Curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, Made in the Berkshires is a locally-grown festival of new works including theatre, film, dance, poetry, music, short stories, performance and visual art.
This year’s festival takes place Friday, October 10th through Sunday, October 12th at The Colonial Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, and The Garage.
Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims join us now along with Kate Maguire. Kate is the Artistic Director and CEO of The Berkshire Theatre Group – whose stages host Made in the Berkshires. Kate will also tell us about a world premiere play that BTG is presenting in October - written and directed by Eric Hill and featuring David Adkins - POE tells the story Edgar Allan Poe - the great American poet and short story writer and his mysterious disappearance for four days in Baltimore in 1849.
After six years away, prodigal daughter Brooke Wyeth returns to her Palm Springs Desert home to celebrate the holidays and announce plans to publish her childhood memoir – complete with revelations of deep family secrets. Retired ambassador dad, savvy mom, rehabbing aunt and ne'er-do-well brother team up to stop her and the joys of the family reunion quickly unravel in a surprising twist.
Sr. Nancy Murray, a sibling of comic actor Bill Murray, will be in the Capital District on Saturday – September 20th - to perform her one-woman play about a nun, Sr. Dorothy Stang, who was murdered in Brazil in 2005.
Sister Dorothy was a grey-haired woman of God who spent 40 years working to protect the poor and the Amazon rainforest of Brazil until her violent death.
In the play Lake Effect by Tom Dudzick, it’s 1977 and the Pazinskis gather for an important family meeting and find themselves trapped in their own bar during Buffalo’s famous Blizzard of ’77. With a driving ban in effect and nowhere to go, they’re forced to grapple with a mixture of both hilarious and heartfelt issues.
Lake Effect runs at Lake George Dinner Theatre through October 11th and we are joined now by actors Hillary Parker and Bryan McElroy and by Lake George Dinner Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Terry Rabine.
OBIE Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang sets his newest comedy in a Pennsylvanian farmhouse, where Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia find their lives turned upside down when their narcissistic movie star sister, Masha, shows up with her prized and much younger boyfriend Spike. This Tony-award winning homage to Chekhov unleashes a healthy dose of mayhem and hilarity over the course of a weekend when sibling rivalries, regrets, hopes and dreams are revealed.
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is currently running in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. The production is directed by Matthew Penn who joins us along with Elizabeth Aspenlieder who plays Masha.
Stageworks/Hudson is presenting a return engagement of the play, Tomorrow in the Battle by Kieron Barry through August 31 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, in Hudson, New York.
Starring Danielle Skraastad, Christopher Kelly and Olivia Gilliatt, under the direction of Laura Margolis, Tomorrow in the Battle received its world premiere at Stageworks in August 2012. Brought back by popular demand, the production played to enthusiastic houses and critical acclaim. Tomorrow in the Battle finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful young investor that he met at an opera. Though oblivious to her husband’s betrayal, Simon’s wife Anna has contrived a romantic seduction of her own.
The final show on The Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer is a magical lo-fi musical storytelling feat created and co-directed by PigPen Theatre Co. - The Old Man and the Old Moon runs from August 6th to August 17th.
PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of music, film, and theatre as freshman at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008. They have produced their original plays Off-Broadway and at regional theaters around the country.
Barrington Stage Company will be presenting the world premiere of Dancing Lessons, the new romantic comedy by playwright and BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain from August 7th – 24th.
Directed by Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, Dancing Lessons stars John Cariani and Paige Davis. John Cariani made his BSC debut as ‘Dogberry’ in last summer’s Much Ado About Nothing. Cariani is also the playwright of the play Almost, Maine. Paige Davis is known for Broadway’s Chicago and TLC’s Trading Spaces.
In The Visit, her Williamstown Theatre Festival debut, Broadway legend Chita Rivera embodies Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, who returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price.
Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks: What can your heart afford?
Rivera is joined by Roger Rees, Jason Danieley, and Judy Kuhn and directed in this Kander and Ebb musical by John Doyle.
Here she speaks with Joe Donahue about working on the show, her reverence for a productions creative team, and keeping her sense of humor - always.
Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore is currently running on Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in Pittsfield, MA through August 2nd.
Starring Mark H. Dold and directed by Joe Calarco, Breaking the Code tells the true story of famed mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who solved the German Enigma code during World War II, not knowing that, as a gay man, he’d fight a much harder personal battle at home.