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FLEXN is at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts through August 20.
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Two Berkshire County cultural institutions are bringing the tough topic of race to their stages and exploring the role art can have in social issues.


  Friend of the show and acclaimed stage actor and singer, Jason Danieley is back in the Berkshires for the summer after playing Billy Flynn in Kander and Ebb’s Chicago on Broadway earlier this year. He is playing Timber Tucker in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter, running on the mainstage in Williamstown through August 21st.

Tonight he will perform in Pittsfield at Barrington Stage Company with his wife, Marin Mazzie in a concert entitled Broadway and Beyond: Reprise Edition.

There were these two blokes in England, about 150 years ago…who started writing the stories and composing the music for what were at the time called comic operas.  Some of you are already ahead of me with the names of Gilbert and Sullivan.  And you are spot-on. 

Annie Golden of Broadway Bounty Hunter performs at Barrington Stage Company's new headquarters.
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A decade after moving to Pittsfield, Barrington Stage Company continues to expand its footprint in the city.


  Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance will swashbuckle and sing their way onto Barrington Stage’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in Pittsfield, MA July 15th through August 13th.

 

The production is directed by John Rando, choreographed by Joshua Bergasse  and stars David Garrison as Major General Stanley, Kyle Dean Massey as Frederic, Scarlett Strallen as Mabel, and Will Swenson as The Pirate King.

These talented and lauded performers joined us at The Linda along with Musical Director Darren Cohen and Barrington Stage Company’s Artistic Director, Julianne Boyd to talk about the show and perform a few songs.

  Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was founded in 1995. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people.

On their two stages they present new plays and musicals created by the best theatrical minds working today as well as classics.

Julianne Boyd is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage and she joins us now with an overview of the season.

Leave it to Julianne Boyd…founder and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company…to make her mark early in the summer theater season – a tradition that audiences in and around Pittsfield, Massachusetts, have enjoyed throughout the decade since she resettled her regional company there.

Barrington Stage Company’s second St. Germain stage production of this season is Kimberly Akimbo by Pulitzer Prize winner, David Lindsay-Abaire.

Starring Debra Jo Rupp and set in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is a hilarious and heartrending play about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than normal.

When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

Debra Jo Rupp was last seen at Barrington Stage in Dr. Ruth: All the Way and will return to the St. Germain stage later this season to perform in Love Letters with Mark H. Dold. 

  Barrington Stage Company’s world premiere production of American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown begins previews in Pittsfield, MA this Friday.

Winner of the prestigious Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play of 2016, the new drama examines our nation’s racial divide through the eyes of an estranged, interracial couple. Over the course of one evening, the couple’s disparate backgrounds collide as they confront an unexpected crisis involving their son, the police, and an abandoned car. Tamara Tunie and Michael Hayden star as Kendra Ellis-Connor and Scott Connor in the production directed by Barrington Stage’s artistic director, Julianne Boyd.

Actor and producer Tamara Tunie played attorney Jessica Griffin on CBS’ As the World Turns, and medical examiner Melinda Warner on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. She co-produced the original production of Spring Awakening on Broadway and recently won an Obie Award for her work in Familiar at Playwright’s Horizons. Michael Hayden was on the ABC series Murder One. He made his Broadway debut as Billy in the 1994 revival of Carousel and has since starred in many Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan, and Keira Knightley in Roundabout Theatre Company's 'Thérèse Raquin'
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  Tony Award winning scenic designer, Beowulf Boritt received his third Tony nomination last month for his design for the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Thérèse Raquin.

 

His previous designs for Broadway include Rock of Ages, Sondheim on Sondheim, The Scottsboro Boys, Chaplin, and Act One -- for which he won his Tony Award.

He also designed The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and On The Town at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, moving those designs to Broadway. He’ll return to BSC this summer, designing their production of The Pirates of Penzance.

Barbara Walsh and Michael Rupert in Presto Change-O at Barrington Stage
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  Presto Change-O, a new musical with book and lyrics by Eric Price and music by Joel Waggoner, is running on Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage through June 11th. Directed by Marc Bruni, choreographed by Chris Bailey, the show features a credit not usually seen in your everyday playbill -- illusions by Joseph Waternerchaney.

That’s right - the majority of actors in the piece has to - on top of acting, singing, and dancing - perform parlor and platform magic.

Presto Change-O is a World Premiere from BSC’s acclaimed Musical Theatre Lab and we are joined by actors Barbara Walsh and Michael Rupert - both of whom originated roles in the original Broadway run of Falsettos and have numerous other Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional, and Television and Film credits on their resumes.

PITTSFIELD, Mass – Once to be a triple treat in theater meant being able to act, sing and dance.  In the charming musical, “Presto Change-O,” playing at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass., triple threat means to act, sing and perform slight-of-hand magic.

  Donna McKechnie, The Tony Award-winning star of A Chorus Line returns to Barrington Stage Company in her concert, Same Place: Another Time, a musical déjà vu celebrating the scintillating 70’s in New York City. She takes a personal spin on the “ingénue” coming to NY, finding love and success and losing her innocence, perhaps, but never her spirit.

Same Place: Another Time will kick of this summer’s spectacular line-up at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at BSC. She’ll perform the show at 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 22nd and Monday May 23rd.

  Derek McLane is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning production designer for stage and screen. He designed the last four consecutive Academy Awards telecasts and all three of NBC’s recent LIVE musical events: The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and The Wiz. He was the production designer for the HBO documentary, Becoming Mike Nichols and the European tour, Hans Zimmer Revealed.

