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2017 CALENDARS


Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Audition Call for 12th Annual Production of "A Christmas Carol”

Berkshire Theatre Group seeks non-equity actors for its annual community production of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, adapted by Eric Hill and directed by Travis Daly, running December 9 through December 22 at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA.

BTG is seeking children (ages 9 and up) and adults to fill the roles in the annual production. Please note we will be casting up to twenty children in the production.

Rehearsals for A Christmas Carol will begin on Sunday, November 12th and will be held after school, evenings and weekends. Rehearsals will be held in Stockbridge, MA.

Attending all rehearsals is required. The production runs December 9 through December 22 with two 10am student matinees planned. The performance schedule is as follows:

·   Saturday, December 9 at 7pm (Opening)

·  Sunday, December 10 at 2pm

·   Tuesday, December 12 at 10am (Student Matinee)/Snow Date Thursday December 14 at 10am

·   Wednesday, December 13 at 7pm (Special Community and Sensory-Friendly Performance)

·   Thursday, December 14 at 7pm

·   Friday, December 15 at 7pm

·   Saturday, December 16 at 2pm and 7pm

·   Sunday, December 17 at 2pm

·   Tuesday, December 19 at 10am (Student Matinee)/Snow Date Thursday December 21 at 10am

·   Wednesday, December 20 at 7pm

·   Thursday, December 21 at 7pm

·   Friday, December 22 at 7pm (Closing Performance)

All performances will take place at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA.

Auditions will take place Wednesday, October 18 from 6pm–9pm at The Colonial Theatre (111 South St. Pittsfield, MA).  Auditioners should prepare one short traditional Christmas Carol to sing, and will be asked to read from the play.

Auditions are by appointment only. Please call by 413-448-8084 ext. 23 by October 16th to schedule an appointment.

About Berkshire Theatre Group

The Colonial Theatre, founded in 1903, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, founded in 1928, are two of the oldest cultural organizations in the Berkshires. In 2010, under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, the two organizations merged to form Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG). Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission is to support wide ranging artistic exploration and acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music and entertainment. Every year, BTG produces and presents performances to over 68,000 attendees and, through our Educational Program, serves over 13,000 Berkshire County schoolchildren annually. BTG’s celebrated stages reflect the history of the American theatre; they represent a priceless cultural resource for the community


Legendary Improv Comedy Group

Upright Citizens Brigade

Comes to the Colonial on 11/11

Berkshire Theatre Group welcomes Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Touring Company at The Colonial Theatre on Saturday, November 11 at 8pm. Tickets are $20 and $30.

Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Touring Company brings the best improv comedians from the legendary UCB Theatre's. Their flagship touring show is a 90-minute, unscripted and totally improvised performance. Four improvisers at the top of their game perform a high-energy, surprising and hilarious show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again! Former UCB comedians include: Amy Poehler, Adam McKay, Horatio Sanz, and other comedy icons.

Tickets are $20 and $30. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444, or online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Comedy Central and MTV's Decoded Comedian Rojo Perez Headlines

$5 Comedy Garage Series on 11/16

Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) welcomes comedian, Rojo Perez to the $5 Comedy Garage Series on Thursday, November 16 at 7:30pm. This show is sponsored by The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.

Originally from Puerto Rico, Rojo Perez is a New York-based comedian. In April 2017, Rojo made his late night stand up debut on TBS' Conan. Since moving to New York City, he has been a cast member on MTV's Decoded, and was featured on Comedy Central's Funny 'Cause It's True, Time Out New York and Univision's FLAMA. He has also performed at top-tier comedy clubs across the country, such as the Comedy Studio in Boston, the Comedy Club on State in Madison, Cap City Comedy Club in Austin, ACME Comedy Company in Minneapolis, and Go Bananas Comedy Club in Cincinnati. In 2016 he was selected as a Standup NBC finalist and has been a part of the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Moontower Comedy Festival, New York Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, LA Riot Comedy Festival and Akumal Comedy Festival in Mexico.

Join us at The Comedy Garage, for only $5! The Comedy Garage presents acclaimed comedians from near and far. After the show, head down the street to Methuselah Bar & Lounge and show your Comedy Garage ticket for a $5 beverage.

We suggest early arrival for this event. It is general admission, first come, first served.

Tickets to Rojo Perez are $5. Please note, to avoid a $6 order fee, please call the Box Office at 413-997-4444 or purchase your tickets in person at The Colonial, 111 South Street, Pittsfield, MA. We apologize for any inconvenience. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.


Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents

UP IN ARMS

Friday, October 27 through Sunday, December 10, 2017

Exhibition presents a number of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture.

UP IN ARMS, a multi-media group exhibition that explores the historic and social issues surrounding the divisive nature of gun ownership in the United States, will be on view in the South Gallery at Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, located at 283 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown, Connecticut, from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, December 10, 2017. New extended gallery hours are Tuesday from Noon to 7pm, and Wednesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm. Admission is free and open to the public.

"UP IN ARMS" presents a number of perspectives on the image and impact of guns in contemporary culture, though none endorse them as a means to an end. Works by fourteen artists touch upon a host of issues surrounding access to and use of firearms, examining and representing the role that guns continue to play in our national mythologies and pathologies, suicide and homicide rates, domestic violence, and mass media. Gun ownership and control is a divisive topic in this country. The artists in "UP IN ARMS” visualize the power of the gun as icon and instrument, the damage it can do, and how weapons might be rejected, subverted, or silenced. Some show the power that guns wield in our daily realities and personal fantasies. Others mourn and resist that power, doing everything they can to take it away, believing there are better ways to resolve conflicts, ensure safety, and keep the peace.

The Guest Curator for “UP IN ARMS” is Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University. The artists featured in the exhibition are Joshua Bienko, Casey Li Brander, Cathy Colman, Dadpranks, James Duesing, Jessica Fenlon, Vanessa German, Jinshan, Andrew Ellis Johnson, Jennifer Meridian, Adrian Piper, Katie Rose Pipkin, Susanne Slavick, and Stephanie Syjuco.

There will be an Opening Reception on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm, with remarks by Guest Curator Susanne Slavick at 6:15pm.

Presented in conjunction with Wesleyan's annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, which will be focused on "Guns in American Society" on Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. For more information about the Shasha Seminar, please visit, http://www.wesleyan.edu/shasha.

The exhibition will be closed Monday, November 20 through Monday, November 27, 2017.

No handguns or other firearms (even if all permits, licenses, and registrations are up to date and available), explosives, or weapons of any kind are allowed on the Wesleyan campus at any time and for any reason whatsoever.

About the Center for the Art

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts exists to catalyze people’s creativity by engaging them in the dynamic work of diverse artists. Three inter-related activities enable the CFA to realize its purpose:

    supporting the research, public productions, and in-studio teaching needs of the departments of Art and Art History, Dance, Music, and Theater;

    leading inter-disciplinary collaborations and other initiatives that integrate artists into creative curricular and co-curricular initiatives; and

    organizing powerful encounters between visiting artists and diverse elements of the Wesleyan community, the greater Middletown community, statewide, and regional audiences. 

The Center for the Arts opened in the fall of 1973, and includes the Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, the 400-seat Crowell Concert Hall, the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, the 260-seat Ring Family Performing Arts Hall, the 400-seat Theater, the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), and classrooms and studios.

The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery is dedicated to presenting groundbreaking solo and group exhibitions and installations that explore contemporary issues, often through an interdisciplinary lens. Site specific projects that take advantage of the gallery's unique and majestic space have also been featured. For more information about the gallery, please visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/zilkha.

The Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its many generous funders and collaborators, including The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the American Express Foundation, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the City of Middletown, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Surdna Foundation, as well as media sponsors the Hartford Courant, the Inner-City News, WESU 88.1FM, and WNPR.


BTG Announces 2018 Season at the Colonial:

Canine Cabaret
Mutts Gone Nuts

Yesterday and Today:
The Interactive Beatles Experience

South African Acappella Legends
Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Best-Selling American Author and Humorist
David Sedaris

Argentinian Dance Sensation
Che Malambo

David Sedaris (at Colonial on 4/13)

Che Malambo (at Colonial on 4/22)

Mutts Gone Nuts (at Colonial on 2/17)

Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) announces the 2018 presented season at The Colonial Theatre: canine cabaret, Mutts Gone Nuts (2/17, part of the 10x10 Upstreet Art Festival); Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience (3/8); acappella legends, Ladysmith Black Mambazo (3/9); best-selling American author and humorist, David Sedaris (4/13); and Argentinian dance sensation, Che Malambo (4/22).

