Short Subjects

Posted May 10, 2007

Brief interludes

The Vineyard Playhouse is offering Island Interludes, new work by Cape and Island writers. This weekend there will be four short plays and next weekend a special trilogy.

On Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, there will be full staged readings of "Adoption," by Jon Green, directed by Mara Ditchfield and Mr. Green; "Closure," by Trudy Russell, directed by MJ Bruder Munafo; "Coming Home," written and directed by Kate Hancock; and "575," by Brian Ditchfield, directed by Mr. Ditchfield and Ms. Ditchfield.

Next weekend, Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, there will be a special trilogy by Brewster writer Maureen Hourihan, "Slow Train Coming." The show is directed by MJ Bruder Munafo. The trilogy is about Alzheimer's and is a tribute to the playwrights father.

Island Interludes is produced and directed by the playhouse artistic director Ms. Bruder Munafo, assisted by Mr. Ditchfield, with lighting design by Stephen M. Zablotny.

Island Interludes, Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, four short plays; Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 19, a trilogy, 7:30 pm, at Vineyard Playhouse, 24 Church Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets $15 and $10 for seniors and students, available at the door. 508-696-6300.

The funnies

Graphic novelist and author Paul Karasik will be at the Chilmark library Wednesday, May 16, 4 to 5 pm, to host a how-to comics story workshop for children ages 12 to 18 in preparation of the upcoming contest. The deadline for the contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Chilmark Public Library, is Saturday, June 2. First, second, and third place contestants will be awarded with $75, $50, and $25, respectively. Contestants must also be between the ages of 12 and 18, and comics should be dropped off at the library.

Dragonfly Gallery
Photo by Diana Waring

Flowers for mother

The annual Flower Art Show will open this week at the Dragonfly Gallery in Oak Bluffs. Each year gallery owner Holly Alaimo puts out the call for flowers and Island artists answer with wonderful and varied interpretations. Painting, photographs, collage, sculpture, and mixed media will light up the walls of the cozy gallery.

"The Flower Art Show welcomes spring with color and contrast," said Ms. Alaimo. Give mom all the flowers she could ever want by visiting the gallery for this fun show.

Flower Art Show, Thursday, May 10 through Sunday, May 20 with an opening reception, Saturday, May 12, 4 to 7 pm. Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12 noon to 7 pm. Dragonfly Gallery, Dukes County Avenue, Oak Bluffs. For more information, call 508-693-8877.

Early bird special

The Martha's Vineyard Chamber Music Society is offering an early bird subscription discount through Wednesday, May 30. A five-concert ticket is available for $90, a $35 savings, while a subscription for two will be further discounted to $175. Included in each early bird subscription are two complimentary tickets.

The concert's season begins on July 9 and continues weekly, on Monday and Tuesday evenings, through August 14.

For more information call 508-696-8055 or email

Opera to the third power

This is it. The last in the series of six operas at the Capawock will be shown on Sunday, May 13. If you haven't taken advantage of this series, do so now. This Sunday's performance will be "Il Trittico," Puccini's three, one-act operas, shown at 2 pm.

The Island has been fortunate to be part of the Live From the Met series, albeit not exactly live. The Metropolitan Opera in New York City fed certain performances live to a few select theaters around the world. The high-definition (HD) recording of the event is then made available to a slightly larger group of theaters, including the Capawock in Vineyard Haven.

The sound and picture quality of the operas are excellent. Audience numbers have grown with each opera, but if you have waited until the last opera, Puccini is an excellent choice. "Il Trittico" is a new production by Jack O'Brien, better known for his work on Broadway. Mr. O'Brien leads a team of designers who make the most of the amazing technical resources at the Met.

The plot? What else: murder, jealousy, intrigue, suicide, love. The music, some of Puccini's most hauntingly lyrical and dramatic, is conducted by James Levine.

The Met series in HD is really the next best thing to being there.

"Il Trittico," Sunday, May 13, 2 pm, Capawock Theater, Main Street, Vineyard Haven. Tickets are $18 or $15 for seniors, children, and students.

Can it really be 40 years ago?

The Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released 40 years ago, in 1967. Tom Dresser is hosting a party to commemorate the event and would like to include your Sgt. Pepper memories. When did you first hear it? Did you have a favorite song?

If you cannot make the Wednesday, May 30, party at the Katharine Cornell Theatre, share your memories with Mr. Dresser via e-mail at, or call him at 508-693-1050. The party is free and begins at 7 pm.