NORTH ADAMS -- For the first time ever, MCLA Presents! will explore the world of serious adult puppetry through the MCLA Puppet Fest, as professional puppeteers offer eight tales from around the world. In addition, this season will include five performances in conjunction with Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ "Creating Equality" programming that looks at civil rights issues, to take place throughout this academic year.
"What continues to amaze me about the MCLA Presents! series is the depth of creativity and diversity that each year brings," said Jennifer Crowell, coordinator of the Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC). "Not only do we feature so many mediums of the arts, but we are also innovating new themes for ourselves - whether it’s the inaugural Puppet Fest or collaborations between students and famous musicians. This series is constantly bringing new and exciting things here."
The next performance in the "Creating Equality" series is "A Marriage: I (Suburbia)," an exhibition/performance work by newly married Nick Vaughan and Jake Margolin. Performances will take place in their gallery installation at MCLA Gallery 51. They will look at what it means to be a young, same-sex, married couple. Performances include Vaughan and Margolin completely spray painting each other, Saturday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. , and the complete reading of the famed Supreme Court case on gay marriage, "Perry versus Schwarzeneger," by 25 students. This performance will take place on Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both of these performances are free and open to the public.
On Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium in the MCLA Church Street Center at 7:30 p.m., author and musician James McBride returns to the college for an evening of music and the spoken word.
McBride will read excerpts from his latest book, "The Good Lord Bird," which follows the life of the legendary abolitionist John Brown. McBride considers Brown, one of the catalysts of the Civil War, to be one of America’s unsung heroes. In addition to discussing Brown, he will perform with four gospel singers.
The event is free and open to the public. However, seating will be very limited. Please call 413-662-5391 for more information.
All other ticket prices to most MCLA Presents! performances are $10. Tickets are $8 for MCLA alumni, $5 for staff and faculty and non-MCLA students, and free for members and students.
Tickets may be reserved by calling MCLA Presents! at 413-662-5204.
For more information: 413-664-8718, mcla.edu/presents.