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Wednesday, December 31 1969

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When the System Swallows You

March 11, 2016

The Elm Street Think Tank, made up of community members & residents of the Franklin County House of Corrections, is rehearsing for its first theater piece, a staged reading of a play written by a local teacher.

Nobody Can Deny

Some of you may have noticed videos not playing on our website yesterday evening, or saw one of our announcements or social media posts about technical difficulties. Thankfully, everything is working just fine now but we thought you might want to know what happened. It turns out that our Video on Demand provider was experiencing a Denial of Service (DOS) attack.

Special Features

This category of our Video on Demand Player is filling up fast!  In the last week or so, we've added seven productions by new producers and staff members.  If you like music, you should check out our very own Philippe Simon's recording of this spring's concert in Turners Falls by Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars.  If theater, or conversations, or just getting to know your neighbors is more your thing, be sure to watch all three Interview sessions filmed in our studio during the r

Screenwriting Opportunity: Hollywood Comes Near

Adapted from a MASS MoCA press release:

Whether you're an aspiring screenwriter or a fan of movies, the Williamstown Film Festival's Project Screenplay invites you to take part in a live-action game show about the art of the pitch, hosted by screenwriter Andrew Osborne. The audience will decide who gets the green light when aspiring screen scribes pitch their concepts and act out scenes while industry professionals offer tips and advice for bringing a script from page to projector on Wednesday, November 5th, at 7PM.

Improvised & Uncensored Comedy at the Shea

Adapted from a Shea Comedy Players press release:

Fresh from their successful debut last month, the Shea Comedy Players bring another night of fabulous improv comedy to the Shea Theater stage, this time with their show Improvised and Uncensored on Saturday, November 1st, at 8PM. “We’d say this show is for mature audiences only,” says Shea Comedy Player founder Pam Victor, “but we don’t really act our ages. So let’s just say you should leave the kids home for this R-rated show.” It’s safe to say that of the mature adults in the theater, none will be onstage---much to the audience’s delight.

Suds & Soliloquies Starts Friday

What do Dirty Dan Dinglethorpe and Hamlet have in common?  Find out when two comedies take the stage at Frontier Regional, courtesy of The Country Players Youth Theater.

The End of An Era

Adapted from a "County Fair" press release:

For almost three decades, the gifted playwright, lyricist, and director, Dorothy Johnson, has written and produced a series of memorable and exuberant musical comedies staged locally by large ensemble casts.  Since her first play "Small Town Life" (1983), crowds have poured into the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem for two weekends in September, happy to endure church benches that would have made even the early Puritans wince, anticipating another evening of surprise and hilarity. Fans return for each production from as far as Texas, Chicago, Maine, and New York City.  Come next month, magic will reign for one last round and Johnson, Andrew Lichtenberg, and a cast and crew of almost fifty will stride the boards for five performances of "County Fair".   Afterwards, the lights will dim and the house will go dark.

Weekly Wrap-up

Well, the election is over but, though we are happy to be moving on, there are a few last things about it we want to share with you.  We were very pleased to see an almost 73% turnout in Greenfield on Election Day.  We would still prefer to get to 100% but it was nice to see a distinct lack of apathy this time around.

Backwards Week in Review

Because it's a short week, and we're involved in things happening this weekend, we want to take a few moments to talk about the end of the week first. 

Tomorrow is Veterans Day and Greenfield will be recognizing our servicemen and women with a parade through downtown and ceremonies at Veterans Mall.  Even though we're closed, one of our staff members will be on location tomorrow morning to film the parade and recognitions so that you can watch them on Cable Channel 15 next week or online as part of our Video on Demand Player.

All About the Arts

This was a busy week for the arts in Greenfield, and greater Franklin County, and we were right in the thick of it.  Promoting upcoming events, assisting local organizations with their preparations, and interviewing artists was done by both staff and volunteers over the past four days.  

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