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6th Annual Made in the Berkshires Festival


In the past 6 years, Made in the Berkshires Festival has featured cutting-edge theatrical works performed as staged readings, live music, film, short stories and dance in an atmosphere like no other. New and innovative pieces, as well as established work, will be presented by local Berkshire County playwrights, actors, directors, musicians and performers. Featured as performance blocks, Made in the Berkshires will allow audiences to enjoy the breadth and depth of the artistic talent that has landed in Berkshire County, while celebrating the best in the visual and performing arts. Professional artists and artists-in-the-making gather to share their talent with the Berkshire community. The festival will be curated once again by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims; two local artists who have helped create the rich cultural tapestry that permeates the Berkshires.

 

 

at The Colonial Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, 
and The Garage

Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13
Tickets: range from $15-$50

Made in the Berkshires is Sponsored by:

Festival Sponsors
Ruth Blodgett and David Crane
Wende and David Carver
Hotel on North
Main Street Catering and Events
Mary Mott and Gordon Simmering
Elissa Myers
Diego Ongaro

Corporate Sponsor
JP Morgan Chase Foundation

Post-Show “Taste of the Berkshires” Reception Sponsors
Berkshire Blue Cheese
Berkshire Mountain Bakery
Big Elm Brewing
Chocolate Springs
Elm Street Market
Hilltop Orchards/Furnace Brook
Only in My Dreams Events
Red Lion Inn
SoMa Catering 
Wandering Star

 

The 6th annual festival features cutting-edge theatrical works performed as staged readings, live music, film, short stories and dance in a festival atmosphere like no other. New and innovative pieces as well as established work will be presented by local Berkshire County playwrights, actors, directors, musicians and performers. Featured as performance blocks, Made in the Berkshires will allow audiences to enjoy the breadth and depth of the artistic talent that has landed in Berkshire County while celebrating the best in the visual and performing arts. Professional artists and artists-in-the-making gather to share their talent with the Berkshire community. The festival will once again be curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims; two local artists who have helped create the rich cultural tapestry that permeates the Berkshires.


Friday, November 11th
at The Colonial Theatre

7:30pm
Visual Art in Lobby
Tickets: FREE!

CROP | New Works from the Berkshires visual art installation features works in a variety of mediums by established and emerging artists, including: Audrey Blafield, Lucie Castaldo, Joshua Field, Shawn Fields, Nathan Hanford, Michael King, Stephan Lanphear, Lee Rogers, Mary Carol Rudin, Jeanine Schoeffer, Natalie Tyer, Nicole Webster Clark, Jared Gelormino and Josh Harriman. Co-curated by Rebecca Weinman and Carrie Wright

8pm
Made in the Berkshires 2016 Opening Night Celebration
Tickets: $50 (includes post-performance: Taste of the Berkshires and Dance Party!)

The Eagles Big Band 
The 18-piece Eagles Big Band opens Made in the Berkshires with a swinging medley that sets the tone for a fabulous night of entertainment. Conductor, Steve Sanborn: tenor sax; Manager, Dick Paul: trumpet; Steven Sanborn: tenor sax; Charles DiNunzio baritone sax; Tom Sadin: alto sax; Diane Chicoine: alto sax; Marianne Hall: alto sax; David Potter: trombone; Deanna Fraher: trombone; Ray Kinsella: trumpet; Curt Robbie: trumpet; Tony Russo: trumpet; Marla Eglowstein: bass; David Field: drums; Jane Bailey: French horn; Tom Giovanetti: piano

Festival Highlights from Saturday’s Shorts Block

Fall 
choreographed by Ruslan Sprague
danced by Ruslan Sprague and Ana Acker
music by Abel Korzeniowski

Festival Highlights from Sunday’s Film Festival

Through the Looking Glass 
Letters from the works of Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Francis Anne (Fanny) Kemble, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton and Edna St. Vincent Millay. 
We see ourselves in the reflections these women cast, and with every leap forward we know that we stand on the shoulders of these remarkable, determined, ordinary, extraordinary women. 
Hilary Somers Deely as Catherine Maria Sedgwick
Barbara Sims as Fanny Kemble
Jurian Hughes as Harriet Beecher Stowe
Kate Maguire as Edith Wharton and Normi Noel as Edna St. Vincent Millay 
projections by Joe Wheaton

