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Starting Friday, play readings of Reginald Rose’s drama “12 Angry Men” will be presented by women all over the country. One presentation will take place Sunday at the State University of New York at New Paltz. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the organizer of the New Paltz staged reading.

Playwright Richard Nelson will talk with Michael Rhodes, Artistic Director of the Tangent Theatre Company in Tivoli about the newest play in his series that follows the Gabriel family of Rhinebeck, New York, through the momentous and divisive 2016 election year. The event takes place Thursday night at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck, New York at 6 p.m.

The play is: "The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family." While preparing meals in their kitchen, together they grapple in real time with issues of money, history, art, politics and family, as well as the fear of having been left behind.

Richard Nelson’s plays include "Nikolai and the Others," "Farewell to the Theatre," "How Shakespeare Won the West," and the musical James Joyce’s "The Dead" and the screenplays for the films "Hyde Park-on-Hudson" and "Ethan Frome." He has received numerous awards, including a Tony, an Olivier and two New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards.

Bob Goepfert: "Choir Boy" Is Powerful, Provocative

Jan 24, 2019
(l-r) Nicholas L. Ashe, J. Quinton Johnson, Jeremy Pope, Caleb Eberhardt, John Clay III in "Choir Boy"
Matthew Murphy

NEW YORK, NY – “Choir Boy,” which recently opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club on Broadway, begins with a gospel song. The lead tenor is Pharus, an extremely effeminate young man. Behind him another student whispers homophobic slurs trying to sabotage what could be considered Pharus’ audition for the role of leader in next year’s choir.

After the terrorists attacks on September 11, 2001, airplanes had to be diverted as the airspace over the United States was closed. Thirty-eight planes landed in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada.

Come From Away” is an award-winning Broadway musical about the Gander citizens and the passengers and crew members from the planes who were forced to exist together and help each other for the better part of a week. The show opened in March of 2017.

The book, music, and lyrics are by married Canadian writing team Irene Sankoff and David Hein - who created the show by interviewing the real people involved in the events of that day and week.. The show is directed by Christopher Ashley with musical staging by Kelly Devine. The cast of 12 plays both - and various - Gander-ites and Plane people.

De’Lon Grant, who is an actor, singer and photographer who grew up in Duluth, Minnesota and attended holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Michigan and a Master in Music with concentration in Musical Theatre Performance from The Boston Conservatory of Music, is making his Broadway debut in “Come From Away.”

Bob Goepfert Reviews "The Cher Show"

Dec 6, 2018
Stephanie J. Block as Star in THE CHER SHOW on Broadway
Joan Marcus

NEW YORK - The new Broadway musical, “The Cher Show,” could be subtitled “Resilience.” No matter how you feel about the talents of the pop icon Cher, this show indicates the woman has recreated herself time and again – always with great success.

Storyhorse Documentary Theater is a documentary theater project based in the Hudson Valley founded by Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson, stories are inspired by transcribed conversations with the people in local communities, historical documents, and other primary sources, focusing on the social, political, environmental and medical issues we face. The stories are brought to life by actors in multimedia staged readings.

"The Face of It," a new series of three one-act documentary plays: “The Call of the Sasquatch," "The Weight," and "In Her Shoes" will be performed November 9-11 at Hudson Hall.

Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson join us.

The musical She Loves Me originally opened on Broadway in 1963 with a star-studded cast that included Barbara Cook, Daniel Massey, and Jack Cassidy that went on to inspire such films as The Shop Around the CornerIn the Good Ole Summertime, and You’ve Got Mail.

She Loves Me is now running at theRep in Albany through Christmas Eve. It tells the tale of two bickering coworkers, Georg Nowack (Michael McCorry Rose) and Amalia Balash (Julia Burrows), who have a secret: Each is exchanging letters to a potential mate found through a lonely-hearts club. 

Michael McCorry Rose and Julia Burrows join us this morning. 

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: The Man Who Invented Christmas, Justice League

Upcoming: 
Interwoven - Albany Public Library/Pine Hills Branch, opening reception Friday 12/8, 6-8 PM, on view through March 2018

A Christmas Carol - Home Made Theater, Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, opens Friday 12/8, 7:30 PM through Dec. 16

Reelin’ in the Years: The Music of Steely Dan - Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Friday 12/8, 7 and 9 PM

Sam Green and Kronos Quartet: Work-in-Progress Film with Live Music - MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Friday 12/8, 8 PM

Action Bronson: Blue Chips 7000 Tour - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, Friday 12/8, 8 PM

Albany Berkshire Ballet’s The Nutcracker - The Egg, Albany, Saturday 12/9, 1:30 and 5:30 PM

