Monday Night Special Archives

Monday, August 26, 2013

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

My address is still Walton have you forgotten it?

A play made for the set of Charlie Rose, presenting a host of interviewers and guests, and one intriguing translator.

Written by Karinne Keithley Syers
Directed and Performed by Caleb Bark, Lacy Post & Johanna McKeon

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Dinitia Smith

Dirty Pictures

In a true story of love and betrayal, in 1960 three gay Smith College professors are arrested for looking at pictures of naked men, and their lives are destroyed. By Dinitia Smith, author and longtime cultural correspondent for the New York Times.

A new play by Dinitia Smith
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

On Religion

ON RELIGION is a dramatized contemplation on the complex issues of faith and religion in modern society. Grace, a militant atheist professor, clashes with her born-again son, Tom. When he is suddenly killed in a suicide bombing, the conflict between her grief and her principles threatens to rip her and her family apart.

A theatre-essay by Mick Gordon and AC Grayling
Directed by David Henry Gerson
with David Henry Gerson, Jenny Allen, Marjolaine Goldsmith,
Molly Purves and Leslie J. Stark

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Ronan NoonePlaywright @ /tgeatreFebruary 11, 2003

The Second Girl

The family of James Tyrone gathered in the living room in August 1912 and the events of that day play out in the great American Classic, Long Day's Journey Into Night. The Second Girl tells the story of what went on in the kitchen on that day between the immigrant Irish servant girls, Bridget and Cathleen and the chauffeur, Jack Smythe. It evokes the love and despair of the big house while detailing the thrill, the tragedy and the triumphs that occur when you sacrifice one home for another.

Written by Ronan L. Noone
Directed by MJ Bruder Munafo

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Paul Clayton

Search: Paul Clayton

A Wiki Folk Musical that celebrates the true story in words and song of one of Bob Dylan’s first musical mentors. Paul Clayton of New Bedford, was the most recorded, young, folk singer in America when Bobby Zimmerman arrived in 1961 Greenwich Village to begin his career as Bob Dylan. It was Paul who helped open the doors to the folk world to him. From 1961-1965 Paul taught Bob the tricks of the trade while falling helplessly in love with him.

Written and Directed by Larry Mollin

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

The Whaleship Essex

The Essex and its crew met with tragedy on November 20, 1820 when it was sunk by an enraged sperm whale in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Based on first-hand accounts, “The Whaleship Essex” is an epic, ensemble tale of survival. Infused with authentic sea shanties, “The Whaleship Essex” revels in the common language shared by both the theatrical and the nautical worlds.

A new play by Joe Forbrich
Directed by Peter Zinn

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July 8, 2013

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Millicent Rogers

Sex and Shopping: An Account of the Life of Millicent Rogers

Visual Beauty, Touching Drama and Intimate Conversation

An intriguing evening with Cherie Burns, author of the new biography, SEARCHING FOR BEAUTY: The Life of Millicent Rogers (St. Martin's Press).

Actress Ellen DiStasi will portray the fashion muse and femme fatale.

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Monday, September 3

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Suzzanne Douglas

In Development

Starring Suzzanne Douglas
Written by Yorri J. Berry
Reading directed by Brandon Monokian
Conceived and reconstructed by Suzzanne Douglas & Brandon Monokian
With music by Alva Nelson, Louise Robinson & Carol Maillard
Choreography by Mama Yaa

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Monday, August 27

Marisa Michelson

All New

An intimate evening of new musical theater songs

"All New" is an intimate concert of songs from four of Marisa Michelson's musicals, including Still Life with Toe Shoes; Tamar and the River; Scherezade and The Grid. Marisa’s music draws inspiration from world music such as Middle Eastern and pre-Western chanting, all the way to alternative pop singers, even while her songs live primarily in an all-new genre of music-theatre: a nexus between the theatre and opera worlds. The songs have lyrics by playwright and television writer, Jason Grote; playwright Joshua H. Cohen, and playwright Frank Terry (see bios and play descriptions below). Marisa will be joined by the incredible Chad Goodridge (Broadway's PASSING STRANGE), Margot Bassett (Meredith Monk's SONGS OF ASCENSION), Maggie Brothers, and the Vineyard's own Paul Munafo.

by award-winning composer Marisa Michelson
Performed by Marisa Michelson & friends

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Monday, August 20

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Robert Brustein

Seven Elevens II

Seven satirical swipes at the goofy lives we live today, whether sex changes, religious prohibitions, or political Red state-ism.

7 Eleven minute plays written & directed by Robert Brustein
Starring Tony Shalhoub, Brooke Adams, Will LeBow and Karen MacDonald

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Monday, August 13

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Kansas City Swing

Kansas City Swing

1947. It’s autumn and Jackie Robinson just integrated pro baseball. The Satchel Paige All-Stars gear up to play the Bob Feller All-Stars in a thrilling off-season match-up. But there’s a storm brewing; baseball is about to change, and so is America. From the same writing team that created the smash hit play, FLY!

