In the mythical Welsh Village of Llareggub, people are dreaming, singing, laughing, working, sleeping drinking and loving through their last hours on earth.
In this production of Under Milk Wood, Director Matt Gray has recreated the layered magic that Dylan Thomas envisioned. The coupled charm of long gone radio days juxtaposed with Welsh village life is a humanistic feast luscious in its complexity. The audience is swept undertow by the myriad voices of the characters who’ve called Milk Wood home.
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SALEM THEATRE will present the World Premiere production of Letters from War written, directed and designed by Nate Bertone. Performances will take place at Salem Theatre’s black box theatre at 90 Lafayette Street from May 14th-23rd, 2015. Letters from War is a musical tale of love, loss and the strength of family.
Nate Bertone, a Salem native, returns from NYC to Salem Theatre to produce this premiere production of his new musical play. Nate, a storyteller by nature, works as a professional Scenic Designer in the industry, and writes beginning in a visually oriented nature. Letters from War was written in response to the affects of Alzheimer’s Disease on his grandmother and his family, utilizing images, memories, and stories from the past and present.
Letters from War tells the story of Mae, a Mississippian grandmother in advanced stages of Alzheimer’s, who must move into a nursing home when her adult daughter, Lily, can no longer care for her. Mae’s granddaughter, Madison, uncovers a mysterious box of letters while cleaning out the home. As Mae reads these letters, she recalls her lost love in fragmented, clouded memories. With the help of Lily, Madison, and a young stranger, Mae must fight the effects of age and Alzheimer’s to uncover the truth of her past before time runs out, in a musical tale of love, loss, and the strength of family.
Letters from War was originally workshopped at Carnegie Mellon University in 2014.
Letters from War will have a preview performance May 14th, 2015 @ 7:30pm with opening night the following night, Thursday, May 15th, 2015 @ 7:30pm. It runs through Saturday, May 23 on Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. Specific performance will include a talkback with the playwright and actors.
Twelfth Night is William Shakespeare at his humanistic height as a playwright. Although a ‘comedy’, the play begins with death, disappointment and disaster. Olivia has lost her brother, Viola is separated from her twin in a strange company, Orsino is trapped in an unrequited love, Maria is left watching her mistress fall apart and close off, Sir Toby is almost broke, and Sir Andrew is almost out of friends. At the center of this world is the shipwreck – salt water has beaten down these characters, both from the sea and from their own sadness. The salt water then splits everyone. Olivia falls in love, Orsino forges a respect for someone beneath his station, Viola becomes a man, Maria hatches revenge, and Malvolio believes he is beloved by his mistress.
So the comedy is born from sadness, and therefore retains a bittersweet-ness throughout the production. All the comedy is a mask for sadness, and sadness is only a mask for desire.
The play asks “who is the master, and who is the mistress… and are they any different from one another?” The play is Shakespeare’s only real “musical”, featuring songs shared by the mysterious clown Feste. Music as a force of the heart, and as the healing force for sadness and loss
The production is a 90 minute cut of the show, featuring love singing and music. 10 actors tell the story with only a few benches, a piano, and a few props. The set will be sparse and evocative of the hull of a 17th century ship – wooden planks, amber lighting, squeezeboxes and hammocks.
As a city almost entirely surrounded by the sea, Salem is a perfectly situated city for this production. An intense mixture of the affluent and the less than fortunate. A city removed from the central hub of the state. Like Shakespeare’s Illyria, Salem is a community defined by the sea that both sustains and threatens it.
Special performance nights are Sunday, March 29: Press Opening, Thursday, April 2: Student Night - $5 tickets available for ALL students and Thursday, April 9: LGTB Night - Discount Tickets offered. Salem Theatre is also thrilled to introduce a new community initiative. For every SOLD OUT performance of Twelfth Night, Salem Theatre will give a performance of the play to a local school for free. We will update our seating capacity for each show daily, so be sure to check in and help us offer the brilliant and delightful play to kids throughout the community.
This new, award-winning adaptation of Dostoyevsky's "conversation on the nature of evil" is told by three actors. This intimate psychological and spiritual journey unveils hidden dimensions of the human condition as adapted into a 90 minute play by Marilyn Campbell and Curt Columbus.
Directed by Salem Theatre Managing Director Catherine Bertrand.
Cast includes Alexander Castillo-Nuñez, Robert Cope, Alexis Jade Mears.
Salem Theatre is thrilled to welcome back Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl for the release of their newest album, 40.
Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl are thrilled to announce the release of their new album, entitled, 40. The album celebrates 40 years of musical collaboration and is their third album together. Songs range from folk and jazz to a little country, original tunes and some classics.
Mason is a noted film and TV composer and record producer and Jeanie a premier vocalist. In the 70's they were the darlings of the Cambridge folk scene, recorded two albums together and garnered national attention withMason's song, Marblehead Morning, which also got them a spot on the Today Show. Mason went on to become an award winning composer for film and TV (The Secret of Roan Inish, Eight Men Out, Music of the Heart, themes for Frontline and Nova and more). Jeanie continued performing as a featured vocalist on videos for Masterpiece Theatre and for films, and in addition recorded solo albums on the Daring Records label. In collaboration with her husband, John Jacobsen, she Executive Produced the Oscar nominated IMAX film, The Living Sea.
Doors open at 7pm; Concert begins at 7:30pm.
Tickets are $25 in advance online and $30 at the door.