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.

Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley

To add to the festivities of the holiday season, Shakespeare and Company is presenting a costumed staged reading of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley.  With many of our favorite books, we imagine  life going on  after we close the book. The romance of Pride and Prejudice continues in this delightful play by Lauren Gunderson and Margot Melcon. Jane Austen would be pleased to see her characters live   once again.

However, this reading has a short run from December 15 to 17. If you miss  the  performances,  Shakespeare and Company has  other presentations during the winter season which will please you. There will be a Winter Studio Festival of Plays January 13 – 14, 2018. Five plays will be read over the two days.

February 17-18, 2018  Lovers’ Spat Round Two will offer scenes from Shakespeare and other playwrights showing that  the course of true love never did run smooth.

Click on the link below as Bob and I discuss this.

Discussion of Christmas at Pemberley and other things

Then click on Shakespeare and Company’s website for further information.

Shakespeare and Company

The Last Wife

The Last Wife runs until November 5 at the Elayne Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. This is a production of WAM Theatre. The play runs Friday through Sunday. Tickets are purchased through the Shakespeare and Company box office.

The play is about Henry VIII’s last wife, Katherine Parr, and her influence on a future king and  two queens of England, specifically Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. This is history as it should be experienced. Not only is the language contemporary, but the issues that the play raises about the political power of women are relevant  today.  Not just history, the play is a delightful theatrical experience.

Click below to hear Bob and I discuss the play

Discussion of The Last Wife

Then go to The WAM Theatre website

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