Workshops Scheduled For Island Playwrights

Island Theatre Workshop is inaugurating a Playwrights’ Studio for all playwrights interested in creating and developing plays (non-musicals) of any length and theme. The group will meet twice a month on the first and third Mondays at 12 Music street in West Tisbury from 7 to 9 p.m. The next two meetings take place on May 7 and 21.

Authors will have their work read aloud and receive feedback.

On Broadway, Now On-Island

The Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein first opened in 1992 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. It premiered off-Broadway at the Lincoln Center Theatre and then moved to the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. During its journey, the play gathered suitcases full of awards, including a Tony nominee for best play, a Tony award for Madeline Kahn, a drama desk award for Jane Alexander; the list goes on.

But this note is not to rehash the past. The Sisters Rosensweig is being performed on Sunday, April 22, at the Hebrew Center in Vineyard Haven.

IMP Anniversary

IMP Anniversary

IMP turns ten and it’s hard to believe. It’s sort of like that little sister, the one who just yesterday could always be seen wearing her underwear on her head, is now all dressed up in a corsage and headed to the prom.

Good thing about IMP, though, is that even though the program is now firmly established as an Island institution, it never really grows up. For an improv group, wearing underwear on your head never goes out of style.

Watching the Directors, One-Act Plays Require Flexible Hands at the Helm

Little money, a backstage dressing room the size of an office desk — it’s all part of the charm of working in community theatre. But when the audiences, about half of whom you know personally, laugh or gasp or sit in mesmerized silence it’s all worth it.


Charter School Chats Up Shakespeare

This weekend the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School presents A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Grange Hall in West Tisbury. The performances are tonight, Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 31, at 2 and 7 p.m.

The play features 15 student actors from grades 5 through 12. Lower school students act as fairies, and there will be guest appearances by several teachers, as well as the school’s director, Bob Moore.

Charter School Play

Charter School Play

Next weekend, March 30 and 31, the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School will present its annual theater production. This year they take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a play with essentially four plots in one: a royal wedding, prank-playing fairies, a love quadrangle and workmen trying to put on a play. Something for everyone indeed.

Short Stuff Shakespeare, Big Fun

Short Stuff Shakespeare, Big Fun

Cowardly braggarts, stuffy old men, soldiers in funny hats speaking nonsense, devious ingenues, elegant aristocrats, Marvin Gaye; just another night down at Cumberland Farms in Vineyard Haven you say?

Make that the Pit Stop, by way of William Shakespeare, that is.

Fourth Grade Fables

ArtFarm Enterprises has teamed up with the West Tisbury School’s 4th grade class to create a unique adaptation of Aesop’s Fables. The performances take place tonight, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. and tomorrow, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. at the Chilmark Community Center.

The performances are a mixture of live theatre, film, music, and dance. And it’s free.

The film portion was produced in partnership with the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival and the musical portion features songs composed

High School Play Airs Good Gossip

High School Play Airs Good Gossip

Each year the Martha’s Vineyard High School drama department creates an original play from scratch to be taken to the annual METG high school theatre competition. The play is created by the students, alumni and staff at the high school. This year the troupe is traveling with its largest ensemble to date, 32 students.

Love Letters on Stage

Love Letters on Stage

On Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. a production of A.R. Gurney’s play Love Letters will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society located at 238 Main street in Vineyard Haven.

Love Letters was first performed in 1989 and has since been translated into more than 12 languages and presented all over the world.