New play by the Ashfield Community Theater

  • The Ashfield Community Theater. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 7/18/2019 8:23:54 AM

Ever wondered who the “old man on the moon” is? A production by Ashfield’s local theater troupe offers one explanation — the man is the moon’s caretaker. 

In the Ashfield Community Theater’s “The Old Man and the Old Moon,” which is opening this weekend, the old man has taken care of the moon for longer than he can remember. When the moon is drawn away across the sea by an elusive memory of their shared past, the old man gives up his post to follow her. 

The show, written by PigPen Theatre Company and directed by former Hawlemont Elementary School Music Teacher Jonah Godfrey, is a sea-faring epic that spans apocalyptic storms, civil wars, leviathans. An underlying theme is the caretaker’s struggle to confront change, according to a press statement about the play. The performance will feature original folk music and shadow puppetry. 

Godfrey has previously directed plays professionally including at Emerson College. His first acting role was nine years ago in the Ashfield Community Theater’s production of “The Cripple of Inishmaan.”

This latest performance is produced by Theodor Gabriel and features local actors from Ashfield, Buckland, Shelburne, Charlemont, Conway, Heath, Florence, Sunderland and elsewhere.

“The Old Man and the Old Moon” will open Friday with subsequent performances on Saturday and July 26, all at 2 p.m. in Ashfield’s town hall on Main Street. Tickets to the show are $10 for adults and $5 for children. They can be purchased at ACThOnline.org.

The Ashfield Theater Company has been putting on shows for more than 20 years. The show is partially funded by local Cultural Council grants and gifts from family, friends and community members. 

Andy Castillo can be reached at acastillo@recorder.com.




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