Berkshire Children and Families’ Kids 4 Harmony 
BCF’s Kids 4 Harmony, established in 2011, is a new model for social change. The program is inspired by El Sistema, a visionary global movement that began in 1975 in Caracas, Venezuela. Through intensive, early classical music education, El Sistema seeks to transform the lives of children with little access to opportunity. Now with a worldwide presence, El Sistema has achieved unparalleled success in teaching children to learn and play orchestral music. This approach simultaneously uplifts the children, their families and their communities. El Sistema’s mission perfectly parallels the goals of BCF: to improve the lives of children by strengthening family and community relationships. Berkshire Children and Families President and CEO, Carolyn Mower Burns; Kids 4 Harmony Artistic Director, Alicia Stevenson; Kids 4 Harmony Senior Teaching Artist, Courtney Clark.
Violin 1: Geivens Dextra, Gerdlie Jean Louis
Violin 2: Leila Paredes, Tianna Houle
Viola: Johan Serrano, Hannah Beckington
Cello: Gerdrose Jean Louis, Heather Cruz 
Pieces: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by J.S. Bach, III. Allegro; Por Una Cabeza by Carlos Gardel

Tribute Film to Karen Allen 
by Alexander Hill
Kate Maguire and Karen Allen in conversation about Karen’s career with a montage of clips and photographs.

Funk Box Studio 
According to Funk Box Studio founder Andres Ramirez, “We, The B boys, people of this community would like to show the public that this dance is not just spinning on our heads and rap music, this dance is far more than that. It is art, self-esteem, self-love, self-expression, inspiration, discipline, movement, fun, athletics, respect, peace and more importantly it is who you are as a person.”

Taste of the Berkshires Reception and Dance Party!
Close out the evening on the Colonial stage for a “Taste of the Berkshires” reception featuring Berkshire farm to table produce, locally crafted foods and music spun by local favorite, DJ BFG.


Saturday, November 12th
at The Colonial Theatre: Garage

12:30pm-2pm
Visual Artist Panel
Tickets: FREE!

The community is invited to join co-curators, Rebecca Weinman and Carrie Wright for a less-than-formal artist panel discussion featuring established and emerging artists.

Saturday, November 12th
at The Unicorn Theatre

3:30pm-5:30pm
The Shorts (Poetry, Plays and Stories)
Tickets: $15

Immortality, I Choose, Percolating Change 
poetry by Shellin Lubin

Intensive Care 
by Donald Marcus
directed by Hilary Somers Deely 
featuring Rocco Sisto as Joe and Kale Browne as George 
stage direction by Rudi Bach

It is midnight in a hospital cafeteria; two men, as different in experience and background as night is to day, find common ground in a moment of basic human connection.

Altered Plans 
by Constance Bullard
read by Caitlin Teeley

This moving short story takes us into the center of a family coming to grips with a world they don’t quite recognize anymore. According to writer, Constance Bullard, “I knew that the US was trying hard not to get involved in the war in Europe. There were a lot of local people who didn’t want us getting into it and there was a part of me that agreed.”

Message to Billy 
by Steven Somkin
directed by Andrew Joffe 
featuring Lora Lee Ecobelli as Deborah and Eddie Allen as Fred

Fred and Deborah have been laid off from their respective jobs; they have had to move to a less affluent neighborhood in Pittsfield. Their liberal values are challenged when their 11-year-old son, Billy, encounters a street gang and Fred decides to buy a gun.

Brief Intermission

Kate and Bill 
by Larry Zingale
directed by Barbara Sims
featuring Deann Halper as Kate and Thom Whaley as Bill 
stage direction by Rudi Bach 

Soap stars Kate and Bill are returning from the funeral of their soldier son Michael who has been killed in the Middle East. On this cold, wintry afternoon, they are forced to face unspoken truths about themselves and their relationship with their son. The perfect glass bubble they have lived in has shattered—can they rebuild it?

Saturday, November 12th
at The Colonial Theatre
7:30pm-9:30pm
Dance Extravaganza
Tickets: $15

Berkshire Pulse
Four Seasons
choreographed by Ruby Aver
Spring: danced by Brighton Sawyer, Kendra Lassor; Summer: danced by Juniper Shalles; Autumn: danced by Sonora Malik, Winter: danced by Tess Ackiewicz and Laura Coe
music: a selection from Prokoviev’s Cinderella

BTZ
choreographed by Tom Masters
danced by Brighton Sawyer, Antonius Louw, Zenith Limon
music: “I Will Wait” by 2CELLOS

