MITB-Block 2014 Made in The Berkshires Festival Announces Full Schedule of Events

Pittsfield, MA– Berkshire Theatre Group is pleased to announce that Made in the Berkshires 2014 will be held on Columbus Day Weekend: October 10, 11 and 12 at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA and the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA celebrating the fourth year of this wonderful festival of local art and artists.

The Opening Night celebration kicks off on October 10th at 6pm in the Colonial Theatre lobby with a cocktail hour and visual art show curated by Suky Werman. The opening night program begins at 7:30pm on stage at The Colonial Theatre. Highlights include  a film rave by Joe Wheaton, a scene from Diary of a Fashionista;Styled by Destiny, 25 local young dancers from Youth Alive in a performance combining rap and fashion trends and hip hop; 13 year old jazz musician, Nico Wohl "Who's Loving You" By Michael Buble, danced by Stockbridge-based dancer Ruslan Sprague and Tess Lane; Paul Celebi, classical pianist from Berkshire Music School; Berkshire County’s blues rocker Albert Cummings in a music video shot at The Colonial Theatre by Dave Simonds; scenes from Emmy Award-winning writer Lee Kalcheim’s new play Speed Dating. The Opening Night Celebration is followed by a “Taste of the Berkshires” reception in The Colonial lobby featuring Berkshire farm to table produce and locally crafted foods with music from DJ RothFitz.


On Saturday, October 11 at 1pm, The Unicorn Theatre, will feature two performance blocks; Lee Kalcheim’s new full length play Speed Dating and a Shorts program at 3:30pm, a celebration of literary works, from Albert Stern, Maggie Howard, Jane Denitz Smith, Jane Ryan, Andrew Joffe, Dina Noto, Carole Owens, Joel Kalodner and Lisa Avery. On Saturday evening at 7pm in The Unicorn Theatre, patrons are invited to experience the last four days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life in a new play and world premiere of POE written and directed by Eric Hill featuring David Adkins with Madeline Calandrillo, Kate Maguire, Brian E. Plouffe, and J. Andrew Young.

On Saturday evening at 7pm Made in the Berkshires is thrilled to present Berkshire Dance Theatre, Berkshire Pulse, Dawn Lane and the choreography of Ruslan Sprague in a “dance extravaganza”on theColonial stage. “Diary of a Fashionista; Styled by Destiny featuring Destiny Saunders, Jerome Edgerton, Jernee Edgerton  and Youth Alive take over the Garage at the Colonial at 9:30pm in a “rip the runway” fashion spectacular!

On Sunday afternoon, October 12, a matinee performance of POE starts at 2pm at The Unicorn Theatre. Made in the Berkshires in partnership with The Red Lion Inn will hold a “Meet the Artist” reception on Sunday, October 12 from 4 pm to 6 pm in the Side Parlor of The Red Lion Inn. Curated by Sarah Eustis, local artists: Peg Biscotti, jewelry designer; Ken Musselman, painter; Ruth Bass, writer; Sheila Jones, fabric artist will be on hand to discuss their creative process and showcase their work. There will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres provided by The Red Lion Inn.

On Sunday evening at 7:30pm,
Music Inn and Berkshire Theatre Group Presents: Jay and The Americans a part of Made in the Berkshires and a benefit for Music Inn Archives at The Colonial Theatre. Known for their hits “Cara Mia,” “This Magic Moment,” “Crying,” and “Sunday and Me,” Jay and The Americans were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002, placing them among the greatest vocal groups in rock and roll history. Jay and the Americans’ ties to the Berkshires stretch back to the legendary Music Inn in Lenox where they were presented by impresario David Rothstein.

Before the Jay and the Americans concert on Sunday, October 12 at 4pm, The Music Inn Reviva lwill have a special reunion at 4pm in the Colonial Lobby with guest performance by local creative artist Heather Fisch

Tickets for Made in the Berkshires 2014 are on sale now.

