Off the Page, Into the Bloomers, Students Embody History Lesson

Creative drama teacher Phyllis Vecchia has an innovative way to get history across to sixth graders: Rather than talking about suffragettes Amelia Bloomer and Susan B. Anthony, and the abolitionist Henry Stanton, she has them BE Amelia Bloomer and Susan B. Anthony and Henry Stanton. In a rousing half-hour in Amy Reece’s sixth grade class at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School on Thursday of last week, Ms. Vecchia guided the entire class through improvised paces of the women’s rights movement from 1840 to 1860.

Language of the Love of Teaching

Barbara Reynolds took out an old photo album in a resource room at the Edgartown School last week, the pages tinted with age but the memories still fresh as though her students were sitting next to her at the table.

One Talk Caught on Tape Puts Sexual Politics, Privacy on Stage

The Vineyard Playhouse’s current production of Tape, opens on a set that itself poses a plot twist and a conundrum at the same time: Lights bear down on a typical off-highway motel room with twin beds, a banal color scheme of beige, gold and brown, a sink on one side rimmed by overhead white globes. Over in the right-hand corner, a vague charcoal-hued stain hints that a repaint of the unadorned walls is long overdue.

It’s a three-person play and a two-bed motel room. Something’s already intriguingly off-kilter.

James Joyce Returns to the Stage

James Joyce Returns to the Stage

“One by one we’re all becoming shades. Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age.”

Little Mermaids Dance on Water

Marvelous miniature mermaids merge in movement on Martha’s Vineyard making music and merriment and maybe mayhem.

Vineyard Playhouse Opener Features Broadway Players

The Vineyard Playhouse is getting set for their summer season. And as a spring teaser they are presenting a staged reading of Dick and Lola, a new comedy by Debra Monk at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.

Playhouse Auditions Are Saturday: Summer Roles

The Vineyard Playhouse will hold open auditions for its summer main stage season on Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the playhouse on Church street in downtown Vineyard Haven.

New Writers, New Plays from ArtFarm

The Island theatre group ArtFarm is gearing up for a groundbreaking third season, with a summer lineup true to its mission to collaborate, educate and innovate.

First up is the second annual New Writers, New Plays festival of readings by emerging playwrights, which is a coproduction between ArtFarm and Vineyard Arts Project. Playwrights, directors and cast will be in residence for four weeks developing scripts, and will present readings of the plays on July 7, 8 and 9 at the Vineyard Arts Project at 215 Upper Main street in Edgartown.

Improv Impresses

Improv Impresses

Here’s your chance to say, years from now when these teenagers show up on Saturday Night Live or Second City, “I saw them when...”

The IMPers have been accepted once again to the prestigious Teen Comedy Festival in Chicago, and they will show the hometown crowd what they’ve got with a benefit performance next Friday, April 29, at the Grange Hall Theatre in West Tisbury.

Shakespeare Delighted, Irate By Winter’s Tale Reworking

Shakespeare for the Masses is free. It’s also the quickest way to get your Billy the Bard on. Shows clock in at under an hour. Some thee’s and thou’s, here a sonnet, there a sonnet, hopefully a beheading or two and, of course, love olde English style and then you’re back out on the streets of Tisbury pleasantly buzzed if not a bit bewildered by a sudden thirst for vengeance at the injustice some rival king has played upon you.