Category Archives: Theater

Behind the Scenes of Peter Pan on Nantucket

Lisa Frey produced a short video on a behind the scenes look at Theatre Workshop of Nantucket’s Peter Pan which recently finished its run. Take a look.

Theatre Workshop of Nantucket Opening Night Reception

Theatre Workshop of Nantucket’s Opening Night Reception for Veronica’s Room took place on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at the home of Nina and Bob Hellman. Photos by Gene Mahon. More at

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Nantucket Arts News

As part of their 175th Anniversary celebration, The Nantucket Atheneum will place 100 cylindrical 17″x 6″ metal Anniversary Time Capsules into a large vault that will then be buried in the Atheneum garden on October 10th, to be opened on the Atheneum’s 200th anniversary in 2034. The capsules are available for purchase by families, businesses and organizations for $200 each.

We missed this when it first reached us, but thought it worth passing along. The 2009 People’s Choice Awards earlier this month at the Artists Association of Nantucket Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery went to:

Overall Winner:”Light Nap”, Edwin Rudd

“Good Morning Sunshine”, Chris Bourbeau
“Summer Vacation”, Elle Foley
“Resting Up”, Margaret Fox
“Port Tack”, Garth Grimmer
“End of Summer”, Holly Harty
“Three Plums”, Katie Trinkle Legge

Kevin Flynn, Comedian and Co-Founder of the Nantucket Comedy Festival discusses the importance of humor in this July 23 episode of The Point with Minday Todd from WCAI.

Emmy Award winning actor and director John Shea, who is also the Artistic Director for the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, talked with Mindy on July 29. Here it is.

Nantucket Arts Council Shakespeare Festival Part 3


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mon, Jul 13 to Wed, Jul 15, 2009 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Children’s Beach

Presented by Seaside Shakespeare, directed by Lynne Bolton, original score by Kim D. Sherman, produced by Susan McGinnis. Free.

Marjorie Garber
Mon, Jul 13, 2009 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Nantucket Atheneum

Marjorie Garber is a Professor of English and of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University, has published fifteen books and edited seven collections of essays. The scope of her work ranges from animal studies to literary theory, but her work has mostly been centered on Shakespeare. Garber has written five widely admired books on the playwright, including her most recent, Shakespeare and Modern Culture (Pantheon, 2008); Profiling Shakespeare (Routledge, 2008); and Shakespeare After All (Pantheon, 2004), which received the 2005 Christian Gauss Book Award from Phi Beta Kappa. The book is an extensive study of Shakespeare’s plays, the fruits of more than twenty years of teaching large lecture classes at Harvard and Yale. Newsweek magazine chose Shakespeare After All as one of the five best nonfiction books of 2004.

Film: King Lear (2008)
Mon, Jul 13 to Thu, Jul 16, 2009 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Unitarian Church

Shakespeare’s greatest play starring Ian McKellan, directed by Trevor Nunn.

Staging Shakespeare: What You Always Wanted to Know but Were Afrain to Ask
Tue, Jul 14, 2009 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm at Coffin School

Shakespeare Festival committee member and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket (TWN) board president Frank Morral will be heading up a panel discussion on Tuesday, July 14 at the Coffin School, with audience members encouraged to ask “Staging Shakespeare: What You Always Wanted to Known but Were Afraid to Ask.” Slated to appear on the panel are Seaside Shakespeare’s Susan McGinnis (actor and producer), Louis Butelli (actor), and Sue Riddle (production designer), as well as recently named artistic director of TWN, John Shea. Serving as moderator will be Morral, who taught Shakespeare at Carleton College for 44 years before moving to Nantucket.

Shakespeare Behind Bars
Wed, Jul 15, 2009 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Coffin School

Movie and Discussion with Founder Curt Tofteland.

Film: Romeo & Juliet (2003)
Tue, Jul 14, 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Unitarian Church

Shakespeare’s play is transformed from Verona to the futuristic urban backdrop of Verona Beach. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

The Wit and Wisdom of Will’s Women
Fri, Jul 17 to Sat, Jul 18, 2009 from 8:00pm – 9:30pm at Bennett Hall

Performed by Seaside Shakespeare.

Performance for Children
Sat, Jul 18, 2009 from 10:00am – 11:00am at Bennett Hall

Performed by Seaside Shakespeare.

Music in Shakespeare’s Time
Sun, Jul 19, 2009 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

The Festival will round out its week of events with a musical program organized by local composer, musician, and head of Nantucket School of Music, Mollie Glazer and baritone Elliot Levine of the a cappella sextet Western Wind, which performed most recently on island in the Arts Council’s 2008 Winter Concert Series. The “Music in Shakespeare’s Time” concert, which will feature Glazer on viola da gamba with Levine and members of the Western Wind, is scheduled for St. Paul’s Church on Fair Street on Sunday, July 19 at 5 p.m.

