In the compressed debris field of memory, three generations of Wesbrook women struggle to be just what is needed by the next generation amidst thwarted expectations and blinded intentions. In Lee Blessing’s Eleemosynary, Artie, her mother Dorothea, and her daughter Echo are forced to re-valuate their changing familial equation in the face of Dorothea’s stroke – past the needs of the self to the possibility of a connected together.
Adrienne Major (Artie), Jean Koester(Dorothea), and Maeve Campman (Echo) join director Hallie Flower in this exploration of the hopes and fears of mothers and daughters.
“…an engrossing 95-minutes—alternately funny and poignant…” —Variety.
“…a funny, perceptive and eloquently written play…” —St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch.
Sunday, October 26 at 7:30 pm
SIERRA HULL & HIGHWAY 111
Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull and her Tennessee-based bluegrass quintet Highway 111.
Sierra Hull is a leading light in the new generation of bluegrass musicians. Her phenomenal mandolin playing, eloquent vocals and musical maturity well beyond her years have drawn comparisons to Alison Krauss. A seasoned performer, Sierra has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” and the Grand Ole Opry radio and television shows, as well as at numerous music festivals including Merlefest, the Newport Folk Festival, Rockygrass and the Carnegie Hall Family Concert Series. She has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby McFerrin and Edgar Meyer.
“Sierra is a remarkably talented, beautiful human being. Success could not come to a more worthy person. I adore her.” – Alison Krauss
Tickets are $22 Advance / $25 At the Door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar at the concert. For more information, visit www.sierrahull.com and www.twilightmusic.org
Next Stage Arts Project continues its Shades of Blue concert series with singer/guitarist Guy Davis on Saturday, November 1, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $20 general admission in advance, $22 at the door, available online at: www.nextstagearts.org, and will soon be available at Offerings in Putney, and Turn It Up in Brattleboro. This event is the third in a Next Stage series of American Roots/Blues, which also included Paul Oscher and Rory Block, sponsored by WKVT-FM radio and Brattleboro Subaru.
A great storyteller, musician, and actor with his roots solidly in the blues and Americana, Davis has garnered multiple Blues Music Awards and has appeared on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien”, Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion”, “Mountain Stage”, “World Café”, and at theaters and music festivals across the world.
Davis grew up in New York City and is the son of the celebrated actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. He says that while the only cotton he’s ever picked is his underwear off his bedroom floor, he constantly heard accounts of life in the rural south from his parents and his grandparents while growing up, and these stories made their way into his own stories and songs. A multi-instrumentalist, during his shows he plays 6-string and 12-string guitars, bottleneck guitar, banjo, and harmonica. He claims to have learned fingerpicking guitar from a nine-fingered guitar player on a train from Boston to New York, and he learned 5-string banjo from Pete Seeger’s brother John at a summer camp in Vermont. Davis has performed with Pete Seeger many times.
Throughout his life, Davis has had overlapping interests in music and acting. He made his Broadway musical debut in the Zora Neale Hurston/Langston Hughes collaboration “Mulebone”, which featured the music of Taj Mahal, and he performed Off-Broadway as legendary blues player Robert Johnson in “Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil”, which led to The Blues Foundation awarding him the “Keeping the Blues Alive Award”. He also wrote and recorded with Dr. John for Whoopi Goldberg’s “Littleburg” Nickelodeon series, and contributed songs to collections on bluesmen Charley Patton and Robert Johnson, Putumayo Records’ “From Mali to Memphis”, and the children’s album “Sing Along With Putumayo”,
“He’s a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But more than anything, as we heard this evening, Guy Davis is an authentic and spell-binding bluesman, with an incredible voice and a great sense of humour.” – Acoustic Sussex Review
Social Justice Film Series, hosted and curated by Putney Friends
11/6 The Power of Song (Pete Seeger documentary)
Filmmaker Jim Brown blends archival footage, interviews and home movies to paint an affectionate portrait of pioneering folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger, best known for the classic anthems “If I Had a Hammer” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Highlights include candid conversations with legendary artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, who weigh in on Seeger’s far-reaching influence.
All shows at 7pm, $5 suggested donation
Social Justice Film Series,
hosted and curated by Putney Friends
11/13 The Dhamma Brothers
Donaldson Correctional Facility — an overcrowded, violent maximum-security prison, the end of the line in Alabama’s prison system — is dramatically changed by the introduction and influence of an ancient meditation program.
All shows at 7pm, $5 suggested donation
Next Stage Arts Project is pleased to present world-renowned slam poet, educator, and performance artist Taylor Mali on Thursday, November 14 at 7:30pm, in a special benefit performance at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill, Putney, VT. Mali returns to Putney after several previous highly-acclaimed, sold-out performances. Tickets are $20, general, admission, $18 for students/seniors.
