Insight to Participate in 5th Annual Middlebury Institute Racial Conflict Conference in Monterey, CA

Insight Theatre Company, now entering its 10th season, has been invited to present one of its recent successful productions at an important conference on racial conflict resolution.  Insight will mount a production of excerpts from Spinning Into Butter, from their 2015 season, at “Breaking Through Shades of Color: Transforming Race Relations & Conflicts” on November 4, 2016.

This fifth annual conference will be held at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey –Center of Conflict Studies. This conference builds on the Conference on Race Conflicts, held in 2015, and is intended to promote an exchange of ideas and experiences on dealing with race conflicts and strategies to transform these conflicts and existing race relations.

“We are thrilled to be selected to perform our production of Spinning into Butter and participate in talk backs on Issues about racial tension and conflict. The great opportunity reflects our mission of offering relevant “INSIGHT” into important issues of today,”

– Maggie Ryan, Artistic Director, Insight Theatre Company.

Set on a Vermont College campus, Spinning Into Butter explores racism in America today. The playwright presents ideas about race relations as we see a liberal dean of students, Sarah Daniels, investigate racist comments written to one of the college’s few African American students. As a result, Sarah, along with other faculty members and students, explore their own personal ideas about racism leading to surprising discoveries and insights. Members of Insight will also be participation in talk-backs after the show.

About Insight Theatre Company

Now in its 10th season, Insight’s goal is to produce the highest quality of plays and musicals in order to entertain, inspire, and reveal the complexity of the human spirit. They believe the art of theatre is vital to the welfare of today’s society, a society that is searching for truth and longing for hope. Their intent is to produce classical and contemporary plays and musicals that offer an honest and valid view of our world. Their theatre is unique in that in addition to producing artistically excellent works, their purpose is to offer students positions as interns in our professional company so that they can learn all aspects of theatre production and benefit from the expertise of professional actors, designers and directors.  Insight is also proud to be one of the nine performing arts organizations chosen as residents at Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s .ZACK Arts Incubator.

 

 

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Final Weekend for Inherent the Wind

This weekend brings Insight Theatre Company’s production of the classic Inherent the Wind to its conclusion. Here are a view quotes from what others are saying about the performance.

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“Insight’s production is bristling with energy, strong opinions, and compelling, captivating performances. The company and director Sydnie Grosberg Ranga increase tensions and ensure the play is all the more thought provoking by avoiding caricature or soapbox campaigning (beyond what’s written in Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee’s well-constructed, historically supported script).”

– KDHX

“Kyra Bishop’s scenic design captures the era and a stuffy courtroom during a hot summer, with Sean Savoie’s lighting design setting the time of day and the period well. Brett Harness’s sound design modulated the proceedings so one could hear the dialogue sizzle. Tracey Newcomb-Margave duplicated the look of the times.

This play is 51 years old, but remains a powerful force in art.”

– Belleville News-Democrat

“Young Howard Blair, playing a student of the science teacher, carries off without flaw his turn in the witness chair. It’s a large cast, with much of the second act’s jury played by audience members who volunteered to be brought onstage wearing a few accessories of the period. It’s surprisingly smoothly done, and fits right in with the very workable set from Kyra Bishop and Oliver Littleton.”

– St. Louis Eats

“Director Sydnie Grosberg Ronga handled the large cast well as she moved them on and off in groups several times across the wings jutting out through the audience. The on stage action is tense and she brought the dramatic tension out with a masterful touch. Kyra Bishop designed the almost laid back but quite efficient set which made good use of just a few scene changes. Sean Savoie’s lights added to the mood and Tracey Newcomb-Margave costumed the show appropriately.”

Stage Door St. Louis

 

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Insight Theatre Company Presents “Inherit the Wind”

inherit the wind poster finalInsight Theatre Company is proud to present one of the most outstanding dramas of our time Inherit the Wind. Bert Cates a 1920’s schoolteacher is put on trial for violating the Butler Act, a state law that prohibits public school teachers from teaching evolution instead creationism. Rachel Brown who is Cates girlfriend is also the daughter of Reverend Brown is torn between the opposing beliefts held by Cates and her father and her love for both of them.

Inherit the Wind was written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and made its stage debut in 1955. The story fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial as a way to discuss the then-contemporary McCarthy trials. The debate over creationism versus evolution still exits today and will spark conversation and insight into the topic.

“Sharing Insights” is a Q&A talk back session after each performance with members of the cast and crew.

August 12-28

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Insight Theatre Intern performance of James and the Giant Peach

The talented Insight Theatre Company interns are performing James and the Giant Peach August 5th at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Aug 6 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This is a wonderful children’s show based on the classic story by Roald Dahl.

Tickets are available at the box office or call  314 556 1293.

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Radio Arts Foundation Interview Featuring Insight Theatre’s Production of “Company”

Radio Arts Foundation host Kathy Lawton Brown from recently interviewed director Doug Finlayson, musical director Catherine Kopff, and actor Marty fox (Marty) about the recent Insight Theatre Company production of Company. All aspects of the production are covered for a great behind-the-scenes look.

Listen now – (26 minutes)

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