The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Thursday, July 15, 2021

MY EVIL TWIN at APE@Hawley



WHAT: MY EVIL TWIN
WHERE: The Workroom at APE@Hawley
WHEN: August 13-14, 8pm, August 15, 2pm

A genre-bending new theater work comes to the stage at A.P.E.@33 Hawley this August. My Evil Twin is an intimate musical starring identical twin opera singers Jim and John Demler – as Jim and John Demler. Funny, poignant, and adventurous, My Evil Twin exposes tenderness and vulnerability beneath masculine bravado as the twins tell the story of their lives in words and song. It is a tribute to sibling love.

The gorgeous songs are by Eric Sawyer. They span styles from pop to Broadway to art song to opera, and give the twins the chance to unleash their virtuosic basso voices with madcap energy and deep emotion. The witty, fast-moving book, by Harley Erdman, was developed in rehearsal with the twins themselves and with director Ron Bashford. The show was developed at KO Festival of Theater in 2019 and is now presented in a newly revised version. The result is a polished, exquisite, entertaining, and totally out-of-the-box new kind of musical.

Sawyer, Erdman, and Bashford got the idea for the piece working while on The Scarlet Professor (2017), which won the America Prize for opera. John played the villainous Detective Reagan in the workshop version of the show, while Jim played the same role in the final production.

Jim, who has sung many roles around the world and teaches at Boston University, says he is grateful for “the opportunity of a lifetime to perform alongside my talented yet somewhat less attractive identical twin.” Pittsfield-based John, who has sung many roles around the world and will be familiar to Berkshire audiences, says he is grateful for “the opportunity of a lifetime to perform alongside my talented yet somewhat less attractive identical twin.”

If you have ever experienced sibling rivalry, or meditated on sibling love, come see My Evil Twin. It is a joyous and thrilling 75 minutes. You can also decide for yourself who is the less attractive of the twins.

Masks required. Theater has a new air-filtering HVAC system.

TICKETS ON SALE HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-evil-twin-tickets-161654098761


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