Theater on the fringe
The Double Take Fringe Festival will stage a wide-ranging variety of productions in unusual venues in downtown Greenfield Friday and Saturday. To help readers sort out all their options, here is information on each production provided us by organizers. Be warned, some times may change.
by John Bechtold
Where: 9 Mill St., at Jack Golden’s Studio.
When: Friday, 6 p.m.,
7 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Using a combination of installation art and live performance, children (ages 7 to 10) will be invited to become Postmasters-in-Training as they embark on an adventure to deliver a letter from a mysterious woman named Sabine Strohem to Griffin Moss at his art studio and shop, Gryphon Cards, located in downtown Greenfield. An immersive theater experience designed for non-adults, audiences will be escorted to the store in small numbers for an intimate and magical encounter, complete with a surprise visit to Sabines studio — located on an island on the other side of the world. Based on the epistolary story “Griffin and Sabine” by Nick Bantock; developed and performed by the Amherst Regional High School Theater Co.
“Moon Up By Morning,”
Monkamok Theater Co.
Where: First National Bank, Bank Row.
When Friday, 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; Saturday,
8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
In this future-present, the consensus reality is bleak and oppressive. Three everyday characters who are blissfully enslaved to the societal dreariness, discover their part in the collective dreaming, and venture to awaken the source of all dreams. This is a mythic odyssey through a lunar landscape of inner realms from abstraction and disconnection to empowerment. Utilizing physical theater, giant masks and innovative stage craft to convey the depth and humor intrinsic to our human condition, Monkamok presents a heros journey of our present-day dystopia.
Social Justice in
GAN-e-meed Theatre Project 33/13
Where: The Wheelhouse in the basement of ArtsBlock, 289 Main St., Greenfield.
When: Friday, 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
■ “No More Hog Jowls at the Jim Crow Counter,” by Candace Perry, directed by Amy S. West. Used to be black folks were required to sit at the Jim Crow counter in the back room of the 4 Way Lunch, a diner in Cartersville, Ga. Henry and Sam are long-time customers who have made the back room theirs, though the law now says they can sit up front. It’s been their choice. What happens when that choice is changed? ■ “Die Kleinen Parts 1 & 2,” By Molly Haas-Hooven, directed by Dori Robinson. It is the summer of 1933 in a small town in Bavaria. Six youth grapple with first love and newfound sexuality. But violence from the outside seeps into their insular world and as they discover who they are, they must confront for the first time the violence within themselves. Some run away from it. Others embrace it. A few are forced to do the unthinkable.
‘The Red Guitar’
by John Sheldon
Where: Red Door Bar, Ames Street.
When: Friday, 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.; Saturday,
7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. (Times may change)
The Fender Stratocaster guitar was first advertised in the spring of 1954. At the same time, the first hydrogen bombs were made operational. These two inventions were going to change the world. At the time, I was 3 years old. The electric guitar was to become a dominant force in my life, giving me entry into creative realms, while the H bomb would represent the opposite, a force of total destruction. My life played out between these two opposing energies.
‘As We Go Along’e_SFlbby Jack Golden
and Karen Montanaro
Where: Pushkin Gallery, 4 Federal St.
When: Friday, 8 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
This show, set in the present moment of NOW, is a collection of physical and verbal improvisation. Jack and Karen present and experience following impulse theater that happens for the first time in front of the audience. Following their three basic rules of improvisation: Reading what is coming at you from all directions, Listening to what the present moment is suggesting to you and Following your impulses faithfully, these two veteran performers will set forth on an exploration that is honest, heartfelt and magical.
‘High Tide’ e_SFlbby Brad Slaight, directed by Stephen Eldredge.
Where: Korean Church, 463 Main St.
When: Friday, 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Set on a California beach, this poignant comedy-drama features teenage surfers Brian and Keith, who have just come from the funeral of their close friend, the brilliant, enigmatic surfer Kirk. Each wonders in his own way if he ever really knew Kirk. They struggle to share their feelings, but they are, in fact, teenage boys. A surprise encounter with tourists Connie and Lisa disrupts and engages them, ultimately helping them face their grief and revealing the hidden truth about Kirk’s final hours ...
‘The Marriage Proposal’e_SFlbby Anton Chekhov
Where: The Arts Block,
289 Main St., fourth floor.
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.; Saturday, 8:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Considered the best of Anton Chekhov’s many one-act plays, “The Marriage Proposal” has delighted audiences for more than 125 years. The setting is the country house of a landowner Stepan Stepanovitch Chubukov, who lives with his daughter Natalya Stepanovna. They are visited by Ivan Vassilevitch Lomov, a neighboring landowner who intends to ask for the hand of Chubukov’s daughter. In true farcical form, chaos and many hilarious situations ensue within minutes. With John Reese, Joan Haley and Michael Haley.
‘For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls’
by Christopher Durang, directed by Ezekiel Baskin
Where: Hope and Olive, upstairs, 44 Hope St.
When: Friday, 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.
In this parody of “The Glass Menagerie,” Amanda, a fading Southern belle, tries to prepare her hyper-sensitive, hypochondriacal son, Lawrence, for “the feminine caller.” Terrified of people, Lawrence plays with his collection of glass cocktail stirrers. Ginny, the feminine caller, is hard of hearing and overbearingly friendly. Brother Tom wants to go to the movies, where he keeps meeting sailors who need to be put up in his room. Amanda tries to face everything with “charm and vivacity,” but sometimes she just wants to hit somebody! “With the help of Mr. Durang, the fine art of parody has returned to theater in a production you can sink teeth and mind into, while also laughing like an idiot ...”
— New York Times.