When Bob and I saw Kunstler, our first impulse was to tell everyone we knew to be sure to see it. We still want to urge people to do so. Each moment of this play is compelling as Jeff McCarthy brings vivid life to Kunstler, the rumpled, outspoken Civil Rights lawyer, and his unique place in our country’s history. Jeffery Sweet, the playwright, has given McCarthy a wonderful canvas on which to portray the man who was involved in many landmark legal cases. Erin Roche plays the ambivalent student host to Kunstler’s lecture, representing the conflict on the campus about the lawyer. Her reactions, both silent and expressed, add to the intensity of the drama. After listening to our interview with Jeff McCarthy, click on the Barrington Stage website link to order tickets. The play runs until June 10. Be sure to bring your friends, older children and/or grandchildren to see it.
As theatre goers look forward to the summer season, it is nice to know that there is theatre to enjoy even in the last days of February and the first days of March. Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, MA offers an entertaining assortment of plays, each of them ten minutes long. Having enjoyed seeing the plays we talked with Julianne Boyd, the Artistic Director of Barrington Stage about the plays as well as about the new season. There is still time to see six talented actors create ten different and engaging stories from March 2 to March 5. Go to the Barrington Stage web site to order tickets or call their box office at 413-236-8888.
Click below to hear about the plays and the upcoming season.
As January ends and winter is slowly disappearing, theatre goers look forward to announcements from theatres about their upcoming season. At a press conference Julianne Boyd discussed the Barrington Stage season and the process of selecting the plays. Bob and I recorded her talk which you can hear by clicking on the link below.
Now is also the time when people should consider buying season tickets. These tickets are good for audiences and for theatres. The audience gets reduced price tickets and good seats and theatres get some advance capital to mount the productions.
Reading a review of Camping with Henry and Tom when it was first produced, I was intrigued by the play. Then Bob got a copy of the play and we both fell in love with it. Since we knew some of the original cast members and could imagine their voices, we kept hoping that we would see a production some day. Then Julie Boyd at Barrington Stage made our dream come true by having Christopher Innvar direct four actors who were perfectly cast. P.J. Benjamin as Thomas Edison, Patrick Husted as Henry Ford, Kevin O’Rourke as Warren G. Harding and Fisher Neal as Colonel Starling.
We interviewed three of the four cast members while the play was in previews. Talking to them we were even more eager to see the play. When we finally did, it exceeded everything we imagined. We will never think of any but these three amazing actors as these characters. They recreated the world of the play. We urge people to see it by October 23. You will go to another time that will help you understand some of our current political climate. There is a fifth character in the play, an offstage deer who becomes very real as the men react to the animal who is the reason they are in the situation they are in.
After you click on the link below to listen to the interview, click on the following link to go to the Barrington Stage website.
P. J. Benjamin as Thomas Edison, John Husted as Henry Ford and Kevin O’Rourke as Warren G. Harding
This weekend is a playgoer’s delight and/or dilemma. There are four plays opening, one that has just opened and a one evening play reading. As some theatres are ending their seasons, others are starting their seasons. We are fortunate to have almost year round theatre in our area. Concluding successful seasons, Barrington Stage is presenting Camping With Henry and Tom and Oldcastle offers The Ride Down Mount Morgan. The Berkshire Theatre Group just opened The Bakelite Masterpiece. The Dorset Players are starting their season with Blithe Spirit and Hubbard Hall is kicking off with Peter and the Starcatcher.
Fortunately, except for the Dorset Players production of Blithe Spirit which runs only this weekend and next, the other productions are running until October 23. However, you should check their websites for dates and times.
The play reading of Hamlet with Finn Wittrock as Hamlet at Shakespeare and Company is only Saturday, October 8 at 7 pm.
We have already posted a blog of our interviews with actors from The Ride Down Mount Morgan. We have also interviewed actors from Blithe Spirit and Peter and the Starcatcher. These programs will play at our new time this Sunday noon to one on WBTN. We will post blogs about them after they have aired on WBTN. We will be posting our interview on the reading of Hamlet shortly.
To go the the theatres’ websites, click on the highlighted links. Meanwhile, enjoy the videos that are available.
American Son opens at Barrington Stage on June 17 and runs through July 9. Bob and I were fortunate to be able to record a press conference about the play with the director Julianne Boyd, and actors Tamara Tunie and Michael Hayden. After the press conference we had an opportunity to talk briefly with Tamara Tunie and Michael Hayden.
As you can tell as you listen to the director and actors talk about it, this is a play that raises many issues, while also providing insights into the characters dealing with a specific situation. We are looking forward to seeing the play.
As educators, as well as theatre goers, we know how important theatre can be for young people as they develop. The importance of the arts generally has been underrated by some educational policy makers. However, as we have interviewed theatre companies that offer educational programs of different kinds to children and young adults, we have seen how significant and important they are. Having heard generally about the theatre programs Barrington Stage offers, we wanted more details. We were fortunate to interview Tim Pare and Jane O’Leary, the Director and Associate Director of the rich variety of programs available to young people in the Pittsfield and North Adams areas. Tim and Jane provide an updated account of the programs, some of which are shown in videos that were available on youtube.
Playwrights Mentoring Project