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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri July 11, 2014

"The Whale" At Adirondack Theatre Festival

    Samuel D. Hunter’s award-winning and critically acclaimed new play, The Whale, opens tonight at The Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Fall, NY last night as part of The Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 2014 season. The production is directed by Kristen Van Ginhoven.

Charlie, a 600-lb man is slowly eating himself to an early grave. His caretaker and friend, Liz, has been trying to get Charlie to see a doctor for years, to no avail. Charlie teaches online writing courses from his Idaho apartment; his weight keeps him isolated from the physical world outside. His daughter, Ellie, a teenager who’s pushing against the adults in her life, suddenly shows up at his door. So does Elder Thomas, a young Mormon on his two-year mission. Charlie deals with more than weight issues; issues from his past have brought him to a crisis in the present.

We are joined now by two actors from the production, Timothy Carter who plays Charlie and Brenny Rabine who plays Liz.

Arts & Culture
10:12 am
Fri July 11, 2014

"In Your Arms" At Powerhouse

  In Your Arms is a new play with love-themed vignettes written by Douglas Carter Bean, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Urhy.

Christopher Gattelli, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of Newsies and South Pacific, and composer Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime, Once on This Island) bring the vignettes to life through music and dance - using the stories penned by the playwrights but not their words.

In Your Arms is the second Mainstage show of this summer’s New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theatre season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Christopher Gattelli joins us.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Berkshire Playwright's Lab Presents Jane Anderson's "Mother Of The Maid" On 7/2

    

  The Berkshire Playwrights Lab provides an opportunity for emerging and established playwrights to find a secure berth where they can develop new work and/or explore new avenues of creativity. Founded by Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione, Bob Jaffe, and Matthew Penn, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab is the area’s only theater dedicated exclusively to encouraging, developing, and presenting new plays.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Berkshire Theatre Group Presents: The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful

  Named one of the best plays of the 20th Century by the New York Times and Time Magazine, The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful is currently running on The Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, MA.

Aaron Mark directs Charles Ludlam’s campy comedy for BTG - which tells the tale of Lady Enid and Lord Edgar who arrive one stormy night at a haunted and dreary estate to investigate the sudden disappearance of Irma Vep. Sidesplitting antics and mysteries unfold as the two journey from the London manor to the ancient pyramids in Egypt with vampires, werewolves, mummies and more in tow in this satire of Victorian melodrama, Gothic horror and classic films.

Broadway Actor, Bill Bowers and Tony Award-nominated, Tom Hewitt take on eight characters in this classic romp of a gothic spoof.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue May 20, 2014

John Steinbeck’s "The Grapes Of Wrath" At The Ghent Playhouse

  The Ghent Playhouse will present John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, the classic saga of displaced heartland Americans during the Dust Bowl Depression. Performances dates are May 23-25, May 30-June 1 and June 6-8. The novel was adapted for the stage by Frank Galati and the Steppenwolff Theater Company. This production is being directed by Joe Phillips.

Renowned first as a novel, and then as a prize-winning motion picture, the story of the Joad family and their flight from the dust bowl of Oklahoma is familiar to most. The American classic celebrates its 75th Anniversary this year.

Here to tell us about the Ghent Playhouse production are the director, Joe Phillips, actor Kevin Barhydt who plays Tom Joad, and Judy Staber, Board member and PR handler for The Ghent Playhouse.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Wed May 7, 2014

"The God Game" At CapRep

    

  The God Game, a play by Suzanne Bradbeer, is having its World Premiere at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY.

The play was included in the inaugural NEXT ACT! New Play Summit in 2012. NEXT ACT!, a joint venture between Proctors and Capital Rep, is a three-day festival with the mission of discovering fresh, exciting dramatic and musical properties, and nurturing both new and established playwrights.

The God Game is about religion and politics - the two topics to avoid in polite conversation. In the play, Tom and Lisa and Matt have known each other for years, through thick and thin - but the news Matt brings on an August anniversary afternoon in Richmond, Virginia could change all of their lives forever.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Stephen Brackett, Director Of Hit Comedy "Buyer & Cellar"

  In her 2010 book, My Passion for Design, Barbra Streisand 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.

Buyer & Cellar - 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.

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Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Barrington Stage Company's 10×10 New Play Festival

Barrington Stage Company's 10×10 New Play Festival is part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival, returning to downtown Pittsfield for the third year from February 13-23, 2014. From theatre to art shows to live music, 10×10 warms up the Berkshires winter with hot new performances, art and more.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue January 21, 2014

"The Mountaintop" At CapRep

    In The Mountaintop by Katori Hall; it’s the eve of his assassination and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Brandon Jones) cools down in a lonely Memphis hotel room after delivering the speech of a lifetime—when an unexpected visit from a feisty, young hotel maid (Liz Morgan) pushes King into a confrontation with his doubts, fears, and haunting premonitions.

The man behind the public image and the great ideals that formed a new America come alive in a soul-stirring hit play from London and Broadway that is currently running at Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY – directed by Nick Mangano.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Stephen Lang And "The Wheatfield" At The Crandall Theatre

    Stephen Lang is a Tony Award-nominated American actor and playwright who is also well known for his film work - including his roles as George E. Pickett in Gettysburg, Stonewall Jackson in Gods and Generals, Colonel Quaritch in Avatar and many others.

This Sunday at 4pm The Chatham Film Club and the Columbia County Historical Society present an exciting combination of theater, film and music that tells the story of the Battle of Gettysburg through the eyes of Union officer and Medal of Honor Winner James Jackson Purman.

The program features a one man show written and performed by Stephen Lang, original music composed by Robert Kessler and performed by virtuoso double-bassist Timothy Cobb, and the a screening of the short film The Wheatfield, written and performed by Lang, and directed by filmmakers, Alexander and Adrian Smith. The program is hosted by historian Harold Holzer.

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