Music | Comedy | Storytelling
In December 2015, we began producing events in West Acton. The response surpassed expectations. To date, we have sold more than 8,000 tickets to a wide variety of music, comedy, and storytelling events and have also hosted events in Concord, Arlington, Framingham, Lincoln, and Maynard.
upcoming events & Tickets
Look at our calendar for details on upcoming events.
Purchase discounted tickets online today. Tickets for comedy and storytelling events are available online for our next show in each series. Tickets for subsequent shows will be available the day after each performance. Return policy: Online tickets may be refunded (minus fees) up to a week before a performance date.
WE BRING GREAT COMICS TO THE ’BURBS
We continue to select a lineup of the best and brightest comics working in the Boston area and nationally. The comedians who have joined us have appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, TruTV, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out and have opened for numerous well-known comedians. Our audiences have, frankly, been surprised by the level of talent we’ve brought to the ‘burbs.
Our host, Mike Dorval. After a mere three months of performing, Mike won the NH Comedy Festival, defeating some of New England’s most established comics and he quickly climbed the comedic ranks to become one of the youngest headliners in Boston history. He’s been praised by the Boston Globe as “One of Boston’s Best." Mike has been featured on Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots, starred in numerous TV commercials, and toured overseas for the USO. His album “We Need To Talk” documents his distinctive worldview and performance chops. He has served as Comic In Residence at The Comedy Studio and is a favorite of the Boston Comedy Festival. He’s written and performed several one man shows which have had runs at the Charles Playhouse and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater.
Bar provided by True West Brewery.
WINTER/SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE
Friday, January 18
Friday, February 22
Friday, March 22
Friday, April 26
Friday, May 31
Friday, June 28
Jazz, blues, folk, and more — in a comfy setting
“Fugitive at the Door” is a bi-weekly music series in West Acton Village, starting in the Fall of 2018, presented by Fugitive Productions and Orange Door Kitchen. Since the winter of 2015, Fugitive has been bringing great dance bands to The Gallery at Villageworks. Now, Fugitive is partnering with Orange Door Kitchen to present “listening” music — one to several performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music —whatever strikes our fancy, and yours.
Orange Door owners Meredith and Chris Powell have created a lovely, inviting, and intimate setting in the space that was formerly Savory Lane and The Local Table. It is totally transformed. It feels more like a comfy living room/kitchen than a commercial space. And they are very welcoming hosts.
We’ll be presenting “Fugitive at the Door” two Wednesdays a month. Chris and Meredith will be serving a few small plates and snacks each evening and providing a full bar including some excellent wine offerings. We think you will fall in love with the room and the amenities and hope that our Wednesday evening events find their way regularly to your calendars.
Orange Door is a no cash, no tipping venue — all transactions are digital and gratuities are included in the menu price.
WINTER/SPRING 2019 SCHEDULE
Chris McDermott, featuring Marco Giovino & John Lockwood — Wednesday, January 30 (Jazz, Blues & Soul)
Molly Flannery & Haley Peltz — Wednesday, February 13 (Songs from the Heart)
Laura Vecchione — Wednesday, February 27 (Singer/Songwriter)
Ali McGuirk — Wednesday, March 13 (2018 Best of Boston Blues Artist)
Michael Payette & Acoustic Roadshow — Wednesday, March 27 (Tight Harmonies)
J-Bob & Lefty, featuring Tomoko Iwamoto & Mark Hamilton — Wednesday, April 10 (Acoustic Jazz & Swing)
Alison Keslow Trio — Wednesday, April 24 (Blues, Jazz, and more)
Bruce Marshall — Wednesday, May 15 (Award-winning Blues Performer)
Myanna, featuring Ken Clark & Eddie Scheer — Wednesday, May 29 (Very Saxy)
Fugitive Stories — Award-winning & Local storytellers
In the spring of 2016, Massmouth of Boston partnered with Fugitive Productions to bring storytelling to West Acton. The community response was so enthusiastic that in the fall, Fugitive Stories was born as a partnership of Fugitive Production’s David Gerratt and multiple Moth and Massmouth story slam winner Rose Saia. After a year-and-a-half of co-producing Fugitive Stories, Rose moved on to a host of other local storytelling endeavors. Fugitive Stories continues to bring a stellar line-up of experienced Boston-based slam winners to our stage along with local community members, most of whom are telling their stories for the first time in front of an audience. We are busy getting the word out about our events in Acton, Arlington, and other occasional locations. Come on down for true stories told live, and bring a friend or three.
