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.

Wayward Home 2018

As theatregoers there is probably nothing more exciting than seeing the development of a new work. A play reading transformed into a production is one example of this process. Seeing a new a play revised is another  opportunity. Wayward Home was first produced  in 2015 at Hubbard Hall. Now a revised version of the play is touring Vermont, Massachusetts and New York in the next few weeks. In our interview with Maizy Scarpa, a talented young theatre artist, she shares the evolution of this project from an idea of two theatre college graduates to the current tour. We had interviewed Maizy and Clara in 2015 when it was premiered at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, New York so it is exciting to be talking with Maizy again about this revised production of the musical.

Maizy Scarpa

Interview with Maizy Scarpa 

Another feature of this tour is that the tickets are by donation so it is most affordable. For information on how to buy tickets, check the website below.

Wayward Home web site

On this website you can see a trailer of the play, listen to our earlier interview with Maizy and Clara and listen to more of the songs as well as seeing the touring schedule and ordering tickets.

Dorset Players One Act Play Festival 2018

The Dorset Players is presenting its fifteenth  One Act Play Festival. It only runs for one weekend, April 6, 7 and 8, so get your tickets as quickly as you can. Telephone 802 867-5777.or by going to the website at the link

Dorset Players Website

After you have your tickets, listen to the delightful conversation we had with Lynne Worth, producer of the Festival; Jean Yeager, writer/director of The Clothesline; and Courtney Carter, actress in Clara’s On the Curtains. Listening to their different perspectives on the plays is enlightening.  One Act Play Festivals offer something for everyone. Bob and I have enjoyed the Dorset Players Festivals over the years and look forward to this year’s, particularly after talking with Lynne, Jean and Courtney.

Click below to listen

One Act Play Festival Interview

  Clothesline

 

  Clara’s On Curtains

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.