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WDIJW? “Alma”

One of the most macabre, yet most lovely shorts we’ve come across. And just right for a cold and snowy weekend at the end of the year!

Alma from Rodrigo Blaas on Vimeo.

WDIJW: Yeo Valley Advert, 2011

British Dairy brand Yeo Valley stuns the world in 2011 by releasing an advert that makes natural food seem hip. "Things will never be the same," the young rappers croon. Indeed they have not.
British Dairy brand Yeo Valley stuns the world in 2011 by releasing an advert that makes natural food seem hip. "Things will never be the same," the young rappers croon. Indeed they have not.

British dairy brand Yeo Valley stuns the world in 2011 by releasing an advert that makes natural food seem hip. "Things will never be the same," the young rappers croon. Indeed they have not.
British dairy brand Yeo Valley stuns the world in 2011 by releasing an advert that makes natural food seem hip. “Things will never be the same,” the young rappers croon. Indeed they have not.

You have long wondered if British farmers can rap about sustainable agricultural practices on a dairy farm. Wonder no more.

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WDIJW? “Dream”

by Tessa Violet, Video directed by Isaac White

A heartfelt and dizzying confession and profession of longing for a love that may just yet be warm to the touch.

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WDIJW? “Western Mass”

by Dr. Westchesterson

(excerpted from his YouTube channel video description)

In this follow-up to “413”, Dr. Westchesterson takes you ever deeper into the magical land of Western Massachusetts. He encounters many a fantastic landscape and roadside hamlet as he traverses the region in search of nothing but the best that the west end of the Commonwealth has to offer. Apparently that means deep fried Twinkies and Unicorns.

WDIJW? “Omelette”

You’ll probably never know how many times your best friend has saved your ass.

Omelette from Madeline Sharafian on Vimeo.

“Finally my 2nd Calarts film is completed! It feels really great to make a more personal film this year, now that I know the ropes of filmmaking a bit better. I wanted to make something that focuses on how meaningful it is to make food for someone you love. My family’s lives practically revolve around cooking for each other, so it’s a theme that I’m deeply attached to. I hope you enjoy it!”

—Madeline Sharafian

 

WDIJW? “Dust Buddies”

This cutesyness will not stop me from hunting them to extinction. Or trying, anyway.

Dust Buddies from Ringling Computer Animation on Vimeo.

a film by Beth Tomashek and Sam Wade
produced at Ringling College of Art + Design

WDIJW? “Atoms of Uncontrollable Silence”

Some short films fall more perfectly into the category of WDIJW than others. This compelling work is a perfect example of a remarkably original idea come to life.

Atoms of Uncontrollable Silence from Convolv on Vimeo.

Unknown. Unexplainable. The phenomenon of silence.
Atoms of Uncontrollable Silence depicts a moment in which two scientists of different studies bare witness to an interconnection of separate events that extend beyond their realm of understanding.

 

WDIJW? “So Random”

What would it feel like to be the subject of an impressionist masterpiece? No, no, I mean REALLY the subject of a painting.

So Random: Alexa Meade from Refinery29 on Vimeo.

WDIJW? “The Monk & The Monkey”

I hate it when Zen master type spiritual mentors send me on impossible missions, don’t you? It’s like you can’t be sure what you’re really being tested on.

The Monk & The Monkey from Brendan Carroll on Vimeo.

A determined young boy, Ragu, is sent by his master on his final quest to become a monk. A seemingly simple task becomes an unexpected challenge for Ragu as he discovers the real value of his quest.

© 2010 Brendan Carroll & Francesco Giroldini. Music by Erez Koskas.
Ringling College of Art + Design.

 

Will Call #45 — Rebirth of a Legend, Rebirth of a Landmark with Orpheus in the Berkshires

Orpheus in the Berkshires.
The god of Nature, Pan (Seth Foster, center), with his entourage (left to right) Michelle Nicole Brady Davis, Dwaynne Walker-Dixon, Brandon Weber, Michael Judson Berry, Grace Fojtik, , Hannah Leigh, Ann Dang, Billy Luce Jr, Ginna Doyle (in back), Cody Henderson, Jeff Wittekiend (photo by Daniel Rader)

Ellen Haun, as the muse, Calliope, in Orpheus in the Berkshires. (photo by Daniel Rader)
Ellen Haun, as the muse, Calliope, in “Orpheus in the Berkshires.” (photo by Daniel Rader)

Like Summer itself, “Orpheus in the Berkshires” enters the scene with a flourish. A wildflower bouquet of textures and colors, the piece immediately charms, providing just the right touch at this season’s picnic of theatre offerings.

In its creation, the production of “Orpheus,” from the Williamstown Theatre Festival, redefines the phrase, “community theatre.” Reframing the concept as an artistic mission to embrace an entire community as both inspiration and raw material, playwright Lucy Thurber and director Laura Savia create a fantastical world that is as familiar in its faces, strengths, and  problems as the whole of the Berkshires itself.

We did something a little unusual for this episode—we went on location. That’s right, we loaded up our mobile studio (all laptop and microphone of it) and headed over to the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance at Williams College. It was so worth it. We got to speak to Obie Award-winning playwright Lucy Thurber and Williamstown Theatre Festival Associate Director Laura Savia about the World Premier of “Orpheus in the Berkshires,” being staged at the Greylock Mill (formerly known as the Cariddi Mill) on State Road in North Adams.

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Also like Summer, the run of this show is desperately, heartbreakingly fleeting. See it now and see the next step in the evolution of community theatre.\\\

Community Engaged Theatre
Williamstown Theatre Festival
“Orpheus in the Berkshires”
Greylock WORKS
508 State Road, North Adams, MA
7/14–16, 7:30 p.m. & 7/17 5:00 p.m.

From Williamstown Theatre Festival

This summer, WTF brings together professional theatre artists with Berkshire residents to create and perform new work. Born of the belief that theatre is central to understanding, building and maintaining community, this initiative invites the people of Western Massachusetts to be a part of the Festival’s creative process — not just as audience members, but on stage! Obie Award-winning playwright Lucy Thurber puts a new spin on the Orpheus myth, set in Western Massachusetts. When Orpheus, a teenage girl, realizes that something is amiss in her neighborhood, she embarks on a treacherous journey to save her hometown. Helmed by Festival Associate Director Laura Savia, and developed in collaboration with community partners, this World Premiere features a cast of 75 Berkshire residents performing alongside Festival actors.

About Williamstown Theatre Festival

Under artistic director Mandy Greenfield, Williamstown Theatre Festival, recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, creates renowned productions of both world premiere plays as well as revivals of some of the great works of the Western theatrical canon.  Since 1955, Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought together gifted emerging theater artists with our country’s finest theater professionals to produce a vibrant summer season in the Berkshires, while simultaneously running one of the country’s top training and professional development programs.  In 2015, the Festival launched a New Play Commissioning Program as well as a community-immersive theatre initiative, which unites professional theater artists with Berkshire residents to create new work.  Playwrights under commission include Fernanda Coppel, Melissa James Gibson (co-commission with Second Stage), Halley Feiffer, Matthew Lopez, Jiehae Park, Benjamin Scheuer and Lucy Thurber.  Additionally, each summer the Festival produces an array of unique cultural events including family-friendly theater, Late-Night Cabarets, music concerts and comedy.  The artists and productions shaped at the Festival each summer fill theaters in New York, around the country and abroad.  Recent critically acclaimed productions launched by Williamstown Theatre Festival include: Sam Shepard’s FOOL FOR LOVE directed by Daniel Aukin, starring Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell; Bernard Pomerance’s THE ELEPHANT MAN directed by Scott Ellis, starring Bradley Cooper; John Kander, Frank Ebb and Terrence McNally’s THE VISIT, directed by John Doyle, starring Chita Rivera, among many others.  For more information, please visit www.wtfestival.org.

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

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

PLUS: Music from Lexi Weege and The Sun Parade

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

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. Keep Reading

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