‘SURREAL’ MARCHING BAND TAKES OVER MASS MOCA
(NORTH ADAMS, Mass.) – Combining the spirit of punk rock with the fun of a fireman’s parade, the 30-member Mucca Pazza – “the marching band that thinks it’s a rock ’n roll band” – takes over MASS MoCA‘s campus for five performances throughout the weekend of August 16-18, 2013. The Mucca Pazza catalog covers everything from Balkan brass to reworked 1960s TV show themes to pieces by Shostakovich and Bartok … plus they have cheerleaders.
(LENOX, Mass.) – The Wharton Salon celebrates its fifth anniversary this August with Two By Wharton, two Edith Wharton stories newly adapted into one-act comedies for the company: The Quicksand, adapted by Alison Ragland, directed by Catherine Taylor-Williams; and The Looking Glass, adapted by Elaine Smith, directed by Daniela Varon, running Wednesday, August 14 through Sunday, August 25, 2013 at The Mount. The plays showcase Edith Wharton’s early and late writing.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah, a new play about the friendship and rivalry between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, premieres at Barrington Stage Company (BSC) from Thursday, August 15, 2013, through Sunday, September 29, 2013, on the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center.
(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Kaufman’s Barber Shop, about a group of first-generation American-Jewish businessmen and professionals in upstate New York who meet regularly to have their hair cut and to socialize away from a society that accepts them only marginally, gets its world premiere in an innovative production by Shakespeare & Company staged on location at Upstreet Barbers on North Street in Pittsfield, where it runs from Wednesday, August 14, 2013 through Sunday, September 1, 2013.
(NEW LEBANON, N.Y.) – Pianists Vassily Primakov and Natalia Lavrova will perform works by Chopin and Rachmaninov in the Tannery on the grounds of the Darrow School as part of the Tannery Pond Concerts chamber music series on Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 8pm. The program features Primakov playing a selection of Chopin, followed by the duo playing Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 Suite No. 2, Op. 17.
(CHATHAM, N.Y.) – Ordinary Festivals, a dance-theater piece for 300 oranges, seven performers, and two knives, is among those that will be performed by Pearsonwidrig Dancetheater at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century on Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17, 2013, as part of PS21’s comedy-themed season.
(CHESTER, Mass.) – The curtain comes down on the 2013 season at Chester Theatre Company (CTC) with a production of An Iliad, a critically acclaimed one-man retelling of Homer’s epic poem, running from Thursday, August 15 through Sunday, August 25, 2013.