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Made in the Berkshires Festival: Full Schedule of Events for 2014 [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Made in the Berkshires takes place over Columbus Day Weekend.

Made in the Berkshires takes place over Columbus Day Weekend.

Columbus Day weekend is when the Berkshire Theatre Group kicks off the Made in the Berkshires Festival this year, running Friday-Sunday (October 10-12) at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. This is the fourth year of the Berkshire’s homegrown festival that spotlights local art and artists of exceptional quality.

And it is as social as it is artistic.

The opening night celebration kicks off on Friday (October 10) at 6pm in the Colonial Theatre lobby with a cocktail hour and visual art show curated by Suky Werman. The opening night program begins at 7:30pm on stage at the Colonial Theatre. Highlights include a film rave by Joe Wheaton; a scene from Diary of a Fashionista: Styled by Destiny featuring Destiny Saunders and dancers from Youth Alive combining hip-hop and fashion; a solo performance by 13-year-old jazz guitarist Nico Wohl; Pas de deux from “Carmina Burana” by Ruslan Sprague & Anna Acker; solo classical piano performance by Paul Celebi; blues-rocker Albert Cummings’ new music video directed by Dave Simonds; and scenes from Emmy Award-winning writer Lee Kalcheim’s new play Speed Dating. The opening night celebration will be followed by a “Taste of the Berkshires” reception in the Colonial lobby featuring Berkshire farm-to-table produce and locally crafted foods with music from DJ RothFitz.

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THEATER: Edgar Allan Poe’s Life and Death on Stage at the Unicorn [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 6th, 2014
The cast of “Poe” – a world premiere written and directed by Eric Hill at the Unicorn Theatre. (photo: Christina Riley)

The cast of “Poe” – a world premiere written and directed by Eric Hill at the Unicorn Theatre (photo: Christina Riley)

Theater review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: We’re just weeks away from Halloween, and as if to set the mood for an evening with Poe we had a wonderfully spooky ride through darkness, rain, and fog as we made our way to the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Poe is a new work, getting its world premiere by the Berkshire Theatre Group.

With all the movies featuring grunting zombies, slashers and hauntings constantly being offered to us via Netflix and the local multiplex, one might wonder whether the world has forgotten one of the pioneers of horror, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). All you need to do is listen to Kate Maguire recite “The Tell Tale Heart” in this play to remember how penetrating true horror can be. She’s doing exactly that in the photo above, with David Adkins (far left), as Poe, listening raptly.

Gail M. Burns: Even though I am not a fan of Poe, or of the horror genre in general, I recognize him as an extraordinary writer – one of the first Americans ever to attempt to earn his living solely by his pen. If he had been a sober and careful steward of his finances, that plan might have worked out better than it did…

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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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