A Waltz with the Woman In The Milk House
A tribute to the endurance of women in war time
choreographed by Bettina Montano and dancers
Remembrance: danced by Carrie Petrik-Huff, Susan Quinn, Sonora Malik
War, Victory, Aftermath: danced by Carrie Petrik-Huff, Susan Quinn, Sonora Malik, Tess Ackiewicz, Juniper Shalles, Diane Pearlman-Diamond, Sarah Daunt
music: “Mandolino Italiano” by World Music Ensemble, “Midnight Waltz” by Adam Hurst, “Gaucho” by Hot Club Sandwich, “The Ghost Pavane” by Christopher Young
In loving memory of my grandmother, Charlotte Krause

Intersect
choreographed by Bettina Montano
performed by Tess Ackiewicz, Charlotte Adelson, Ruth Bruno, Laura Coe, Katherine Humes, Sonora Malik, Alice McDonald, Rubiella Nejaime, Brighton Sawyer, Juniper Shalles 
music by Samba-Ganga Giri

Cantarella School of Dance Modern Group
All the Little Things
choreographed by Olivia Wilber
danced by Madeline Art, Aurora Smedvig, Olivia Kriedeman-Hubbard, Julia C.Y. Rhind, Alexis Barzousky, Petra Orloff, Chloe Boehm, Gianna Maddalena, Paige Campbell

Choreographed by Ruslan Sprague
Hey Paula
featuring Ruslan Sprague and Angessa Lynn Hughmanick 
music by Ray Hildebrand

Berkshire Dance Theater
Can’t Feel the Classics
choreographed by Jamal Ahamad
danced by Jamal Ahamad
music by Monty Norman, “Classic (Better Than I Ever Been)” by Kanye West, Nas, KRS One, Rakim, Rick Rubin, DJ Premier; “Classic Man” by Jidenna, Amethyst Amelia Kelly, Charlotte Aitchison, Eleanor Kateri Tannis, George Astasio, Jasbir Sehra, Jason Pebworth, Jidenna Theodore Mobisson, John Turner, Jonathan Christopher Shave, Kurtis McKenzie, Milan Wiley, Nana Kwabena Tuffuor, Nathaniel Irvin III, Roman GianArthur Irvin

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
choreographed by Stacey Broderick
danced by Sophia Acquista, Jenna Charron, Jessica Charron, Cara Fitzhugh, Elizabeth Malinowski, Lydia Richardson, Emily Taylor
music by Wham

Fantastic Beasts and Where the Wild Things Are
choreographed by Becky Ahamad
danced by Catherine Samson, Jacqueline Lemaire, Grace McGrath
Grace Krzanik, Madeline Zelazo Olivia Sobon, Nicole St. Germain 
music by “Amazing” by Kanye West, Jay Jenkins, Malik Jones, Dexter Mills, Jeff Bhasker, “Wild Things” by Alessia Cara, Alessia Caracciolo, Coleridge Tillman, Thabiso “Tab” Nkhereanye, James Ho, “Wild Things (feat. Terry Mak)” by K Theory x Adara, “Roar Cosmic Dawn Club Remix” by Katy Perry, DJ Javi Tambo, Lukasz Gottwald, Max Martin, Bonnie McKee, Henry Walter, “Jungle Bae” (featuring Bunji Garlin and MX Prime)” by Jack Ü

Red and the Wolf 
choreographed by Becky Ahamad
danced by Jacqueline Lemaire, Sophia Acquista, Victoria Alibozek, Cara Fitzhugh, Lydia Richardson, Jessica Charron, Jenna Charron, Madison Hopkins
music by “Roman’s Revenge” by Nicki Minaj, Onika Maraj, Marshall Mathers, Kaseem Dean Trevor Smith, “Out of the Woods” by Taylor Swift, Jack Antonoff, Toy Armada & DJ GRIND Anthem Mix, “Big Bad Wolf” by Duck Sauce, “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)” by Awolnation, Aaron Bruno, Goshfather & Jinco Remix, “Animals” by Maroon 5, Adam Levine, Shellback, Benjamin Levin, Dub n Trap, Trap Remix

Never Too Much 
choreographed by Jamal Ahamad
danced by Jamal Ahamad
music by Luther Vandross

Panda, Panda, Panda
choreographed by Becky Ahamad
danced by Jacqueline Lemaire, Sophia Acquista, Victoria Alibozek, Cara Fitzhugh, Lydia Richardson, Jessica Charron, Jenna Charron, Grace Krzanik, Grace McGrath, Madeline Zelazo, Olivia Sobon, Nicole St. Germain, Madison Hopkins, Elizabeth Malinowski
music by “Controlla-DJ Flex Remix” by Drake, Aubrey Graham, Matthew Samuels, Allen Ritter, Dwayne Chin-Quee, Stephen McGregor, Moses Davis, Donald Dennis, Gary Jackson, Patrick Roberts
Andrew Thomas “Panda Instrumental” by Designer, Sidney Selby III, Adnan Khan

