Archives for

VTC’s ‘King Lear’

LearThe Vintage Theatre Company and the Rustic Mechanicals, West Virginia's only touring Shakespeare troupe, will perform King Lear in the Tanner Theatre on Thursday October 19 and Friday October 20 at 8 pm. The October 20 performance has been changed from dinner theatre to performance-only. Tickets are available at the MAC Lobby Desk, over the phone, or online at


Vintage Theatre Company’s Founding Producer and Artistic Director Jason A. Young cordially invites audiences to attend a performance of The Rustic Mechanicals’ Forget & Forgive Tour of William Shakespeare’s King Lear.


King Lear has ruled for many years. As age begins to overtake him, he decides to divide his kingdom amongst his children, living out his day without the burden of power. A proud man, he allows vanity to cloud his judgement, believing that he can relinquish the crown, but enjoy the same authority and respect he has always known. Misjudging his children’s loyalty, he soon finds himself stripped of all the trappings of state, wealth, and power he had taken for granted. Alone in the wilderness, he is left to confront the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point.


The Rustic Mechanicals, founded by Celi Oliveto, is the state’s only professional Shakespeare troupe. Touring three shows annually, their final show of 2017 begins its tour with a trip to The Tamarack in Beckley, West Virginia.


“This is our second consecutive fall trip to The Tamarack,” said Young. “Last year, it was for only one performance; and now this year it is for two. We are very honored that they are having us back.”


Tamarack performances will be held on Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th. Both performances will feature dinner and a show with the event beginning at 6:30 p.m.


The first weekend concludes with a 3:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, October 15th at The Landmark Studio for the Arts in Sutton, West Virginia.


“The Landmark is a new tour stop for us,” said Young. “But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been wanting to be there. The Landmark is well known as one of the best theatre companies in the middle of our state, and I am excited to build a relationship with all involved in Sutton.”


The second weekend of The Forget & Forgive Tour kicks off with two performances at the Monongalia Arts Center in Morgantown, West Virginia on Thursday, October 19th and Friday, October 20th.


The Thursday evening performance is set for an 8:00 p.m. start time, and the Friday evening performance will have a dinner and a show package with the meal being provided by Tommy & Tasia from Madeline Marie’s Catering and beginning at 6:30 p.m.


“We did a sold out, delicious, Bard & BBQ at the MAC with Tommy & Tasia in the spring with Romeo & Juliet,” said Young. “We will have a different menu for this event, but I am expecting the same size crowd and the same great quality food.”


The troupe will then head south out of Morgantown to Elkins for what is becoming their annual performance at the Arts Center of Randolph County on Saturday, October 21st. The start time in Elkins is also 8:00 p.m.


The second weekend concludes with a 3:00 p.m. matinee at the Buffalo Flats Artists Association on Main Street in Grafton, West Virginia on Sunday, October 22nd. This performance is sponsored by Magistrate Robert Lee Bolton, III.


“That weekend is going to feel like a homecoming for The Mechanicals,” said Young. “Morgantown, Elkins, and Grafton have become annual tour stops for us, and the people that we get to hang out with for a day or two in each of those communities are all top notch.”


The final weekend for King Lear will feature three consecutive free performances on three different local college campuses beginning with Glenville State College on Thursday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. and followed by West Virginia Wesleyan College on Friday, October 27th at 8:00 p.m. and Fairmont State University on Saturday, October 28th at 7:30 p.m.


The Mechanicals will then return to their home venue, The VTC Cabaret at The Uptown Event Center in downtown Clarksburg, on Sunday, October 29th for a 3:00 p.m. “Pay-What-You-Will” matinee finale.


The Mechanicals will also be hosting a “Pay-What-You-Will” Preview of King Lear the evening before the tour officially kicks off, Thursday, October 12th at 7:30 p.m.


“If you factor in the preview, we have another big exciting tour ahead of us,” said Young. “In a matter of only three weeks, we will be playing twelve performances in nine different West Virginia counties stretching from Beckley to Morgantown and several points in between.”


The Rustic Mechanicals, now in their fourth season, have grown from a troupe of seven actors to this year boasting a roster of twenty-five West Virginia artists.