Trevor Noah - Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 12/9, 7 PM

Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Saturday 12/9, 8 PM and Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Mass., Sunday 12/10, 7 PM

Lady Moon & The Eclipse - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Saturday 12/9, 9 PM

Albany Symphony Orchestra: 1786, Mozart’s Miraculous Year - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 12/9 at 7:30 PM & Sunday 12/10 at 3 PM

New movies: The Disaster Artist, Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle, Just Getting Started

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"

Upcoming:
David Lynch’s Dune - Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday through Sunday, 11/30-12/3, various times

Other Uses 04: Beatriz Santiago Munoz - EMPAC Theater, Troy, Thursday 11/30, 7 PM

Sara Watkins - Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 12/1, 9 PM

Albany Symphony Orchestra: The Magic of Christmas - Palace Theatre, Albany, Sunday 12/3, 3 PM

The Wynotte Sisters’ Holiday Concert - Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 12/3, 7 PM

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy: A Celtic Family Christmas - Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington, Sunday 12/3, 7 PM

Hot Tuna (acoustic) - Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Sunday 12/3, 8 PM

Spoon - Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park,  Tuesday 12/5, 8 PM

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker - Palace Theatre, Albany, Wednesday 12/6, 7 PM

Jim Brickman: A Joyful Christmas - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Wednesday 12/6, 7:30 PM

New Movies: "The Square," "Thelma"

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

SeenBlade Runner 2049

Upcoming:

Pine Hills Film Colony presents A Cottage on Dartmoor
Madison Theater, Albany, Thursday 10/12, 7 PM

Paula Poundstone
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Friday 10/13, 8 PM

Rachel Feinstein
The Comedy Works, Saratoga Springs, Friday-Saturday 10/13-14, 7:30 & 9:30 PM

Albany Symphony Orchestra: Star Wars and More
Palace Theatre, Albany, Saturday 10/14, 7 PM

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra
Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, Saturday 10/14, 7:30 PM

The Sam Bush Band
The Egg, Albany, Saturday 10/14, 7:30 PM

Aztec Two-Step
The Eighth Step at Proctors, Saturday 10/14, 7:30 PM

Keith A. Wallace’s The Bitter Game
MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass, Saturday 10/14, 8 PM

Peter and the Starcatcher
Home Made Theater at the Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, opens Saturday 10/14 at 7:30 PM, continues weekends through October 29

The Bobs Farewell Tour
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 10/15, 7 PM

New Movies: Faces Places, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Marshall, The Foreigner, Happy Death Day

The Barrington Stage Company is presenting Patrick Hamilton’s mystery thriller Gaslight on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage through October 22nd.

Gaslight, also called Angel Street and made into the popular 1944 film starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman, is considered one of the greatest psychological thrillers of all time. It tells the story of Mr. Manningham, a suavely handsome man, who is slowly driving his gentle, devoted wife Bella to the brink of insanity with seemingly overwhelming kindness while sowing seeds of doubt, memory loss and misperceptions.  

Gaslight features Mark H. Dold as “Mr. Manningham” and Kim Stauffer as “Mrs. Manningham.” 

The new play, Lost Lake, follows the story of Veronica and Hogan as they’re tangled up in each other's lives by circumstance.

Berkshire Theatre Group presents the new touching and funny one-act written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, David Auburn, on its Unicorn Stage in Stockbridge, MA through October 22nd. The production is directed by Daisy Walker.

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Battle of the Sexes, American Made

Upcoming: 

Always . . . Patsy Cline
Park Playhouse production at Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, opens Thursday 10/5 at 8 PM, through October 15

Yes featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin, Rick Wakeman
Palace Theatre, Albany, Thursday 10/5, 8 PM

Paper Is a Part of the Picture: Strathmore Paper and the Evolution of American Graphic Design
Opalka Gallery, Albany, opening reception Friday, 10/6, 6-8 PM, on view through December 15

Demetri Martin
The Egg, Albany, Friday 10/6, 8 PM

Adirondack Shakespeare Company's Love's Labour's Lost
Proctors, Schenectady, Friday 10/6, 7:30 PM

Elena Demyanenko and Erika Mijlin: Echo/Archive Work-in-Progress
EMPAC Studio 1--Goodman, Friday 10/6, 7 PM

Alex Skolnick Trio
Van Dyck Lounge, Schenectady, Friday 10/6, 8 PM

Black Uhuru
Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Friday 10/6, 9 PM

Ani Cordero
MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 10/7, 8 PM

"The President's Own" United States Marine Band
Stanley Theatre, Utica, Monday 10/9, 7 PM

New movies: Blade Runner 2049, Victoria & Abdul, My Little Pony: The Movie

God Of Carnage Performance
Christopher Duggan

Shakespeare & Company is adding a special benefit performance to its God of Carnage run on October 5th. Proceeds will help those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and will be donated to the One America Appeal.

Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is running through October 8th in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, Massachusetts. The Tony and Olivier Award-winning play, directed by Regge Life, is about two sets of parents that meet to address their son’s recent playground fight. Tensions rise and liquor flows, leading to unexpected twists and turns the entire performance.  

Shawn Stone joins us to talk about what he's seen lately and what cultural events are coming up this week in our region.

Seen: Kingsman: The Golden Circle

An Evening with Cowboy Junkies
Helsinki Hudson, Hudson, Thursday 9/28, 8 PM

Boudry/Lorenz: Telepathic Improvisation, a film based on a 1974 work by Pauline Oliveros
EMPAC Theater, Troy, Thursday 9/28, 7 PM

Lost Lake, a one-act play by David Auburn
Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge, Mass., Thursday 9/28 through 10/22 at 7pm

​Troy Night Out: Traveling Circus
Downtown Troy, Troy, Friday 9/29, 5 to 9 PM

Tango Fire
The Egg, Albany, Saturday 9/30, 8 PM

Sameer Gupta
MASS MoCA, North Adams, Mass., Saturday 9/30, 8 PM

Sonic Spindle Experience: 1967-77 featuring Backward Dream, Stone Revival Band, The Wheel
Cohoes Music Hall, Cohoes, Saturday 9/30, 7 PM

Murder Mystery Double Feature: Charlie Chan in Egypt & Murder, She Said
Capitol Theatre, Rome, Saturday 9/30, 7 PM

The Legend of Boggy Creek with Bruce G. Hallenbeck panel discussion
Madison Theater, Albany, Saturday 9/30, 7 PM

The Appleseed Collective
Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, Sunday 10/1, 7 PM

New Movies: Battle of the Sexes, Woodshock, American Made, Flatliners

The mission of the Academy of Music is to enrich greater Northampton’s quality of life by offering first class performing arts and film presentations in an historic theatre of national significance, and encouraging the use of the venue for social, educational and professional events.

Academy of Music kicks of their 2017-18 season with the New England premiere of Building the Wall, the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award – winning playwright Robert Schenkkan. It’s the very near future, and the Trump administration has carried out his campaign promises to round up and detain millions of immigrants. 

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2017 Season, the 63rd Season for the Tony Award-winning theatre company gets underway June 27th - including four world premieres, a new musical, the first production of a WTF commissioned artist, and much more.

The season, running through August 20, 2017, begins on the Main Stage with a production of a new play by Jen Silverman, The Roommate, featuring Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek; continues with Sarah Ruhl’s 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist comedy The Clean House starring Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht; and closes with a new musical - A Legendary Romance.

The Nikos Stage season kicks off June 28 with the world premiere of Jason Kim’s play The Model American and also includes the world premiere of Where Storms Are by Harrison David Rivers; the world premiere play Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow directed by Obie Award winner and Drama Desk nominee Trip Cullman; and closes out the summer with Actually, a co-world premiere with Geffen Playhouse.

Before coming to Williamstown, Mandy Greenfield was the artistic producer of Manhattan Theatre Club and now this is her third season at WTF.

Music, comedy and great drama are on the schedule for the newly announced Summer season at the Berkshire Theatre Group's Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and Fitzpatrick Main Stage and Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

Here are some of the highlights: Arsenic and Old Lace, The Music Man, Million Dollar Quartet, a drama by an iconic American playwright, Edward Albee and Lost Lake, a new play by David Auburn.

BTG CEO and artistic director Kate Maguire joins us by phone this morning with a preview. 

Shakespeare & Company has announced its lineup for the 2017 summer season, which includes three Shakespeare plays: Cymbeline, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night's Dream; plus two Edith Wharton comedies, Roman Fever and the newly adapted The Fullness of Life.

Additional titles include the Obie Award winning 4,000 Miles by Amy Herzog; New York Drama Critics Circle and the Outer Critics Circle Recipient, Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage; and Tony Award Winner, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza.

This year marks the 40th Season at Shakespeare & Company -represents an opportunity to celebrate the company’s legacy. To tell us more we welcome Artistic Director Allyn Burrows and Shakespeare & Co. Founder, Tina Packer. 

