Tanner Theatre

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 monartscenter.com/shop.


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 VintageTheatreCo@gmail.com 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.”



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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 info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325.



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


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Pierce Pettis

PierceOn Friday, July 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. Compass Records recording artist Pierce Pettis will visit MAC's Tanner Theatre for a MACmusic concert!
Pierce Pettis, adored by both critics and public alike, is one of this generation’s most masterful songwriters. His music distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on the humor and trials in daily life. Pettis’ music can simultaneously pull on our hearts and keep us laughing. The beautiful harmonies, inventive yet subtle percussion, strong guitar, and Pierce’s rich vocals are a constant throughout his body of work. Pettis began his long career as a writer / artist at the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama and later as a staff writer for Polygram / Universal Music in Nashville.
His songs have been covered by artists ranging from Garth Brooks and Dion to Joan Baez and Art Garfunkel. Pettis’ fifth album for Compass Records (Nashville) received rave reviews from XM / Sirius Satellite Radio, Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter, The (London, UK) Sunday Express, Image Quarterly…to name a few. His newest, “New Agrarians” (by the trio of the same name) is a co-effort with Kate Campbell and Tom Kimmel, released November of 2014. Pettis will begin work on a new solo project for Compass Records Group in August of 2017.
For tickets please visit monartscenter.com/shop, call, or visit the MAC Lobby Desk. Admission to this one-night event is $15.
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Hiroya Tsukamoto

HiroyaTopPhotoHiroya Tsukamoto Returns To MAC For Summer Concert


Hiroya Tsukamoto will be returning to the Tanner Theatre on July 21, 2017 at 8 pm for his second MACmusic performance.

Hiroya Tsukamoto is an internationally-acclaimed guitarist, songwriter, and composer from Kyoto, Japan. After receiving a scholarship to study in the US in 2000, he began performing internationally. He has released six albums.

“Guitar poetry” is how Hiroya describes his music, and it is nothing short of accurate. His romantic songs tell a traveler’s story in a way that is cinematic and soulful. As he explains: “By playing music, I could travel to different places and times.” Growing up, Hiroya listened to many varieties of music, an influence that, along with his Japanese folk music roots, shaped his sound.

Hiroya has received many accolades, and the Boston Herald says he "takes us to an impressionistic journey." MAC invites you to come enjoy this unique experience that will take the audience across genres and cultures.

Tickets are now available for this one-night event. Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the MAC Lobby Desk, by phone (304-292-3325), and online at www.monartscenter.com/shop.

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



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Fearless Fools

Fearless FoolsVintage Theatre Company Presents The Fearless Fools


Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) will be hosting the Vintage Theatre Company’s production of The Fearless Fools, West Virginia’s premier professional comedy troupe. Specializing in a unique blend of short-form and long-form improv, the Fools frequently fuse their performances with stand-up and original sketch comedy.In addition to public performances, the Fools are also available for private events, corporate trainings, and holiday parties.


The Fearless Fools performance will take place on July 15, 2017 at 8 pm. Tickets are now available for this one-night event. Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the MAC Lobby Desk, by phone (304-292-3325), and online at www.monartscenter.com/shop. MAC is located at 107 High Street, Morgantown, WV.  Inquiries should be directed to info@monartscenter.com or 304-292-3325.



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