott.

Built on a foundation of success, the Berkshire Theatre Group’s presentation of Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart is sure to delight lovers of literature when it is staged at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. The production opens Friday (October 4) and closes on Sunday, October 20.

Both Roman Fever and From Where I Sit were previously produced at the new works festival, “Made in the Berkshires” in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Due to popular response, BTG is producing the two works as a two-part evening of theatre celebrating the works of women writers in the Berkshires and presents an insightful, dramatic look into the lives of women a century apart.

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Alison Larkin Live at The Unicorn Theatre March 9 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 8th, 2013
Alison Larkin

Alison Larkin

Pittsfield, MA: In conjunction with The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, Alison Larkin presents an evening of Anglo-American comedy on March 9 at 7:30pm at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

Alison was born in Washington DC, adopted at six weeks old by British parents and raised in England and Africa. After graduating from Royal Holloway College, London University and The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, she became a playwright and classical actress on the British stage. Then, at 28, she found her birth mother, who was living in Bald Mountain, Tennessee. The experience turned her into a stand-up comic.

She was soon headlining at the Comic Strip in New York and the Comedy Store in LA, while maintaining her theatrical career. She appeared Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theater Club and on Broadway in Stanley with the Royal National Theatre. She also spent three years under studio development contract to star in her own sitcom with ABC, CBS and Jim Henson Productions. TV appearances include Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comic Relief, Providence and Holding the Baby.

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Joby Earle plays The Puppetmaster of Lodz in Berkshire Theatre Group Opening [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
Herr Finklebaum, The Puppetmaster of Lodz, is played by Joby Earle in his first appearance at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

Herr Finklebaum, The Puppetmaster of Lodz, is played by Joby Earle in his first appearance at the Berkshire Theatre Festival.

The Puppetmaster of Lodz by Gilles Ségal, translated by Sara O’Connor and directed by Brian Roff will begin Berkshire Theatre Group’s Theatre Festival season at The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St. in Stockbridge on June 21 with an official press opening on June 23. The cast will include Joby Earle as Finkelbaum, Lee Sellars as Popov/Spencer/Weissfeld/Weissman, Julia Gibson as the Concierge and Jesse Hinson as Schwartzkopf; with set design by Jason Simms, costume design by Antonia Ford-Roberts, lighting design by Japhy Weideman and sound design by Scott Killian.

The Story

A Jewish man has escaped from one of the most notorious concentration camps in Germany only to be yet again imprisoned in an imaginary world. Herr Finkelbaum weaves a story of longing, while caring for his beloved puppets and clinging to a lost reality. Try as he might to create a world far from the tragedy of the camps—he and we are finally faced with the question: will this horrifying war ever end? The Puppetmaster of Lodz is a gripping story of memory and survival.

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Getting to the Soul of American Roots Music with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

You may know them from hearing them on A Prairie Home Companion, or on their own live radio program Dancing on the Air on WAMC in Albany, from film soundtracks such as Legends of the Fall and Brother’s Keeper. Millions were entranced by the music they did for Ken Burns’ PBS documentary on the Civil War, which features Jay’s “Ashokan Farewell” as its signature tune. You can hear a bit of the haunting tune in the video above.

The heart and soul of American roots music, Jay Ungar and Molly Mason bring a well-loved repertoire of original tunes to The Unicorn Theatre at 6 East St. in Stockbridge on March 17 at 8pm. Jay and Molly will play timeless renditions of hard-driving Appalachian, Cajun and Celtic fiddle tunes, stirring Civil War classics, sassy songs from the golden age of swing and country, stunning waltzes and deeply moving original compositions.

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Tarbox Ramblers Promise a Night of Blues, Rock and the Unexpected to the Unicorn Theatre Feb. 18 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
The Tarbox Ramblers are bassist Scott McEwen, drummer Robby Cosenza and guitarist Michael Tarbox.

The Tarbox Ramblers are bassist Scott McEwen, drummer Robby Cosenza and guitarist Michael Tarbox.

When the Tarbox Ramblers begin playing, a lot can happen quickly. That’s because they can take audiences to a place where Appalachian music, ancient blues and gospel come together in powerful, unexpected combinations. You could describe their sound as one that is both familar and new at the same time. Some might simplistically describe them as “alternative”, but that doesn’t begin to describe these left-field traditionalists whose roughhewn, direct sound has drawn raves from tastes as different os Rolling Stone and NPR.

Playing with the ease and familiarity of musicians who understand each other’s deepest impulses, these gifted interpreters of traditional music also continue to write a growing number of original songs. At any given Tarbox show the audience is likely to hear thickets of gorgeous backwater guitar, followed by fierce waves of percussion in call-and response drum-and-vocal songs, followed in turn by timeless lightning-in-a-bottle laments. From a whisper to a roar—with what led The Washington Post to describe them as “a force of nature”—The Tarbox Ramblers’ astonishing inventiveness keeps their music vital even as it continues to evolve.

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David Grover (The Jerry Garcia of the Elementary School Set) at The Unicorn Dec. 28-29 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
David Grover

David Grover

From our News Desk: The Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) has added another family event for the week between Christmas and New Year’s. David Grover and Grover’s Gang will appear with The BTG Children’s Chorus at The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St. Stockbridge, MA on Wednesday, December 28 at 7pm and Thursday, December 29 at 11am. David Grover’s unique children’s show is described as the perfect Holiday event for the whole family.

Of course, this groovin’ Grover is not the madcap muppet — we’re talking about musician David Grover and his band, the aptly titled Grover’s Gang, who will delight and entertain your own families moppets this month.

David Grover spent many years as Arlo Guthrie’s lead guitar and band leader playing for adults, but it wasn’t until he had a daughter that he found his true calling, playing for children and families.

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