Upcoming events at the Colonial include, The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69 (10/27), $10 Music Garage: Subtleties (11/9), Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Touring Company (11/11), $5 Comedy Garage: Rojo Perez (at the Garage in the Colonial Theatre lobby 11/16), Ain't Wastin' Time: A Berkshire Tribute to Gregg Allman with Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band & Friends (11/30) and A Christmas Carol (12/9 through 12/22).

Community events at the Colonial include the Art in Harmony Artist Reception (11/2 at 6pm). Art in Harmony is a group show of six Berkshire artists, Judy Bates, Nicole Webster Clark, Reuben Lara, Kelly Macchia, Susan Robinson and Freya Segal. Student musicians from a Kids 4 Harmony will perform at the reception. A portion of each sale will benefit Kids 4 Harmony and BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group’s year-round education program.

BTG will present the 12th annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol at the Colonial, adapted by Eric Hill and directed by Travis G. Daly. Running December 9 through December 22, come celebrate the timeless holiday tradition of A Christmas Carol with the whole family. There will be special community and sensory-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol on Wednesday, December 13 at 7pm.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield; at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, Stockbridge; by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.

2018 PRESENTED SEASON

Mutts Gone Nuts
at The Colonial

Saturday, February 17 at 2pm and 5pm

Tickets: Adults $20 Children $10

This event is part of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival

Comedy duo, Scott and Joan Houghton have created a dog thrill show like no other, featuring nine amazing canine partners, all adopted from animal shelters and rescues. Expect the unexpected in this top-notch presentation that includes: high flying frisbee dogs, tightwire dogs, dancing dogs, magic dogs and of course—the one and only—Sammie the Talking Dog!

Since 1985, Scott and Joan Houghton have been presenting their unique blend of physical comedy and circus arts to audiences from Las Vegas to Tokyo. They spent three years with country star Lee Greenwood at his theater in Tennessee and seven years as the featured comedy act at Dolly Parton’s Theaters in Branson, Orlando and Myrtle Beach. In 2005, the duo turned their attention to a creating a comedy dog act and Mutts Gone Nuts has been thrilling audiences of all ages ever since! This event is part of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience
at The Colonial Theatre

Thursday, March 8 at 7:30pm

Tickets: A: $35, B: $20

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience is the nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of The Beatles. This amazing group, anchored by brothers Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan, perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience. This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show. On those cards, the audience member only needs to fill out three things: their name, their favorite Beatles song and the reason why they chose that song. The cards are collected and two minutes before the show begins, a set list is created based upon the songs chosen and the reasons that the audience members chose those songs make up the narrative of the evening.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
at The Colonial Theatre

Friday, March 9 at 8pm

Tickets: A: $45 B: $30

"It isn’t merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being." -Paul Simon

The Grammy Award-winning acappella ensemble, Ladysmith Black Mambazo captures South Africa’s historic struggle in an inspiring repertoire that melds the tradition of Zulu harmony, singing songs born in the mines during the apartheid era, with hints of gospel. Whether performing at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, in Disney’s The Lion King, or alongside Paul Simon on his album Graceland, Ladysmith Black Mambazo creates beautiful harmonies that have brought its unique sound to international prominence. The rich uplifting sounds and effortlessly synchronized dancing convey universal themes of faith, hope and peace, yielding a performance of pure, uninhibited joy.

David Sedaris
at The Colonial

Friday, April 13 at 8pm

Tickets: A: $65.00 B: $40.00

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, best-selling American author, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as collections of personal essays, Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, each of which became an immediate bestseller.  The audio version of Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls is a 56th Annual Grammy Awards-nominee for Best Spoken Word Album. He is the author of the NYT-bestselling collection of fables entitled, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (with illustrations by Ian Falconer). He was also the editor of Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules: An Anthology of Outstanding Stories. Sedaris pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” There are over ten million copies of his books in print and they have been translated into 25 languages.

Che Malambo
at The Colonial

Sunday, April 22 at 2pm

Tickets: $40

The Argentine based dance company, Che Malambo, excites audiences through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Presenting a thrilling, percussive dance and music spectacle, the company’s work celebrates the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. This powerhouse, all-male company of 14 gauchos is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas. Che Malambo brings fiery Malambo traditions and virtuosic dancing to the contemporary stage for an exhilarating and entertaining show that is perfect for the entire family. Danced solely by men, the Malambo began in the 17th century as competitive duels that would challenge skills of agility, strength, and dexterity. Zapeteo, their fast paced footwork, is inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses in their native Argentina.

