Whale of a Tale Opens Playhouse Season

Sitting in the lobby of the newly renovated Vineyard Playhouse, Joe Forbrich had again arrived on the Island at the end of a long journey. His playwriting debut, The Whaleship Essex, opens on Saturday.

Wanted: Musketeers

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is seeking actors for this summer’s production of The Three Musketeers to be directed by Scott Barrow.

Three Musketeer Auditions

This Saturday, May 3, at 11 a.m. the Vineyard Playhouse is holding auditions at the Katharine Cornell Theatre for its July and August outdoor performances of the Three Musketeers.

It Takes an Island to Restore a Playhouse

When the lights go up in June it will be the culmination of a massive collaborative effort to honor the history of the building while ensuring that it’s equipped for the twenty-first century and beyond.

Shakespeare Mayhem for the Masses

Shakespeare for the Masses performs Coriolanus, the only Shakespeare play ever banned by a democratic government, on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven.

Love at First Bite, Theatre Gets in the Blood

They say the Island is a breeding ground for ticks and some other creepy insects bearing bad news. So while I was looking this way and that, I didn’t see it coming and got bitten by the theatre bug. The next thing I knew I was joining the play readers group and the board of the Vineyard Playhouse. I have to say the attack has been most rewarding.

Playhouse Gala Helps Restoration

Hundreds of people raised their glasses and funds for the Vineyard Playhouse at a gala at Blue Heron Farm, President Obama’s former Chilmark vacation home, on Saturday.

The fundraiser was hosted by new Blue Heron Farm property owners Lord Norman and Lady Elena Foster, as well as Playhouse patrons Friederike and Jeremy Biggs.

Artistic director MJ Bruder Munafo said the event raised more than $125,000 for the ongoing capital campaign to restore and renovate the historic Vineyard Playhouse building in Vineyard Haven.

Going Au Naturel for His Art

Artist Tom Smith is almost breathless when he talks about his work.

“I love the line between what is formal, designed, almost constricted — and what is natural and rank,” he said. “I love the border between the cultivated and the wild.”

Stars Align for Vineyard Playhouse

Mary Steenburgen saw her first play at a community theatre in Arkansas where she grew up. It was the Music Man, performed by a travelling company and she was instantly captivated.

“I literally could not breathe,” she said in an interview with the Gazette at her home in Chilmark. “I was so transported by it, and it meant so much to me.”

Ms. Steenburgen grew up in a home with “fairly modest means,” and found refuge from family and life challenges in the audience, on the stage and in the wings of the community theatre.

Vineyard Playhouse Half Complete, Show Will Go On Elsewhere This Summer

It’s been 180 years since the Vineyard Playhouse building was first built on Church street in Tisbury. For the past three years, the playhouse staff and board of directors have been hard at work ensuring that it stands another two centuries. Construction is scheduled to wrap this week on the downstairs portion of the two-story building, allowing the playhouse to invite people in for the first time since 2011.

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