director http://wamc.org en John Patrick Shanley's "The Danish Widow" At Powerhouse http://wamc.org/post/john-patrick-shanleys-danish-widow-powerhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>John Patrick Shanley is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright, Oscar winning screenwriter, and theatre and film director. His works include <em>Moonstruck</em>, <em>Joe Versus the Volcano</em>, <em>Welcome to The Moon</em>, <em>Savage in Limbo</em>, <em>Outside Mullingar</em>, <em>Doubt: A Parable</em>&nbsp;- for stage, the title shortened to <em>Doubt</em> when it was adapted to film.</p><p>His new play, <em>The Danish Widow</em>, opens tonight in the Hallie Flanagan-Davis <a href="http://www.powerhouse.vassar.edu">Powerhouse Theatre</a> on the Vassar College campus in Poughkeepsie, NY. It’s the third mainstage show of the New York Stage and Film summer season.</p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 94975 at http://wamc.org John Patrick Shanley's "The Danish Widow" At Powerhouse Berkshire Theatre Group Presents "A Little Night Music" Through July 19th http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-theatre-group-presents-little-night-music-through-july-19th <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved and award-winning musicals, <em>A Little Night Music</em> offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire, and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt.</p><p>In <a href="http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/">The Berkshire Theatre Group</a> production of <em>A Little Night Music</em>, currently running at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, Desiree Armfeldt is played by renowned actress, vocalist and Berkshire native, Maureen O’Flynn, and is directed by Ethan Heard.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94245 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Theatre Group Presents "A Little Night Music" Through July 19th "A Great Wilderness" At Williamstown Theatre Festival http://wamc.org/post/great-wilderness-williamstown-theatre-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points the way.</p><p><em>A Great Wilderness</em> is a play by Obie Award winner, Samuel D. Hunter. It is directed at <a href="http://www.wtfestival.org">Williamstown Theatre Festival</a> by Eric Ting and stars Jeffrey DeMunn. The three join us to talk about the play, which runs on the Nikos Stage at WTF July 9-July 20.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94241 at http://wamc.org "A Great Wilderness" At Williamstown Theatre Festival Stephen Brackett, Director Of Hit Comedy "Buyer & Cellar" http://wamc.org/post/stephen-brackett-director-hit-comedy-buyer-cellar <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In her 2010 book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">My Passion for Design</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Barbra </span>Streisand<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> revealed that her three acre estate in Malibu features a mill house with a water wheel, a cottage, a mansion and a giant U-shaped barn with a silo - in the basement of which, she has built a cobblestone-paved street lined with shops. There is a mall in her basement - and the stores are used as storage, museum-like display of the things she owns. There is an Antique Shop, an Antique Clothes Shop, Bee's Doll Shop, and a Sweet Shop which boasts a frozen yogurt machine.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.buyerandcellar.com/"><em>Buyer &amp; Cellar</em></a> - a play by Jonathan Tolins currently running at The Barrow Street Theatre in New York City - is set primarily in this bizarre wonderland of personal extravagance. In the one man show, underemployed LA Actor, Alex (portrayed through March 16th by Michael Urie), is hired to role-play a salesperson with Ms. Streisand.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 85105 at http://wamc.org Stephen Brackett, Director Of Hit Comedy "Buyer & Cellar" Bedlam Theatre's "Hamlet" And "Saint Joan" http://wamc.org/post/bedlam-theatres-hamlet-and-saint-joan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.theatrebedlam.org/">Bedlam Theatre</a> in New York City that is currently producing two shows - played in repertory, William Shakespeare’s <em>Hamlet</em> and George Bernard Shaw’s <em>Saint Joan</em> are boldly theatrical, stripped down, immersive productions of classic plays. These two large-cast shows are each played with a company of four - and not only four, but the same four actors in both plays.</p><p>Eric Tucker is the the Artistic Director of Bedlam Theatre. He plays Hamlet and a few other roles in their production of <em>Hamlet</em>, numerous characters in <em>Saint Joan</em>, and directed both productions. Bedlam’s Producing Director, Andrus Nichols, plays Joan in <em>Saint Joan</em> and numerous characters in <em>Hamlet</em> - including Gertrude, Ophelia, Guildenstern, the Player King, and the Gravedigger.</p><p>Bedlam is a company committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience - they create theatre in a flexible, raw space - and the audience is always included in their productions.</p><p>Eric Tucker joins us to tell us more - he has worked with playwrights Tony Kushner, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Paula Vogel and Ellen McLaughlin. He is founder of the Trinity Shakespeare Summer Project and has worked with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA - including working with Tina Packer on <em>Women of Will</em>.</p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 81264 at http://wamc.org Bedlam Theatre's "Hamlet" And "Saint Joan" Sheryl Kaller Directs "Too Much, Too Much, Too Many" For Roundabout Underground http://wamc.org/post/sheryl-kaller-directs-too-much-too-much-too-many-roundabout-underground <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Following the death of her husband, Rose locks herself in her bedroom for the better part of a year, leaving her daughter Emma to care for her through the closed door. When the church sends a pastor to help coax Rose out of her room, he soon finds that Rose is not the only one using barriers to hide her true feelings.