Parties & Openings
March 16 - Williamstown
WCMA Season Celebration
March 3 - Lenox
Andrew DeVries Benefit Party
Feb. 23 - Pittsfield
Real Art Party
Mass Live Arts Kicks Off Its Third Season With A Bang And A BBQ
Amy Krzanik reports from Great Barrington. “I thought I was done being surprised by theater,” marveled an audience member after Friday, July 10th’s performance of Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE at Mass Live Arts (MLA). Schneider, a 2015 OBIE winner, uses technology (some self-created), cleverly timed sounds and visuals, and audience participation to charm and disorient viewers. The result is rapt attention while his character attempts to understand how time works, and a vested interest in his struggle for intimacy against the lure of detachment. Now in its third year, MLA brings experimental theater like this to the Berkshires for one month, using Simon’s Rock’s Daniel Arts Center to stage intimate performances and provide practice space for local works in progress. An after-party/benefit/barbecue featured live music from Doll Parts, a Brooklyn-based Dolly Parton cover band, followed by late-night karaoke. Cast and crew chatted with supporters, enjoying wine and beer from Domaney’s and way-above-average burgers from The Meat Market, served sizzling from the grill by MLA’s executive director himself, Ilan Bachrach. MLA’s season continues until July 26. Above, Doll Parts plays the hits.
Hillel Bachrach with Marilyn Lebowitz and Nancy Seebert, who is visiting from Oregon to perform with Berkshire Choral; Sandy Cleary, director of the Daniel Arts Center, with Ilan Bachrach, MLA’s artistic director.
Ian Volner, Scout MacEachron and Henry Lyon; Martha Joseph and Virginia Wagner.
Jaime Cooper and architect Grigori Fateyev; Doll Parts plays as partygoers line up for grub.