Our 19th season has been curated on the theme of “It’s All in the Family.” We’ll have five weeks of shows that all take a penetrating and entertaining look at families – both traditional and non-traditional; and at the complex and layered ways that family norms, legacies and identity and are forged, accepted, or fought.

July 5 – August 8, 2010

July 9 – 11 FRi & SAT at 8 p.m., SUN at 4 p.m.


with Gregory Ramos
We have lost or are close to losing the people who fought, rallied, and resisted the social structures that once made queerness a crime, a mental disease, and caused us to lie about who we are to ourselves and to the world. They laid the foundation and created the changes that lead to domestic partnerships, civil unions, and (at least in some states) gay marriage. Based on extensive interviews, Gregory Ramos’s new piece seeks to capture the stories of these individuals and their perspectives on aging.
Tickets: $20/16 Students & Seniors.

July 16-18 FRi, SAT & at 8 p.m., SUN at 4 p.m.


Quest Productions
A high flying, fanciful interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. this show explores a young girl’s journey as she tries to find her way – through a forest filled with remarkable and strange creatures and through her equally confusing life at home.
Quest is internationally recognized for its innovative work in visual theatre and its leadership in welcoming people from diverse backgrounds. Told entirely physically, with no words, the production is equally accessible to those who are deaf or hard of hearing or those not fluent in English.
An all-ages event
Tickets: $20/16 Students & Seniors.

July 18 at 8 p.m. ONE SHOW ONLY!


The Mettawee River Theatre Company‘s annual all-ages event. Originally produced in 1997, this production base on an Iroquois creation tale that will incorporate many puppets representing the spirits and creatures of this young world before the arrival of humans. Performed outdoors in a landscape permeated with music, song and celebration. Performed on the Amherst College Observatory Lawn off of Snell Street.
Tickets: $8 Adults/$5 Children. Rain Space: Amherst Holden Theater

July 23-25 FRi & SAT at 8 p.m., SUN at 4 p.m.


Written & performed by Erica Batdorf
Meet Marty, a creative writing professor at the brink of walking out on her life. In the midst of a lecture she falls apart and begins to expose her struggle to balance writing, motherhood and academia. Marti is passionate, inappropriate and desperate for answers as she challenges her students to examine what is truly radical. Does she walk out on her job, her kids, her whole life? Her guardian angel and a third character, physically paralyses and full of humor, challenges the audience to examine desire in the context of eternity. Enter this funny, magical world where poetry is edible, ruffian angels describe paradise and the audience is fed an unexpected meal.
Tickets: $20/16 Students & Seniors.

July 30, 31 & August 1 & 2 FRi & SAT at 8 p.m., SUN at 4 p.m.


Written & performed by Sara Felder
A huge hit last summer with her production of Out of Sight, Sara Felder is back with
the tale of a traditional Jewish lesbian wedding! Meet the the blissful brides on their first date, the reluctant parents, and the ageless spirit of the Jewish tradition. The questions are deep: Will their parents attend the wedding? Will their marriage be accepted by the Jewish faith? Will the brides both wear wedding gowns? June Bride has delighted audiences in nearly 30 cities in North America and Europe. A provocative and hilarious story of family, tradition and marriage in modern America featuring juggling balls, sharp knives, a crystal ball, and, we hope, a strait jacket escape.
Tickets: $20/16 Students & Seniors.

August 6 – 8 FRI & SAT at 6 p.m., SUN at 4 p.m.


Written & performed by NICK SLIE of Mondo Bizarro
Directed by KATHY RANDALS of ArtSpot Productions
Loup Garou, is about wild and dangerous entity (some say a werewolf) deeply anchored in the folk traditions of southern Louisiana. His story comes from France through Acadia down the Mississippi to Louisiana. Part ritual, part howl to the world about southeast Louisiana’s plight, this outdoor performance that uses rigorous physicality, poetry, live Cajun music and visual installation to investigate the deep interconnectedness between land, family legacy and culture in Louisiana. Director Kathy Randels whose last appearance at Ko was in the memorable Nita & Zita invite you to join them as they sing a song of love and hope for their precarious homeland.
Outdoors on the Amherst College Observatory Lawn
Tickets: $20/16 Students & Seniors

“In the great variety of summer theater in this region, Ko Theater Works’ five-week festival of performance art is unique. Here alone can we venture beyond the literal, lateral, plot-centered theater into worlds where the only certainty is surprise.” — The Valley Advocate