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Coming to Williamstown: “Arguendo” Recreates 1991 Supreme Court Argument Over Nude Go-Go Dancers [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Arguendo

Williams College is presenting a theatrical work on Tuesday (February 11) by an unlikely new playwright, the U.S. Supreme Court, at its ’62 Center for Theater & Dance.

It is a play being presented by the NYC theater company Elevator Repair Service (ERS) and though it is simply titled Arguendo, it is also accompanied by this notice: “Parental discretion advised: nudity.”

Nevertheless it is a provocative and important subject to explore. Starting from the question, “Does a state prohibition against complete nudity in public violate the First Amendment’s guarantee of Freedom of Expression?” ERS tackles Barnes v. Glen Theatre, a 1991 U.S. Supreme Court case. Brought by a group of go-go dancers who claimed a First Amendment right to dance totally nude, the case examines an Indiana law that banned public nudity. At oral argument, the Justices attempt to define dance, ponder nudity in opera houses vs. strip-clubs, and ask whether naked erotic dancing is artistic expression or immoral conduct. There will be one performance only, on Tuesday, February 11 at 8pm on the ’62 Center’s MainStage, located at 1000 Main Street, in Williamstown, MA. Tickets are $10; $3 students.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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Willkommen to “Cabaret” in Williamstown, Nov. 14-23 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Kit Kat Klub

The Williams College Theatre Department will stage Fred Ebb and John Kander’s icon Cabaret, directed by David Eppel with Musical Director Eric Kang ’09 and Choreographer Brittany Baker-Brousseau ’11.

Set in the outrageous and sexy Kit Kat Klub, the musical is based on the writings of Christopher Isherwood about his life in Berlin in that bubble of time between 1920 and 1933, Cabaret is an amalgamation of several of his stories. They celebrate the moment in history when Berlin, its population ignorant or willfully blind of the coming Nazi conflagration, became the most exciting, most creative, most sexually fabulous and depraved city in all the world. Indeed, as many Berliners decided that they believed the very air, the “luft” in Berlin, carried in it a heady mixture of delightful drugs designed to maximize pleasure and bring out the best and the worst in all who breathed it.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Martin Jacques, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
The Tiger Lillies

The Tiger Lillies

“The first record album that I ever bought? That’s a tricky question, that one. It was something dreadful, I’m sure, because what do you know when you’re 14? When you’re young, you make mistakes.

It could have been anything, really, but it was probably something horrific like Genesis. Maybe Elton John. Or Mungo Jerry. Barclay James Harvest. It could have been anything, really.

And, of course, I used to have lots of children’s records when I was very little. ‘The Stories of Sinbad,’ that was a good little record.”

Vocalist-accordionist Martin Jacques leads the indescribably decadent London cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies in their unique production of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” at Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown at 8pm on Thursday (October 24). Tickets are $10.

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The Tiger Lillies’ “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Top Theater Attraction at Williams College [Berkshire on Stage]

The Tiger Lillies’ “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Top Theater Attraction at Williams College [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
This Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a different kind of musical theatre. The Tiger Lilies consists of Martyn Jacques, Adrian Huge, Adrian Stout.

This Rime of the Ancient Mariner is a different kind of musical theatre. The Tiger Lilies consists of Martyn Jacques, Adrian Huge, Adrian Stout.

The Tiger Lillies
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

Oct. 24 | 8:00 PM | $10 / $3 students

The Tiger Lillies are a three-piece band, formed in 1989 and based in London. The English trio tours worldwide, and won international acclaim with their opera “Shockheaded Peter.” Defying any singular description, the Tiger Lillies’ surreal musical style is something of a mix between opera, gypsy punk and old Paris. Masters of dark humor, their music plays in the intersection between offensive and delightful. It has been called macabre, darkly humorous, perversely beautiful and impossible to pigeonhole.

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” a collaboration with the visual artist Mark Holthusen, immerses the audience in the world of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s surreal ballad of death and enchantment on the high seas with multimedia staging that shifts from song to song to create a production somewhere between a film and a concert. Multi-screen projected animation and video, along with other fancy stage tricks, work in tandem to create a virtual baroque production – a unique musical experience that’s as quirky and unexpected as the Tiger Lillies themselves.

This performance is made possible by the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Endowment for the Arts and the Lipp Family Fund for Performing Artists.