</span></p><p>This is the plot of <a href="http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/Too-Much-Too-Much-Too-Many.aspx"><em>Too Much, Too Much, Too Many</em></a> - a new play by Meghan Kennedy that is currently being produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company’s <a href="http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/Roundabout-Underground.aspx">Roundabout Underground</a> - a program that showcases new plays that will either allow an experienced director to go back to their creative roots or give a debut production to an emerging writer or director.</p><p><em>Too Much, Too Much, Too Many</em> is directed by Sheryl Kaller, the Tony nominated director of the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts. She has directed at many theaters including Primary Stages, Williamstown Theater Festival, and New York Stage and Film. She has directed and developed new plays and musicals with writers including Christopher Durang, David Henry Hwang, Nick Blaemire, Billy Porter, Alan Menken, and many others.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 79596 at http://wamc.org Sheryl Kaller Directs "Too Much, Too Much, Too Many" For Roundabout Underground Half Moon Theatre’s Presentation of “Love/Sick” http://wamc.org/post/half-moon-theatre-s-presentation-lovesick <p></p><p><a href="http://www.halfmoontheatre.org" style="line-height: 1.5;">Half Moon Theatre</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Hudson Valley's resident professional </span>theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> company, will present </span><a href="http://www.johncariani.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">John Cariani’s </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">brand new play </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Love/Sick</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the </span>HMT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Performance Space in Poughkeepsie November </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> through the </span>17th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Mr. Cariani, an actor and a playwright, has been seen on and off Broadway and in numerous TV shows and films. His hit play<em> Almost, Maine </em>has been produced by nearly 2,000 theater companies in the United States. With <em>Love/Sick</em>, Cariani returns to the hilarious and heartbreaking landscape of romantic love. Christopher V. Edwards, Associate Artistic Director of the <a href="http://www.hvshakespeare.org">Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival</a>, directs <em>Love/Sick</em> for Halfmoon Theatre. Playwright and Director join us this morning</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76478 at http://wamc.org Half Moon Theatre’s Presentation of “Love/Sick” FilmColumbia – Bob Giraldi and Pete Hamill – “A Poet Long Ago” http://wamc.org/post/filmcolumbia-bob-giraldi-and-pete-hamill-poet-long-ago <p>Based on a story by <a href="http://www.petehamill.com">Pete Hamill</a>, two friends from a Brooklyn grammar school reconnect and realize the impact they and their work had on each other. <a href="http://www.apoetlongago.com"><em>A Poet Long Ago</em></a>, directed by <a href="http://giraldi.com">Bob Giraldi</a>, screens at <a href="http://www.filmcolumbia.com">FilmColumbia</a> in Chatham, NY during their shorts program on Sunday.</p><p>In the film, Sonny, a sanitation worker, and Malloy, a newspaper writer, meet by chance and reminisce about their grammar school days together back in 1970s Brooklyn. Immediately an old wound is opened; flashbacks show how the least likely of the pair had his astonishing gift of writing poetry beaten out of him forever by the narrow-minded father hell-bent on protecting him.</p><p>Bob Giraldi is a longtime director who has done everything from directing the film, <em>Dinner Rush</em>, to directing the music video for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” Pete Hamill is widely known for his contributions to the <em>New York Post</em> and the <em>New York Daily News </em>as a columnist and editor.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76170 at http://wamc.org FilmColumbia – Bob Giraldi and Pete Hamill – “A Poet Long Ago” FilmColumbia – Brian Percival – “The Book Thief” http://wamc.org/post/filmcolumbia-brian-percival-book-thief <p>Working mainly in television, director Brian Percival has made quite a name for himself in the UK with his work on <em>Downton Abbey </em>extending his reach to this side of the Atlantic.</p><p>Percival’s debut theatrical feature <em>The Book Thief</em> is generating early buzz as a contender in the upcoming Hollywood award season. The film will screen as part of the <a href="http://www.filmcolumbia.com">FilmColumbia</a> Festival this Sunday at 3:30pm.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76169 at http://wamc.org FilmColumbia – Brian Percival – “The Book Thief” M. Night Shyamalan Talks About "I Got Schooled" And Closing America's Education Gap http://wamc.org/post/m-night-shyamalan-talks-about-i-got-schooled-and-closing-americas-education-gap <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In 2008, Oscar-nominated film director M. Night Shyamalan (<em>The Sixth Sense</em>, <em>Unbreakable</em>, <em>Signs</em>) decided to take an active role in helping fix what&rsquo;s wrong in American public education.</p><p>He learned that there are five keys to closing America&rsquo;s achievement gap. But just as we must do several things to maintain good health&mdash; eat the right foods, exercise regularly, get a good night&rsquo;s sleep&mdash;so too must we use all five keys to turn around our lowest-performing schools. These five keys are used by all the schools that are succeeding, and no schools are succeeding without them. He joins us to tell us more.</p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 75311 at http://wamc.org M. Night Shyamalan Talks About "I Got Schooled" And Closing America's Education Gap