John O’Connor headlines this production in the eponymous role of King Lear while Sarah Young, Kaici Lore, and Kayla Hudimac play his three daughters Goneril, Regan, and Cordelia. James Matthews will play the Lord of Gloucester, and Joshua Clevenger and Travis Teffner will play his sons Edgar and Edmond. Justin Grow and Sean Marko play the Duke of Albany and the Duke of Cornwall respectively, and rounding out the cast are Daniel Crowley as Kent and Ben Brooks and Isaac Covey.


Young directs the production with Technical Direction by David Byard, Production Design by Trina Byard, Fight Choreography by James Ricks, and Dramaturgy by John Shirley.


“Once again, we have a wonderful team working on this production,” said Young. “Perhaps most exciting is the fact that five of our actors are taking the stage as Mechanicals for the very first time with this show.”

For more information about The Forget & Forgive Tour of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, email or call 1-855-VTC-8588.


“Touring Shakespeare is a 400-year-old-tradition,” said Young. “These troupe members understand the nobility of the work and the heritage that they are a part of. I fully expect this tour to be a labor of love for us all.”



Share this:

Bare Form Prospectus

Possible Bare Form Image 2



The beauty and lines of the human form has inspired artists from the dawn of history yet remains an inextricable part of the human experience.  Our intimate familiarity with the human body bears the challenge to the artist…..transforming that which is known into an expression of emotion.



Benedum Gallery

First Floor (accessible to those with mobility impairments)

Monongalia Arts Center

107 South High Street

Morgantown, WV 26507

(304) 292-3325; (fax) 292-3326



All artists are eligible for the Bare Form 2017 exhibition.  All forms of visual art (video art excluded) and literary art (no erotica) will be considered.  No reproductions will be accepted.  Artists may enter two pieces.  Any work conceived as a multiple should be in an edition of no more than three.



*Art drop-off:               Monday, October 30, 2017, 11:30 am – 7 pm

*Exhibition Dates:        November 3 – December 2, 2017

*Opening Reception:    Friday, November 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm


 Presentation:              Friday, November 3, 6:30 pm

*Art pick-up:                 Monday, December 4, 11:30 am – 7 pm


Bare Form 2017

Page Two



All art should be your depiction of the bare human form.  No art submitted for exhibition should be deprecating toward the model/subject of the piece.  


Each piece of wall art must be framed appropriately and have a secure wire for hanging (no string and duct tape please).  The only unframed exceptions are a finished edge canvas or sculpture.  Additionally, each submission must be labeled with:  Artist’s name, address, telephone numbers, email, title, medium, selling price or NFS (use labels on Page 3).  Artwork that was exhibited in a previous Bare Form exhibition is ineligible and will be rejected.


The artist grants permission to the MAC to reproduce any accepted entries for the purpose of publicity.


An entry to this exhibition constitutes full agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions outlined in this prospectus.  The Monongalia Arts Center reserves the right to reject any art deemed inappropriate or that does not meet MAC criteria (this includes framing).  The MAC has final authority to define an acceptable entry.  MAC is not responsible for damages or theft of work displayed in the Gallery or left on the premises beyond the designated pick-up date; therefore, it is suggested that artists carry their own insurance.


Absolutely no early removal of artwork is permitted for any reason.



Contact – Ro Brooks, Monongalia Arts Center

               (304) 292-3325;  








Title:  ______________________________________________________________


Medium:  __________________________________________________________


price/NFS:  ______________________________________________________


Name:  _____________________________________________________________


Address:  ________________________________________________________


Telephone:  _____________________________________________________


Email:  _____________________________________________________________


Title:  ______________________________________________________________


Medium:  __________________________________________________________


price/NFS:  ______________________________________________________


Name:  _____________________________________________________________


Address:  ________________________________________________________


Telephone:  _____________________________________________________


Email:  _____________________________________________________________



Share this:

ARTS Walk Returns To MAC: Art, Music and More…

TG post cardFriday, September 22 marks the return of the annual Morgantown ARTS Walk from 6 – 9 pm. The program, sponsored by Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, Main Street Morgantown, Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) and Arts Monongahela, is intended to celebrate the hardworking arts community in Morgantown.