Brief Intermission

Albany Berkshire Ballet
Nocturnes
choreographed by Mary Giannone Talmi
danced by Ruslan Sprague, Vinicius Anselmo, Anna Acker, and Lisa McBride
music by Chopin

Dying Swan Solo
danced by Christine Geren
music by Saint Saens

Choreography by Lisa Avery
danced by Lisa Avery and Franck Felix
sculpture and visual projections by Joe Wheaton
music by Prince “When Doves Cry”
danced by Karen Auge, Lisa Avery, Melissa Campbell, Marilyn Kirby, Sylvana Kirby, Valerie Lanfair, Geri Powers, Denise Rocca
music by David Bowie “Let’s Dance”

Choreography by Ruslan Sprague 
Fall 
choreographed by Ruslan Sprague
danced by Ruslan Sprague and Anna Acker
music by Abel Korzeniowski

Funk Box Studio
“We, The B boys, people of this community would like to show the public that this dance is not just spinning on our heads and rap music, this dance is far more than that. It is art, self-esteem, self-love, self-expression, inspiration, discipline, movement, fun, athletics, respect, peace and more importantly it is who you are as a person.”


Sunday, November 13th
at The Colonial Theatre

12pm-6pm
Film Blocks
Tickets: $15
 per block
or $35 for all three blocks
There will be a Q&A with film makers after some of the films

12pm-1:40pm 
Touch the Air
 (35 min.) 
by Alice Spatz and Eric Shepherd
based on the poetry of America’s 19th Poet Laureate, William Jay Smith

The Grazers (69 min.) 
by Sarah Teale and Lisa F. Jackson 
With interest in farm-to-table food on the rise, a small band of upstate New York farmers sees an opportunity to hold on to their endangered farms by raising and selling grass-fed beef. Forming a cooperative, they soon discover that the marketplace surprisingly can’t support their simple ambitions. Jackson and Teale follow their efforts for two years, through near collapse to an uncertain future, exposing in microcosm the struggles of small-scale farming in our modern, industrial world. An intimate, character-driven chronicle of the group’s struggle Grazers: A Cooperative Story illuminates timely issues regarding our food system. At stake are their farms, the small communities around them, the health of the land and a way of life

2pm-3:30pm 
Bob and The Trees
 (1 hr. 31 min.) 
written and directed by Diego Ongaro
co-photography direction by Chris Teague
It is deep winter in rural Massachusetts. Bob, a 50-year-old logger with a soft spot for golf and gangsta rap, is struggling to make ends meet in a merciless industry. When a rotten investment threatens the family business, Bob begins to heed the instincts of his ever darkening self.

“I met Bob Tarasuk seven years ago, shortly after I moved to the rural town of Sandisfield from Paris. Bob—a fast talking, attention-loving, rap enthusiast turned farmer with an infectious sense of humor—has been a forester in the area for three decades and is a well-known character in the Berkshires, taking care of and maintaining countless acres of woods,” says Diego Ongaro.

The film was shot on location in The Berkshires, MA during one of the coldest winters on record. Diego very much wanted to film the feature in the snow and was nervous, as the dates approached that there wouldn’t be any snow on the ground. Luckily, prior to filming, the Polar Vortex hit the Northeast and dropped several feet of snow. 

Film Festivals and Awards: Sundance Film Festival (2015, World Premiere), Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (2015, International Premiere), Crystal Globe (Jury Prize for Best International Feature Film), Ecumenical Prize; Woodstock Film Festival (2015, NY Premiere), Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography, Honorable Mention, Ultra Indie Award

4pm-6pm 
Ewe Topia
 (8 min.) 
by Ben Hillman
A bit of Cosmic Nonsense set to Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze.” A piano sits in the heart of a pastoral dreamscape, where a shepherdess, the goddess Pan, and Johann Sebastian Bach rock out to protect their flock of sheep.