CALENDAR OF 2017/2018 PRESENTED SHOWS

The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69:
at The Colonial Theatre. Friday, October 27 at 8pm. Tickets: A: $50 B: $25.

$10 Music Garage: Subtleties: at the Garage (Colonial Theatre Lobby).
Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $10, Sponsored by: The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.

Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Touring Company:
at The Colonial Theatre. Saturday, November 11 at 8pm. Tickets: A: $30 B: $20

$5 Comedy Garage: Rojo Perez: at The Garage (Colonial Theatre Lobby).
Thursday, November 16 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $5, Sponsored by: The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.

Ain't Wastin' Time: A Berkshire Tribute to Gregg Allman with Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band & Friends:
at The Colonial Theatre. Thursday, November 30 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $27.50.

Mutts Gone Nuts: at The Colonial Theatre. Saturday, February 17 at 2pm and 5pm.

Tickets: Adults $20 Children $10

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience:
at The Colonial Theatre. Thursday, March 8 at 7:30pm. Tickets: A: $35 B: $20.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: at The Colonial Theatre. Friday, March 9 at 8pm. Tickets: A: $45 B: $30.

David Sedaris: at The Colonial Theatre. Friday, April 13 at 8pm.
Tickets: A: $65.00 B: $40.00.

Che Malambo: at The Colonial. Sunday, April 22 at 2pm. Tickets: $40.


COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE AND HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCE “STAGE & SCREEN” SERIES: FOUR EVENTS IN 2017–2018

TROUBLE IN PARADISE  IN CONJUNCTION WITH TARTUFFE

Monday, November 13 at 7pm

Gaston Monescu (Herbert Marshall), a thief, meets his true love in Lily (Miriam Hopkins), a pickpocket. The couple embark on a scam to rob lovely perfume company executive Mariette Colet (Kay Francis). But when Gaston becomes romantically entangled with Mme. Colet, their larcenous ruse is jeopardized, and Gaston is forced to choose between the two beautiful women. Legendary director Ernst Lubitsch’s masterful touch is in full flower in Trouble in Paradise, a pinnacle of sophisticated romantic comedy, loaded with sparkling dialogue, witty innuendo, and elegant comic invention. Trouble in Paradise and Tartuffe both explore the practice and technique of being a con-artist.

Tickets to the Huntington’s production of Tartuffe (November 10 – December 10 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre) start at $25 and are available at huntingtontheatre.org.

MILDRED PIERCE  IN CONJUNCTION WITH BAD DATES

Monday, January 29 at 7pm

In this noir classic and Academy Award-winning film, Mildred (Joan Crawford) is interrogated by police about the death of her second husband, Monte Beragon. Throughout the film, flashbacks reveal the events leading up to his death as well as the details of Mildred’s relationship with her spoiled and social climbing daughter, Veda (Ann Blyth). An examination of successful, ambitious women and how they live, Mildred Pierce is as relevant as ever. Mildred Pierce is referenced in Bad Dates, and the plays protaginist Haley Walker considers herself to be a modern day Mildred Pierce.

Tickets to the Huntington’s production of Bad Dates (January 26 – February 25 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre) ) start at $25 and are available at huntingtontheatre.org.

WORKING GIRL IN CONJUNCTION WITH TOP GIRLS

Monday, April 23 at 7pm

Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) is a secretary from Long Island trying to climb the corporate ladder. After working with her new boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), Tess learns that not all women in corporate America support each other. A misunderstanding with Jack Trainer (Harrison Ford), another executive, complicates matters, forcing Tess to choose between ambition with the possibility for love. Working Girl is a 1980s classic about self-discovery, determination, feminism, love, and a whole lot of hairspray. Top Girls and Working Girls both share similar themes regarding women in the workplace and the sacrifices they have to make.

Tickets to the Huntington’s production of Top Girls (April 20 – May 20 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre) ) start at $25 and are available at huntingtontheatre.org.

ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company is Boston’s leading professional theatre and one of the region’s premier cultural assets since its founding in 1982. Recipient of the 2013 Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Huntington brings together superb local and national talent and produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current to create award-winning productions. The Huntington runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington has long been an anchor cultural institution of Huntington Avenue, the Avenue of the Arts, and will remain so on a permanent basis with plans to convert the Huntington Avenue Theatre into a first-rate, modern venue with expanded services to audiences, artists, and the community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington cultivates, celebrates, and champions theatre as an art form. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.

