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.
In 2017 Fugitive Productions began “Fugitive Comedy Night” in West Acton. The curator and host through spring 2018 was Wes Hazard — a 2017 New England Emmy Award winner recognized as an Outstanding Program Host/Moderator and named one of “5 Boston comedians to Watch” by Boston Globe Magazine.
NEW SEASON, NEW HOST!
Now, we wish Wes a fond farewell as he sets sail for the Big Apple this fall! In his place is an equally engaging, fun-loving, and funny guy — 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.
We will 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 Comedy Central, The TV Guide Channel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, 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.
Bar provided by True West Brewery.
fALL 2018 SCHEDULE
- Friday, September 21
- Friday, October 19
- Friday, November 16
Fugitive Productions features high-quality “blow-your-hair-back” local dance bands. Our regular performers include The Love Dogs, Jeff Purchon & Friends, HighCamp, The Johnny Hoy Band, The Big Little Band and The Response. We’ve also hosted The Daniel Miller Band, The Salty Dawgs, Jimmy Connor and Lauren Weintraub, 35th Parallel, BJ Magoon, and Four-Legged Faithful, among others. Many of our patrons bring their dancing shoes to share their moves on our more-than-ample dance floor.
Bar provided by True West Brewery for Villageworks events. Bar provided by Maynard Country Club for Maynard events.
FALL 2018 SCHEDULE
- The Love Dogs — Saturday, September 15 (West Acton Villageworks)
- The Response — Saturday, September 29 (Maynard Golf Course)
- Mike Payette — Friday, October 12 (West Acton Villageworks)
- Lola Sweet & The Burbanites — Saturday, October 20 (Maynard Golf Course)
- HighCamp — Friday, October 26 (Maynard Golf Course)
- Chris Fitz — Saturday, October 27 (West Acton Villageworks)
- Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish — Saturday, December 1 (West Acton Villageworks)
“Fugitive at the Door” is a new 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 West Acton’s newest venue, Orange Door Kitchen to present “listening” music — one to a few performers playing jazz, folk, bluegrass, blues, classical, world music, possibly even a cappella. 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.
FALL 2018 sCHEDULE
- Wednesday, September 12, Lori Zuroff & The Four Alices (All Women’s Jazz Ensemble)
- Wednesday, September 26, Kemp Harris (Blues, Funk, Soul)
- Wednesday, October 10, 440 (Gypsy Jazz)
- Wednesday, October 24, Dunham Shoe Factory (Extraordinary Instrumentals)
- Wednesday, November 14, Myanna (Very Saxy)
- Wednesday, November 28, The Elements (Gorgeous Three-part Harmonies)
- Wednesday, December 12, RD King / Walter & The Night Owls (Solo Guitar / Acoustic Alternative Folk Music Quartet)
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.
In Acton, Acton Coffeehouse serves until 6pm and True West offers 15% food in the Brewery before or after the show for folks who show their online ticket receipt.
In Arlington, Kickstand Café serves their full menu until 8:15 pm.
ARLINGTON SCHEDULE (Kickstand Cafe)
- Thursday, June 28 — “Summer Breeze”
- Thursday, July 26 — “Some Like It Hot”
- Thursday, August 23 — “Time Out”
- Thursday, September 27 — “Missed Opportunity"
- Thursday, October 25 — “No Doubt”
- Thursday, November 29 — “Just in Time"
WEST ACTON SCHEDULE (The Gallery at Villageworks)
- Sunday, September 30 — “Missed Opportunity"
- Sunday, November 18 — “Just in Time"
- Sunday, December 9 — “Indulgence”
- Friday, September 14 (Farrington Nature Linc Fundraiser) — “Rooted"
- Wednesday, November 7 (Concord Center for the Visual Arts Fundraiser) — “Being Seen”
- Saturday, November 17 (Rise Up! A fundraiser to benefit the Clover Foundation at Temple Kerem Shalom) — “Spark!"
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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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.