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MOVING WATER • ONLINE: July 30 & 31 at 8pm; Aug. 1 at 4pm (Live performances July 22-25 SOLD OUT.)

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MOVING WATER • ONLINE: July 30 & 31 at 8pm; Aug. 1 at 4pm (Live performances July 22-25 SOLD OUT.)2021-07-27T15:12:35-04:00

2020 Season

2021-02-25T13:47:12-05:00

PERFORMANCES

Playwright Deletta Gillespie - a middle-aged Black woman with dreadlocks and a gentle smile

Held Over Through August 8! • THE MAGIC CITY MASSACRE • Video-on-Demand June 19-July 4 2021

selections of the play by DELETTA GILLESPIE
Video-on-Demand of our Zoom event from June 2020 about the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Post-show discussion includes DARYL DAVIS, noted for his work convincing Klansmen to leave and denounce the KKK.
Closed Captioning Available.
Situated in the fictional Museum of Conveniently Forgotten History, “The Magic City Massacre” tells the story of one of the most prosperous black communities in the history of the United States, how Tulsa came to be the site of the worst incidence of civil unrest second only to the Civil War, and why almost one-hundred years later, most
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A rehearsal of Serious Play's "Moving Water" showing 3 actors in front of a projected image in blues, aquas and purples. A wavy, watery image, it shows one of the actors faces at the top of the frame. In front of the projection an actress stands left of a table looking out at us. She is lit from the left side. The rest of her body is shadowed. She is next to a table filled with glass paraphernalia. A man is is seated behind the table in shadow pouring water into a glass. A 3rd man sits at the table opposite the woman. He is lit from the left and we can see that he is reading a piece of paper.

MOVING WATER • ONLINE: July 30 & 31 at 8pm; Aug. 1 at 4pm (Live performances July 22-25 SOLD OUT.)

a devised theatre production by SERIOUS PLAY THEATRE ENSEMBLE written by ERIC HENRY SANDERS, with music by JONNY RODGERS, directed by SHERYL STOODLEY, designed by ROBIN DOTY, lighting by SABRINA HAMILTON with KERMIT DUNKELBERG, XIMENA CALDERÓN, WILL SWYERS
Ko Theater Works/Ko Festival, Associate Producer
LIVE for a limited audience, ages 12 and up, at APE@Hawley, Northampton MA
ONLINE, with closed captioning available.
During a pandemic exacerbated by threatening storms, three apartment dwellers are thrown together in an existential struggle hinging on their personal stances on climate change and a developing water crisis. Zara, Pakistani immigrant and
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Man in Hawaiian shirt on beach with palm trees and cell towers behind him surrounded by 3 L Lego "Hawaii Five-G" figures.

HAWAII FIVE-G: Canary in the Gold Mine • NEW DATES! ONLINE: Nov. 12 & 13 at 8pm; Nov 14 at 4pm

PITI THEATRE COMPANY
Written and performed by Jonathan Mirin
With a partner sickened by electro-hypersensitivity (a.k.a. “microwave sickness”) Mirin has become part of a landmark suit against the FCC. During the pandemic he’s felt compelled to transform what could be an earnest public health lecture into a fun and compelling dive into the opposing forces of corporate profit vs. public safety. Created for the web, Mirin's eco-justice mockumentary is like theatre…but flatter! After raiding his son's Lego stash...
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2020 WORKSHOPS

WRITING FROM STILLNESS, SPEAKING FROM SILENCE: Contemplative Practice for Writers

WRITING FROM STILLNESS, SPEAKING FROM SILENCE: Contemplative Practice for Writers

with JUANITA ROCKWELL
FOR 2021, 2 NEW 2-DAY VERSIONS OF THIS ONLINE WORKSHOP WILL BE OFFERED MAY 15-16 & AND JULY 10-11, WITH AN ADVANCED TRAINING JULY 18-19.  More info coming soon.
The world is begging us to find new ways of being together, being in the world, being creative, being with ourselves. In this online workshop, you will learn contemplative practices of body, energy and mind, and how to integrate them with writing prompts structured to undo restrictive habits of writing and thinking. Together, these new habits can become a daily practice of access to the stillness and
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FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance

FIRST PERSON: Crafting Your Story for Performance

with GERARD STROPNICKY, Co-Founder, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble
Dates TBA
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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2020 Season2021-02-25T13:47:12-05:00

2019 Season

2021-02-25T13:21:58-05:00

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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

WE ARE CLOSE TO SELLING OUT & ARE NO LONGER SELLING TICKETS ONLINE! PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE RE. LIMITED AVAILABILITY. (413) 542-3750. 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

BECAUSE OF THE EXTREME HEAT WE ARE MOVING THIS PERFORMANCE TO THE AIR-CONDITIONED HOLDEN THEATER. RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED. 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 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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2019 Season2021-02-25T13:21:58-05:00
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