The Glass Menagerie – Hubbard Hall

The Glass Menagerie is probably Tennessee  Williams most famous  and frequently produced play. When one looks at one’s favorite movies over and over again,  one sees the  performance one remembers. That is not true  seeing a play you have seen before. Each       production is unique. This was evident when I spoke to the director and two actors in Hubbard Hall’s new production of The Glass Menagerie, performing weekends from April 22 to May 7.

Christine Decker, who plays Amanda, the mother in the play, Woodrow Proctor, who is the Gentleman Caller, and Roger Danforth who directed the play, shared their insights into The Glass Menagerie and showed why each production of a play  is new.  If this will be your first time seeing the play, it will be a memorable beginning to  many more visits to this special household.

Listen to their discussion by clicking on the links below and then contact Hubbard Hall to get tickets for the play.

The Glass Menagerie Part 1

The Glass Menagerie Part 2

The Glass Menagerie Part 3

The Glass Menagerie Part 4

Hubbard Hall website

Our Guests

Christine Decker, Amanda
Roger Danforth, Director
Woodrow Proctor, Jim,, The Gentleman Caller

Rehearsal Pictures

Grace Sgambettera as Laura Christine Decker as Amanda
Christine Decker as Amanda and David Snider as Tom

 

 

 

 

 

 

              Christine Decker

 

Allyn Burrows: Artistic Director Shakespeare and Company

allynmagesBob and I were delighted to talk with Allyn Burrows about his new job as Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company. We enjoyed interviewing him this past summer when he was acting in Or, a delightful play about the playwright Aphra Behn. We also have fond memories of seeing him in the early days of Shakespeare and Company in Edith Wharton plays at the Mount as well as in Shakespeare productions. We were impressed and engaged by his performance as King John when he returned to the company after having been away for a while.

During his time away from the company, Allyn  was busy. He  acted in film and television as well as on stage where he won an Eliot Norton Award for acting in 2006.   He was Artistic Director of  the Boston-area Actors’ Shakespeare Project for seven years. This is Shakespeare and Company’s 40th season, an important landmark. Allyn shared his vision for the company as it continues its unique contribution to theatre with its  outstanding productions of Shakespeare and contemporary plays and its creative educational  and training programs.

Click below to hear the interview.

Allyn Burrows

 

Allyn Burrows as King John
Allyn Burrows as             King John

 

Allyn Burrrows in Or
                    Allyn Burrows in Or

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakespeare and Company

 

Oliver

14705644_10208151320806877_5024379682005716740_nEach fall Mount Anthony Union High School presents a musical production that involves many students. Bob and I also enjoy seeing them because the energy and talent is amazing. This year, the production is Oliver.  The public performances are Thursday, November 3 at 7 pm, Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 2 pm and 7 pm. There are also school performances.

Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with musical director Lynn Sweet and drama director Tim Foley as well as five of the cast members. Jeremy Boutot is playing Fagin, Abby Hensley is Nancy, Evan Kozierok is the Artful Dodger, Thea Papas is Charlotte and Ben Bushee is Mr. Bumble.

Lynn Sweet and Tim Foley

Oliver Cast Members

 

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Williamstown Theatre Directing Interns Program

williamstown_theatre_festivalWilliamstown Theatre Festival not only presents a range of plays in its two theatres over the summer, but it also offers a variety of  educational programs. One of these programs is the Directing Internship Program. In this program the interns are usually recent graduates from undergraduate programs. Each intern assists a professional director with one of the festival’s professional productions. In addition, they work with the apprenticeship program to direct a play. These plays are short and take place in the company’s Directing Studio late at night.

Late in the season Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing two of these directing interns, Mehr Kaur and Lily Riopelle. Listening to them we felt optimistic about the future of theatre. You can hear what they have to say by clicking on the link below.

Williamstown Directing Interns Mehr Kaur and Lily Riopelle

To keep informed of events at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, check their web page Williamstown Theatre Festival

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                                     Coffee Break directed by Mehr Kaur
Intervention directed by Lily Riopelle
                                      Intervention directed by Lily Riopelle

Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Ryan Winkles as Valentine and Thomas Brazzle as Proteus

Two Gentlemen of Verona has been a play about which I have always had mixed feelings. However, the production at Shakespeare and Company which is running until September 4 is enchanting on every level. The acting, the movement,  the music, the comedy, every element blended together to make the play work as it doesn’t always. I was eager to talk to the actors about how they had created this magic. I have learned this season that to understand why Shakespeare’s characters behave as they do, one should ask the actors.

This interview with the director, Jonathan Croy and actors Tom Brazzel and Ryan Winkles was informative. However, since we were focused on the actions of the two gentlemen, we did not discuss some of the other characters who  were also captivating. The young women who are the objects of the gentlemen’s affections could also be discussed at length, as could the comic genius of John Hadden and Jason Asprey. In Shakespeare’s comedies, much humor comes from the secondary characters such as servants, relatives and in this case a band of pirate men (and women, as Bella Merlin kept reminding the audience.) One interview does not do justice to this production. However, you will gain much insight by clicking on the interview below and going to see the play by September 4.

Two Gentlemen of Verona Interview

Cloteal Horne as Sylvia
Cloteal Horne as Sylvia
Kate Abbruzzese as Julia
Kate Abbruzzese as Julia

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pirates -Bella Merlin
Bella Merlin as one of the pirates
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John Hadden as Launce and Jason Asprey as Speed

 

 

 

 

 

 

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           The Company in the song Who is Sylvia

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park

 

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Although he died 400 years ago, William Shakespeare’s plays still thrill audiences. In the summer,companies performing Shakespeare out of doors and free of charge allow many families to share the pleasures of his work under the setting sun. The relatively new Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park Company will be performing The Tempest from July 21 to August 7, Thursday through Sunday at 8 pm on the Pittsfield First Street Commons.  On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings The Whitney Center for the Arts performs live music at 7:15PSP-Tempest-11x17

Bob and I interviewed Enrico Spada, the founder and director of the company and some of the actors. After the interview we had an opportunity to watch a rehearsal which was very exciting. One of the pleasure of seeing  different productions of Shakespeare’s plays is gaining new insights into the characters and their actions as different actors and directors bring fresh insights to the play.

Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park Interview

Rehearsal Photos

Photo by Haley Barbieri
Photo by Haley Barbieri
Photo by Haley Barbieri
Photo by Haley Barbieri
Photo by Haley Barbieri
Photo by Haley Barbieri

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Haley Barbieri
Photo by Haley Barbieri
Photo by Haley Barbieri
Photo by Haley Barbieri

 

 

 

 

 

http:///www.pittsfieldshakespeare.org

Ugly Lies The Bone

ugly-list2” Beauty is but skin deep, ugly lies the bone; Beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own,”  Albert Einstein.   This quote is the source of the title of this remarkable play, performing in repertory at Shakespeare and Company until August 28. For the exact dates and times go to the company’s website, www.shakespeare.org

Bob and I were fortunate to talk with the director and two of the actors after we had seen the play. We were enlightened and moved by the experience of the young female veteran who is the focus of the play. Too often the long war in which our country has been engaged seems distant. This play shows the consequences for veterans and their families. The play is a blend of reality and hope that completely engages the audience in the moment as well as leaves them thinking for long afterwards.

Interview Ugly Lies the Bone

 

 

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