Posts Tagged ‘West Stockbridge’

“Message to Billy” Is a Serious Comedy [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, August 8th, 2016

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On Tuesday (August 9), Multicultural BRIDGE Social Justice In Action campaign will offer a rehearsed reading of a new one-act play, Message to Billy, hosted by Diana Felber Gallery in West Stockbridge, written by Steven Somkin and directed by Andrew Joffe with actors Lora Lee Ecobelli and Eddie Allen.

Steve Somkin offers this Social Justice In Action fundraiser to benefit Multicultural BRIDGE. CEO and Founding Director, Gwendolyn VanSant, “I am delighted to bring this play that covers the intersections of bias, race, class and gun control and conversation to our Berkshire community. I look forward to sharing Steven Somkin’s work and facilitating an engaged conversation afterwards.”

The underlying question of Message to Billy, a serious comedy, is what does it tell our children about ourselves when we let uncomfortable and unwelcome prejudices out in the open.

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“The Tall Girls” Introduces Women’s Sports to WAM’s Fresh Takes Series on Sunday [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

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By Larry Murray

WAM Theatre is pleased to announce details for their reading of The Tall Girls by Meg Miroshnik, the next event in the 2015 Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. The first Fresh Takes reading of 2015 sold out last month, as did all five of the readings in 2014 inaugural season, proving Berkshire audiences embrace contemporary plays written by women and focusing on the unique stories of women and girls.

WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday (May 17) at 3pm at No. Six Depot Roastery and Café in West Stockbridge.

The cast of The Tall Girls features Erin Eva Butcher (Imaginary Beasts’s Kerplop! The Frog Prince), Annie Considine (Shakespeare & Company’s Private Lives), Sarah Jensen (CT Rep Theatre’s Lysistrata), Maizy Broderick Scarpa (Pittsfield Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Catherine Seeley (Oldcastle Theatre’s My Fair Lady) and Ryan Winkles (Shakespeare & Company’s It’s a Wonderful Life). Kelly Galvin, curator of the 2014 Fresh Takes Series, and well known to Berkshire area audiences for her work with Shakespeare & Company as an actress and educator, will direct the reading.

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

Monday, April 13th, 2015
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.

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THEATER: A Chekhov Farce and a Wharton Delicacy from Pythagoras Theatre Works in West Stockbridge [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Berkshire on Stage Theatre Review

Review by Gail M. Burns

Do not get confused and go, as I initially did, to the building the town of West Stockbridge, MA, currently uses as its town hall. The 1854 Town Hall is located on Main Street directly opposite the Public Market, and parking is abundant, although often cleverly concealed, nearby. Like most assembly halls of the 19th century, the public space is on the second floor above the office or retail space at street level which provided free heat for the upper level, although the thimble for the stovepipe is still visible on the side of the chimney upstairs. The hall features a tiny stage whose enormous windows (yes, there are windows on the back wall of the stage) attest to a time when natural light was necessary for most gatherings and performances.

In this slightly shabby space – the West Stockbridge Historical Society is investing first in modernizing the building and bringing it up to code – the newly formed Pythagoras Theatre Works is mounting their inaugural season featuring a pair of one-act plays – The Bear (of the Berkshires) by Anton Chekhov and The Rembrandt by Edith Wharton – both adapted and staged by Artistic Director Michael Burnet. Do not allow the modest sets, lack of theatrical lighting or the choice of public domain material to fool you – these are talented, Equity actors who choose to live, and often work, locally. And this is a low-key but auspicious launch for this group, with the newly-revitalized downtown of West Stockbridge as the perfect setting.

As you enter the hall, you are treated to Jonah Thomas playing his original compositions on the cello. The acoustics are excellent, and Thomas’ music is evocative of both time and place. (Is there any instrument more Chekhovian than the cello?) Presently Leonard, the butler, (Scott Renzoni) appears to berate his mistress, the widowed Elena Winterbottom (Diane Prusha), for her prolonged and maudlin mourning and self-imposed isolation for her late husband, the philandering Nicholas. It has been seven months since his death, why won’t she leave the house?

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All-Female “Measure for Measure” to Get Staged Reading from WAM Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Measure for Measure at WAM Theatre

WAM Theatre has solidified its plans for a staged reading of Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare. This story of a woman’s struggle to preserve her identity in the face of hypocrisy and exploitation will be given a unique telling with an all-female company of actors and a streamlined adaptation. WAM Theatre will present the reading on Sunday (May 18) at 3pm at Six Depot Roastery and Café, 6 Depot Street in West Stockbridge, MA. Measure for Measure is the second presentation in WAM’s new Fresh Takes Play Reading series, which offers new and reimagined works that tell women’s stories.

The cast of Measure for Measure includes Suzanne Ankrum (WAM’s Emilie), Ariel Bock (Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s None but the Lonely Heart), Barby Cardillo (WAM Theatre’s The Attic, the Pearls, & Three Fine Girls), Dana Harrison (Shakespeare & Company’s Private Lives), Tod Randolph (Shakespeare & Company’s Cassandra Speaks) and Kristen van Ginhoven (WAM Theatre Artistic Director). The reading will also feature Jacinthe G. Connor, Emma Dweck, Catherine Santino and Josephine M. Wilson.

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Jessica Swale’s London Hit “Blue Stockings” Gets USA Reading by WAM Theatre in West Stockbridge [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Jessica Swale’s play examines the trials and tribulations of four brilliant, passionate young women who are desperate to become scientists.

Jessica Swale’s play examines the trials and tribulations of four brilliant, passionate young women who are desperate to become scientists.

With only 25 seats, the first in a series of Sunday afternoon new play readings by WAM Theatre will certainly be a rare experience for those lucky enough to be there. When first announced, few details were known about just who would be doing the reading but with the announcement of the cast, it is obvious that this is more than a simple reading, it will be an afternoon filled with drama, and if you want, great coffee and comestibles.

Blue Stockings is set in 1896 at Girton, the first college in Britain to admit women. It’s a moving, comical and eye-opening story about four young women fighting for education and self-determination against the backdrop of women’s suffrage. This critically acclaimed play dramatizes the fight for education, equality and access for women; issues that are prized by WAM Theatre and its audiences.

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