Bella: Artist, Philosopher, Musician, Puppeteer

In his 1841 essay Circles, the transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson celebrated the moment when a visionary rises up amongst us. “By a flash of his eye,” wrote Emerson, the artist “burns up the veil which shrouded all things, and the meaning of the very furniture, of cup and saucer, of chair and clock and tester, is manifest.”

Kim and Delia Bring Their Dark Enchantments to Katama Farm

Something is growing at the Farm Institute, alongside the tomatoes.

It’s a fairy tale with a surrealist bent, a celebration of the power of imagination with a somber undertone.

Written by Brian Ditchfield, and originally conceived as a video to be shot in alleyways of Chicago, Kim and Delia is the first production of Art Farm, Mr. Ditchfield’s and Brooke Hardman’s joint venture in something they call “sustainable art.”

Jabberwocky Play Tackles Bowie’s Labyrinth With Humor, Aplomb

The house was full, as ever, when 95-year-old Helen (Hellcat) Lamb took the stage at the Camp Jabberwocky studio. The sweltering heat was amplified by the spotlight that ignited her usual white blouse and matching, freshly styled shock of white hair. She looked out into the crowd sternly, and waited for a relative quiet to settle on the room before beginning: “Twas brillig, and the slithy toves, did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogroves, and the mome raths outgrabe . . ..”

Actor, High School Math Teacher Is Funny Man for the Fabulists

As he sits for an interview in the kitchen of his mother’s Oak Bluffs cottage, Paul Padua seamlessly breaks into and out of character — not just one, but many of the roles he’s played over the years as a member of the Vineyard Playhouse performance group the Fabulists.

Stiltshop Gets Young Islanders Dancing in Annual Free Festival

Chaos rules at Stiltshop, where day camp-style rehearsals prepare youngsters to participate next to older and more experienced dancers in Built on Stilts, the Island’s annual homegrown community dance festival. Call it Built on Stilts with a shorter attention span.

Frozen Captures Morality of a Moment

The influence of nature versus nurture, the difference between forgiveness and forgetting, the existence of good and evil: these paradoxes were invoked by a cast of three actors against a spare backdrop in Monday night’s Island opening of Bryony Lavery’s Tony award-nominated drama Frozen. The story involves a grieving mother, a psychiatrist, and the murdered child who connects them.

Actor Channels Great American Spirits

Dressed in a black suit, with a salt and pepper mane fanned around a stern countenance, Tony Award-winning performing artist André De Shields closely resembled the great American statesman Frederick Douglass when he performed on stage in Manhattan last winter.

High Drama as Vineyard Troupe Takes Stage With Original Play

The stage is set: Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School drama students will perform tomorrow in the semifinals of the statewide drama guild competition with an original play written by drama teacher Kate Murray and students Kirkland Beck and Kenny Stone. Islanders are invited to attend the contest performance of the play, called Letters, in Fall River, to see a production that already has earned the cast and crew awards.

Bite-Size Dramas at Katharine Cornell

Starting tonight, three directors for Island Theatre Workshop present a festival of five one-act plays in one program at the Katharine Cornell Theatre over two weekends.

King Lear Debut for Island Masses

By HOLLY NADLER

In the good old Globe days, William Shakespeare’s audience welcomed the many hours it took to plow through one of his plays. What else did they have to do? There were no movies, no television, even books were in short supply: the richest citizens had two or three volumes per household, and at least one of them was the Bible.

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