MY BRONX TIX NOW ONSALE
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MY BRONX TIX
Old Deerfield Productions will create and present a new dance, theater, music and art piece called MY BRONX by Terry Jenoure on July 12, 13 and 14 at 7:30 pm at the ARTSBLOCK on Main Street in Greenfield, MA. The piece features original music and poetry by Ms. Jenoure performed by the author and accompanied by renowned dancer, Maria Mitchell along with percussion by acclaimed performer, Bob Weiner. According to Ms. Jenoure, “I’ve made maps for the drummer and dancer that are independent of cues from the poems. It challenges the traditional roles of soloist and accompanist. Each artist works in her/his own world, but together, the effect gives birth to surprises. Something else that’s important about this work is my love for stories.” The work will be enhanced by an art installation consisting of dozens (if not hundreds!) of handmade rag dolls that Ms. Jenoure has created that will be incorporated into the choreography of the piece. MY BRONX will be offered in conjunction with a therapeutic dance workshop for special needs youth by Maria Mitchell, location TBA. A grant from the Emily List Foundation will support this project. Sponsored by Greenfield Savings Bank.
Johnny Got His Gun and conversation with Bob and Lee Woodruff
TICKETS NOW ON SALE- CLICK HERE “Johnny Got His Gun” directed by Kevin Maroney is based upon a radio play that was broadcast in March, 1940, starring James Cagney. The radio play is an adaptation of Dalton Trumbo’s novel (Trumbo was one of the “Hollywood 10,” the first members of the infamous “Blacklist,”) whose main character, Joe Bonham, is horribly wounded in World War I. The play brilliantly explores what happens to a mind isolated from the outside world except for a sense of touch, pain and vibration. What happens? The mind has no choice but to think, to attach to every shred of information it is lucky enough to perceive, and to be patient. What it can’t prevent is the slow drift toward a kind of frustrated mania obsessing about every idea it has. The Old Deerfield Productions cast includes Nico Lawson as Joe, with James Cameron Emery, Emma Jimerson, Joan Holiday, and A.J. Maroney in the other roles.
Given of the graphic, controversial and current nature of the subject of the play, we will balance the evening with a conversation following the show. The conversation promises to be a symposium on the effects of war upon soldiers, a reflection on how to help our vets when they return from war, what issues must be dealt with, and the role of the arts in presenting such themes. Our conversation participants include: Bob Woodruff, former ABC World News Tonight anchor who was wounded while reporting from Iraq and founder of The Bob Woodruff Foundation, a national nonprofit that helps ensure our nation’s injured service members, veterans and their families return to a homefront ready to support them (remind.org); Lee Woodruff, best selling author (THOSE WE LOVE MOST, IN AN INSTANT) , speaker, CBS Morning Show Correspondent and spouse of Bob; David Pakman, progressive radio and television program host; Buz Eisenberg, attorney for detainees at Guantanamo; Kathy Belanger, whose son Greg was one of the first soldiers killed in Iraq; Lieutenant Colonel Naval Flight Officer Hank Detering, USMC Vietnam veteran; Rev. Andrea Avazian, Senior Pastor of the Haydenville Congregational Church, an activist in movements for social and political change since 1970 and Linda McInerney, Artistic Director of Old Deerfield Productions.
Said McInerney, “This is a hard hitting play that has as deep an impact today as it did in 1940. Perhaps more, as we face the challenges of so many more of our soldiers coming home with injuries. Joe comes back from WWI a shattered person alone in his shell of a body. The visceral experience of seeing the world through his sensibilities is one that is hard to forget. We have a terrific cast of actors who will bring this amazing human drama to life. But I want to be clear that we aren’t offering this play to further divide us. We have invited some incredible people to join us in conversation about the ways that we can come together on this issue. It is our goal to invite our panelists to converse about how we can be of help our veterans when they come home, what their challenges are, what we can learn from their experience/stories, and how we can come together as a people to understand more, listen more, and reconcile more. This is not an “us versus them” event, not about hawks and doves, nor red against blue. This is a conversation about carrying out right action and healing. We have offered free tickets to the Veterans Tickets Foundation http://www.vettix.org/ and are offering free tickets to any who identify themselves as Vets simply by contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also actively seeking to connect with Veterans service organizations so if any readers have connections or ideas, please ask them to contact me.”
Tickets are $10, $12 and premium front row seats $20.
Summer Program for Children at Eaglebrook School in August
SORRY SOLD OUT.
August 5-9 and 12-16
Old Deerfield Productions will offer their Summer Program for Children at Eaglebrook School the first two weeks of August. This year we will offer a single two week session. This is a holistic program where the children ages 8 through 12 have the opportunity to create original work, collaborate, cooperate and enjoy the beauty of Pocumtuck Ridge and the wonderful Eaglebrook campus in Deerfield and perform for their parents at the end of the session.
The cost is $550 for the two week session with a limit of 12 children. A check may be made payable to Old Deerfield Productions at 7 Memorial Street, Deerfield, MA 01342. Deposit of $50 to reserve your spot is required at registration with remainder due by June 15. For more information call Linda at 413-774-4527.
