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Pang! at MCLA

The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will bring Dan Froot and Company’s presentation of “Pang!” to the College this week through Friday, November 1st.

“Pang!” is an adventurous, 90-minute triptych of live radio plays, performed for theater audiences, and based on oral histories of three families from around the country who are facing the challenges of contemporary life in America — hunger, gun violence, foreclosure, and anti-immigrant bias — with love, humor, and intelligence. The piece aims to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote cross-class dialogue around circumstances faced by families living below the poverty line.

The plays are produced, written, and directed by Dan Froot, in collaboration with the ensemble — Natalie Camunas, Lorinda Hawkins-Smith, and Christopher Rivas. We welcome them all to the RT this morning.

The main event, held on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the CSC Auditorium, is a full performance of “Pang! Unplugged.” This version is staged in a stripped-down, low-tech, intimate, and interactive manner. The performers break the “fourth wall,” engaging audience members directly in lively dialogue. The evening is part performance, part podcast listening party, and part community dialogue. An opening reception, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will feature student artworks created in reaction to their experiences working with “Pang!,” MCLA Associate Professor of Art Melanie Mowinski, and the Berkshire Food Project throughout the week. It is free and open to the public.

Joe talks to people on the radio for a living. In addition to countless impressive human "gets" - he has talked to a lot of Muppets. Joe grew up in Philadelphia, has been on the area airwaves for more than 25 years and currently lives in Washington County, NY with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Brady. And yes, he reads every single book.