Encore: Proctors At 90

Jan 23, 2017

When Proctors opened its doors in Schenectady, N.Y., in December 1926, it was the jewel in a chain of 50 vaudeville houses spanning the East Coast from Delaware to Maine; the greatest of gilded movie palaces in a bustling, industrial city packed with nearly two-dozen theatres. Within a half-century, it was the last hall standing, nearly derelict, presiding over a deserted downtown, another symbol of American blight.

The new book Encore: Proctors at 90 presents photographs and essays to construct a narrative of renewal and rebirth, a tale of a city and a theatre taking turns saving each other. Rescued by a hardy group of citizens, and nurtured by smart leaders, Proctors began its true resurrection at the turn of this century to become much more than a playhouse.

The commerative book Encore: Proctors at 90 is now out and we welcome the authors Michael Eck and Richard Louvrich to The Roundtable.

For the first time, the Berkshire Theatre Group is producing an Off-Broadway show in New York City. The Berkshire Theatre Group’s production of Fiorello! will run at The East 13th Street Theater from September 2 and to October 6.

Lucas Willard / WAMC

The city says it is the fourth-oldest operating performance venue in the nation. Now, a partnership between the Cohoes Music Hall and the Palace Theatre in Albany is seeking to breathe new life into the building.

  For years, theater director Bryan Doerries has led an innovative public health project that produces ancient tragedies for current and returned soldiers, addicts, tornado and hurricane survivors, and a wide range of other at-risk people in society.

Drawing on these extraordinary firsthand experiences, Doerries clearly and powerfully illustrates the redemptive and therapeutic potential of this classical, timeless art: how, for example, Ajax can help soldiers and their loved ones better understand and grapple with PTSD, or how Prometheus Bound provides new insights into the modern penal system. These plays are revivified not just in how Doerries applies them to communal problems of today, but in the way he translates them himself from the ancient Greek, deftly and expertly rendering enduring truths in contemporary and striking English.

'Hamlet' At TheRep

Apr 17, 2015

  “The play's the thing.” – and in this case, the play’s the play that quotation comes from.

Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany, NY is producing William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, Hamlet and there will be something rotten in the state of Denmark on the CapRep stage through May 10th.

Broadway’s Kevin McGuire directs. Kevin is the Founding Artistic Director of the Theatre Company at Hubbard Hall and while there he’s directed Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as over 50 other plays and musicals.

  The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the fourth year today through February 22. The festival features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more, including Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival.

The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield and coordinated through a steering committee that includes the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival, Berkshire Museum, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and the City of Pittsfield.

Barrington Stage Company’s Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Pittsfield's Director of Cultural Development, Jennifer Glockner join us to tell us more.

A tale of youth disaffection amid domestic challenges and international strife in the Bush years, Green Day’s American Idiot transformed from one of the biggest rock albums of the mid-aughts to a Broadway behemoth directed by Tony-winner Michael Mayer.

"Theater of War" is a public health project, having produced hundreds of dramatic readings of Greek tragedies for mixed civilian and military audiences to start a conversation about the return of soldiers to civilian life.

Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY is hosting "Theater of War" for a dramatic reading of scenes from Sophocles' "Ajax" on Sunday, Nov. 3rd from 4:00-6:00p in the Vassar Chapel in association with the Vassar College Department of Greek and Roman Studies.

Bryan Doerries is the Founder and Artistic Director of “Theater of War” and he joins us to tell us more.

Half Moon Theatre, the Hudson Valley's resident professional theatre company, will present John Cariani’s brand new play Love/Sick at the HMT Performance Space in Poughkeepsie November 1st through the 17th.

Mr. Cariani, an actor and a playwright, has been seen on and off Broadway and in numerous TV shows and films. His hit play Almost, Maine has been produced by nearly 2,000 theater companies in the United States. With Love/Sick, Cariani returns to the hilarious and heartbreaking landscape of romantic love. Christopher V. Edwards, Associate Artistic Director of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, directs Love/Sick for Halfmoon Theatre. Playwright and Director join us this morning

Made in the Berkshires

Oct 9, 2013

Curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, Made in the Berkshires is a locally-grown festival of new works including theatre, film, dance, poetry, music, short stories, performance and visual art.  

The 2013 Made in the Berkshires Festival being held from October 11 to October 13 at The Colonial Theatre, The Garage, and The Unicorn Theatre. Hilary and Barbara join us to tell us more.

    

    Blood Play is the final show on the Nikos Stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival this season. The show is created by The Debate Society - a Brooklyn based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, and Oliver Butler.

The Debate Society was awarded a “Village Voice Best of Award” for “Best Argument for Devised Theater - 2010” and the trio of theatre artists are 2011 Sundance Institute Fellows.

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