Founded in 1922, Eaglebrook School is a located on 750 acres along Pocumtuck Ridge in Deerfield, MA just off of Routes 5 and 10 in the village of Old Deerfield. The Percival Theatre is a 260 seat theatre featuring beautiful acoustics and flexible seating. For directions: www.eaglebrook.org
Our teacher: Bill Stewart teaches in the Leverett Elementary School and has taught theater workshops for young actors since 1995. He has played the roles of writer, director, Ultimate Frisbee Player, archaeologist, and especially actor, where he has performed as princes, monsters, & cowboys. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Playwrighting/Performance and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts.
Tickets for TRUTH now on sale at the Academy of Music - FEB. 16 PERFORMANCE
Old Deerfield Productions presents: TRUTH, a new American opera about Sojourner Truth RETURNS February 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM to the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton, MA as the kickoff for a national/ international tour. This is a chamber version of the opera that sold out one year ago featuring five singers from New York playing multiple roles and a seven-piece chamber orchestra, conducted by the composer, Paula M. Kimper with sets by Amy Johnquest, lights by Lara Dubin and costumes by Jill St. Coeur.
The role of Sojourner TRUTH will be played by Mari-Yan Pringle, a member of the cast of the 75th Anniversary National Tour of George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Ms. Pringle, garnered glowing reviews and was deemed a “stand out” with a voice that created “a sultry atmosphere.” Her success led to delivering what has been called a refreshingly and “beautifully rendered…fierce Serena” and she has reprised the role in several houses abroad in Berlin, Bremen, Köln, Leipzig, and Mannheim. Also featuring Damien Norfleet, Heather Michele Meyer, Chad Kranak and Henry Belin.
TICKETS ARE $30, $20 & $15 student/senior available at the Academy of Music box office: academyofmusictheatre.com or (413) 584-9032
Sojourner Truth is an African-American heroine of extraordinary scope whose life story will be an inspiration to many. She lived a life of bravery in the face of unfathomable adversity and never wavered in her faith and hope for a world where all would experience the birthright of freedom. A former slave who became an influential Abolitionist, Truth advocated nonviolence to Frederick Douglass and other leaders even as the Civil War overtook them. Her little known story, filled with astonishing events and accomplishments, is for the first time told in a new American opera.
Composed by Paula M. Kimper, with a libretto by Talaya Delaney, projections rendered by Amy Johnquest and staging by Linda McInerney, TRUTH illuminates the life and legacy of this complicated, brilliant woman who, though illiterate, was a relentless and articulate champion of those deprived of justice and freedom. The score is accessible and down-to-earth, much of the music derived from folk themes and spirituals, and many of the words Sojourner’s own.
“Over 160 years later, Sojourner’s ideals of justice and equality are still inspiring, and it was absolutely thrilling to hear those ideas expressed in such beautiful music. At the end of the opera, I leapt to my feet to cheer and so did everyone else in the building!”
– Martha Richards, Founder, Women Arts
ONE NIGHT ONLY, THE VERY VALLEY LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW at the Greenfield Grille - December 16 at noon!
Old Deerfield Productions presents THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW as the first production in a new initiative that will offer an ongoing series of live performances in downtown Greenfield presented as radio plays for a live audience to be recorded and available in perpetuity online at www.olddeerfieldproductions.org.
Well-known local actor and director of Sleepy Hollow, Kevin Maroney said, “Mike Haley has taken the classic Washington Irving story, moved it to our fair Valley, and sprinkled in some distinct Franklin County voices. Our phenomenal cast and sound effects team bring that story to life before your eyes…and ears.”
This live performance with many of your favorite actors shifts the action of Sleepy Hollow from its post-colonial Hudson Valley to our own “Happy Valley.” Mike Haley maintains the primary points of the legend while blending in the names and history of some of the residents of Conway, Shelburne and Greenfield in the late 18th century. PERFECT FOR FAMILIES – WE WILL BE SUSPENSEFUL BUT NOT TOO SCARY!
The cost for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is $22 all inclusive and reservations may be made by emailing email@example.com to save your spot. Cash, check and/credit card will be accepted at the door. This event is limited to 100 spots and 50 are gone so reserve early to avoid disappointment.
The production itself is an homage to the Golden Age of radio theater, with our ticket holders in the role of the studio audience, watching the cast and sound effects technicians create the characters and the setting. Revolutionary battles, lessons in a one-room schoolhouse, and the romantic pursuits of Ichabod Crane will be played out in the Banquet Room of the Greenfield Grille on Sunday, December 16th at 12:00 pm with a delicious New England Breakfast and the show starting at 1:00 pm.
With our wonderful cast of characters includes: Alex Schmidt, Lynn Vesely, Emma Jimerson, Mike Haley, John Reese, Noah Simes, Joan Haley, Jane Williams, and Mike Haley creating sound effects. There will also be accompanying music in the show.