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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on Flying Cloud Institute—igniting creativity through innovative programming

The nonprofit is celebrating 40 years of inspiring young people and educators through dynamic science and art experiences.

Prominent Berkshire philanthropist Aso O. Tavitian dies at 80

Aso O. Tavitian of New York City and Stockbridge, Mass., passed away on April 21, 2020 after his courageous battle with cancer, with his loving wife Isabella Meisinger at his side.

AMPLIFICATIONS: Road trip

We tried to plan another trip across the country maybe 20 years ago, but it never panned out, though I have seen Betsy on her jaunts back to the States. This time the stars aligned.

BIFF presents a film for our time, ‘Scrooged,’ at the Mahaiwe, with Q&A with co-star Karen Allen

“I believe that people can change. Scrooge undergoes a profound transformation. I’ve been thinking: Who should haunt Trump?”

Jolyn Unruh returns to the stage as Prospero in adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

As to playing Prospero? Jolyn Unruh remembers her inner thoughts: “I’m just recovering from cancer treatment, and I’m exhausted and I’m kind of overwhelmed — I’m finishing my master’s degree—but I would never say no to that!”

Robert Law, 64, of Sheffield, first director of Consolati Performing Arts Center

He was promoted at Southern Berkshire Regional School District to the position of director of the performing arts department and community relations liaison, a post he held for 17 years.

CONNECTIONS: The Red Lion Inn guestbook summons history

So a Revolutionary War hero and every American president between from 1885 and 1945 (except No. 4) visited the inn, and even that is not the Red Lion’s only claim to fame.

PREVIEW: At The Whit, ‘Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens,’ an Off-Broadway hit

The work features songs and monologues inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and Edgar Lee Masters' Spoon River Anthology.

Elise England, 86, of Lenox, pioneering entrepreneur

Elise and Moe were early pioneers of today’s craft beer movement. They started Merchant du Vin East in 1981, a beer-importing company representing some of the most iconic breweries in the world.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab first full production, ‘Some Old Black Man,’ premieres at Saint James Place

'Some Old Black Man' is, on one level, about the black experience. But the essential concept is universal, one for which any adult who has had to care for an aging parent can easily summon buckets of empathy.

Berkshire talent showcased at high school cabaret

Performances included a riotous mix of singing, acting, improv, and even a standup comedy routine.

Mary Harrison, 79, of Stockbridge, leader of many organizations

Mary served on many boards and was a member of many organizations in her lifetime including the Berkshire Botanical Garden, Old Curtisville, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Berkshire County Christian School, Hope Church, Berkshire Center for Families and Children, Chesterwood, Lenox Garden Club and others.

ON THEATRE: WAM’s special eighth season

WAM is the only independent company to have collaborated with Barrington Stage Company, Shakespeare and Company, Berkshire Theatre Group and Williamstown Theatre Festival.

EDGECAST: Actors David Adkins and Corinna May on love and acting

An EdgeCast exclusive: Actors David Adkins and Corrina May, husband and wife, both appearing in Berkshire theatre productions this season, talk about their relationship and their careers.

REVIEW: ‘Thoreau,’ at the Unicorn: A revelatory performance by David Adkins

To hear Thoreau's words spoken by David Adkins is revelatory. Adkins is never preachy, always real and confrontational, never violent even with an axe in his hands. His final speech about a vagrant water-lily is as touching a moment as any I've seen on a stage in many years.
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