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FOR EVENT INFORMATION
Details and ticket information for the next event at each location is available on our Upcoming page.
ACTON SCHEDULE (West Acton Villageworks)
The Gallery at West Acton Villageworks features award-winning storytellers at each event.
Sunday, January 27 — “Not Sorry”
Sunday, February 24 — “Almost”
Sunday, March 24 — “Enough”
Sunday, April 28 — “Nope”
Storytelling begins at 6pm. Doors open at 5:30pm. There is one intermission with the evening ending at approximately 8pm.
Acton Coffeehouse is open until 6pm. Be sure to grab a beverage and a sweet treat on your way up.
ARLINGTON SCHEDULE (Kickstand Cafe)
Fugitive Stories events at Kickstand Cafe have been well received by folks in Arlington.
Thursday, January 31 — “Not Sorry”
Thursday, February 28 — “Almost”
Thursday, March 28 — “Enough”
Thursday, April 25 — “Nope”
Thursday, May 30 — “Never Say Never”
Storytelling begins at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm. There is one intermission and with the evening ending at approximately 9:30pm
Click here to purchase tickets online.
The cafe will be serving food and beverages before the event and during intermission. Check out what you can get at Kickstand Cafe.
CONCORD SCHEDULE (Concord center for the visual Arts)
Wednesday, May 8 (Concord Center for the Visual Arts)
WATCH FUGITIVE STORIES ONLINE
Introductory Fugitive Stories Video
Fugitive Stories YouTube Channel
Fugitive Stories at Amazing Things, February 2017
(Watch the full hour-and-a quarter-long event, or fast forward to the stories that interest you.)
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The Arlington International Film Festival
Fugitive Productions and West Acton Villageworks are thrilled to be partnering with The Arlington International Film Festival to bring two evenings of award-winning films to The Gallery at Villageworks this season.
Thursday, February 21 • West Acton Villageworks
2018 Animation Short Films
Includes “Trejur,” a stop-motion fantasy animation by Concord High School student Thomas Kim (awarded 2018 Arlington International Film Festival Best Animation Short, High School). Detailed information about this film and others planned for this evening will follow in future mailings and online.
Thursday, April 11 • West Acton Villageworks
Letter from Masanjia
Leon Lee, Director |Doc | 2018 | 75 min
An SOS note scrawled in desperation in a Chinese labor camp. An American woman finds it in a package from Kmart and publicizes its message: “We’re being tortured.” The letter writer, now free, sets out to film the truth about life in China and tell his story — but can he outrun the secret police? Official selection of the Arlington International Film Festival, Newburyport Documentary Film Festival, and hotDocs Film Festival.
Tickets will be available in January for both events.
Fugitive Productions is the invention and avocation of David Gerratt. Over the years, I’ve performed on a number of stages and promoted music in many settings — from a local farmers market to urban concert halls, from restaurants to stadiums.
Some performance highlights include: studied and performed at the New England Conservatory of Music as a kid; managed a restaurant in Greater Boston that featured live classical and jazz music nightly; organized and hosted an urban, late-night cabaret; founded, performed with, and arranged for a seven-member mixed-voice a cappella group; booked music at several suburban venues; occasionally sit in on the keyboard with local bands.
And some other fun facts: produced materials for and volunteered backstage at Farm Aid concerts for decades; experienced my “15 minutes of fame” after a theater performance when The Twilight Zone’s Rod Serling told me, “You’ve got a future in this business, kid”; started a homemade ice cream shop in Amherst (a year before Ben & Jerry’s); worked in London writing and designing materials for a natural foods company; was the in-house graphic designer for Oxfam America for seven years; worked as a graphic arts and print production trainer in West Africa for three years; co-created a traveling bookstore servicing nonprofit and co-op events throughout New England.
My day job: I own and operate DG Communications (aka NonprofitDesign.com) which “promotes the good work of others by helping them look good.” I work primarily with organizations that promote environmental health, and social and economic equality. I’ve created print materials and websites for hundreds of nonprofits and educational institutions. I help my clients inform people, raise funds, and inspire action.