ABOUT THE COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of the nation’s most prominent independently-operated movie theatres, run by the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation. A beloved movie house, the Coolidge has been pleasing audiences with the best in cinematic entertainment since 1933. In addition to contemporary art house and independent film, the Coolidge presents the annual and prestigious Coolidge Award, Science on Screen, high-definition broadcasts of live opera, ballet, and theatre performances, Big Screen Classics, midnight screenings of cult films, kids’ programs, and sneak previews and discussion of upcoming films as part of Talk Cinema. The Coolidge has won numerous awards and honors for its creative programming. For more information, visit coolidge.org.


HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH LEGENDARY, ACCLAIMED MUSICAL MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, WITH MUSIC & LYRICS BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM, DIRECTED BY MARIA FRIEDMAN 

In conjunction with its upcoming production of Merrily We Roll Along, Huntington Theatre Company will host several special events and post-show conversations. Admission to onsite post-show events is free with a ticket to Merrily We Roll Along, available at huntingtontheatre.org/merrily, by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the Huntington Avenue Theatre (264 Huntington Avenue) and Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont Street) box offices. Tickets start at $25. Performances begin Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Avenue of the Arts / Huntington Avenue Theatre.

A CONVERSATION WITH THEATRE PROFESSOR SCOTT EDMISTON

Saturday, October 7 after the 2pm performance

Join Scott Edmiston, chair of theatre at Northeastern University and local director, and Director of New Work Charles Haugland for a discussion about the themes explored in Merrily We Roll Along after the 2pm performance on October 7.

Scott Edmiston has been teaching and directing throughout the Northeast for more than 30 years. Since relocating to Boston in 1997, he has directed more than 60 productions at theatre and opera companies across New England including SpeakEasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Company, American Repertory Theater, Underground Railway Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Opera Boston, Nora Theatre, Gloucester Stage, and the Tony Award-winning Huntington Theatre Company where he was an artistic associate and production dramaturg for more than 30 productions. In 2011, he received the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence for his theatrical body of work and contributions to the cultural life of Boston. Mr. Edmiston began his teaching career at the University of Michigan in 1983. For many years he served on the faculty at Boston University’s School of Theatre Arts and led their MFA directing program. He has taught directing at Brown University/Trinity Rep and dramatic literature at Brandeis University where he was the inaugural Director of the Office of the Arts for 11 years. His areas of scholarship include American and European modern drama, queer theatre, Tennessee Williams, and Eugene O’Neill. As a professional dramaturg, he has researched and written on topics ranging from the Harlem Renaissance to Stephen Sondheim; and worked with playwrights such as August Wilson and Jon Robin Baitz. He is the founding editor of State of the Arts magazine. Among his many articles and publications, he is the author of “Acting Misbegotten: The Creative Journey to Eugene O’Neill” in the anthology Critical Insights: Eugene O’Neill (Salem Press, 2012).

A CONVERSATION WITH COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR, AND MUSICAL THEATRE PROFESSOR ALLEN FEINSTEIN
Date to be determined
Join Allen Feinstein, Director of Bands and Music Department Head at Northeastern University for a discussion about the music of Stephen Sondheim.

Allen Feinstein has led many ensembles as a conductor in accompanying silent films and has served as music director for numerous musical theater productions. As music director of the Northeastern University band program he has led multi-media concerts, children’s concerts, and themed musical events, and hosted numerous guest composers and soloists, including five members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Feinstein has coached many student conductors, and collaborated with dozens of student soloists. He teaches courses in musical theatre, conducting, and music theory. He has written a number of pieces for narrator and orchestra that have been performed widely, including The Little Engine That Could. The Akron Symphony and Grand Rapids Symphony performed the work a total of 13 times in 2017. Mr. Feinstein composed and conducted his scores accompanying silent films on the National Film Preservation Foundation’s DVD compilation Treasures 3, which looked at how early filmmakers addressed social issues. The DVD set was on many ‘best of’ lists for 2007, including those of The New York Times, Time Magazine, and The New Yorker. He is completing a new musical about the early silent film era titled Plotnik’s Moving Picture Palace, and he is writing the book as well as the music and lyrics for this show.

POST-SHOW AUDIENCE CONVERSATIONS
After the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening performances most Saturday and Sunday matinee performances and one Wednesday matinee.
This is an opportunity for audience members to discuss Merrily We Roll Along led by members of the Huntington staff.

