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

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

WE ARE SOLD OUT! WE WILL BE TAKING AN IN-PERSON WAITING LIST AT THE DOOR STARTING AT 6PM FOR ANY CANCELLATIONS THAT MIGHT BECOME AVAILABLE. 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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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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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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2019 WORKSHOPS

TOY THEATRE

TOY THEATRE

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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2019 INTERNSHIPS

We are now longer accepting applications for our 2019 summer season. For further information, please visit our internship page. Read more...

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.
 

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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