March 10, 2010

AMHERST, Mass.—On Friday, March 26, at 6 and 8 p.m., the MeadArt Museum at AmherstCollege will host two performances of ENGLAND, a play by Tim Crouch, co-starring Hannah Ringham. ENGLAND will lead the audience through the museum’s galleries on an imaginative journey from Scotland to Japan that explores the values of art and human life. Seating is limited, so audience members must reserve free seats for the performance in advance by calling (413) 542-2335. The audience will stand for portions of the 60-minute performance.

The productions are part of a week-long artist residency at the college and the University of Massachusetts Amherst for Crouch, an award-winning playwright and performer. This first annual “After-Festival Event” supports the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre summer program (, and is dedicated to bringing the cutting-edge work of the Fringe Theatre Festival to the PioneerValley. In addition to his performances at the Five Colleges, Crouch will offer a free lecture (open to the public) and conduct workshops with theater students.

“We’re enormously excited to bring Tim Crouch’s edgy, critically acclaimed Fringe Festival performance to the AmherstCollege campus,” remarked Mead director Elizabeth Barker. “And we hope this marks the first of many such collaborations with our colleagues in the UMass English department.”

Along with ENGLAND, Crouch will bring to the area another one of his works, an oak tree. Both plays won major acclaim at recent theater festivals and are currently on tour worldwide, winning an impressive array of international awards.

These performances are generously supported by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund. To learn more about Tim Crouch’s production company, news from nowhere, please visit

The MeadArt Museum houses the art collection of AmherstCollege, totaling more than 16,000 works. An accredited member of the American Association of Museums, the Mead participates in Museums10, a regional cultural collaboration. During the academic term, the museum is open Tuesdays through Thursdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to midnight, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, please visit the museum’s Web site,  or call (413) 542-2335.