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All the World’s a Stage for Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

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Light up the Playhouse windows

MV Times News Brief

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Katherine Reid on MVY Radio’s The Vineyard Current

MVY Radio

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Diversity Coalition Sees Opportunity for Action

by Aaron Wilson, Vineyard Gazette

MJ Bruder Munafo of Martha's Vineyard Playhouse said virtual Monday night specials at the Playhouse will focus on reading plays that deal with racism and fighting institutional racism.


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Playhouse presents five-minute plays to lift your spirits

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Last month, the theater organization launched a series of five-minute plays, gathered from a call to writers that was put out in March through the Playhouse’s newsletter.


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5-Minute Plays Debut Online

Vineyard Gazette News Briefs

The Martha's Vineyard Playhouse is posting the winning entries in its five-minute play contest, which drew nearly 30 submissions last month.


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The show must go on

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

M.V. Playhouse keeps the community entertained while its lights are dimmed inside.


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Virtual poetry at the Playhouse

by Connie Berry, The MV Times

April is National Poetry Month, and for all those who miss Poetry and PIe Wednesdays at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, don’t fret because you can now get your poetry fix virtually.


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Main Stage to Outdoor Amphitheater, Summer Season Goes Dark

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

With this summer’s season canceled at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, the Island loses far more than a series of evenings at the theatre.


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Eventide awards, plus shows on and off

by Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Cape Cod Times

Wellfleet shows, improv go virtual; Vineyard theater, Boston Pops cancel.


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Dramatic twist: Playhouse cancels summer shows

by George Brennan, The MV Times

Director promises a strong return when the threat of COVID-19 is over.


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‘Jaws’ actress beloved by Vineyard dies

by Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Cape Cod Times

“Lee’s mark on the island is indelible, she touched many lives over many years,” agreed MJ Munafo, artistic director at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, also in Vineyard Haven. “We will mourn her and miss her,” she said in an email.


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Vineyard Independence Partnership Follows the Creative Spirit

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

A new art show and silent auction at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse highlights the creative side of the Vineyard Independence Partnership (VIP), a social organization made up of adults with disabilities.


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Celebrating creativity

by Lucas Thors, The MV Times

M.V. Playhouse hosts an evening of great art and great fun at VIP art show.


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Fishing at the Playhouse

by Lisa Belscastro, The MV Times

Fifth annual Fish Tales was a reel success.


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‘Dr. Zhivago’ for our time

Editorial inspired by a February Playhouse "Monday Night at the Movies"
by Jack Fruchtman, The MV Times

Should anyone believe that Russia today is different from the old Soviet Union, they should have watched “Dr. Zhivago,” the motion picture adapted from the novel by the great Russian writer Boris Pasternak. The M.V. Playhouse screened it on Feb. 17. The book and film recount the life of a young physician and poet who is swept up in the revolutionary changes of his nation after the tsarist empire fell to the Communists in 1917.


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The art of fishing

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Janet Messineo’s whimsical collection is on exhibit at the M.V. Playhouse Art Space.


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Homage to African American poets

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Wallace Bullock’s one-man dramatic presentation (previously seen at the Playhouse) comes to Pathways.


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MVB and its charitable foundation award $17,000 in grants, donations to nonprofits

MV Times News Brief

Martha’s Vineyard Bank announced that the Martha’s Vineyard Bank and the Martha’s Vineyard Bank Charitable Foundation have awarded $17,000 in their fourth-quarter 2019 cycles to nonprofits on the Island and in the surrounding area.


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Virginia’s Drama Club brings joy and connection to the M.V. Playhouse stage

by Abby Remer, The MV Times

Virginia’s Drama Club (is) an ongoing effort to support and enrich those with varying abilities and disabilities, their friends, family, and caregivers.


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Shakespeare for the Masses Takes on Antony & Cleopatra

Vineyard Gazette

Showtimes are Saturday Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, both at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church street in Vineyard Haven.


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Wicked Good Revue Returns to Spice Up Winter Doldrums

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

One of the joys of the winter season on Martha’s Vineyard is the Wicked Good Musical Revue, a monthly celebration of musical theatre that helps bring Islanders through the depths of winter with songs, dancing and laughter.


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Love and tragedy

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

With “Antony and Cleopatra,” the work that Galland and Chelsea McCarthy will be presenting as a reading as part of the Shakespeare for the Masses series next weekend, the thing that surprises her the most is that the story sticks very closely to the historical record.


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Through Photography and Film, Championing the Rights of Children

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

The innocence and optimism of childhood are what stand out first in a new exhibit of portraits at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse.


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Art opening and documentary screening

MV Times News Brief

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On tap at the M.V. Playhouse

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Need a little entertainment in the off-season? The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse keeps its doors open all winter long to bring Vineyarders a variety of excuses to get out of the house.