Written by Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan

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Monday, August 6

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life

My Mom Is Trying To Ruin My Life – The Musical

A new musical for kids ages 6+ and grownups of all ages!
This performance only, tickets for ages 18 and under are $15!

If she’s such a great Mom, why is she trying to ruin her daughter’s life? Meet a Mom you'll never forget. And a ten year old girl who will steal your heart. With songs you'll be singing for the rest of the summer.

Starring Shelagh Hackett as Mom, Paul Munafo as Dad and Katie Morse as Emma.
With Scott Barrow, Christopher Kann, Adam Petkus, Jill Macy, Augie Padua, Sam Graber-Hahn, Nina Moore, Simone Davis, Danielle Hopkins, Belle Dinning, Sofy Scarano and Kaya Seiman.

Book by Kate Feiffer & MJ Bruder Munafo
Music by Paul Jacobs
Lyrics by Sarah Durkee
Based on the children's book by Kate Feiffer

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Monday, July 30

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Emily Dickinson

Emily & Joyce

The sweet poetic world of Emily Dickinson collides with the dark and dangerous world of Joyce Carol Oates to give you an unforgettable evening of poetry, comedy and the surreal.

Written by Joyce Carol Oates
Directed by Carol Rocamora
Starring Jenny Allen, Ken Baltin, Ella Dershowitz, Peter Stray and Nina Smilow

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Monday, July 23

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center


The Lepers of Penikese Island

Sandwiched between the resort communities and fishing villages of Cape Cod and the Islands, Penikese housed dozens of patients and their families against their will for almost 20 years.

There will be a brief Q&A after the reading with Scott Barrow and Eve Rifkah.

Written & Conceived by Scott Barrow
Based on the poems by Eve Rifka
With Marc Carver, Brian Ditchfield, Brooke Hardman-Ditchfield, Nicole Galland, Marya Lowry, Erin Moon, Molly Purves, Peter Stray and Robert Walsh.

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Monday, July 16, 7pm

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center


Three generations of women seek answers to life’s questions while singing, laughing, crying and carrying each other along the way.

An original musical revue by Molly Conole

Molly Conole, Amelia Dutton, Penelope Dutton, Kathy Slage and Linda Berg
Written by Molly Conole

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Monday, July 9, 7pm

At The Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center

Satchmo at the Waldorf

A raw, uncensored look at the man behind the smile.

Starring John Douglas Thompson
Written by Terry Teachout
Directed by Gordon Edelstein

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Monday, July 2

Martha's Vineyard Hebrew Center
Mordecai Richler

Making A Movie

The author of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz traces two writers' precarious paths through a boarding house in Montreal and the boulevards of Hollywood

Devised & Directed by Joann Green Breuer
Starring Bob Brustein, Brooke Adams, Tony Shalhoub, Scott Barrow and Anna Yukevich

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Monday, June 25, 2012


The King

If you like Lear, come. If you don’t like Lear, especially come.

A one-character play conceived and adapted from “King Lear”.

Text by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jim Stidfole
Conceived, Adapted and Performed by John Basinger

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Spalding Gray

And Everything Is Going Fine

An intimate portrait of master monologist SPALDING GRAY, as described by his most critical, irreverent and insightful biographer: Spalding Gray.

Spalding returns one last time – in this riveting final film monologue – to The Vineyard Playhouse stage where he performed his monologues live for many years.

A Film by Steven Soderbergh

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Monday, August 22, 2011

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Lotus Feet

A super contemporary and sharp-witted play about the path to enlightenment.

Written & Directed by Michael Domitrovich
Starring Peter Stray, Victoria Campbell and Alexandra London-Thompson
Stage Directions read by Christopher Kann

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Walt & Emily – Between The Rooms

Walt Whitman & Emily Dickinson – A song of themselves

Written by Jonathan Cott
Directed by Jeremy Bloom
Starring Neal Huff & Gretchen Hall

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Monday, July 25, 2011

The Screenwriter’s Daughter

The true and imagined story of Ben & Jenny Hecht

Written & Directed by Larry Mollin
Starring Robert Brustein, Ella Dershowitz and David Henry Gerson

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Monday, July 18, 2011

A Most Dangerous Woman

“You may try—but you can never imagine what it is to have a man’s force of genius in you, and yet to suffer the slavery of being a girl.” ~George Eliot

Starring Samantha Soule as George Eliot.
Also starring CJ Wilson, Scott Barrow, Elizabeth Jasicki, Christopher Kann, Dee Nelson, Peter Stray & Mac Young

Written by Kathy Tempelsman
Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr.

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Untouchable Voices 2011

Untouchable Voices

A performance that fuses a passion for music and theater with a zeal for social justice

Written by & Starring Anna Procter and Tabea Mangelsdorf

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