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


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



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

Shakespeare and Company’s 2018 Season

After a successful first season  as Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company, Allyn Burrows  announced the 2018 Season. Allyn spoke with us about the plays and the process of putting  a season together. He is  finalizing the casting, but  has excellent directors lined up and a variety of intriguing plays.  In addition to the plays by Shakespeare, the season includes contemporary plays that address  issues that reflect the season’s theme, Delight, Deceit and Desire.

While waiting for the new season to start, over the Valentine’s weekend Shakespeare and Company is offering a reading of Lovers’ Spat: Two directed by Allyn. It is a series of scenes performed by  members of the Company. There are only two performances, Saturday, February 17 at  7 pm,. and  Sunday, February 18 at 2 pm.

As with most theatres in our area, Shakespeare and Company has a variety of ways to make theatre affordable. Flex Passes are available until April 20. Berkshire residents receive a special discount.

Click below for our interview.

Shakespeare and Company’s 2018 Season Interview

Click below to see a video Allyn Burrows made of the season.

Shakespeare and Company Season Video

Click below for the website

Shakespeare and Company website

Barrington Stage 2018 Season

Cold winter days are made brighter by hearing announcements of  what  regional theatres will be producing during the summer. Besides enjoying deciding what to see, there is the opportunity to save money by buying tickets early as theatres offer various package deals. Check out Barrington Stage’s website as there is always a great deal going on as well as the plays.

Bob and I had the opportunity to hear Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, talk about the upcoming season. The advantage of listening to her is that besides finding out what is being presented,  she offers information about what goes into developing a season.

Click below for the announcement

Julianne Boyd on Season 2018

Later she also talked about the 10 x 10 production which runs from February 15 to March 4 at the St Germain Theatre. These are ten delightful ten minute plays with the same actors performing in the different plays.

After you go to the website below, you might want to sign up for their E-newsletter for additional information throughout the season.

Barrington Stage Web Site