Three Short Plays Are Long on Island Talent on Script and Stage
Holly Nadler

Once and for all can the question be answered: Can we go home again? Playwrights from Chekhov to Wilder have renewed the debate and, of course, the answer will always have to be Maybe, depending on the place and who was — and may still be — in it.

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Small Town Deals With Hate: Showing on Stages Worldwide
Lauren Martin

In the small town where he lived, there is no memorial to Matthew Shepard. The fence post where he, an openly gay man of 21, hung dying for some 18 hours, tied up after being pistol-whipped, has been torn down. The bar from which he was lured to his murder is gone.

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From the Page to the Stage, the Pick of the Crop

From the Page to the Stage, the Pick of the Crop

Three original plays, penned by Islanders Taffy McCarthy, John Ortman and Peter Palches, will move from the page to the stage for two weekends in a row at the Katharine Cornell Theatre in Vineyard Haven in an Island Theatre Workshop presentation called Pick of the Crop.

Longtime Island Theatre Workshop artistic director Lee Fierro directs Peter Palches’ Sam Meets Maria, or Still Here, which features Island actors Niki Patton and George Ricci.

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Bringing the Bard to Today’s Groundlings
Holly Nadler

T here is probably not a soul — not even an Oxford don who’s written his umpteenth thesis on King Lear — who takes Shakespeare so seriously that he can’t enjoy a little fooling around with the canon. Nothing is sacred when it comes to Shakespeare, even though hordes in every generation of theatregoers since the bard lived and wrote (up until he died in 1616) have pretty fairly worshipped him.

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IMP Expands Offerings; Class Registration Open

IMP now offers classes and performance opportunities for all types of young actors. Whether they like to play with a script or without, actors ages 7 to 18 are invited to become a part of IMP’s company.

Actors who love to work with scripts can check out the new class Let’s Put on a Show! which will produce a new version of Bears Beware, Goldilocks Is in Your Town.

Actors who like the freedom of no scripts are a good fit for the Story Theater Touring Ensemble and/or IMP improv classes.

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The Fabulists Perform New Show at Tashmoo Overlook

The Fabulists: Theater for Children will extend the summer season one extra week to present a new show, Sally Jean, The Bicycle Queen, on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Tisbury Amphitheatre at the Tashmoo Overlook on State Road in Vineyard Haven.

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Actor Channels Great American Spirits
Brittany Lyte

Dressed in a black suit, with a salt and pepper mane fanned around a stern countenance, Tony Award-winning performing artist André De Shields closely resembled the great American statesman Frederick Douglass when he performed on stage in Manhattan last winter.

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Vineyard Playhouse Hosts An Unlikely Conversation

A groundbreaking new play based on an imaginary conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till comes to the Vineyard Playhouse on Monday at 7 p.m.

This staged reading of Anne and Emmett features prologue narration by Academy award-winning actor Morgan Freeman and an original score by 16-year-old musical prodigy Joshua Coyne. There will be a brief question and answer session and an informal reception following the performance

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Jabberwocky Play Tackles Bowie’s Labyrinth With Humor, Aplomb
Cooper Davis

The house was full, as ever, when 95-year-old Helen (Hellcat) Lamb took the stage at the Camp Jabberwocky studio. The sweltering heat was amplified by the spotlight that ignited her usual white blouse and matching, freshly styled shock of white hair. She looked out into the crowd sternly, and waited for a relative quiet to settle on the room before beginning: “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogroves, and the mome raths outgrabe . . ..”

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Frozen Captures Morality of a Moment
Megan Dooley

The influence of nature versus nurture, the difference between forgiveness and forgetting, the existence of good and evil: these paradoxes were invoked by a cast of three actors against a spare backdrop in Monday night’s Island opening of Bryony Lavery’s Tony award-nominated drama Frozen. The story involves a grieving mother, a psychiatrist, and the murdered child who connects them.

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