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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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Shakespeare in the Amphitheater

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

The family-friendly show is directed by Brooke Hardman Ditchfield, the Vineyard’s preeminent Shakespeare interpreter, and stars a cast of 15, including nine-year-old Carlotta Lash Roberts as young Prince Mamillius of Sicily.


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Durang à la Chekhov brings comedy with an edge to the Playhouse

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Christopher Durang is a Tony awardwinning playwright. He’s erudite. He writes sparkling dialogue. He knows his theater. He explores complex themes. And his plays can be very, very funny...


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Outdoor Shakespeare Returns with The Winter’s Tale

Vineyard Gazette Arts Brief

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The Playhouse’s Sid & Howard Rewrites the History of Famed Writers

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

In 1921, Sidney Joseph Perelman couldn’t wait to get out of Providence, the city Howard Phillips Lovecraft never wanted to leave...


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‘Dear Elizabeth’

by Abby Remer, The MV Times

The MV Times offers a review of the production.


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Playhouse Opens Summer Season With Poetic Passion

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse opens its summer main stage series June 22 with a play about a pair of American writers whose 30-year friendship was as deeply devoted as the most passionate lifelong love affair.


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Arts Beat: ‘Dear Elizabeth’

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Playhouse artistic and executive director MJ Bruder Munafo chose this play for artistic and practical reasons, saying, “I like Ruhl, real life stories, poetry, and Elizabeth Bishop. It’s perfect for our intimate theater.”


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She’s devoted to doodling

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Take a closer look at Kate Feiffer’s new exhibit at M.V. Playhouse.


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Sneak Peek

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

M.V. Playhouse offers Monday Night Special series this summer.


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Summer stage

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

M.V. Playhouse offers everything from romance to the blues to Shakespeare.


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Cabaret collaboration

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Elizabeth Parrish, Mark Fifer, and Paola Styron transform cabaret into theater.


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Finding Her True Self in Song

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

Shelagh Hackett lost no time pulling the audience into the story her life with the first words of Kiss Me I’m Irish, her one-woman play at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse last weekend...


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Going solo

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

In a theatrical version of “It takes a village,” Hackett recently related the serendipitous path she took in creating “Kiss Me, I’m Irish,” her new solo show premiering this Friday and Saturday at the M.V. Playhouse as part of its Spring Solo Shows.


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Molly Conole sings her story

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Solo show takes the stage at M.V. Playhouse this weekend.


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Playhouse Opens Series of One-Woman Shows

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

Last weekend at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, audiences witnessed the transformation of a dumpy, embittered divorcée into a polished, professional and optimistic single woman in Lynne Adams’s solo show Two-Faced.


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Let the Solo Shows begin

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will open its 2019 season of live theater with a series of solo shows throughout the month of May. Kicking off the lineup will be a comedy written and performed by actress and writer Lynne Adams.


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Putting the pieces together

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Artists Jenik Munafo Khelalfa and Cindy Kane have work on exhibit at the Playhouse.


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LGBTQ Spectrum Film Festival is a community effort

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

Among the partnering organizations are the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Alex’s Place teen center, the Animal Shelter of Martha’s Vineyard, and the Martha’s Vineyard Library Association. Each of these organizations will participate in the festival in one way or another.


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Vineyard arts groups breaking new ground

by Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll, Cape Cod Times

MJ Bruder Munafo, artistic and executive director of the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse just off Vineyard Haven’s Main Street, describes the town’s cultural district as “one of the absolute richest in the commonwealth. Rich in the quantity and quality of creative organizations and historical significance.”


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Shakespeare for the Masses: Romeo and Juliet

Vineyard Gazette

The shows take place at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse on Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m.


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When Art Helps Start the Conversation

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

Mr. Roach is now stepping out as an artist in his own right. In his current one-man show of paintings, though April 4 in the Lobby Art Space of the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in Vineyard Haven, he explores the world above the waves with still lives, landscapes and human subjects that spark the viewer’s imagination.


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Chris Roberts Tackles White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Vineyard Gazette

The show begins at 7 p.m. at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse,


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This Actor Booked Her First Equity Job With Backstage—and You Can, Too!

by Casey Mink, Backstage Magazine

After relocating from England to Brooklyn, New York, Finty Kelly just booked her first-ever Equity gig: “Passionata” at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse—and she did it through Backstage.


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On Stage With Bernard Madoff, an Innocent’s Perspective

by Carol Rocamora, Vineyard Gazette

(Jenny) maintains her role as literary manager of the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, where she also runs the monthly Jenny’s Drama Salon.


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Sean Roach’s paintings tell a contemporary story

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

It’s appropriate that artist Sean Roach’s first Island exhibit of his work is happening at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. Not only is Roach a former actor (as well as writer and producer of his own kids’ TV show), his latest series of paintings all feature a narrative with dramatic potential.


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No Script, No Director, No Problem

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

Martha’s Vineyard will experience three performances of the play, Mr. Barrow said. Following Ms. Hardman Ditchfield’s performance on March 16 at the Performing Arts Center, the Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival while host a show on March 23, and the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse host one on March 29.


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Onstage with ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Scott Barrow has planned for Vineyard audiences on three separate dates, with three different actors, all performing Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour’s “White Rabbit Red Rabbit.” You’ve got three chances to take the ride: Saturday, March 16, at the PAC, Saturday, March 23, at Pathways, co-produced by the M.V. Film Festival, and Friday, March 29, at the M.V. Playhouse; all shows are at 7 pm.


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No March madness

Editorial from The MV Times


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Four poets at the Poetry Cafe

The MV Times

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Poetry Cafe Honors Judith Neeld

Vineyard Gazette

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Singer Molly Conole’s calendar is wicked full

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Molly Conole is busy. She’s a producer, director, singer, playwright, lyricist, and composer with different shows coming up at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse in February, March, April, and May. In May, Conole will star in her new one-woman-show, “Seaglass, Quilts & Song: Life in Pieces,” which she is pretty much creating soup to nuts, with MJ Bruder Munafo, Playhouse artistic and executive director, taking on the role of director.


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Cleaveland House poets honor one of their own

by Gwyn McAllister, The MV Times

On Thursday, Feb. 14, the Cleaveland House Poets and the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse will honor Judith Neeld with a celebration of her work at the Playhouse’s monthly Poetry Cafe.


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Wit and wisdom (at Jenny’s Drama Salon)

by Wendy Taucher, The MV Times

Jenny’s Drama Salons at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse are a refreshing find in the off-season.


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Shakespeare for the Masses; Where Mayhem and Madness Meet

by Louisa Hufstader, Vineyard Gazette

True to form, Chris Brophy played a sneering, scheming Richard with a spectacularly short fuse during last weekend’s performances by the Shakespeare for the Masses troupe.


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