Bits & Bytes: ‘Some Old Black Man’ at Saint James Place; a cappella concerts to benefit food pantries; Jeff Robb photography exhibit; Stockbridge cemetery walk

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Tony Award-winner Roger Robinson will star in Berkshire Playwrights Lab's production of 'Some Old Black Man' at Saint James Place in Great Barrington Aug. 10–27. Photo courtesy Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab to stage ‘Some Old Black Man’

Great Barrington — Berkshire Playwrights Lab will present “Some Old Black Man” by James Anthony Tyler, its first full production at Saint James Place, Thursday, Aug. 10, through Sunday, Aug. 27.

“Some Old Black Man” began its history as a BPL staged reading in 2015 and is a two-character play about an aging father who must move in with his son and the simmering tensions that emerge under the pressure of the shift in their relationship. Starring Tony Award-winner Roger Robinson – who reprises his BPL staged reading role as Donald – and Leon Addison Brown, “Some Old Black Man” is at once a look at caring for an aging parent while also relating the experiences of two generations of African-American men in a post-civil rights movement culture.

Playwright Tyler holds master’s degrees in film from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and dramatic writing from New York University. In addition to BPL, his plays have been developed at La MaMa, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Ars Nova in New York City; Asolo Rep in Sarasota, Florida; and others. He was a member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group, a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild fellow, a 2015-2016 Playwrights Center’s Many Voices fellow, a 2016-2017 Ars Nova Play Group resident, a 2016 Working Farm Playwrights Group resident, a 2016 Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award recipient, and is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School’s Playwrights Program.

Tickets are $30–$55. For tickets and more information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact BPL at (413) 528-2544.

–E.E.

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Berkshire Lyric’s a cappella chorus to perform benefits for food pantries

Ubi Caritas at St. Mark's Church in Pittsfield earlier in 2016. Photo: Cindy Todd Brown

Ubi Caritas at St. Mark’s Church in Pittsfield earlier in 2016. Photo: Cindy Todd Brown

Pittsfield — Berkshire Lyric has announced that its chamber choir, Ubi Caritas, will perform a series of three choral concerts to raise money for Berkshire County food pantries on Sunday, Aug. 6. The concerts will take place over the course of the same afternoon with a 1 p.m. concert at St. Joseph’s Church, 11 Elm St., Stockbridge; a 3 p.m. concert at the First Congregational Church of Great Barrington, 251 Main St.; and a 5 p.m. concert at St. Mark’s Church. The program of sacred choral music will include music by Durufle, Rossi, Bortniansky, Sviridov, Lauridsen and Stopford as well as settings of traditional American folk hymns and spirituals.

There is no admission charge but a free-will offering will be taken that will directly benefit Berkshire County food pantries supported by the three congregations. For more information, contact Jack Brown at (413) 298-5365.

–E.E.

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Images from the 'Unnatural Causes' series by Jeff Robb. Photos: Jeff Robb, courtesy Sohn Fine Art Gallery

Images from the ‘Unnatural Causes’ series by Jeff Robb. Photos: Jeff Robb, courtesy Sohn Fine Art Gallery

Sohn Fine Art presents work of Jeff Robb

Lenox — Sohn Fine Art Gallery presents “Liminal States,” an exhibition of lenticular photography by Jeff Robb, through Sunday, Oct. 1. A reception will take place Saturday, Aug. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Since graduating with distinction from London’s Royal College of Art in 1992 with a master’s degree in fine art holography, English artist Robb has experimented with three-dimensional imaging. Shortly after graduating, he was invited to submit a landscape work to the permanent collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the first-ever hologram artwork to be accessioned by the museum.

Lenticular photographs are produced using conventional printing techniques combined with a lens, presenting the viewer with a stereoscopic pair of images to give the illusion of a three-dimensional image. In order to capture three-dimensional information, a number of views of the subject are taken from right to left. For a static subject, 50 frames are typically captured by a single moving camera on a linear rail system. If the subject is moving, a number of cameras are used to take photographs simultaneously using a specially designed triggering mechanism. The captured frames are processed using film-industry software to achieve the highest quality renderings. These frames are output to a laser-based writing system that encodes the image onto a photographic substrate, which is then combined with an optical lens structure to form the final work finished using a bespoke laser ablation technique.

For more information contact Sohn Fine Art Gallery at (413) 551-7353 or info@sohnfineart.com.

–E.E.

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Cemetery walk to focus on former residents of Church Street

The Stockbridge Cemetery. Photo courtesy Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives

The Stockbridge Cemetery. Photo courtesy Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives

Stockbridge — On Saturday, Aug. 5, at 4 p.m., volunteers from the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives will lead a cemetery walk titled “Church Street: Home of the Famous and Memorable.”

Participants learn about the Mahican Native Americans, the street’s first settlers; renowned photographer George Seeley; and Augustus Lukeman, sculptor and colleague of Daniel Chester French as well as the stories of a one-legged barber, a blind cook, a tuba-playing plumber, a jolly nurse and a door-to-door fishmonger.

There is a $5 suggested donation. The walk will gather at the cemetery gate on Main Street/Route 102 and will last approximately one hour. For more information, contact the Stockbridge Library at (413) 298-5501.

–E.E.


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