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Above the Timberline

Radio Play and Author Interview

High school-age thespians in Berkshire County will take to the stage at Mahaiwe Theater Friday evening at 7PM when they present a radio play based on illustrator Gregory Manchess’ book, Above the Timberline.

The program will be followed by an artist talk by Manchess.

Tickets are free with a reservation made at the link below. The program is presented in cooperation with the Norman Rockwell Museum’s exhibit of Manchess’ artwork. Those attending Friday’s performance may present their ticket stubs at the museum for $2 off a regular adult admission. Children under 18 years of age are, as always, admitted free.

Manchess: Above the Timberline is on view at the Rockwell Museum through February 24th.

The live performance at the Mahaiwe will be set against the projected backdrop of illustrations from the book and will also use special animation and sound effects to bring Manchess’ futuristic tale to life.

Above the Timberline is set in a futuristic world where it has snowed continuously for 1,500 years. Manchess’ paintings, inspired by the Golden Age of illustration, bring to life the story of the fictional Wesley Singleton, son of famed polar explorer Galen Singleton. Wesley searches for his stranded father in a lost city while responding to elements both adversarial and welcoming—and finding his own sense of identity and family along the way.

Manchess, who was voted best fantasy artist at the 2018 World Fantasy Awards, has worked for nearly 40 years on advertising campaigns, magazines and book covers. His work has appeared on covers and for feature stories in National Geographic Magazine, TIME, Atlantic Monthly, and The Smithsonian.

The Mahaiwe is located at 14 Castle Sreet in Great Barrington MA.