Nutshell Playhouse At Ventfort Hall

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LENOX, Mass. — Don Jordan of the Nutshell Playhouse will bring his troupe to appear in an original production, "Spyjinks," premiering for the first time at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, May 21 at 11 am. 
 
The program is appropriate for children of all ages. 
 
Admission tickets are $15 for adults, $7.00 for ages 4 – 17 and ages 3 and under are free.
 
According to a press release, four intrepid spies and a parrot named Taco are on their very first spy mission. They must rescue the beautiful Jolandalinda, who has been kidnapped and hidden on Malumboo, the Island of Very Bad Luck. How will they rescue her? Follow their adventures as they battle the ferocious Malumboosquito, sink up to their bellybuttons in quicksand, get unexpected help from a local llama, defy gravity, learn to speak backwards, and a lot more silliness. Oh, and did I mention the toucan? Will they succeed? There is only one way to find out…
 
Reservations for attending the performances are required by calling Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination including ages 5 and over, ID for ages 18 and over. The mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox. 
 
Jordan, Artistic Director/Accompanist, founded the Nutshell Playhouse in 2003.  Before then, he taught and performed with Teatro Studio and I Gesti di Roma in Italy before being invited to perform with Mummenschanz on Broadway. He directed the Pan Twilight Circus's 1995 production of Creatures of the Lawn, and served as Artistic Director of the Pickle Family Circus.
 
Jordan has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Smith College, Berkshire Community College, Shakespeare and Co., Barnard College and the Julliard School.  He has also taught at schools in France and Spain.  He is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.
 
Nutshell Playhouse productions have been performed throughout the Berkshires, including the Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Athenaeum, Main Street Stage, The Gutherie Center, Clark Art Institute and Whitney Center for the Arts.
 

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Frank Lloyd Wright Subject of Ventfort Hall Tuesday & Tea Talk

LENOX, Mass. — Author and historian René Silvin will speak via Zoom at Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum on Tuesday, July 5 at 4 p.m. as part of the summer 2022 series of Tuesday Tea & Talks.
 
He will present Frank Lloyd Wright's "The Dramatic Life of America's Most Controversial and Creative Architect" using more than 200 pictures and videos to give a modern context to Wright's story, followed by tea. 
 
Wright is the inventor of "organic architecture" and the open plan for family life. He designed more than 1,000 structures including homes, office buildings, churches and museums: most notably Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum of art.
 
According to the press release, Frank Lloyd Wright has been called the greatest American architect of the first half of the Twentieth Century.  
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