ABOUT MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
WHEN

September 8 – October 15, 2017
               Select Evenings: Tues. – Thurs. at 7:30pm; Fri. – Sat. at 8pm; select Sun. at 7pm
               Matinees: Select Wed., Sat., and Sun. at 2pm
               Days and times vary; see complete schedule below.


BTG's 2017 Season


Sponsored by: Blantyre, Country Curtains and Red Lion Inn

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby Brewster, played by Harriet Harris (Broadway:Thoroughly Modern Millie; TV: Frasier) and Martha Brewster, played by Mia Dillon (Broadway: Crimes of the Heart). However, shortly after Mortimer's arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer's dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan, played by Harriet Harris’ real-life husband, Matt Sullivan.

at The Unicorn Theatre 
The Larry Vaber Stage 
BTG's Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street 
Thursday, September 28 through Sunday, October 22   

Sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig and Furlano and Arace, PC

Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, David Auburn (Proof), Lost Lake is an engrossing, evocative play. Part drama, part melancholy comedy, Lost Lake follows the story of Veronica and Hogan; imperfect strangers, tangled up in each other's lives by circumstance. Veronica, hopelessly in need of an escape from life's uphill battle, takes her children to a lakeside rental. Unfortunately for Veronica, not only is the property less than ideal, it also includes a bedraggled and secluded estate owner, Hogan. Both fighting their own battles, the two outcasts find complicated comfort in their shared isolation.


WORLD MUSIC/CRASHarts presents YASMIN LEVY Sunday, November 5, 7:30pm Berklee Performance Center

World Music/CRASHarts presents Yasmin Levy on Sunday, November 5, 7:30pm at Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. Tickets are $42, $37, $32, and $28, reserved seating. For tickets and information call World Music/CRASHarts at (617) 876-4275 or buy online at www.WorldMusic.org.

With a deep, spiritual, and moving style, Yasmin Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful and romantic songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish tradition. Her powerfully sensual voice, which combines flamenco's fiery passion with the microtonal melisma of Middle Eastern music, is accompanied by Turkish-Arabic instruments such as the oud, ney, and qanun, along with hand percussion, acoustic guitar, and bass.

Born in Jerusalem, Israel in December 1975, Yasmin Levy began playing the piano at age six. Her life and musical direction has been the legacy of her father, Yitzhak Levy, who was a composer, cantor, and pioneer researcher into the rich history of the Ladino music culture of Spanish Jewry. Although he passed away when Yasmin was only one year old, she grew up knowing her father's love for music and his heritage through her mother, Kochava Levy, who passed down to Yasmin her knowledge of the Sephardic repertoire.

Yasmin Levy has brought new interpretations to Ladino/Judeo-Spanish song by incorporating more modern sounds of Andalusian flamenco, Turkish melodies, and Persian music, as well as combining instruments like the darbuka, oud, violin, cello, and piano. She has been nominated for three BBC radio World Music Awards and her appearance on BBC 2 TV's Later...With Jools Holland in November 2005 was one of the highlights of that particular series. In December 2008, Yasmin won the USA Songwriting Competition in the category Best Song (World) for her composition "Me Voy."

Levy has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums, including her most recent album Rak Od Layla Echad, which was released in March 2017.  She was also recently involved in a National Theatre production of Salome which ran between May and July 2017 in London. Yasmin continues to spread her love for the Ladino tradition to international audiences with the hope of using her music to touch listeners' emotions deeply and profoundly. 

Yasmin Levy is joined in Boston by her long-time guitarist and collaborator Yechiel Hasson as well as Adam Ben Amitai on electric guitar, Nadav Biton on keyboard, and Matan Ephrat on drums.



Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Additions to the Fall and Winter Seasons:

The Afro-Cuban Experience, led by Dizzy Gillespie’s long-term bassist, John Lee, showcases the unique rhythms and well-loved melodies (such as “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo”) of Gillespie’s library of Cu-Bop, which he developed with Chano Pozo in the ’40s and ’50s. Their repertoire also explores the broader world of Latin-American music. The musicians are drawn from the high-calibre talent that frequent the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band and All Star groups, such as trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, saxophonist Sharel Cassity, Brazilian pianist/vocalist Abelita Mateus, drummer Tommy Campbell and percussionist Roger Squitero.

