A Festival of Short Plays by Contemporary American Playwrights
This is TASNs first far-ranging play festival. It is produced and presented by our Weekend Writers Workshop. In response to our call for submissions, we received 317 scripts from 36 states, 5 Canadian provinces, and 5 other countries. After five rounds of blind readings, the list was trimmed down to 24 semi-finalists. All twenty-four plays were given a cold read in front of our panel of twelve judges. By July, we had chosen our 8 short plays to be presented this fall at our black box theater. The featured playwrights are from California, Maryland, MA, and New York. Each of these playwrights has an impressive résumé and each has earned artistic distinction either with awards, production credits, and/or being featured in distinguished publications. Eight TASN directors stepped up to mount the plays. We held open auditions for actors and met or were reacquainted with 29 wonderfully talented actors. We are excited to be presenting these well-crafted plays as they represent points of view and sensitivities at many levels of the human experience. According to Executive Director, Marc Clopton, "This is a great opportunity to match up our local team with writers from across the country to present a truly remarkable festival of plays." The themes run from a jarring and hilarious send up of Tennessee Williams "Glass Menagerie," to a compelling conversation about violence and recovery, and into the uncharted emotional territory of adoption - just to highlight a few.
When: Oct 19, 2018 8pm to Oct 19, 2018 10pm in Newburyport, MA
Cost: 18 - 20 USD
Bootcamp and Brews @ Riverwalk Brewing
Certified personal trainer and creator of The Warrior Lifestyle, Nate Witkowski, is taking over the tap room at Riverwalk Brewing with a high intensity, bootcamp style workout! Join us for a 60- minute total body blast that will include: stretching, three circuits, an ab finisher, and a cool down. Then, hang with us afterwards for some of the best beers Riverwalk has on tap. Afterwards stay and enjoy some beer and games (and feel free to bring your own food and snacks!)Please arrive about 10 minutes early. Please bring your own mat, water and wear sneakers. Open to all levels of experience and ability.Cost is $20 + beer tasting.You must be 21+ to attend this event. No refunds.Only 20 spots available so sign up now!Tickets are $20 each and must be purchased in advance!
When: Oct 20, 2018 11am in Newburyport, MA
Kat Wright and the Indomitable Soul Band is an eight piece, blue-eyed soul band based in Burlington, Vermont, formed in 2010. Kat Wright, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful; gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as "a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse". Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. There's soul flowing in and out of her rock 'n' roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music's sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache's apology. It's funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little ... like it should.
When: Oct 25, 2018 7pm in Newburyport, MA
Join us for a pre-concert talk at 6PM! Skylark once again welcomes storyteller Sarah Walker to help open our season with a dramatic evening of music and tales from Norse Mythology and the land of the Vikings. This is our third season working with Sarah, and our storytelling concerts are always among our most requested – you won’t want to miss this journey to the North Sea! *$10 tickets for students & music educators will be available at the door.**Online ticket sales end at 4 pm on the day of the concert, but you may always purchase tickets at the door.
When: Oct 26, 2018 7pm in Newburyport, MA
Full Moon Story Slam
The Story Slam is our chance to gather friends and share true stories from our lives. Simply put, a story slam is a competition based on the art of storytelling. It puts a dual emphasis on content and performance, encouraging storytellers to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it. It is an exercise in crafting stories within a set time limit and it is great entertainment! Story slammers sign up on the night to tell a 5-minute short story on the evenings theme. There are opportunities for one-minute stories too! The theme for October's Full Moon Story Slam is "Flight."
When: Oct 27, 2018 7pm to Oct 27, 2018 9pm in Newburyport, MA
Cost: 18 - 20 USD
Yee Haws and Ha Has: A Night of Comedy and Music
Comedian Paul D'Angelo and Nashville recording artist Lexi James will be co-headlining a "Yee Haws and Ha Has" event for a night of hilarious stand-up comedy and sensational country music. -- For over 30 years Paul D'Angelo has been headlining A-List comedy clubs and opening for over sixty international stars such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Chicago, Tony Bennett and Tom Jones. Also, he co-starred in the Showtime movie, 'The Godfathers of Comedy'. -- As a New England front-runner in Pop-Country music, singer/songwriter Lexi James has toured the Northeast and beyond with her message of feel-good, be yourself lyrics paired with a soulful vocal performance. She has shared the stage with country legends such as Charlie Daniels Band and Brad Paisley.
When: Oct 27, 2018 8pm in Newburyport, MA
Soggy Po' Boys
NHPR describes the band in this way: "If you've been to Sonny's Tavern in Dover, New Hampshire on a Tuesday night, you could be forgiven for feeling like you've stepped into a New Orleans jazz club. The Po' Boys are doing their part to spread the greatest music on earth around their home in New England and when touring throughout the rest of the country from festivals and concerts to politics-infused burlesque collaborations and street parades. The Soggy Po' Boys serve their jazz messy, mixing brass-fueled mayhem with spirituals, Meters-style old-school funk, and the Caribbean side of the New Orleans tradition.
When: Nov 2, 2018 8pm in Newburyport, MA