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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One Night Only: Black Pearl Sings at Playhouse

The Vineyard Playhouse continues its popular summer series of new work, the Monday Night Special, with a reading and singing of a new play by Frank Higgins entitled Black Pearl Sings onMonday, August 24at 7 p.m. at the Vineyard Playhouse.

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Memory House: Real Talk, Real Pie

Memory House: Real Talk, Real Pie

In the time it takes to bake a pie — and much less time than it takes to write a college entrance essay — a mother and daughter can weave themselves together with a lifetime of loose ends.

In Kathleen Tolan’s sparkling and delicately sharpened script for Memory House, this seems the only way to do it: just spread it out, mix it up, knead it, heat things up and see if you get burned or something sweet at the finish.

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Stiltshop Gets Young Islanders Dancing in Annual Free Festival
Megan Dooley

Chaos rules at Stiltshop, where day camp-style rehearsals prepare youngsters to participate next to older and more experienced dancers in Built on Stilts, the Island’s annual homegrown community dance festival. Call it Built on Stilts with a shorter attention span.

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Audience Leaves Yard Opera Bewitched
Holly Nadler

There’s a sleep-away camp feel to the Yard off Middle Road in Chilmark: office over here, summer-blooming party tent over there, and modest, grey-shingled, single-story cottages for visiting dancers, choreographers, singers and other artistes scattered throughout the woods.

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Dido and Aeneas Come to Chilmark: Opera at the Yard

A love story with mythological heroes, shipwrecked kings, queens, witches, a drunken sailor and a famous death scene plays this weekend at the Yard in the form of Dido and Aeneas, a 50-minute opera sung in English. There will be dancing, action sequences and a string quintet.

And of course there will be its famous aria, Dido’s lament, When I Am Laid in Earth, which has been performed by artists as far from opera as Klaus Nomi, Jeff Buckley and even (as a Trance mix) Armin van Buuren.

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Defining Gravity With Dance at the Field Gallery

Defining Gravity With Dance at the Field Gallery

She-figured Dance presents Defining Gravity, a premiere modern dance performance and sunset reception for the benefit of the Somarela Fund on Tuesday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m.

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