MAC will be one of the information points on the ARTS Walk, which features street vendors and events across High Street, and it will host programming as well. Two new art exhibitions will be unveiled during the event: Life In The Projects, and Transcending the Gutter. The public opening reception for the two events will take place from 6 – 9 pm in accordance with the ARTS Walk schedule, welcoming the public to experience and celebrate the artists’ work.


Life In The Projects, the first solo exhibition featuring John Michael Barone, will be featured downstairs in the Benedum Gallery. It will feature many of Barone’s signature pieces, featured in many of MAC’s previous exhibitions, as well as some new pieces. Barone is the executive director at Artist Collective West Virginia, and known for his psychedelic and mystical style and a love for pop culture and humor.


Transcending the Gutter will be featured upstairs in the Davis Gallery with contributions from multiple artists. This exhibition features musical performances by Orville Rex and Hericide at 9 pm, with a $5 cover charge.


MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV. Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325.



Image: Untitled by Capen Snyder, part of Transcending The Gutter


Share this:

Experience The World Of John Michael Barone In “Life In The Projects”

jmb solo post card (1)John Michael Barone is establishing a name in the Morgantown arts scene. He is the executive director of the Artist Collective West Virginia (ACWV), an organization that works closely with Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) “to build a thriving arts community in Morgantown”. His work has been featured prominently in many ACWV/MAC exhibitions including Cabal of the Hidden, an exhibition dedicated to the occult and mystical; Royal Devotions, a tribute show chronicling the career of Prince; Rebel Rebel, a thought-provoking blurring of gender lines; and For The Love of David Bowie. John Michael’s unique work is known for its incorporation of the occult, mystical and psychedelic, without losing a sense of playfulness and a love for modern pop-culture.


MAC will feature a new exhibition in its premier Benedum Gallery titled Life In The Projects, which features John Michael Barone’s most acclaimed pieces together for the first time, in addition to some new pieces. This will be available to the public from September 15 to October 28, 2017 during MAC’s operating hours.


MAC welcomes all Morgantown residents, students, faculty and tourists alike to attend the public reception, which will occur during Downtown Morgantown’s Annual ARTS Walk, Friday, September 22 from 6pm to 9pm. Refreshments and snacks will be available, and this will happen in junction with the opening reception of Transcending The Gutter in the upstairs Davis Gallery. After ARTS Walk, and the two receptions, there will be musical performances by Orville Rex and Hericide. Admission to the musical performances is $5 at the MAC Lobby Desk or online at MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to or 304-292-3325.


Share this:


DVCE 2017 ImageNew Exhibition at MAC Promotes Mental Health Awareness

Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) will usher in the return of Different Voices and Common Experiences this Friday, August 4, at 6pm with a public opening reception. There will be a performance art viewing at 7. The exhibition will be located in the Benedum Gallery until August 26, 2017.  Different Voices and Common Experiences is presented by the Northern West Virginia Center for Independent Living. It is supported in part by funds from the Morgantown Knights of Columbus and private donors. Additional support is provided by community members.

Different Voices and Common Experiences was created with the intent of increasing awareness of mental health issues in the region and has become an integral part of MAC's programming. This exhibition has been assembled with the intention of both showcasing the talent of such a unique and diverse segment of our population and promoting awareness within our region of the effects of mental illness. MAC' executive director, Ro Brooks says “MAC is delighted to once again showcase the work of artists who have been touched by mental health issues. This annual exhibition has consistently been well received by gallery visitors. With each exhibit, I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the artwork and the public positive reaction. I am confident that this year’s showing will also surprise and delight viewers!”

Information was sent to a variety of local and state agencies, mailing lists and Facebook groups, as well as advertised on NWVCIL’s social media pages and website. Submissions were accepted on a first come first served basis. All participants have been affected by mental health issues, either personally or through close friends and family members. This process can be therapeutic and provides those with mental illnesses an outlet to express themselves and share their perspectives.

MAC invites all to celebrate at the Public Opening Reception on August 4, and welcomes donations. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquires should be directed to or 304-292-3325.

Share this: