Anne G. Fredericks will be featured in “Made in the Berkshires”.  She has collaborated on a ‘rave’ with artist Joe Wheaton. Anne took over 600 photos of the Berkshires which Joe Wheaton has melded into a multi-projector ‘rave’.

Don’t miss the opening event on October 14th, 2011 7:30 pm at the Colonial Theatre.

Made in the Berkshires, a brand new original works festival, will take place this October at both the Colonial as well as the Unicorn Theatre at BTF. It will feature cutting-edge theatrical works, live music, film, short stories and dance in a festival atmosphere like no other. New and innovative pieces will be created and presented by local Berkshire County playwrights, actors, directors and performers. Broken up into two hour blocks, Made in the Berkshires will allow audiences to get a look at the breadth and depth of the artistic talent that has landed in Berkshire County while celebrating the best in the visual and performing arts. The festival will be curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, two local artists who have helped create the rich cultural tapestry that permeates the Berkshires.

Made in the Berkshires Schedule of Presentations and Artists and Block Titles

The Gallery will show the art of Berkshire visual artists in the lounge area off the Colonial Lobby during the run of the festival. 
The participating artists are:

  • Bart Arnold
  • Susan Dibble
  • Autumn Doyle- video running as a loop on lobby monitor/ and framed images on wall below.
  • Kinney Frelinghuysen
  • Pat Hogan
  • Cynthia Wick
  • Michael Boroniec
  • Nick Mongiardo
  • Chris Hogan

October 14th Colonial Theatre

Opening Night of Made in the Berkshires (sponsored by Wandering Star Handcraft Brewery, Kate Baldwin Catering and Berkshire Mountain Distillers)

A Taste of Made in the Berkshires

7:30 p.m.

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Music: Concerto for Highland Bagpipe and Virtual Orchestra– composed by Peter   Taussig, performed by Nancy Tunnicliffe
  • Film: Jay at Hatchery Hill by Sanjiban Sellew
  • Film: A Brief Visual Berkshire Rave by Joe Wheaton and Anne G Fredericks
  • Dance: Rain choreographed by Anni Crofut
  • Poetry: Indium Blues and Notes from the Seventh Decade, by Elizabeth Elliott and read by the poet
  • Short Scene: Again With the Rhapsody Oscar by Daniel Klein
  • Music: Robert Oakes and Katherine Smith
  • Short Play: A Headlong Act of Love by Richard Berlin
  • Short Play: Feathertop by Nicki Wilson and Andrew Joffe
  • Music: Viva La Diva medley, book by Bobby Houston and music by Randy Courts
  • Aerial Artist: Abigail Elwood and Beat Boxer: Simeon Bittman

9:00 p.m. Party in the Colonial Lobby

  • A Taste of the Berkshires- Local wines and goodies
  • Spatial Atmospheres – Joe Wheaton and Anne G Fredericks

October 15th, BTF Unicorn Stage

1-3p.m. New Play Premiere

  • The Last Tree on Easter Island
    by Sean McHugh
    A wonderful satirical look at the politics of big business versus the environment

4–5:15p.m.The Shorts: Berkshire Writers and Their Stories

  • Short Story Coming Home by Mary Mott, read by Mary Mott
  • Short Play Invasive Species by David Scribner
  • Short Story King Toot by David Anderegg
  • Short Play Alice’s Profile by Maria Nation
  • Short Story Jacob’s Vessel by Larry Robbins (read by Jeffery Borak)
  • Short Story The Nut Game by Larry Robbins
  • Short Story Memory in Bones by Sanjiban Sellew

7p.m. Birthday Boy

October 16th Colonial Theatre

Poetry and Motion: Berkshire Poets and Choreographers present their latest work in a wonderful blend of words and dance

1-2:30 p.m.

  • Poetry Moving the Brook by Dennis Pollock
  • Poetry Rabbits by Dennis Pollock
  • Dance Lift Ev’ry Voice, Wired, Django choreographed by Olga Dunn
  • Poetry My Mother Was Superstitious by Michelle Gillett
  • Poetry Love Poem 137 by Michelle Gillett
  • Poetry How to Resuscitate a Bird by Michelle Gillett
  • Poetry Ghazal by Michelle Gillett
  • Dance: The Queen Years choreographed by Anni Crofut
  • Poetry Sad Cave Resplendent by Poncho Pelligrosso
  • Poetry I Just Want to Say Hi by Poncho Pelligrosso
  • Poetry We will Find a Way by Poncho Pelligrosso
  • Dance Melting Pot, excerpt from One Potato, Two Potato choreographed by Dawn Lane

4-5:30  Young and Talented: Emerging young writers, film makers and composers

  • Music Chris Considine guitar and vocals
  • Film Bonding by Nannina Gilder
  • Short Play The Life Logic of Mr Lampilla by Tadd Gero
  • Film Live Out Loud by Jennifer Gomez
  • Film Sound of Snow by Autumn Doyle
  • Music Rap by Antonio Maclellan

7-9 p.m. Musical Notes

  • The Jewish Jazz Project led by Paul Green
  • Divinitress with Erin Laundry and Tistrya Hamilton
  • Billy G and the Bluezone led by Billy Gilbert
  • Dave Bacon led by Dave Bacon

October 21 BTF Unicorn Stage

1-3p.m. New Play Premiere: The Cuckoo’s Egg by Emily Fulop

  • The female Cuckoo places her eggs in the nests of other, unknowing birds, leaving her young to be raised by the “foster parents”- but will it work for humans as well?

7-9 The Edge: Two cutting edge performance piece and two short works that push the boundaries!

  • The Life Logic of Mr. Lampilla by Tadd Gero
  • habitat (de) fragmentation by Stefanie Weber and the Creatures of Habitat Physical Poetry Performance Project
  • The Memory of Bones by Sanjiban Sellew
  • Dark Meat on a Funny Mind by Wesley Brown
  • Lucia by Frances Benn Hall

October 22 Colonial Theatre

2p.m.-4p.m. Make Sure Its Me by Kate Wenner, NEW PLAY PREMIERE

  • In this compelling new play, award winning producer Kate Wenner explores what happens to those soldiers are not killed outright or outwardly injured in the Iraq war, but who are exposed to intense IED blasts over and over again.
  • Followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Jim Frangione.

October 22 BTF Unicorn Stage

8-10p.m. New Musical Play premiere

  • Viva La Diva by Bobby Houston and Randy Courts
  • This exuberant, rollicking musical from Oscar winner Bobby Houston follows the lives of Lolita and her family of drag queens and cabaret stars as they live and love “underground” in Castro’s Cuba!

October 23 BTF Unicorn Stage

2-4p.m. Viva La Diva (One More Time!)

4 p.m. Closing Party with Joe Wheaton and Anne G Fredericks’ images and music, A Brief Visual Berkshire Rave

For complete schedule and ticket information please visit:  www.thecolonialtheatre.org

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