About CB Wismar

CB Wismar has fashioned a career out of being a storyteller. From his early days as a writer and producer of television shows and short films in Hollywood, where he managed to get three EMMY nominations and was twice a finalist in the Short Subjects competition for an “Oscar,” to his years of creating corporate videos for Fortune 500 companies and producing large form events and concerts, his goal has always been to create experiences.


With the shorter days and early darkness of winter, the screening of Napoleon began as an afternoon matinee and ended as night fell. It is a long film, spanning years of turmoil and combat in the early years of the 19th century.  

The “Reign of Terror” had finally come to an end and the […]

By |2024-01-31T14:53:43-05:00January 31st, 2024|At Large|


Ah, it’s December! It’s time to roll out the traditional holiday favorites:  Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, Polar Express, It’s a Wonderful Life, and that all-time classic, Fiddler on the Roof.

Fiddler on the Roof?

True, the musical based on Tevye and His Daughters by Sholem Aleichem, is not a Christmas story. Far from it. […]

By |2023-12-01T19:21:24-05:00December 1st, 2023|At Large|

Who Cares?

There are powerful rhythms in art, music, and literature that certainly don’t subscribe to a strict 4/4 time. Images will reappear years after we first see them. Passages from books that were favorites a decade ago will suddenly manifest themselves in an article, a quote on the late news, or a weather-worn bumper sticker on […]

By |2023-10-25T20:46:35-04:00October 28th, 2023|At Large|

Sounds of Age

Somehow, “spring cleaning” got passed over this year. Perhaps it was the end of a strange New England winter and the slide into a rainy summer season that let the annual rite of purging slide by, unfulfilled. So, we decided to institute another annual tradition – fall cleaning.  

Closets are always a great place […]

By |2023-09-28T21:11:35-04:00September 28th, 2023|At Large|

Portable Privacy

“It’s been quite a summer.” It’s an innocent enough line delivered by a total stranger, offered to pass a few moments while waiting for the barista to fulfil a request for a very large iced coffee. And, with brief reflection, the statement was quite true. Heat, humidity, raging thunderstorms, flooding … just the weather would […]

By |2023-09-01T16:05:28-04:00September 1st, 2023|At Large|

The Sideward Glance, the Nervous Two-step

Near the end of the interview on CBS Sunday Morning, Dani Izzie put her life as a quadriplegic in clear, direct perspective: “I don’t want to go to the grocery store and have somebody randomly come up to me and say, ‘You’re so inspiring.’ Why? Because I’m at the grocery store? I want to be […]

By |2023-07-29T11:32:29-04:00July 29th, 2023|At Large|

Teach Your Parents Well

Remembering Tina

When Tina “the Queen of Rock ’n Roll” Turner died recently, the digital music universe reverberated in tribute by presenting her feisty renditions of Proud Mary, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, and You Better Be Good to Me. Ranging from her early, turbulent days with Ike Turner to her supercharged career revival […]

By |2023-07-03T18:39:23-04:00July 3rd, 2023|At Large|

Love, laughter, and the Lasso effect

There can be something mildly satisfying about standing in the check-out line at your go-to grocery store, waiting for Jill, or whoever your favorite checker might be. We can recognize that “self check” might save time and certainly save the grocery management salaries, but waiting (im)patiently in […]

By |2023-04-05T19:04:56-04:00April 5th, 2023|Featured Article|

Measure for Measure

It’s not out of the question that were Shakespeare a contemporary playwright, the title of Measure for Measure (on stage at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA through September 18) might have been “What Goes Around Comes Around.” It does … with truly engaging results.

The production marks a return of the work to the Lenox […]

By |2022-08-27T17:29:19-04:00August 27th, 2022|Backstage, Main Street|
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