CB Wismar

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.

Great Barrington Public Theater

“There’s such and incredible pool of talent up here… from Connecticut through Massachusetts into Vermont and throughout New York.” Jim Frangione is very expressive when talking about regional theater in the Litchfield Hills, the Berkshires, and the Hudson Valley. “We’ve got great theater here that draws incredible talent from New York and Boston. It’s the […]

By |2020-12-28T18:54:09-05:00December 28th, 2020|Backstage|

Deconstructed, Revitalized… Reconstructed

Perhaps Oscar Wilde was correct. “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” Should one be in need a living example, please welcome Richard Griggs. An artist who finds elegance and beauty where others see pieces that should be consigned to the local transfer station, Griggs creates pieces that take on new and whimsical […]

By |2020-12-28T17:48:05-05:00December 28th, 2020|Featured Artist|

The Fifteen Gifts of Christmas

Berkshire Theatre Company presents Holiday Memories by Truman Capote

CB Wismar

Just when the year seemed to be ending, as T.S. Eliot observed “… not with a bang, but a whimper,” Holiday Memories appears in the courtyard of Berkshire Theatre Group’s (BTG) Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA, and the entire game changes.

For fifteen performances scattered […]

By |2021-01-12T13:36:25-05:00November 30th, 2020|Main Street|

A Gift of Place

It was a gift, created out of love, respect and the spirit of the community. After 133 years, the gift endures and continues to honor the man whose name it bears – Orville Dewey.

Dewey Memorial Hall in Sheffield, MA, is no common effort at celebrating the life of a stalwart community resident. It is not […]

By |2020-11-25T18:53:00-05:00November 25th, 2020|Backstage|

A Moment of Whimsy

It’s unclear whether Eric Martin was channeling his inner Thoreau when he returned to the United States from an intense year of graduate study at the University of Limerick in Ireland. After long hours of practice on his instrument of choice, the viola, he sought to recapture some of the simplicity and innocence of summers […]

By |2020-11-25T18:31:17-05:00November 25th, 2020|Featured Artist|

Musical Alchemy

The era of silent films ushered in the evolutionary landslide that has led us to digital streaming, spectacular visual effects, panoramic sound and the fully immersive world that is film today. Even in the era of COVID-19 when visiting the neighborhood cinema has been replaced by streaming services and parking lot ad hoc theaters, the […]

By |2020-10-30T13:25:22-04:00October 30th, 2020|Featured Artist|

Art in the Time of Pandemic

It was inevitable. As soon as one or more of the pundits coined the phrase “life in the time of the pandemic,” we reached onto the bookshelf of memory and pulled down the copy of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s life-changing volume Love in the Time of Cholera.

This is the moment in which we […]

By |2020-11-17T09:59:58-05:00October 30th, 2020|Featured Artist|

150 years – or was it yesterday?

We feel it only fair to offer this gentle warning before you invest a few moments reading what follows. This piece is a bit different than others we have written. It draws heavily on history, reflects on those historical references and, with no subtlety intended, holds a mirror to what has become almost a cliché […]

By |2020-10-28T12:16:20-04:00September 25th, 2020|History|

Marvelously Light-Footed

It was one of those moments beyond logic … or control. The title of Alison Larkin’s wonderful, best-selling novel is The English American. At its very mention, in the recesses of the mind, where one’s personal “Spotify” play list lies in wait, the mention of the title evoked the plaintive lyrics of Sting’s An Englishman […]

By |2020-10-01T11:07:38-04:00September 25th, 2020|Featured Artist|

Lives in the Theater

There is something gracefully disarming about a conversation with Alan  Wager and Robert  Levinstein. They are so fully engaged as the managing director (Robert) and artistic director (Alan) of the Sharon Playhouse, that most every topic turns into a celebration of the theater, the community, the way in which a potentially nightmare summer has turned […]

By |2020-09-15T17:20:18-04:00August 28th, 2020|Featured Artist|
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