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  Stephen Belber’s new play, The Dizzy Little Dance of Russell DiFinaldi, will be part of New York Stage and Film and Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater’s Reading Festival this weekend.

A sprawling modern American epic about Russell DiFinaldi and his brother Jerry, two men trying to figure out what it means to do good in the world. David Cromer directs the reading and it stars Finn Wittrock.

Wittrock co-starred on American Horror Story: Freak Show and on HBO’s The Normal Heart. He was also in the most recent Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.

  Thoreau or, Return to Walden is a world premiere play running at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

Longtime BTG Alum, David Adkins takes the stage as transcendentalist, poet, and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. BTG Artist, Eric Hill, who most recently wrote and directed Adkins in the wildly well-received Poe, is directing this production.

The writing of Henry David Thoreau comes to life in this dramatic and uplifting tale as he battles with himself, with his own thirst for blood and for the soul of our American conscience.

We are joined by David Adkins.

Joan Marcus

  Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of an East German transsexual who moves to America after a botched sex change operation. As the show begins, Hedwig is performing in concert and recounting her life story: childhood abuse, a disastrous marriage to an American soldier and, after being plunked down alone in Kansas, a doomed romantic and songwriting partnership with a Christian teen who becomes a rock star. Hedwig remains obsessed with this former love, Tommy Gnosis, and follows him on the road, accompanied by her loyal new husband, Yitzhak.

Hedwig and The Angry Inch opened on Broadway in April of 2014 with Neil Patrick Harris as Hedwig and Lena Hall as Yitzhak. Both won Tony Awards for their performances and the show won Best Revival of a Musical. The show ran off-Broadway to much acclaim in the late 90s and was made into a movie that was released in 2001.

The book of the show is by John Cameron Mitchell, and the music and lyrics are by Stephen Trask. In the year plus that the show has been running, Hedwig has been played by - in addition to NPH - Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, and the afore John Cameron Mitchell. Hedwig is currently played by Darren Criss, Taye Diggs will take over the role in late July.

Yitzak has been played by the incredible Rebecca Naomi Jones since April of this year. Rebecca’s other Broadway credits include Passing Strange and American Idiot - off-Broadway she appeared in This Beautiful City, Wig Out! and Murder Ballad.


  Kinky Boots took home six 2013 Tony Awards, the most of any show in the season and now the National Touring Company is playing at Proctor’s in Schenectady through Sunday.

Kinky Boots is the smash-hit musical that brought together four-time Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and Grammy Award winning rock icon Cyndi Lauper - who won a Tony Award-winner for Best Score.

Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price who is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. You know, Kinky Boots.

Juan Torres-Falcon plays an Angel in the show and Stephen Carrasco is the Dance Captain.

    Actress Kate Mulgrew is almost unrecognizable in her role as Red, the formidable former prison kitchen manager in the hit series Orange Is the New Black. She's also well known for her seven seasons as Captain Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager.

But the story behind the actress is more dramatic than anything she's played on screen. In her new memoir Born With Teeth, Mulgrew she tells her story as a struggling actress and about a monumental decision she made when she was just 22 years old, when her acting career was on the rise.

 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is nominated for 6 Tony Awards including Best New Play. It’s been called “the most inventive new show on Broadway.” The acclaimed National Theatre production of the show won 7 Olivier Awards. It opened in New York in October and a national tour was recently announced.

Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott directs an adaptation by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens. Based on Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel, the drama follows Christopher — a 15-year-old mathematics savant with an often crippling antisocial disorder — as he pieces together clues to solve a neighborhood mystery and comes to a greater understanding of his own family.

Joan Marcus

  Nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Something Rotten! tells the story of playwright brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom played by Brian D’Arcy James and John Cariani, who live in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard” - Christian Borle as a strutty Shakespeare who renders everyone he encounters utterly star-struck.

In his effort to overshadow Shakespeare, Nick Bottom seeks out a soothsayer (played by Brad Oscar) who foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical!

John Cariani  - a playwright and actor who has worked often in our region - steals Something Rotten! with his endearing nerdiness - his character is a sincere, sweet, Shakespeare fan-boy.



  This year's Berkshire Playwright's Lab Opening Night Gala will take place on Friday, June 5th at 8 p.m. at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA.

It will be an evening of new short plays and new short films written by Chiara Atik, Joe Cacaci, Richard Dresser and Dean Imperial and featuring performances by Lauren Ambrose, Treat Williams, and our guest Jay Thomas.

Terry Shapiro

  The National Tour of Pippin is at Proctors in Schenectady this week - opening tonight and running through Sunday. The 2013 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival with a beloved score by Tony nominee Stephen Schwartz tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence.

This production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus and features sizzling choreography in the style of Bob Fosse and breathtaking acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts De La Main.

John Rubinstein plays Charlemagne in the production - he played the title role of Pippin in the original Broadway production in 1972. Rubinstein is a film, stage, and television actor and director and a composer of film and theatre music. He does it all and he joins us to talk about returning to Pippin's corner of the stage.

Joan Marcus

In The Way We Get By, a new play by Neil LaBute, Beth and Doug wake up after a hook up and deal with the conversation and consequences that sometimes entails. The show is running At the Second Stage Theater in New York City through June 21st.*

Thomas Sadoski plays Doug. Sadoski is a stage and screen actor - in 2011 he originated the role of 'Trip Wyeth' in Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities for which he won an Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award. He’s worked often on and off-Broadway in New York, as well as appearing all over the country and the world - including in our backyard at New York Stage and FIlm’s Powerhouse season at Vassar and return engagements at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. On screen, recent credits include - HBO’s The Newsroom and the film, Wild.

Thomas Sadoski speaks with us about returning to the work of certain playwrights, pre-performance energey on stage and on screen, and about his love of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.