Live Theater: KoFest 2018 2018-05-25T12:41:34+00:00

PERFORMANCES

THE RADICALIZATION PROCESS July 6 & 7 at 8pm; July 8 at 4pm

THE RADICALIZATION PROCESS July 6 & 7 at 8pm; July 8 at 4pm

Created & performed by THE HINTERLANDS
Layering historical accounts of the radical left in the 1960’s and 70’s with socialist pageantry, and a gleefully obtuse re-production of The Living Theatre’s "Antigone," this show asks us to question our assumptions about what drives us to take action, how far is too far, and what role the imagination has in revolution. Also, it’s funny. Sometimes. Other times it’s really dark. But hey, that’s America!...
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THE OVEN July 13 & 14 at 8pm; July 15 at 1:30pm

THE OVEN July 13 & 14 at 8pm; July 15 at 1:30pm

Written & performed by ILAN STAVANS
Directed by MATTHEW GLASSMAN
After a chance meeting with a shaman in Colombia, Ilan Stavans, the highly regarded literary scholar, found himself in the Amazon rainforest. He had reluctantly agreed to participate in a religious ceremony that involved taking the hallucinogen ayahuasca...
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KOFEST STORY SLAM July 21 at 8pm — One Night Only!

KOFEST STORY SLAM July 21 at 8pm — One Night Only!

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 “RADICAL ACTS.” 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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LIKE A MOTHER BEAR July 27 & 28 at 8pm; July 29 at 4pm

LIKE A MOTHER BEAR July 27 & 28 at 8pm; July 29 at 4pm

Written and Performed by HELEN STOLTZFUS of BLACK SWAN ARTS & MEDIA
From San Francisco, a solo performance that follows one woman’s extraordinary journey to healing in which she discovers the Great Bear Mother of imagination, the intimate connections between her infertility and the environment, and—in a powerful encounter in the wilds of Alaska— the very real endangered grizzly bear...
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INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS Aug. 3 & 4 at 8pm; Aug. 5 at 4pm

INDUSTRIOUS ANGELS Aug. 3 & 4 at 8pm; Aug. 5 at 4pm

Written & performed by LAURIE McCANTS
with music by GUY KLUCEVSEK, directed by SABRINA HAMILTON
A solo hand-crafted-story-spinning-shadow-puppet-memory-play-with-music evoking the secret creative lives of women, mother/daughter bloodlines, and the ghost of Emily Dickinson.
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2018 WORKSHOPS

SOUND AND FURY: An Embodied Approach to Voice, Text & Sound Design for the Theatre

SOUND AND FURY: An Embodied Approach to Voice, Text & Sound Design for the Theatre

with RICHARD NEWMAN
Co-Artistic Director of The Hinterlands
July 9-14, 2018
An intensive workshop exploring the theatre as a place for radical sonic exploration. Using the voice, everyday objects, instruments, technology, and architecture, participants will take a holistic approach to sound design and performance...
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FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance 2018

FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance 2018

with GERARD STROPNICKY, Co-Founder, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
July 16-21, 2018
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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THEATRE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT

THEATRE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT

with HELEN STOLTZFUS
Black Swan Arts & Media
July 30-Aug. 4, 2018
What is the story within you that “must be told”? We use voice work, movement, journaling, improvisation and guided fantasy to discover these stories and to shape them – personal, mythic, ancestral – into . . .
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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

We are now seeking sponsors and co-sponsors for the season and for individual shows. And Ko Festival Program Ads are a great way to get your message our to a savvy group of attendees! Click here to send us an email.

KEEP KO STRONG

FUNDERS

The Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Art Angels
 
The Amherst Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
 
The Northampton Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

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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2018 INTERNSHIPS

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2018 summer season. Thank-you to the many who applied. Looking forward to 2019, for further information, please visit our internship page. Read more...