2019 PERFORMANCES

THE LAST RAT OF THERESIENSTADT • July 5 & 6 at 8pm; July 7 at 4pm

THE LAST RAT OF THERESIENSTADT • July 5 & 6 at 8pm; July 7 at 4pm

Lead Writer/Performer/Deviser: HILARY CHAPLAIN & Company
A show about a Weimar cabaret star who finds herself transplanted from Berlin to the Theresienstadt concentration camp. There she forges an unlikely friendship with Pavel, a rat (played by a puppet) who, despite the lack of food that has driven away the rest of his kind, remains out of love for her and her art...
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OK, OK • July 12 & 13 at 8pm; July 14 at 4pm

OK, OK • July 12 & 13 at 8pm; July 14 at 4pm

created and performed by KATIE PEARL
OK, OK is a performance reckoning with the racism of today through the lens of what Katie Pearl learned—and didn't learn—about Oklahoma history while growing up in her native habitat of Tulsa, OK. Performed by Pearl with an ensemble of four, OK, OK weaves together personal biography and civic narrative to crack open closed surfaces and get at what’s underneath. Hilarious, heartbreaking and...
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KoFest STORY SLAM 2019 • Saturday, July 20 at 8pm

KoFest STORY SLAM 2019 • Saturday, July 20 at 8pm

You’ve heard of poetry slams – competitive poetry events. This is one is for first person, true stories – told live and without notes, 5 minutes or less — and on the theme of “HABITAT (human)” A benefit to keep Ko going strong, this event typically sells out, so reservations are highly recommended, and if you've got a story to tell . . .
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SPECIAL ALL AGES EVENT: The Mettawee River Theatre Company in THE RING DOVE • Sunday, July 21 at 8pm

SPECIAL ALL AGES EVENT: The Mettawee River Theatre Company in THE RING DOVE • Sunday, July 21 at 8pm

Directed by RALPH LEE, this allegorical tale about friendship it is drawn from THE PANCHATANTRA, a collection of stories whose origins reach back over 2,000 years, to ancient India.  The production will incorporate an array of giant figures, puppets, and masks and will be performed out under the stars in a landscape permeated with live music, song and a spirit of celebration...
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(dis)Place[d] • July 26 & 27 at 8pm; July 28 at 4pm

(dis)Place[d] • July 26 & 27 at 8pm; July 28 at 4pm

A fool'sFURY production, written and performed by DEBÓRAH ELIEZER. Directed by BEN YALOM
This show integrates video, movement and song to crack open Debórah's assumptions about her own identity through the story of her father, Edward Ben-Eliezer, an Iraqi Jew born in 1930, a member of the Zionist underground, a refugee, an Israeli spy, and an immigrant to America. The result: a multilayered experience about the nature of home, the politics of place and the claiming of...
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LESSONS OF HUMANITY • August 2 & 3 at 8pm; August 4 at 4pm

LESSONS OF HUMANITY • August 2 & 3 at 8pm; August 4 at 4pm

Created and performed by SAMITE
A performance tailor-made by Samite to fit KoFest's 2019 season theme of "HABITAT: human" using a rich a blend of traditional African music and personal stories that draw on his own experience of war in Idi Amin’s Uganda, and his life as a refugee who finds his new home in rural upstate New York to be a place from which he can...
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2019 WORKSHOPS

TOY THEATER

TOY THEATER

with JOHN BELL & TRUDI COHEN
Great Small Works
July 8-13, 2019
Participants will be shown basic techniques and materials used in Toy Theater (also known as Paper Theater). After discussing image and text selection and dramaturgy, our workshop will offer a chance to construct a toy theater stage and scenery and figures, and to put together a multi-scene story...
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FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance 2019

FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance 2019

with GERARD STROPNICKY, Co-Founder, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
July 15-20, 2019
Why do some stories – some performances – spark your imagination, set fire to your soul, and leave you transformed, while others just sit there? Is it the content, or the telling? The framing, or the style? Can story be employed to bring laughter, or tears, or understanding, or lasting social change, or…
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UNLOCKING INSPIRATION: The Vital Act

UNLOCKING INSPIRATION: The Vital Act

with DEBÓRAH ELIEZER
Co-Artistic Director foolsFURY Ensemble
July 29-Aug. 3, 2019
This fun, participatory workshop will explore embodied creation methods that will remove your inner critic and allow your uninhibited creativity to flow. Through free writing, movement meditation, kinetic storytelling and vocal improvisation, we will unlock inspiration, discover untold stories and turn the idea of narrative on its head...
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FESTIVAL PASSES & POSSES

Once again we are offering a season pass. It's your opportunity to see it all and save! OR bring a posse of 6 or more and your "entourage" will save even more! PASS SALES ARE OPEN!

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SEASON SPONSORS & PROGRAM ADS

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2019 INTERNSHIPS

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2019 summer season. For further information, please visit our internship page. Read more...

FUNDERS

The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Mettawee's performance is funded in part by The Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
 
Art Angels
 
Samite's performances are funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies
 

In addition, we are most grateful to the AMHERST COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF THEATER AND DANCE, for access to their lovely theater and studios.
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