Theatre Award Nomination for Island’s Emily Hartford

Edgartown native Emily Hartford is nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for outstanding ensemble for her work in The Night of Nosferatu, which was produced by Rabbit Hole Ensemble (online

The nominees were announced at a sold-out event on July 21 that was attended by over 500 artists and guests. The Awards will be presented on Sept. 22 at a ceremony held at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Vineyard Playhouse Develops Shows With Legs

Vineyard Playhouse patrons might be forgiven for a feeling of deja vu when viewing the lineup of mainstage shows Cambridge’s new Central Square Theatre selected for its first season. Two shows opened this past weekend — QED: An Evening with Richard Feynman and Coming Up for Air, An AutoJazzography — and both productions were developed on the stage on Church street, Vineyard Haven.

Political Satire Steps Into Double Time

In the lull between the primaries and the conventions, get a double dose of political satire on the Vineyard this weekend. Skip the fundraisers (they are so last weekend) and see musical satirists the Capitol Steps Saturday at the Tabernacle at 8 p.m., before catching comedian, political satirist and author of The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing, Will Durst, at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown on Sunday, July 27, at 7 p.m.

Sing? Dance? Act Silly? It’s Blowout Variety Night

It’s another blowout variety night! See what happens on Monday, July 21, at 8 p.m. at Katharine Cornell Theatre (second floor of Tisbury Town Hall) on Spring street in Vineyard Haven.

This annual extravaganza welcomes the audience on a first come, first seated basis; there are no reservations. And there’s a special ticket price, just for you: $9.99.

Dance, Opera, Kids Classes Part of Yard Festival

Yard Arts! this weekend kicks off its third year of presenting dance, theater, music and opera on Martha’s Vineyard, which runs from July 13 to Sept. 21.

This year is a bittersweet one for The Yard, its first summer season without founder Patricia N. Nanon, who passed away in February. Her legacy continues with those at The Yard committed to her vision of nurturing and supporting the art of choreography and the growth of individual artists, thanks to her generous gift last year of the Chilmark land and buildings The Yard calls home.

Mondays at Vineyard Playhouse Begin With Some Tony Reading

Vineyard Playhouse artistic director M.J. Bruder Munafo kicks off the theater’s popular summer series of new work — the Monday Night Special — with Expatriate, a new play by Bill C. Davis and starring Tony award-winning actress Frances Sternhagen.

The staged reading of Expatriate, directed by Mr. Davis, will be held on Monday, June 30 at 7 p.m. at the Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church street in downtown Vineyard Haven.

Dancers of All Ages Get Chance to Dance at Yard

The Yard is looking for a few energetic kids to share the stage with two all-star casts. Actors, dancers and singers in third through twelfth grade are invited.

The first event, Diversity in Dance ’08, will take place on Sunday, July 20, at the Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m., and will feature Taylor 2, Gus Solomons Jr and Carmen de Lavallade alongside a special dance performance by Island kids.

Art Teacher’s Dragon Will Perform in Magic Flute

A dragon created by art and technology teacher Paul Brisette and his art students at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School will fly high and terrorize a young prince as the centerpiece of the Magic Flute scenes in the OperaFest 2008 performance, Saturday, July 26, at 8 p.m. at Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs.

Kaf Warman Again Offers Acting Class for Adults

Kaf Warman, professor in Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama and associate artistic director of Island Theatre Workshop, will offer her popular adult acting class again this summer.

The class will explore personal material in a theatrical context, incorporating movement, mask work, poetry and music. The class is of particular interest to actors, dancers, writers, teachers, therapist, painters and anyone age 16 and up interested in the visual, performing and healing arts.

Musical Tracing Life Cycle of a Marriage Opens Run

A contemporary musical that chronicles the five-year life of a marriage, from meeting to break-up — or from break-up to meeting, depending on how you look at it — opens Thursday for a three-weekend season at Katharine Cornell Theatre on Spring street in Vineyard Haven.

The Last Five Years, by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Songs for a New World), is an intensely personal look at the relationship between a writer and an actress told from both points of view.