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Happy New Year!

Posted on December 30, 2015

Wishing you and your crew a bright, joyful and creative 2016.

With love from,

Peter, Sara, Ryan, Michael, Emma and Chris

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We’re creating a bold new piece of theater in 2016 and we need your help. Make a contribution today!

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Highlights from 2015

  • Bazaar Productions hosts Four Terrific FREE Fringe Music Concerts at Shire City Sanctuary.
  • Kickwheel participated in an extraordinary residency developing our newest full length project PASSAGE at The Millbrook School in collaboration with 5 young apprentices supported by the Tadd Gero Fund for Emerging Artists.
  • Kickwheel’s December reading of PASSAGE and 3 other short plays is presented as part of Climate Change Theater Action, an initiative including theater companies from across the globe.
  • We are delighted to announce that Kickwheel Ensemble Theater has been awarded a grant from the Martha Boschen Porter Fund to continue the development of PASSAGE into a full length production in 2016!

What’s Next in the New Year

  • Kickwheel plans to present a full production of our new work PASSAGE to the Berkshire community in August of 2016.
  • Kickwheel will participate in the 10×10 festival with a new short piece we are creating. It will be presented along with 4 additional pieces by other Berkshire theater companies at Dottie’s in Pittsfield on February 19.
  • More fun events are on the horizon. Stay tuned for all the details.

Reading: PASSAGE & 3 short Plays

Posted on November 25, 2015

Sunday, December 6 at 3:00pm

Shire City Sanctuary

40 Melville St, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201

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Kickwheel Ensemble Theater presents a reading of PASSAGE, our newest collaboratively created theater piece along with 3 short works by Catherine Banks, Elyne Quan and Caridad Svich.

This event is part of Climate Change Theatre Action, a joint initiative between NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle and Theatre Without Borders. This series of worldwide readings and performances is intended to bring awareness to, and foster discussion around, climate change in November and December 2015.

PASSAGE follows two parallel stories through the arctic. The first is of John Franklin’s failed 19th century expedition attempting to cross the fabled Northwest Passage through the frozen Canadian arctic. The second is of a modern couple who embark on a luxury cruise across the same route Franklin attempted, now open to sea travel due to climate change. The comedy and hubris of the modern human takes center stage as Sir John Franklin and his men struggle to survive the brutal arctic winter, while Paige and Todd attempt to save their marriage through adventure travel and self help gurus. Can a talking sea otter and a mysterious explorer marooned in space and time help them?

July Residency at Millbrook School

Posted on July 6, 2015

In partnership with the Millbrook School, Kickwheel Ensemble Theater (the creative arm of Bazaar Productions/The Berkshire Fringe) will break ground on the development of its newest full length theater piece, PASSAGE.

This July, through the generous support of an Artist in Residency program, Kickwheel will collaborate with five high school aged students during the early development of PASSAGE. The residency furthers the company’s mission to engage the next generation of theater makers by providing a unique opportunity for mentorship and training.

“It is an exciting time to fuse our facilities here at the Chelsea Morrison Theater at the Millbrook School with the edgy, experimental and inventive work of Kickwheel Ensemble Theater. Blending master teachers, innovative style, and skilled technical theater artists with student apprentices, the culminating performances are sure to be stunning. I am thrilled to facilitate this collaboration and look forward to Kickwheel taking up residence here at the Millbrook School and modeling for young theater artists what they do so well.” said Elaine Lifter, Director of Theater at the Millbrook School.

Merging original sound, virtuosic physical performance, and questionably accurate historical reenactments, PASSAGE focuses a humorous lens on the recent thawing of the once impenetrable Northwest Passage.

“The history of the Northwest Passage juxtaposes extraordinary acts of hubris with some of the most harrowing accounts of failure imaginable” said Kickwheel Ensemble Theater member and PASSAGE director Sara Katzoff. “This was part of a cycle that lasted over six centuries. Hundreds lost their lives in this perilous and frozen terrain. Now, the entire passage has melted due to climate change. As a company, we’ve been immersed in finding a way into that very complex, very ironic and very contemporary story.”

The ten day residency and collaboration with Millbrook provides the company with artist housing and space in the school’s theater and studios. The program will culminate in two work-in-progress showings presented at the Chelsea Morrison Theater on July 17th and 18th at 7pm. 131 Millbrook School Road, Millbrook, NY. Tickets to the performances are free, donations are welcome at the door.

Kickwheel Ensemble Theater is a group of Berkshire and New York City based artists who create original genre-blurring works for the stage. Collaborative use of heightened physicality, rich language, original music and innovative design excites the emotions and intellects of our audiences by exploring what is most outrageously human in all of us.

When you go:

July 17th & 18th at 7pm at Chelsea Morrison Theater

131 Millbrook School Road Millbrook, NY

Tickets free. Donations welcome at the door

For more information call (413) 418-4113 or email sayhi [at] kickwheel.org.

PASSAGE Residency Announced

Posted on April 9, 2015

We are delighted to share the news that Kickwheel will break ground this summer on our newest original theater piece, PASSAGE. This new work will explore the history, politics, and recent thawing of the once impenetrable Northwest Passage.

This July, we will begin an immersive artist-in-residence program at the Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY. The residency provides us with artist housing and space in the school’s theater and studios in support of the development of PASSAGE and will culminate in a series of public workshop performances at the Millbrook School’s Chelsea Morrison Theater on July 17th and 18th at 7pm.

Merging original sound, virtuosic physical performance, and questionably accurate historical reenactments, PASSAGE focuses an often humorous lens on the Canadian Arctic, a hotbed of political unrest with a tragic past and an uncertain future. As an ensemble theater company, we have spent the past year writing, devising, generating, and exploring diverse source materials including researched accounts, news reports, letters, and interviews.

As theater makers creating new work, the feedback we receive from our community is a huge part of our creative process and we hope you can join us! Reactions to these first public showings will inform how this project grows, evolves, and changes.

Dark at Mixed Company

Posted on June 15, 2014

KICKWHEEL is making a show!
We can’t wait to get cozy with you at Mixed Company February 21-March 2.

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DARK: An End of The World Play With Music and an Exercise Bike

Written by Timothy Ryan Olson
Created & Developed by Kickwheel Ensemble Theater

Directed by Adam Sugarman
Featuring: Michael Brahce, Emma Dweck and Sara Katzoff
Original music and live percussion by Peter Wise
Production support by Rudi Bach

All performances take place at

Mixed Company Theater
37 Rossetter Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Performance Schedule:

Fri, 2/21 at 7pm (Pick Your Own Price Opening Night)
Sat, 2/ 22 at 7pm
Sun, 2/23 at 2pm
Fri, 2/28 at 7pm
Sat, 3/1 at 7pm
Sun, 3/2 at 2pm (followed by a post show discussion)

Tickets are $20
All proceeds benefit the 10th Annual Berkshire Fringe