TICKETS FOR THE FESTIVAL:

All-Access MITB 2014 Pass $50 (includes 15% off Jay and the Americans (10/12) and POE (10/11 or 10/12): $50

Friday, October 10 at The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield: A Taste of MITB Opening Night: $35
6pm: Berkshire Visual Artists Curated by Suky Werman
7:30pm: Opening Night Celebration followed by Reception

Saturday, October 11 (multiple stages in Stockbridge and Pittsfield)
1pm full length play Speed Dating at The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge: $10
3:30pm "The Shorts" Literary program at The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge: $10
7pm POE at The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge: $35
7pm "Dance Block" at The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield: $15
9:30pm Diary of a Fashionista Styled by Destiny at The Garage at The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield: $5

Sunday October 12 (multiple locations and stages in Stockbridge and Pittsfield)
2pm POE at The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge: $35
4pm "Meet the Artists" Reception at The Red Lion Inn, Stockbridge: no charge
7:30pm Concert: Jay and the Americans at The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield: $35-$65

2014 Full Schedule of Events

Friday, October 10 at The Colonial Theatre
Opening Night Celebration
6:00 Berkshire Visual Art- Curated by Suky Werman
7:30 Opening Night Celebration begins on the Colonial Stage
Berkshire Rave film by Joe Wheaton
Solo jazz performance by Nico Wohl
Scene fromSpeed Dating by Lee Kalcheim
Piano Performance by Paul Celebi
Amazing Grace: Short film by Dave Simonds
Free Bird Flyin: Choreographed and danced by Ellen Gorman
Song will be played by Pete Cormier on guitar.
Keyboard and Vocalists: Joy Awobue and Zoe Rosemond (Music students at Darrow School
Scene from Speed Dating by Lee Kalcheim
"Who's Loving You" by Michael Buble, danced by Ruslan Sprague and Tess Lane
"Working Man Blues" Music Video by Dave Simonds featuring Albert Cummings
Finale Performance: Diary of a Fashionista Styled by Destiny; Featuring Destiny Saunders, Jerome Edgerton Jernee Edgerton and Youth Alive
Reception: A Taste of the Berkshires featuring farm to table produce and locally crafted foods. Dance party with music by DJ RothFitz

Saturday, October 11 at The Unicorn Theatre
1pm Staged Reading of Full Length Play, Speed Dating written and directed by Lee Kalcheim

3:30 pm Literary Shorts Program at The Unicorn Theatre
Short Stories: Who Am I, Road Kill, and Spring Offensive written and readby Maggie Howard
Short Play: Deidre's Bake Sale written and directed by Andrew Joffe
Short Story: Newfangled Jew written and read by Albert Stern
Short Story: Washington DC and The Sad Opera Singer written and read by Jane Ryan
Short Play: Mommy Detox written by Jane Denitz Smith directed by Karen Beaumont
Poetry written and read by Joel Kalodner
Short Story: Fun Night, 1988 written and read by Dina Nota
Short Story: Bob Dylan and the Aurora Borealis written by Carole Owens, read by Lisa Avery

7pm POE written and directed by Eric Hill; Featuring David Adkins; with Madeline Calandrillo, Kate Maguire, Brian Plouffe, and J. Andrew Young

Saturday, October 11 at The Colonial Theatre
7pm Dance Extravaganza featuring:Berkshire Pulse, Berkshire Dance Theater, Dawn Lane , and Ruslan Sprague and friends

Saturday, October 11 in the Garage at The Colonial Theatre
9:30pm Diary of a Fashionista, Styled by Destiny

Sunday, October 12 at The Unicorn Theatre
2pm POE written and directed by Eric Hill; Featuring David Adkins; with Madeline Calandrillo, Kate Maguire, Brian Plouffe, and J. Andrew Young

Sunday, October 12 at The Colonial Theatre
7:30 pm Jay and The Americans

Supporting Events: Sunday October 12
The Music Inn Revival Reunion
4-6pm in the Garage, at The Colonial Theatre

"Meet the Artist" Reception
4-6pm in the side parlor at The Red Lion Inn Curated by Sarah Eustis

For additional information about Made in the Berkshires, please visit our website at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org or visit www.MadeInTheBerkshires.org.

About Made in the Berkshires

Made in the Berkshires is a unique, intensive, artistic experience designed to provide opportunity for Berkshire regional performing and creative artists to present their work to the public. A grass roots, community outreach program, Made in the Berkshires is sustained by the generosity of Berkshire Theatre Group, in kind donors of specialty food and beverages, and individual patrons. Made in the Berkshires puts a high value on collaboration and risk taking and celebrates creativity in a wide spectrum of genres including; drama, music, dance, visual art, poetry, prose, and film. Made in the Berkshires is curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims (under the aegis Berkshire Theatre Group.)