INTEGRATED PROGRAMMING:

6pm: Cocktails and Context: Macabre Musicals, Subversive Singing
Co-hosted by Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Artistic Director Jenny Gersten and Williams College Theatre Department’s Chair David Eppel. Open bar.

10pm: Post show Q & A
with Mark Holthusen moderated by Professor of Art Liza Johnson.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

Adrian Stout, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Adrian Stout

Adrian Stout

“‘I’ve Got a Brand New Combine Harvester’ by the Wurzels and ‘Ernie’ by Benny Hill.”

Bassist Adrian Stout fuels the indescribably decadent London cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies in their unique production of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” at Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown at 8pm on Thursday (October 24). Tickets are $10.

ALSO READ:
Adrian Huge, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?
Martin Jacques, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?
The Tiger Lillies’ “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Top Theater Attraction at Williams College [Berkshire on Stage]

Adrian Huge, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Adrian Huge

Adrian Huge

“Oh dear. I’m afraid it was ‘Boots Power’ by Mungo Jerry. It was probably 1972. I used to quite like it.

But I probably haven’t bought any albums in the past 15 years. I’m not interested in music anymore.”

Drummer Adrian Huge joins the indescribably decadent London cabaret trio the Tiger Lillies in their unique production of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” at Williams College’s ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance in Williamstown at 8pm on Thursday (October 24). Tickets are $10.

ALSO READ:
Martin Jacques, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?
Adrian Stout, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?
The Tiger Lillies’ “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” Top Theater Attraction at Williams College [Berkshire on Stage]

LIVE: The Lionel Loueke Trio @ Williams College’s Chapin Hall, 4/26/13

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Review by J Hunter

If you need a reason to check Nippertown’s event calendar “Today’s Tips” every day, here’s one: No matter how well you think you’ve done your homework, you never know what you might have missed. For instance, I didn’t know guitarist Lionel Loueke was playing a show at Williams College last Friday until the morning of the show, when I happened to check that day’s breakdown of entertainment options. I’d seen Loueke twice as a sideman with Terence Blanchard (the last at The Egg’s Swyer Theatre, less than two weeks after Katrina flattened Blanchard’s hometown), but quite a lot has happened since then. Between Loueke’s own recordings and his appearances with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Gonzalo Rubalcaba, the lanky native of Benin has carved a pretty good career path of his own.

Loueke’s five-tune, 75-minutes-plus set came entirely from his third Blue Note release Heritage, and in venerable Chapin Hall, the music sounded heavenly. Chapin was the first home of the late, lamented Williamstown Jazz Festival, and is also where Williams College’s Artist in Residence & Director of Jazz Activities Andrew Jaffe has been holding court for nearly 25 years. As it turned out, the Williams Jazz Ensemble show that preceded Loueke’s set would be Jaffe’s last: Department Chair Tony Sheppard came onstage at the end of the ensemble’s performance to announce that Andy was stepping down after this semester, although he would still be teaching (and breaking in his successor) for the next few years. Then, in stages, Sheppard asked past students, patrons of Williamstown Jazz, and other friends of the program to stand up and be counted. By the time he was done, nobody was sitting down, and we all gave Jaffe the ovation he so richly deserved.

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Shailja Patel – Kenyan Poet, Artist & Activist performs Bwagamoyo at Williams College March 1-2 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Shailja Patel (photo by Wambui Mwangi)

Shailja Patel (photo by Wambui Mwangi)

Bwagamoyo (Dump Your Heart) is a riveting text based performance by Shailja Patel that fuses passion, poetry and politics.

Williams College will present the story of her journey, Bwagamoyo – Migritude, the second work in a four part series by this Kenyan poet, playwright, theatre artist, and political activist Shailja Patel. With the title of Migritude, which charts a voyage from colonial Zanzibar to Kenya’s 2008 post-election violence by way of the male body. Bwagamoyo, performed by Shailja Patel and Owiso Odera, is “un-theatre”. History, race, and anatomy, collide in text as dense and vital as the body’s blood supply to its muscles. “Staged reading on steroids meets spoken word on a mission” the promotional materials say.

Shailja’s 90-minute spoken-word theatre show. It uses her trousseau of saris, passed down by her mother, to unfold hidden histories of women’s lives in the bootprint of Empire, from India to East Africa.

Click to read the rest at Berkshire on Stage.

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