"Real Live Theatre is a brand-new ensemble that brings a thrilling immediacy and creative savvy to the stage."

-Chris Rohmann, The Valley Advocate

Our first event of 2018! RLT presents a Staged Reading of


by Harrison David Rivers
Co-directed by Ellen Morbyrne and Trenda Loftin

Saturday, February 17th at 7 PM
Gateway City Arts
92 Race St, Holyoke, MA 01040


Paul - Steve Folmar Jr
Ian - Gabriel CiFuentes
Natalie - Syl Simmons
Ellen/The Angel - Julissa Rodriguez
Marian - Kaliis Smith
Ford - Jacob West
Priscilla - Robyn Sutton-Fernández
Fresh, Man - Jhayden Sheftall

Promotional image art by Clare Black

Promotional image art by Clare Black

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Holyoke Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Holyoke Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

After stealing his local library’s only copy of "Angels in America," misfit teenager Paul locks himself in the bathroom and begins reading the landmark play. He soon finds that his life and the lives of those around him in his small Kansas suburb are about to take flight, and over the course of a seemingly ordinary day, extraordinary things start to happen…
RLT presents a staged reading of the funny and powerful script "When Last We Flew" by playwright Harrison David Rivers. This coming of age story follows teens Paul, Ian, and Natalie (and their families) as they take ownership of their identities as Black, gay, and activists.
The reading is taking place at Gateway City Arts and their fabulous Bistro will be open for food and drinks before and after the performance. A perfect all-in-one night out! Check out www.gatewaycityartsbistro.com to see their full menu.
Mature content (sexual themes and strong language).
This reading is also a fundraiser for RLT's 2018 5th Anniversary Season. Sliding scale tickets $10-$20. Inquire about potential group discounts by emailing reallivetheatre@gmail.com.

Based in Saint Paul, Minnesota, HARRISON DAVID RIVERS plays include: [New York] Only You Can Prevent Wildfires (Ricochet Collective), And She Would Stand Like This (Movement Theatre Company), Sweet (AUDELCO nomination for Best Play, National Black Theatre), Look Upon Our Lowliness (Movement Theatre Company), When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Off Off Broadway, New York International Fringe Festival). [Regional] Where Storms Are Born(Berkshire Theatre Award Nomination for Best New Play, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, Williamstown), This Bitter Earth (New Conservatory Theatre Center, Penumbra), A Crack in the Sky (History Theatre), Five Points (Theatre Latte Da), When Last We Flew (TheatreLaB, Diversionary Theatre). [Awards]Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship (New York Theatre Workshop), Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists), Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship for Playwrights, Core Writer (Playwrights’ Center) and New York Stage & Film's Founder’s Award. He has twice been named a finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights' Conference and the Jonathan Larson Grant. He was a Kleban Prize finalist in 2016. [Affiliations] Alum of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers' Group, Interstate 73, NAMT and The Lincoln Center Directors' Lab. Member of NYTW's Usual Suspects. Harrison was the 2016 Playwright-in-Residence at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. [Education]M.F.A, Columbia School of the Arts; B.A., Kenyon College.

Coming this Spring! A Staged Reading/Concert of

The *Annotated* Taming: Or, Out of the Saddle, Into the Dirt

Adapted from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew
AND directed by Toby Vera Bercovici
Music and Lyrics by Old Flame (Emma Ayres and Sam Perry)

Saturday, April 21st at 7 PM
Northampton Center for the Arts
33 Hawley St, Northampton, MA 01375


A still from the original production of "The *Annotated* Taming: Or, Out of the Saddle, Into the Dirt" presented by the Colby College Department of Theater and Dance, directed by Toby Vera Bercovici. Photo by Melissa Blackall.

A still from the original production of "The *Annotated* Taming: Or, Out of the Saddle, Into the Dirt" presented by the Colby College Department of Theater and Dance, directed by Toby Vera Bercovici. Photo by Melissa Blackall.

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew tells the story of Katherina Minola, a fiercely independent young woman held in captivity by her father until a husband can be secured. Enter Petruchio, a man who has come to town to “wive it wealthily.” He is enticed by Katherina’s dowry and inspired by the challenge of taming a woman who is, by all accounts, a “shrew.”

This play has been a hotbed of controversy for its nearly 450 years of production history. There has arisen a collective desire to prove that Shakespeare must have written the play in jest, rather than as a moralistic tale intended to put women in their place. 

No matter the original intention, The *Annotated* Taming takes a look at the play in the context of the contemporary political and cultural landscape, most specifically as it relates to the treatment of women. It also brings to the script a brand-new character, the radical annotator The Librarian, as well as songs written by Western Massachusetts-based duo Old Flame.

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She Kills Monsters
by Qui Nguyen

We look forward to bringing you a remount of our fun, energetic, and much celebrated 2017 production of She Kills Monsters directed by Dan Morbyrne. Stay tuned!




a patchwork of Shakespeare's text as funneled and augmented by Toby Vera Bercovici and Dan Morbyrne
directed by Toby Vera Bercovici

Cast: Myka Plunkett, Linda Tardif, Jeannine Haas*, Lisa Abend*, Kate Hare, Ellen Morbyrne, Annelise Nielsen, Emily Tanch

Stage Management/Lighting Design: Ezekiel Baskin
Choreography: Annelise Nielsen
Costume Design: Julia Vincenza Whalen & Rich Vaden
Sound Design: Catherine McCurry
Staff Design: Michael Humphries
Dramaturgy: Josh Platt
Stage Combat: Dan Morbyrne
Original Music: Cynthia Zaitz, Ph.D.

*Member of Actor's Equity Association

During the 100 Years’ War between England and France, just after the time of Joan of Arc, a young French princess is torn from her home and sent to a foreign land to become its queen. Surrounded by powerful men who resent her for her gender and origins, and coupled with a king both weak-willed and prone to madness, she forms an alliance with her new lover to take down critics and seize control of the kingdom. When battle lines are drawn, can she lead the country in war and protect the crown for herself, her king, and her heirs?

The Life and Death of Queen Margaret follows the story of Margaret of Anjou, a fierce, strong-willed, and independent woman who was both a historical figure and also one of Shakespeare's greatest characters. Her rise to leadership and subsequent downfall, portrayed through bitingly relevant and alarmingly prescient 400-year-old texts, hold a necessary mirror up to our modern society.

In a time when women's rights have been under attack by those in positions of supreme power, Real Live Theatre brings you this 'new' Shakespeare play which examines what really goes on when women rise to power inside patriarchal systems.

Real Live Theatre's The Life and Death of Queen Margaret features an all-female cast of eight. We are now booking tours in 2017 and in the 2017-2018 academic year. We are also available for residencies and concurrent workshops/class visits focused in speech, movement, devised ensemble, and Shakespeare's language.


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