Tonight is the closing night’s performance of the Newton Nomadic Theater’s acclaimed production of The Turn of The Screw at Dunn Gaherin’s Pub in Upper Falls. At the moment, there are still a few tickets left. Doors open at 6:30, show at 7:30. Complementary hors d’oeuvres for the guests, courtesy of our good friends at Better Life Foods and Dunn Gaherins.
Though Turn of The Screw is coming to the end of its run, the Newton Nomadic Theater is on a roll, with a full calendar of events taking shape.
Next up, on Monday March 30, at 6″30 PM, we’re very excited to be hosting a benefit screening, in partnership with NewTV, of an amazing new feature film called The Winding Stream. The film tells the story of the Carter Family and the history of country music. We saw it at the Woods Hole Film festival this summer where it won the Audience Award, and it’s been winning major awards ever since, at film festivals across the country.
Filmmaker Beth Harrington will be there for the event and after the screening will be telling stories of the making of the film and taking questions from the audience. From 6:30 – 7PM, Newton musicians Crowes Pasture (Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin) will be getting folks in the mood, performing some Carter family songs in the NewTV studios. Joining them will be folk musician Deborah Silverstein who wrote a song inspired by the film after seeing it at the Boston Film Festival. The film screening starts at 7 PM .
The film is complete but before it can be released for theaters and broadcast, all the music rights need to be cleared, which is no small thing. All proceeds from this benefit screening will go to The Winding Stream project to help bring this great film to a wider audience.
The next Nomad Story Slam has been scheduled for Friday, April 10 at Gregorian Rugs. This will be the 3rd Nomad Story Slam event and the first two have been wildly popular. It’s a night of community storytelling, based loosely on the Moth Radio Hour. Come to listen and you’ll hear an amazing eclectic and wonderful collection of stories – everything from uproariously funny tales, to soul stirring stories from some of your Newton friends and neighbors. If you haven’t been to one of these events yet, you should. The audience loves them.
If you’re more adventurous, consider polishing up your own gem and throwing you name in the hat to tell your own story. All stories should be five minutes long, be true, have happened to you, and be connected to the night’s theme – “imagine my surprise“
To see videos from previous slams, for storytelling tips, or to order tickets ($10), go to http://NewtonNomadicTheater.org
Also scheduled, on Friday May 22, we’ll be doing Nomad Story Slam 4 with some special guests, as part of the month long Newton Festival of the Arts. The theme of the May 22 event will be “a long way from home“.
Beauty Queen of Lenane – Rehearsals are just beginning for our next theatrical production. Actress Linda Goetz, one of the founders of the theater, is producing and will be acting in our next play, The Beauty Queen of Lenane by Martin McDonagh. This is a bit more ambitious play for our nomadic style. It features a cast of four and a bit more staging than what we’ve done so far. It will open sometime in May for a four week run at locations around Newton.
Compass Rose – This past month, The Second Girl opened at the Huntington Theater in Boston. There was quite a bit of press coverage about this production of local award winning playwright Ronan Noone’s recently written play. Last night Ronan Noone came to the Newton Nomadic Theater’s production of The Turn of the Screw, and loved what he saw. He said that the Nomadic Theater “reminds me of the traveling theater tradition in Ireland when I was growing up. They’d set up in a church hall for two nights and then move along to the next town.”
Ronan has agreed to let the Newton Nomadic Theater present the New England premier of his play Compass Rose this coming September. It’s a great match. The two character play is a perfect fit for our stripped down, nomadic style of presentation. Since the play is set in a bar, it will be particularly well suited for our tradition of always doing a closing night performance at Dunn Gaherins, in the theater’s home turf of Upper Falls.