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Poetry and Pie

The MV Times

Arnie Reisman, former Martha’s Vineyard poet laureate, hosts the evening alongside guest poets Eleanor Bates, Maureen Hall, Annette Sandrock, and Jennifer Smith-Turner.


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Photojournalist Allen Green has an eye for good stories and photos

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Green’s solo exhibit “The Natural World … A Closer Look,” marks the photographer’s first public showing of his fine art photography.


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2019 Art on the Vineyard

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Author and illustrator Kate Feiffer showed something new at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in July with the unveiling of her latest series of drawings, titled “Dedicated to Doodle.” The selection featured in the solo show included, among other things, a number of simple line drawings embellishing the dedication pages of classic books.


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Arts Fuse Theater Feature: Best Stage Productions of 2019

("Dear Elizabeth") was an adroitly modulated dramatization of Ruhl’s selection of letters between poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, beautifully acted by Jeannie Affelder and Raymond Fox.


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Another Vanguard Year for the Arts

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

In every month of 2019, Island artists, arts organizations, schools and libraries created a vibrant mix of experiences, frequently breaking new ground.


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The year in entertainment 2020

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse staged four full productions during the summer.


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Gifts to Island nonprofits make a big ‘impact’

by Brian Dowd, The MV Times

It was all smiles and applause at the Permanent Endowment of Martha’s Vineyard’s annual grant ceremony as the organization awarded $173,000 to fund projects, initiatives, and equipment at 28 Island nonprofits.


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Art and Social Justice Meet at Yard’s Off-Season Opener

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

The Yard opens its winter arts season at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 with two performances of Pang!, a theatre work about food insecurity by performance artist Dan Froot.


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Stage Manager Timothy Toothman interviewed on The Vineyard Current

MVY Radio

Timothy Toothman the Stage Manager for the Playhouse’s production of OUR TOWN is among the guests interviewed on MVY Radio's weekly radio show, The Vineyard Current.


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Classic Americana onstage at the Playhouse

by Abby Remer, The MV Times

‘Our Town’ brings small-town, everyday lives into focus.


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Playhouse Delivers Timely Performance of Our Town

by Louisa Hufstader. Vineyard Gazette

The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse is off to a strong post-season start with its new production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning Our Town, playing weekends through Nov. 3.


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Vineyard Haven included in “The Top 40 Most Arts-Vibrant Communities in America”

By Zannie Giraud Voss and Glenn Voss, with Daniel Fonner and Ludovica Marsili

The density and diversity of businesses in the creative economy make Vineyard Haven a very distinctive arts and culture-rich community.


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Sacred spaces captured in Michael Stimola’s photographs

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

During the month of October, photographer Michael Stimola will exhibit a series of photos at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse which showcase a subject that has fascinated him for years.


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Billy Hoff’s inscrutable images

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

For the Playhouse show, Hoff included works that feature a curtain framing the action. He specifically chose this theme for its connection to the theater.


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New play tackles Church’s response to sexual abuse crisis

by Christopher Wright, Crux

In the face of last August’s Pennsylvania grand jury report chronicling seven decades of clergy abuse at the hands of over 300 priests, some church leaders chose silence. Father Edward Beck decided to write.


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Blues Revue Turns Playhouse Into Nightclub

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

A Chicago blues joint popped up in Vineyard Haven this month, with live music five nights a week. But you’ll need to get there soon if you want to catch a performance because Big Mama’s Blues Club is closing Sept. 7.


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Singing the blues at the playhouse

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

An accomplished cast of performers make this musical revue top-notch.


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Edward Beck

Priest playwright tackles the big question onstage at the M.V. Playhouse

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

It’s interesting to think about what reactions his new play may provoke, from the public and from Mother Church.


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Bringing Theatre Alive for Kids

by Caroline Kaplan, Vineyard Gazette

When a family drives up to Tashmoo Overlook they need only to follow the signs and the laughter to the Tisbury Amphitheater where every Saturday morning they will find The Fabulists running the show.


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Chekhov Meets Comedy, With a Dash of Disney

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

Just one more week to see the Martha's Vineyard Playhouse's production of Christopher Durang’s comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2013.


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Going Big on the Gallery Scene

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

Carol Brown Goldberg’s one-woman show Mirror Universe, in the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse lobby gallery, is a carnival of color, form and motion, with each painting revealing different elements depending on where in the room you stand to view it.


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Hilarious and heartwarming fare

by Abby Remer, The MV Times

Laughter abounds in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” which even in its title sounds more than a little absurd. This laughter-provoking farce by well-known playwright Christopher Durang is a rollicking story essentially centering around sibling rivalry.


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Actors talking Shakespeare

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” produced by the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, opened last Thursday, and runs through August 11. You should go.


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