Mac-Haydn Theatre 2018 Season

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is celebrating its 50th season with an exciting and varied selections of musicals. The theatre began  in 1969 when Lynne Haydn and Linda MacNish met and like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in an MGM musical, they said, “Let’s put on a show.”  Little did they know when they mounted My Fair Lady on the Chatham Fair Grounds that people would be putting on shows for  fifty years, moving from an improvised barn to a delightful arena theatre.

Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with John Saunders, the Artistic Director of the company about this season. Learning how he selects a season and puts together the company increased our appreciation of this unique company.

                    John Saunders

Click below to hear about the season.

Interview with John Saunders

Then click for their website for tickets and subscriptions.

Mac-Haydn website



                                       Hello Dolly 2017



Weston Playhouse 2018 Season

One of our  pleasures each year  is interviewing Steve Stettler about the upcoming season at the Weston Playhouse. Steve is one of the three directors who have run the Playhouse for thirty years. This year, however, is their final year. It is a spectacular year with which to close their uniquely successful partnership, but we are saddened to see them depart since they have given audiences such pleasure with their productions.

Among the reasons  this is a special year is the completion of their second theatre at Walker Farm. This theatre allows them to produce more plays and be open year round as a  a venue for community lectures, concerts, films and other events. We interviewed Steve in the theatre’s green room and were given a tour of the building after the interview. As much as we had enjoyed the quaintness of the Weston Rod and Gun Club, this is an exciting improvement. Click below to listen to our interview with Steve and then get a season subscription pass . You will save money and have a great time.

Steve Stettler interview. 

Weston Playhouse website

Malcolm Ewen, Tim Fort and Steve Stettler


Shakespeare and Company’s Northeast Regional Tour

Each year since 1982, Shakespeare and Company sends out a tour to regional schools  of two ninety minute Shakespeare plays. Schools select one of the two plays. Besides the ninety minute performance of the play, there is a fifteen minute talkback with the cast and one of two workshops that are included.  Since there are a few  performances at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Massachusetts,  Bob and I have seen some performances of these plays. Like the company’s Fall Festival, seeing the plays with an audience of students is exciting. Their responses are infectious.

Early in the tour, Bob and I interviewed four of the players. They had already completed  a few performances of Othello and listening to them talk about what the tour was like offered insight about the tour and its impact on the students. The actors we spoke with were David Bertokli, Alison Howard, Kirsten Peaccock and Kai Tshikosi

Click below to hear the interview.

School Tour Interview

The schedule of the performances at the Tina Packer Playhouse are listed below. Click on the Shakespeare and Company website for tickets and more information.

Shakespeare and Company Website

At The Tina Packer Playhouse:

Friday, March 2nd: Othello

Monday, March 26th: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Monday, April 2nd: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thursday, April 12th: Othello

Wednesday, May 2nd: Othello

Friday, May 4th: A Midsummer Night’s Dream


All performances are at 10:00 am, run for 90 minutes, and are followed by an optional 15-minute talkback with the actors.

Tickets are $10/student.

10 x 10 new Play Festival Barrington Stage 2018

For the past seven years Barrington Stage has presented ten ten minute plays to cheer up everyone during the winter.  Six actors play all the parts in the  plays in different combinations. This year all ten plays are comedies. Five are directed by the Artistic Director, Julianne    Boyd and five are directed by Matthew Penn, who has directed  television, film and stage productions. He is an Emmy nominated director who directs at a number of regional theatres including Shakespeare and Company, The Berkshire Playwrights Lab as well as at Barrington Stage.

There is only one more week of performances after this week. Since the first two weeks have been sold out, we recommended you call for tickets as quickly as you can ( the box office at 413-236-8888).  Bob and I talk about the plays in the discussion below, sharing our favorite moments as well as the interesting history of the ten minute play. Besides enjoying the play, we are always impressed by the versatility of the actors as they shift from role to role.

10×10 Discussion

10×10 in 10 seconds

Barrington Stage website



Mothers and Sons The Dorset Players

The Dorset Players is a vital community theatre which presents first-rate productions during the fall, winter and spring. They rent their theatre to the Dorset Theatre Festival in the summer. This offers Dorset and the surrounding area quality theatre all year round. The Dorset Players schedule includes, comedy, drama, musicals, one act plays and children’s theatre.  Bob and I have enjoyed their productions over the years. We also enjoy talking with the casts and directors about their work since they provide a unique perspective on the value of community theatre.

For their  upcoming production of Mothers and Sons,  we spoke with the producer Cheryl Gushee, the director Sherry Kratzer and the cast of the play with the exception of the two boys who share the role of Bud, the young son of Cal and Mike, played by Paul Michael Brinker and Mike Cutler. Lynne Marcus plays the mother of Andre, Cal’s deceased lover. Once again we were treated to an insightful discussion of the process of putting on a play. Sherry Kratzer talked about the process of directing helping us understand and appreciate how the magic of theatre happens.

Click below to listen to the cast, director and producer. It will enhance your enjoyment of the play which you should not miss.

Mothers and Sons interview

The play opens on March 2nd. To order tickets, click on the link to their website below.

The Dorset Players


Hubbard Hall: The Velocity of Autumn

Hubbard Hall’s upcoming production is The Velocity of Autumn which previews  February 23 and opens on Saturday, February 24.  The play is performed on three weekends. People should call for tickets quickly (518-677-2495) as it is performed in their smaller Freight Depot Theatre which has limited seating. Given the play that seems the right theatre for it since it is an  intimate play.

Bob and I were fortunate to hear director David Snider and the cast, Christine Decker and Oliver Wadsworth talk about the play at  Battenkill Books in Cambridge, just down the street from the main Hubbard Hall Theatre. We recorded the cast’s enlightening discussion. At times you may not hear the questions from the audience, but the responses indicate what the questions were. The insights of the director and the cast made us eager to see the play. After you listen to them by clicking on the link below, you will share our feelings.

The Velocity of Autumn 


Hubbard Hall website


David Snider



Oliver Wadsworth
            Christine Decker


Oldcastle’s Interim Executive Director

Spencer Sweet

These are exciting times for Bennington’s Oldcastle Theatre as it participates in the Putnam Block Project which is designed to revitalize downtown Bennington. Recognizing the possibilities, Oldcastle’s Board of Directors hired Spencer Sweet as Interim Executive Director to organize these new directions.  Bob and I talked with Spencer about what this means for Oldcastle and for Bennington. Some  changes are already evident in the off-season programming that offers  films, concerts, art shows and  other performances in Oldcastle’s intimate performance space.



Click below for interview with Spencer Sweet.

  Spencer Sweet Interview

Click below for Oldcastle’s website.

Oldcastle website