Taylor Mali studied drama with members of The Royal Shakespeare Company and has put those stage skills to use performing poetry all over the world and serving as the official voiceover voice on all Burger King commercials in 1998. One of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry, he is one of the most well known slam poets, having won the national championship four times. A former teacher and lifelong educator, he is the author of several CDs, books, and DVDs of spoken word.
Taylor Mali is described by the New York Times as “a ranting comic showman and literary provocateur.” A middle school teacher for nine years prior to becoming a full time writer and global performer, Mali’s work focuses on the vitally important role teachers play in our society, and his YouTube clip “What Teachers Make” has been widely cited in the press and viewed more than 4 million times.
Taylor Mali is the former president of Poetry Slam, Inc., the non-profit organization that oversees all poetry slams in North America. He is also the author most recently of “What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World” (Putnam 2012) as well as two books of poetry, The Last Time As We Are (Write Bloody Books 2009) and What Learning Leaves (Hanover 2002). He received a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2001 to develop Teacher! Teacher! a one-man show about poetry, teaching, and math which won the jury prize for best solo performance at the 2001 Comedy Arts Festival.
Next Stage Arts Project board member Anita Dunlap said, “Taylor Mali embodies the best of what Next Stage is about: brilliant, world-class, innovative artistry, presented right in the heart of our local community.”
AfterFab is a formidable six-member powerhouse of long-experienced Beatles-expert musicians with a dynamic, entertaining front man and a talent for getting the music right. Not impersonators, but a music-first tribute along the lines of Brit Floyd, Get The Led Out, or The Fab Faux. Based in New England, the band began in 2012, designed from the start as a concert attraction for top music clubs, performing-arts spaces, theatres, and venues that desire to present something special for guests. Mission-driven to convey the brilliance of the solo Beatles’ legacy, AfterFab adds extra dimensions of entertainment with back-stories of the songs, and fascinating trivia.
What can you expect from an AfterFab show? A high-energy, passionate tribute to the mega-classic canon of The Beatles’ solo years, the only one in the world, played with high fidelity to the original studio recordings. Beatles fans are absolutely everywhere and this unique concept and focus draws them in droves. It’s something new and different for Beatles and classic-rock fans, and general audiences, thanks to 70 US Top-40 hits and 325 million records collectively sold by John, Paul, George, and Ringo, post-Beatles. The genius didn’t stop with Abbey Road. This is the classic Beatles music that fans have been missing.
Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present veteran folk/rock icon Jonathan Edwards plus singer/songwriter Lisa McCormick and newgrass/contemporary folk trio The Stockwell Brothers. Southern Vermont-based Lisa and brothers Bruce, Barry and Alan have toured with Jonathan in the past, and will again add their voices, guitars, banjo, mandolin and bass to “Sunshine,” Shanty” and a handful of his other hit songs.
Since 1971, Jonathan Edwards has released fifteen albums, collaborated with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Cheryl Wheeler and The Seldom Scene, launched his own record label and shared the stage with everyone from The Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King to Jesse Colin Young and Don McLean. He has also scored and starred in films and videos, including “Cruising America’s Waterways,” a pair of 13-week series produced by PBS, and “That’s What Our Life Is,” a documentary of his life and career. Edwards is perhaps best known for his 1971 anthem “Sunshine,” a fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of young men and women, made its way to the top five on the national charts and earned Jonathan a gold record. Almost 40 years later, the song and Edwards’ pure and powerful tenor voice continue to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.
“An Edwards performance is an unforgettable roller-coaster ride which combines his remarkable singing, storytelling, and wit” – Martha’s Vineyard Times
Tickets are $22 Advance / $25 At the Door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar at the concert. For more information, visit www.jonathanedwards.net, www.lisamccormick.com, www.stockwellbrothers.com and www.twilightmusic.org.
Friday, November 28 at 7:30 pm
CARAVAN OF THIEVES
Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present acoustic swing and alt gypsy jazz quartet Caravan of Thieves.
For the past five years, Caravan of Thieves has roamed the North American continent recruiting a family of avid thrill seekers at their high energy shows. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs.
“Caravan of Thieves pay equal homage to the gypsy jazz of Django, the sweet harmonies of The Beatles and the ‘30s punk of Squirrel Nut Zippers—all while creating a unique sound all their own.” – Relix Magazine
Tickets are $18 Advance / $20 At the Door. For information, call 802-387-0102. Advance tickets are available at www.nextstagearts.org, Turn It Up in Brattleboro and Offerings Jewelry in Putney. JD McCliment’s Pub will provide a beer and wine cash bar at the concert. For more information, visit www.caravanofthieves.com and www.twilightmusic.org.