Another Letter to My Love

Another Letter to My Love

First it was a book, then a movie and now a play being staged by the folks at Island Theatre Workshop. The story in question is I Sent a Letter to My Love, written in 1975 by Bernice Rubens, a Welsh writer who won the Booker Prize in 1970 and was again short-listed for the prize in 1978.

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Vineyard Playhouse Still Hopping

The Vineyard Playhouse may be under construction this summer, but that isn’t stopping them from putting on plenty of shows. First up are their Monday Night Specials, beginning June 25 and continuing throughout the summer. This year the shows are being held at the Hebrew Center, 130 Center street, Vineyard Haven.

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Curated Costumes

Curated Costumes

Featherstone Center for the Arts is paying homage to the Island’s rich theatre history with its current exhibit, The Art of Costume Design: Celebrating 30 Years at the Vineyard Playhouse. The exhibit is being guest-curated by Vineyard Playhouse artistic director MJ Bruder Munafo.

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Actors Wanted

Actors Wanted

The Vineyard Playhouse is holding professional auditions by appointment only for Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) actors on Monday, May 7, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Roles are available in two shows, The Screenwriter’s Daughter by Larry Mollin, and Fenway: A Vineyard Love Letter by Randal Myler. These shows will be performed this summer but not at the Playhouse as renovations are not expected to be complete until late fall.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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