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John Douglas Thompson stars in Lolita Chakrabarti's, Red Velvet, as Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello; photo courtesy Shakespeare & Company
John Douglas Thompson stars in Lolita Chakrabarti's, Red Velvet, as Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello; photo courtesy Shakespeare & Company

Will Call #7 — Summer Theatre Picks with Gail and Larry

PLUS: Music from Lexi Weege and The Sun Parade

This is not your average summer theatre “Best Bets” segment, I promise you. Larry Murray, founder and editor of Berkshire on Stage (among many other cultural connections) and Gail Burns, author of “Gail Sez” (ditto), start out with their forecasts for how the wind will blow across the boards in the Berkshires this season. Then, the conversation bends toward some of the big, really big, issues, affecting the vitality of the arts both at home and across the country.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect the removal of the video for the song, “Cinnamon Sugar,” from public availability on YouTube. The video for the song, “Gimmie Gimmie Blues,” replaces it.

Lexie Weege, “Virgin

We also have some new music from the Sun Parade on tap, as well as a driving, lusty blues number by Lexie Weege that you will not want to miss. Check our her official video, below, for “Gimmie Gimmie Blues,” and then go see her live at

Virgin, 2013, Lexie Weege; photo/design by Joshua Allen
Virgin, 2013, Lexie Weege; photo/design by Joshua Allen

The Sun Parade — “Heart’s Out”

“The Sun Parade, works in the great American rock tradition, smuggling rogue love and existential urgency into the room on get-happy grooves. Their new EP Heart’s Out delivers on the promise of earlier songwriting with a catalog of love collisions; casual sandwich obsession; and Northern, psychedelic, basement guitar licks. Influences of Afro-pop, Elliott Smith, bluegrass brother harmonies, and four gents from Liverpool.

"Heart's Out," by The Sun Parade; 2014; image courtesy The Sun Parade.
“Heart’s Out,” by The Sun Parade; 2014; image courtesy The Sun Parade. Available for purchase through Bandcamp!

“Based in Northampton MA since 2011, The Sun Parade has been steadily creating a buzz in New England and a grassroots following of fans across the country. In 2012 The Sun Parade released a full length LP “Yossis” and the single “Need You By My Side”, a regional hit voted the #1 song by WRSI 93.9 The River. In 2014, they released the joyful pop EP “Heart’s Out” and toured the road, including a host of shows with their pals Lake Street Dive.” Click the album art purchase “Heart’s Out” from The Sun Parades Bandcamp page or buy through the Greylock Glass’s affiliate link with Amazon.com.

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