Official Selection Toronto Independent Film Festival, Official Selection Berkshire Int’l Film Festival, Official Selection Athens, Ohio Int’l film Festival, Official Selection Winterthur Int’l Kurzfilmtage

Goodbye Alan (12 min.) 
written by Richard Dresser
directed by Joe Cacaci
produced by Black Ice MASS Media and Black Ice Entertainment
executive producers: Joe Cacaci, John Whalan, Richard Dresser, Treat Williams

Goodbye Alan is the third in a trilogy of short films called Public Speaking,
starring Treat Williams. In Goodbye Alan, a man arrives late at a memorial service (horrible traffic, not his fault) to deliver the eulogy for his best friend, who died owing him $1,200.00.

The Paper Trail (49 min.)
by Producer Kelly Carty and Jonathon Bee
Mr. Bee, with the help of producer Kelly Carty, interviewed a series of authors, booksellers and editors who live or spend time in the Litchfield Hills literary belt. Such notable writers as Susan Orlean, Simon Winchester, Courtney Maum, Mary Randolph Carter, Spencer Reiss and Peter Richmond have all participated and are highlighted in the film. Each reveals their beginnings as authors, their writing process and concerns about and hopes for the future of books for both writers and readers.

Somethin’s Fishy (6 min.) 
produced and directed by Larry Burke
Somethin’s Fishy is about a guy who, on a hot summer day, takes a dip in a murky Berkshires pond, only to find some very surprising and wonderful inhabitants.

What We Were (12 min.) 
written by Jackson Teeley, directed by Wilder Bunke
A young musician returns to his hometown to confront the realities of fame, the inevitability of change and the importance of home.

The Gnomist (19 min.) 
produced and directed by Sharon Liese
co-produced by Cynthia Wade, with associate production by Samantha Hake
photography direction by Ty Jones
edited by Jeremy Carr

The Gnomist is a true story about the mysterious appearance of fairy homes in a suburban forest and the magical experience shared by three women.

Sunday, November 13th
at Hotel on North

6pm-7pm 
Meet the Filmmakers: Festival Wrap Party
This event is for all Film Block ticket holders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 



 

 

 

 

 



 


Thank Yous from 2013 MITB!

Be sure to keep in touch via our Facebook page for information about 2014 Made in the Berkshires!

Dear Barbara and Hilary

Thank you both for pulling everything together. You did a fine job curating the performers and making us aware of one another's work. The experience has
made me eager to get more involved in other events and to try to help build community. There was a playful and cheeky attitude that came through in the work I enjoyed most, which I didn't quite expect and found very appealing. So thanks again for all your good work in giving us all a platform, a reason to come out of our homes and out of the woods.
Also, Sat. was the first time my son ever saw me onstage in a theater, and that meant a great deal to me. So let's all stay in touch and keep the good vibes coming.

Albert Stern

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Casting Call

Berkshire Theatre Group’s festival of new works, Made in the Berkshires is seeking actors for the 2012 festival. 

Made in the Berkshires will run Columbus Day weekend, October 5, 6 and 7, 2012 at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield and the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge.

Made in the Berkshires is casting men and women aged 14 to 60 and one young girl able to play 7 years of age and one young boy able to play 13 years of age for roles in full length and short plays and for readings of short stories and poetry.

Auditions will occur at the Unicorn Theatre at 6 East St. in Stockbridge on Aug 12 and 13 from 12pm to 4pm. Please bring a headshot and resume and have a 2 minute monologue prepared and a song if applicable. No appointments necessary.


All Inclusive Passes Available July 15th

All inclusive passes available July 15th for the 2012 Made in the Berkshires Festival

See everything, hear everything and watch everything for $100.00

Made in the Berkshires will run Columbus Day weekend, October 5th–7th at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield and the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge


Women Writers Fundraiser

Berkshire Theatre Group announces “A Made in the Berkshires” evening of A Woman's Work, taking its name from the Kate Bush song, as part of the March 2012 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. 

On Friday evening, March 23 at 7:30 pm, The Unicorn Theatre will host new works by screenwriter Maria Nation, playwrights Jane Denitz Smith, Gloria Miller and Ilene Tetenbaum, writers Susan Merrill, Mary Mott and Elizabeth Elliott and much more. The evening will include Prosecco, sparkling waters and dessert, and a panel discussion with the artists about their work. 

Tickets are $15.00. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 5, 2012. All proceeds will benefit Made in the Berkshires 2012 festival of local art and artists. Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colonial Theatre Ticket Office at 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 or by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at www.TheColonialTheatre.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am–5pm, Saturdays 10am–2pm or on any performance day from 10am until intermission. Tickets may also be purchased with cash at the Unicorn Theatre prior to the performance. The Unicorn Theatre Box office will open one hour prior to the performance the day of the show and tickets are subject to availability.

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