MCLA, MASS MoCA to Present New Play Reading

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass.— "The Celestials," adapted from Williamstown author Karen Shepard's  novel, shines a light on the history of North Adams and Chinese laborers.
The play, by Peter Glazer, debuts at The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA's) Club B10 on June 8 at 7 p.m. 
According to a press release:
"The Celestials" is set in North Adams in the 1870s when 75 young Chinese men and boys were brought from San Francisco to break a strike in a local shoe factory. It explores how the lives of residents and immigrants alike were affected by the experience. Calvin T. Sampson's shoe factory, once located across the street from MASS MoCA, and the beauty of the surrounding Berkshires, provide the setting for this unusual love story, both historical saga and social commentary.  
This play reading is a collaboration between MCLA Arts & Culture (MAC) and MASS MoCA. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased online:

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BAAMS Celebrates Three Years With Benefit Concert

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff

Founder Richard Boulger is a North Adams native. 
ADAMS, Mass. — The Berkshires' Academy for Advanced Musical Studies (BAAMS) marked three years with a concert featuring the academy's faculty.
Hundreds attend the benefit concert that was held Friday, May 26, at the Adams Theater.
"We at BAAMS are truly grateful and inspired as we celebrate tonight, at the opening night of the Adams Theatre our Third Year Anniversary Celebration of being able to continue to work with young musicians throughout Berkshire County," said founder and Creative Director Richard Boulger.
The nonprofit came into existence in 2019 when Boulger, a professional jazz trumpet player and North Adams native, brought a lineup of world-class jazz musicians to teach in the academy. 
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