Water, Water, Everywhere

Oldcastle Theatre presents the world premiere of Water, Water Everywhere  Friday, October 4. The play runs Thursday to Sunday until October 20. Set in a fictional Vermont town, the play deals with the issue of contaminated water, a problem currently facing many communities. Along the way, WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE is a play with comedy, mystery and romance.  Eric Peterson, Artistic Producing Director of Oldcastle, wrote and directed the play. Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing Eric and two of the actors, Patrick  Shea and Natalie Wilder.  Patrick and Natalie enjoy returning to Oldcastle  where they met. Eric, Natalie and Patrick  discuss the process by which the play came to life as the actors portray  characters who populate the small town world the reporters of the local newspaper are exploring.

Water, Water Everywhere Interview

After listening to the interview, go to the Oldcastle website  or call 802-442-1267 for tickets

 

 

Natalie Wilder and Ed Rosini

America V.2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro

America V.2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro  is at the St. Germain Stage of The Barrington Stage Company through June 30. It offers a unique theatrical experience and should not be missed.  It simultaneously comments on our past, present and future in regard to race in this country. The Barrington Stage Company is in its 25th year and during that time it has offered a range of thought provoking, always engaging plays. We have seen fresh productions of traditional musicals and new interpretations of classical plays as well as new musicals and new plays, often on the St. Germain Stage. This production is in the Barrington Stage tradition of plays that challenge you while you are enjoying them, giving you much to savor and think about as you recall them.

Listen to our discussion of the play, by clicking below

Discussion of The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of the American Negro

Then go to the Barrington Stage website for tickets and information about the rest of the season

Barrington Stage

or call 413-236-8888

 

Lady Randy – WAM Theatre

Winston Churchill’s mother, Jennie Jerome, like many daughters of wealthy Americans at the time  married a British nobleman. The women gained a title and the nobleman some additional funds.  The play Lady Randy, written by Anne Undeland, who also plays Jennie Jerome, is an absorbing  look at this remarkable woman. Besides reflecting a particular moment in history, the play is an outstanding theatrical experience with all aspects of the production coming together to keep the audience enthralled.

As you may gather,  Bob and I enjoyed the play. Listen to our discussion of it and then get tickets quickly since it has a short run at the Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare and Company.  It runs Thursdays to Sundays until May 5. For tickets call 413-637-3353

Discussion of Lady Randy

To learn more about WAM theatre and its theatrical mission, check out their website by clicking below on

WAM Theatre

The play was developed at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab with Anne Undeland working with Jim Frangione who directs the play. Click on the link above    to learn more about their work.

 

 

Jim Rangione directing Lady Randy

 

Anne Undeland as Lady Randy

 

 

Mark Zeisler
Mark Zeisler and Anne Undeland

Bennington Community Theatre – The Dining Room

The Bennington Community Theatre will be opening its first production of 2019 at the Oldcastle Theatre om May 3-5. The theatre is now in residence at Oldcastle Theatre in downtown Bennington. Bob and I spoke with Christine Decker who is directing this production of A. R. Gurney’s delightful play, The Dining Room.  Community theatre provides an opportunity for people to become involved as actors, directors, lighting, sound and other technical aspects of  theatre. From production to production it is possible to shift roles, acting in one production and working on the set in the next. Chris talked about the upcoming production as well as opportunities for future performances.  Since the work is all volunteer, the cost of the tickets is greatly reduced giving more people a chance to see some fine plays.

Listen to Chris and then click on Bennington Community Theatre. For tickets call 802-447-0564

Interview with Christine Decker

Bennington Community Theatre

 

Christine Decker

 

The Dining Room rehearsal

 

10×10 New Play Festival – Barrington Stage

For its eighth year, Barrington Stage is presenting its 10×10 New Play Festival. Ten plays ten minutes long are presented by six actors. It is amazing how much can be told in ten minutes. The six equity actors are Michael Fell, Sarah Goeke, DeShawn Mitchell, Keri Safran , Peggy Pharr Wilson and Robert Zukerman,, transforming into a range of different characters confronting different situations. With a minimum of props they present full stories that delight the audience.  If you have never seen such a display of talent, you should and if you have, you are sure to want to see more.

Click below to hear Bob and I discuss this year’s offerings.

Discussion of 10×10 plays.

Then click below to order tickets

Barrington Stage Company

                          Cold Feet with Sarah Goeke and Keri Safran

 

Typhoid Mary

Mark St. Germain is one of our favorite playwrights. We have admired and enjoyed all of his plays at Barrington Stage that we have seen.  Unfortunately, we seem to have missed a few of the earlier ones. Currently, his latest play, Typhoid Mary, is at  Barrington Stage’s  St. Germain Theatre on Linden Street in PIttsfield through June 16. Do not miss it! This is a play that captures you emotionally and intellectually, giving you much to think about as the performance lingers in your mind.

Barrington Stage often provides special programs so that their audiences can learn more about the productions and the issues that emerge from the plays. These programs are free and open to the public.  Bob and I were fortunate enough to interview Mark St. Germain before the discussion he and Julie Boyd, the company’s Artistic Director, had about the play. We also recorded their discussion.  We were not able to get the audience’s comments and questions except for one participant.

Click below to hear our interview.

Interview with Mark St. Germain

Then click below to listen to the discussion between Mark St. Germain and Julie Boyd

Mark St. Germain and Julie Boyd Discussion

To order tickets click on

Barrington Stage’s website

The Seagull – Bennington College

Bob and I saw an outstanding production of The Seagull by Anton Chekov at Bennington College. Like many college productions, it had a brief run and we did not get to interview anyone before it opened. However, Jean Randich, the play’s director, suggested a post production interview. We have rarely done one, but much can be learned by listening to the reflections of those who have created the drama we enjoyed.  We found it enlightening to talk with Jean, Michael Rancourt the technical director,  the costume designer Atalaya Botner who is a student, and Teddy O’Mara, the sound designer, also a student. We gained a great deal of insight talking with them and are happy to share it with you.

Click below to listen to these four talented people share their experiences.

The Seagull Interview

We are always eager to find new ways for people to experience theatre that is affordable. Colleges with theatre programs provide an opportunity to do this. Bennington College does not charge admission and Williams College charges between three and five dollars.  People in the Bennington area are fortunate to have such resources available. Whereever you are, check for the nearest college and follow the events calendar so that you don’t miss out on some of the fine work that is done at colleges.