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  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.

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  In Joshua Harmon’s new play, Significant Other, Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but until he meets Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. But as singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan finds that supporting the ones you love can be just as impossible as finding love itself. The play takes an often funny and alternately heartbreaking look at what it’s like to be single when all of your close friends are marrying themselves off (and even worse than that - sometimes having destination weddings that you attend, even though it destroys your budget).

The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Significant Other, directed by Trip Cullman, has been in previews for a few weeks and officially opens at The Laura Pels Theatre in New York City this coming Thursday night.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s relationship with Joshua Harmon began when his play Bad Jews was selected for the inaugural Roundabout Underground Reading Series for Emerging Playwrights in February 2012. The play then premiered at Roundabout Underground’s Black Box in Fall 2012, in a sold-out extended run and then moved upstairs to the 420-seat Laura Pels Theatre - where Significant Other is performed now.

We spoke with Joshua Harmon and Trip Cullman recently about Roundabout, the play, and working together.

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  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.

    In 1921, a tightly knit band of killers set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They were a humble bunch: an accountant, a life insurance salesman, a newspaper editor, an engineering student, and a diplomat. Together they formed one of the most effective assassination squads in history. They named their operation Nemesis, after the Greek goddess of retribution.

Eric Bogosian tells their never-before-told story in his new book, Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide.

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  Academy Award-nominated Lucy Alibar, whose stage play was adapted into the award-winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild, has been working on her latest, Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up with the Sundance Theatre Lab, in residency for two weeks at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA.

There will be a performance of the work at the museum's Club B10 tomorrow night at 8pm.

  The 10th season of “Frequency North,” the visiting writers series at The College of Saint Rose, rocks on with novelist and rock writer Marc Spitz. Spitz will read from his latest works tonight at 7:30 PM in the Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium in Albany.

SPIN magazine hired Spitz in 1997, where he wrote more than a dozen cover stories on artists as diverse as Axl Rose, Weezer, Trent Reznor and Franz Ferdinand. Dubbed the “hipster playwright,” Spitz’s plays include Retail Sluts, I Wanna Be Adored and P.S. It’s Poison.

In his new book: Twee, Spitz explores the first great cultural movement since Hip Hop: an old-fashioned and yet highly modern aesthetic that’s embraced internationally by teens, twenty and thirty-somethings and even some Baby Boomers; creating hybrid generation known as Twee.

This week in our Ideas Matter segment, we feature MASS Humanities and are joined by Harley Erdman, Professor of Theater at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her new play, Nobody's Girl, will have its premiere at the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA on October 17th and is based on real events that occurred at the Academy of Music in the early 1940s.

    The final performance for the 2014 season at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab is The Season, and it looks at the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day in the Berkshires through the eyes of one summer home owning family.

The playwright, Michael Brady, most well known for the award-winning For Gillian on her 37th Birthday, which was made into a film starring Peter Gallagher and Michelle Pfeiffer, is a 30 year resident of the Berkshires and also well known to Great Barrington in his other life working in the local CVS.

We welcome Michael Brady and co-artistic director of Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Joe Cacaci.

 

   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.

    John Patrick Shanley is a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning playwright, Oscar winning screenwriter, and theatre and film director. His works include Moonstruck, Joe Versus the Volcano, Welcome to The Moon, Savage in Limbo, Outside Mullingar, Doubt: A Parable - for stage, the title shortened to Doubt when it was adapted to film.

His new play, The Danish Widow, opens tonight in the Hallie Flanagan-Davis Powerhouse Theatre on the Vassar College campus in Poughkeepsie, NY. It’s the third mainstage show of the New York Stage and Film summer season.

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