Performing Arts

Collaborators Peter DeMartino and Julie Hamberg made the ambitious choice to stage an original adaptation of The Master and Margarita. Photo credit: Rammelkamp Foto

Live Arts adapts cult novel

Peter DeMartino might never have spent nine months translating a 1920s Russian novel about Jesus, the devil, and a nine-foot-tall cat into a full-scale theatrical production if not for one strange affinity. “I met Julie [Hamberg, artistic director at Live Arts] after I got to play Edna in Hairspray,” said DeMartino, who works as the […]

Urinetown, “where people have to use public bathrooms to take care of their private business,” opens Friday. Image: Chris Pecoraro

Monticello High opens doors of opportunity with Urinetown

Madeline Michel doesn’t care for musicals. “I hate them,” she laughed. “They’re boring, and I can almost never sit through the second act.” Which begs the obvious question: Why in the name of Stephen Sondheim does the Monticello theater director devote countless hours every spring to putting together a high school musical? “It’s all about […]

If you’re walking down the street on Saturday and see someone modeling a giant poncho, ask how to use your arms as knitting needles. It’ll actually be more common than you think. Publicity image

Knit stop: All you need is Two Arms!

Picture this: It’s a sunny day, and new leaves rustle overhead as you walk along the Downtown Mall. In the distance you see people moving their arms, loaded with cloud- or cocoon-like substances. As you approach, you realize they’re actually knitting, using their arms like needles to weave thick skeins of yarn made from old […]