Chester Theatre Company will open its 24th season with the world premiere of Arms on Fire, a new play-with-music by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, the creators of the Tony and Olivier Award winning, Spring Awakening.

The production will run from June 26th to July 7th at the Chester Town Hall in Chester, MA.

We are thrilled to be joined today at The Linda by the aforementioned Steven Sater along with Byam Stevens, Director of Arms on Fire and Artistic Director of Chester Theatre Company; Natalie Mendoza, who plays Josephina in the play; Musical Director and guitarist, Joe Belmont; and bassist, Rhees Williams.

    The Adirondack Theatre Festival is such a special theatre company offering new, interesting, fun and world premiere works of theatre. Their season this summer includes everything from Judy Garland, to Avenue Q, to – of course – Georgia O’Keeffe.

Mark Fleischer is the Producing Artistic Director of ATF and has been since 2007. He joins us to tell us about their upcoming productions, including their opening production: Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland.

In 1968, when he was 26, songwriter John Meyer met Judy Garland. The next two months were an emotional roller-coaster, but his life was changed forever. Inspired by his acclaimed memoir, Meyer brings to the stage the true story of his romance with a star whose flame was dying and how he attempts to rescue her from her self-destructive demons. John Meyer and the show’s director, Michael Bush, and star, Christine Andreas join us along with Mark Fleischer.

Kevin Sprague

  The Liar was originally penned by the classic 17th Century playwright Pierre Corneille, in 1664. The play as all of the ingredients of a perfect French farce - a tangled web of lies, misdirected advances, and the unmistakable confusion of love.

Shakespeare and Company is producing an adaptation by award-winning American playwright, David Ives, which merges the iambic humor of classic verse with a contemporary twist.

We are joined by director Kevin G. Coleman and actors David Joseph and Alexandra Lincoln.

The Theatre Institute at Sage is putting on a production of Edward Albee’s classic, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. The play, which turns 50 this years, is directed by David Baecker and pits two couples in a long night of vicious games. This blended student and faculty staging in the Meader Little Theatre stars David Bunce and Leigh Strimbeck – who joins us to to talk about the production.

James Sheldon

Sep 24, 2012

A new play entitled The Bonus Room will debut at the Grange Theatre in Copake, NY, for eight performances on the weekends of September 28-30 and October 5-7. The play is a light-hearted look at white-collar crime and the loss of trust in America, by Hudson Valley playwright James Sheldon.

James Sheldon’s previous play, Shiverman, opened this spring in London, where it has been nominated as Best New Play of the Year by the Off-West End Awards.

To learn more about The Bonus Room, call 845-677-4446.

Kieron Barry’s new play, Tomorrow in the Battle, finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful a 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. With their secrets deepening in risk and intensity, the past and present intertwine, thrusting them toward a desperate moment that changes their lives forever.

In 2005, Bazaar Productions launched the first season of The Berkshire Fringe, a 21-day festival of theater, dance, music and multi-media works by emerging voices from across the United States.

WordXWord Festival 2012

Aug 10, 2012

The WordXWord Festival is an 8-day festival taking place at a variety of venues in downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Venues range from store fronts to stages, studios to street corners, and rooftops to restaurants. Word X Word was founded in 2009 by Jim Benson, and he joins us with a preview this morning along with Leigh Strimbeck who will tell us about her new WAM Theatre piece about the impact of social media on women's lives.

We welcome Niskayuna native, Michael Whitney, to the show to talk about what it's like to be on the road with the touring production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The show is running on the main-stage at Proctors through Sunday.