West Stockbridge’s performing arts venue, The Foundry, has spent the start of 2024 plotting out a season of unmissable music, comedy and theatrical performances very different from the lineup of any other Berkshire theater. From drag shows to jazz fusion, from stand up to powerful plays, catch all the highlights below.
Tipsy Carol’s Valentine Massacre Sing Along
Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
If you need some last-minute pep in your step before surviving this Valentine’s Day, join your fellow lonely hearts club members for drag performer Tipsy Carol’s Valentine Massacre Sing Along. Sing, play games and more to celebrate—or cope with—the holiday season.
Mina Hartong with Opener Jamie Machotka
Saturday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
After attending Friday’s workshop, see Mina Hartong in action. Hartong will be joined by Jamie Machotka, a public speaker and comedian from Chicago who draws on his experience as a transman to speak on LGBTQ+ issues and rights.
Project HERlarious: a Laughter-Filled Celebration in Black History Month
Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Eryca Nolan is a Berkshire-born comedian, first made waves with her show “Funny as a Mother” which drew on her best tales from motherhood. Now, Nolan is helping The Foundry celebrate Black History month by producing a new show with a comedy show featuring funny women from all around the country.
Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Start your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations early with the exceptional talents of Grosse Isle. The trio hails from Quebec and Ireland and specializes in traditional Irish music.
Rees Shad & The Conversations
Friday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Rees Shad & The Conversations have been responsible for a steady stream of musical releases and performances around the Berkshires for years. Their March show at The Foundry celebrates the release of their latest album, “Galahad Blues.”
Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Carolyn Plummer has brought her comedy stylings around New England. Plummer’s material draws on the ridiculousness of everyday life for insightful jokes anybody can relate to.
Friday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The internationally-assembled quartet Cuarteto Rotterdam has a repertoire of tango from every era. They draw in particular from the 1940’s, but mix in more contemporary pieces from around the world for an upbeat and engaging musical performance.
Eclipse Season Concert by Lady Moon & The Eclipse
Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
On April 8, a total solar eclipse will occur across North America. The Foundry will celebrate with a concert by Lady Moon & The Eclipse, a seven-piece band led by vocalist Ngonda Badila with afrobeat-influenced rhythms. The band makes a name for themselves by touring during the eclipse season.
While The Foundry hasn’t yet given a select date for the Berkshire burlesque group Gypsy Layne to make their return to the theater, they have announced that the troupe will make an appearance sometime in the spring. Gypsy Layne is a saucy and fun-spirited group that brings laughs, artistic flair, and an extra sprinkle of glitter to every performance.
Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
The Hudson Valley-based jazz fusion group Pocket Merchant can go for hours with their intricate improvisations. The quartet features Justin Geyer on keyboards, Alden Slack on saxophone, Marco Spodek on drums, and Adriana Tampasis on flute.
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Louise Bichan hails from Scotland’s Orkney Islands, but often travels between the U.S. and U.K. for her work as a musician and photographer. Bichan is a fiddler that has been touring with a backing band in support of her upcoming release “The Lost Summer.”
“Ann and Me: Or The Big Bad Abortion Play”
Thursday, June 6 and Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m.
“Ann and Me: Or The Big Bad Abortion Play” is directed by Margaret M. Ledford and stars the play’s author, Jessica Bashline. Before arriving at The Foundry, the play won the 2023 United Solo Festival’s “Best Storyteller Award.” “Ann and Me” is a witty and emotional tale about Bashline’s personal experience with abortion, and her research on our country’s history with abortion and those who perform them.