Ain't Wastin' Time: A Berkshire Tribute to Gregg Allman

with Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band & Friends

at The Colonial Theatre

Thursday, November 30 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $27.50

An all star lineup of regional and local artists gather to celebrate the life, spirit and music of the legendary Gregg Allman, hosted by Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band.

Gregg Allman, who passed away in May of this year, was a founding member and lead singer of the legendary Allman Brothers Band. His career spanned five decades, with many hits such as “Sweet Melissa,” “Midnight Rider” and “One Way Out.” Gregg Allman was considered one of the pioneers of southern rock, blues and soul music

This event is hosted by Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band. This all star group features Tor Krautter, Andy Crawford and Drew Costa of Rev Tor/Last Waltz Live, along with Dan Teichert of Arlo Guthrie/Xavier, Brian O'Connell of Uncle Sammy/Gordon Stone Band and Jeremy Walz of Soul Sky. These artists will serve as the back up band for the regional and local guest artist celebrating the music of Gregg Allman.

Patrons are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation of any size to be delivered directly to a local food pantry after the show. Guest artists are asked to perform in support of the food drive.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience

at The Colonial Theatre

Thursday, March 8 at 7:30pm

Tickets: A: $35, B: $20

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience is the nation’s most innovative and unique show utilizing the works of The Beatles. This amazing group, anchored by brothers Billy, Ryan and Matthew McGuigan, perform as themselves and leave the song choices completely in the hands of the audience. This is done through request cards that audience members fill out prior to the show. On those cards, the audience member only needs to fill out three things: their name, their favorite Beatles song and the reason why they chose that song. The cards are collected and two minutes before the show begins, a set list is created based upon the songs chosen and the reasons that the audience members chose those songs make up the narrative of the evening.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

at The Colonial Theatre

Friday, March 9 at 8pm

Tickets: A: $45 B: $30

"It isn’t merely the grace and power of their dancing or the beauty of their singing that rivets the attention, but the sheer joy and love that emanates from their being." -Paul Simon

The Grammy Award-winning acappella ensemble, Ladysmith Black Mambazo captures South Africa’s historic struggle in an inspiring repertoire that melds the tradition of Zulu harmony, singing songs born in the mines during the apartheid era, with hints of gospel. Whether performing at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration, in Disney’s The Lion King, or alongside Paul Simon on his album Graceland, Ladysmith Black Mambazo creates beautiful harmonies that have brought its unique sound to international prominence. The rich uplifting sounds and effortlessly synchronized dancing convey universal themes of faith, hope and peace, yielding a performance of pure, uninhibited joy.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo was founded in the early 1960s by Joseph Shabalala, then a teenage farm boy living on the lands just outside the small town of Ladysmith, South Africa. Joseph incorporated the town into the name he would give his group to honor his family history. As well, the word Black is a reference to the black oxen, the strongest of all farm animals; and Mambazo, the Zulu word for chopping axe, a symbol of the group’s ability to “chop down” any singing rival who might challenge them. So began the fifty-plus year career of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s most recent CD, Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers, was nominated for Best World Music Album of 2016, marking the group’s 17th Grammy Award-nomination, in addition to its four wins.

CALENDAR OF 2017/2018 PRESENTED SHOWS

Pittsfield CityJAZZ Festival: The Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience: at The Colonial Theatre. Saturday, October 14, at 7:30pm. Tickets:  A: $38 • B: $23.

$5 Comedy Garage: Morgan Miller:

at The Garage (Colonial Theatre Lobby). Thursday, October 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $5,

Sponsored by: The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.

Janeane Garofalo: at The Colonial Theatre. Saturday, October 21 at 8pm. Tickets: $39.50.

The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead ‘69:

at The Colonial Theatre. Friday, October 27 at 8pm. Tickets: A: $50 • B: $25.

$5 Comedy Garage: Rojo Perez: at The Garage (Colonial Theatre Lobby).

Thursday, November 16 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $5, Sponsored by: The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.

Ain't Wastin' Time: A Berkshire Tribute to Gregg Allman

with Rev Tor's Steal Your Peach Band & Friends: at The Colonial Theatre.

Thursday, November 30 at 7:30pm. Tickets: $27.50.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience:

at The Colonial Theatre. Thursday, March 8 at 7:30pm. Tickets: A: $35 • B: $20.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: at The Colonial Theatre. Friday, March 9 at 8pm. Tickets: A: $45 • B: $30.



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