Shakespeare Festival Update

The 5th Annual Nantucket Arts Council Shakespeare Festival begins on Sunday, July 12 and runs through Sunday, July 19, this year dedicated to the memory of Arts Council Board Member Philippe Schreiber. This year’s Festival is filled with well known local, national and international names in the realm of Shakespeare. Here are the latest details.

Nantucket-based Seaside Shakespeare will perform “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, the troupe’s third consecutive offering at Children’s Beach. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will open the Festival on Sunday, July 12 and run through Wednesday, July 15.

Seaside Shakespeare will also re-stage their 2006 production of “Wit and Wisdom of Will’s Women” at Bennett Hall. This “invention on the work of Shakespeare” is an original creation from the company, and the entire cast from 2006 will return to reprise their roles on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, with an 8 p.m. curtain. All performances are free and open to the public.

Seaside Shakespeare will also stage a special performance for children on Saturday morning, July 18.

This winter saw the passing of gentleman and scholar, Philippe Schreiber, who served as vice president of the Nantucket Arts Council, and who headed up the film series for the Shakespeare Festival. Philippe added intelligence, culture, wit, humor, and balance to any conversation and to our lives, and always with a smile on his face. His knowledge of film, to mention just one of the arts, was staggering, especially foreign film and the classics. As a member of the Arts Council, I can say that we could not have had a better representative in the community than Philippe. We’ll never be able to replace him, but he has set an example for the rest of us. The 2009 NAC Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to his memory. The Film Series will go on as planned with the three films Schreiber had already chosen. The films will be shown throughout the week of the Festival at Hendrix Hall at the Unitarian Church.

Shakespeare Festival Update

The 5th Annual Nantucket Arts Council Shakespeare Festival begins on Sunday, July 12 and runs through Sunday, July 19, this year dedicated to the memory of Arts Council Board Member Philippe Schreiber. This year’s Festival is filled with well known local, national and international names in the realm of Shakespeare. Among the week’s featured events are appearances by Shakespeare impresario Curt Tofteland, mastermind of the Shakespeare Behind Bars program, world-renowned Shakespeare scholar and author Marjorie Garber of Harvard, and New York baritone Elliot Levine of the acclaimed a cappella sextet Western Wind.

Formerly the producing artistic director of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival over which he presided for twenty years, actor-director-Shakespeare impresario Curt Tofteland is the creator of the innovative program known as Shakespeare Behind Bars. Through the program, Tofteland works with inmates at the medium security Luther Luckett Correctional Complex to stage Shakespeare’s plays. In 2005, a documentary on Tofteland’s program by the same name was made by filmmakers Jilann and Hank Rogerson. Tofteland says, “It’s not a documentary about theatre, and yet it is. It’s not a documentary about Shakespeare, and yet it is. It’s not a documentary about prison reform, and yet it is. It’s inclusive of so many different populations.” The Shakespeare Behind Bars documentary will be shown during the Festival on Wednesday, July 15 at the Coffin School, with a Q&A with Tofteland immediately following the viewing. Free.

Dr. Marjorie Garber will speak Monday evening, July 13 at the Atheneum Great Hall at 7 p.m. Dr. Garber is currently chair of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies and director of the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University where she has served on the faculty since 1981. A member of the board of directors of the American Council of Learned Societies, Garber is the author of no less than 15 books and still more essays on a wide range of subjects, including the secret life of dogs, the role of the arts in America, and sexuality in our culture.

Dr. Garber is best known, however, for her knowledge of Shakespeare, which has been described as “breathtaking” and “thorough.” Her 2004 volume, Shakespeare After All, was chosen one of Newsweek’s ten best nonfiction books of the year, was awarded the 2005 Christian Gauss Book Award from Phi Beta Kappa, and catapulted her to almost “household name” status, certainly so with devotees of the Bard. Dr. Garber has published two books in the past year, Shakespeare and Modern Culture and Patronizing the Arts, in which she argues with characteristic wit and passion for the centrality of the arts and culture in education today, and puts forward a vision of the university as patron of the arts. Free.

More updates in the next issue.

Almost, Maine

Opening night of Theatre Workshop’s “Almost, Maine” was Friay, March 13. There was a reception before the performance that night, and present was actor/director/writer John Shea, who had just accepted the position of Artistic Director of TWN. Photos by Gene Mahon.

Some of the people we saw there: Mary Beth Splaine, Jack Weinhold, Susan Lazarus, Kathy & Joseph Arvay, Russell Bartlett, Brian Chitester, Stacey Stuart, Nina & Bob Hellman, John Shea & Melissa McLeod, Judy & Dan Drake, Connie & Dan Driscoll, Kim McLeod, Lisa Frey, Wendi Murrell, Mirka Bartkova, Peter Greenhalgh, Frank Morall, Rhoida Weinman, Jesse Dutra, and Mike & Eva Miner.

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