McLane’s most recent design to open on Broadway is for Fully Committed written by Becky Mode, directed by Jason Moore, and starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson. A selection of previous Broadway show’s on his resume are: Noises Off, Beautiful, the Carole King Musical, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Follies, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, and 33 Variations -- for which he won his Tony Award in 2009.

In our region he’s worked at The Williamstown Theatre Festival and is designing Barrington Stage Company’s Musical Theatre Lab World Premiere of Presto Change-o, which opens later this month in Pittsfield. He’s a busy guy - that list includes less than half of what he’s done and we didn’t even mention everything he’s working on this week.

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Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company recently announced the casting for its 2016 season. It features a star-studded lineup with a mix of drama and musical premieres.

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Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company recently announced the casting for its 2016 season.

  The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the fifth year from February 11-21, 2016, and features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more.

Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, will present 10-minute plays for the 5th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival, part of the 2016 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

Here to tell us more are Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Pittsfield's Director of Cultural Development Jen Glockner.

  The new play Veils opens on Thursday at the Barrington Stage Company on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. This morning we meet the playwright, Tom Coash.

When Intisar, an African American Muslim student, arrives in Cairo for a year abroad, she hopes finally to be understood. She’s quickly enlisted by her liberal Egyptian roommate to help create a controversial blog debating the practice of wearing veils. Soon mounting political unrest threatens their new-found friendship.

Playwright, director, and dramaturg Tom Coash spent four years teaching playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. He was a Co-founder of the Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, VA and has worked for such theaters as the Manhattan Theatre Club, Stageworks/Hudson, and Actors Theatre of Louisville.

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  Playwright John Guare is best known for his plays Six Degrees of Separation, Two Gentlemen of Verona and House of Blue Leaves.

His adaptation of the comedy His Girl Friday is getting great reviews at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield and will run through August 30th.

  At their childhood home after their mother’s funeral, Nate gets high and Jeremy focusses on work waiting for him in the city -- both brothers trying to send their minds anywhere but where they are.

This is the starting point of A Little More Alive - a Musical Theatre Lab production currently running on Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage in Pittsfield, MA through August 8th.

The musical, directed by Sheryl Kaller and featuring actors Van Hughes, Daniel Jenkins, Nicolette Robinson, Michael Tacconi, and Emily Walton, tells the story of dealing not only with the devastation of loss but the revelation that the person who has died had a secret. A secret that warps all of their memories of her and both monumental and mundane moment in their lives.

Nick Blaemire wrote the show - book, music, and lyrics. We speak with him here about the process.

Herbert Wolff Reviews "Man of La Mancha"

Jun 19, 2015
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Many of us who attend and are earnest about summer theater productions in the Berkshire – for this reviewer it’s been almost 40 years – we often wonder to what extent an Artistic Director must consider the limitations of time, budget and availability of performers. And, in order to attract the necessary audience, does he/she try to schedule a season of well-known and popular stage works that nicely fit those limitations? Or, does an Artistic Director look for theatre pieces that challenge both the audience and the performers, and raise their expectations for success.

  Every summer, Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA kicks off their main stage season with a musical.

This year, they present Man of La Mancha - book by Dale Wasserman, lyrics by Joe Darion and music by Mitch Leigh. It is adapted from Wasserman's non-musical 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote, which was in turn inspired by Cervantes and his seventeenth-century masterpiece Don Quixote. The original Broadway production opened 50 years ago (1965) won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The Barrington Stage production of Man of La Mancha is directed by fantastic BSC Artistic Director, Julianne Boyd with music direction by the incomparable Darren R. Cohen and features choreography by Greg Graham.

The show begins previews tonight and runs through July 11th. We are joined this morning by Julianne Boyd, Darren Cohen and cast members Jeff McCarthy, Felicia Boswell, and Tom Alan Robbins.

Pittsfield, Mass. – First things first.  “Butler,” playing at Barrington Stage Company in Pittfield, Mass. through June 13 is not a play about a White House butler- or any other butler.   Butler is the name of a major-general who inadvertently shaped the Union’s policy towards slavery during the Civil War.

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Three productions seen on stages in the Berkshires in the past few years were nominated for The American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards this week.

  The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the fourth year today through February 22. The festival features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more, including Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival.

The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield and coordinated through a steering committee that includes the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival, Berkshire Museum, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and the City of Pittsfield.

Barrington Stage Company’s Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Pittsfield's Director of Cultural Development, Jennifer Glockner join us to tell us more.

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Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company has announced its 2015 season lineup which features a wide range genres mixed between plays and musicals. 

    Suzanne Vega is an American singer/songwriter with profound insight on the human experience which has earned her followers of all ages and walks of life over a nearly 30 year career yielding critical acclaim and hit songs like “Luka,” “Tom’s Diner” and “Marlene On The Wall” among many others.

Suzanne Vega will be performing at Barrington Stage’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage next Friday night at September 12th at 8PM. Vega comes in support of her latest release, Close Up, a reinterpreted majority of her catalog in a close and personal manner.

“Dancing Lessons” is a delightful theater experience.  That, despite the fact, it is a  romantic-comedy that does not offer a look at anything new.  Instead it’s refreshing look at a familiar story.

 

   Barrington Stage Company will be presenting the world premiere of Dancing Lessons, the new romantic comedy by playwright and BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain from August 7th – 24th.

Directed by Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, Dancing Lessons stars John Cariani and Paige Davis. John Cariani made his BSC debut as ‘Dogberry’ in last summer’s Much Ado About Nothing. Cariani is also the playwright of the play Almost, Maine. Paige Davis is known for Broadway’s Chicago and TLC’s Trading Spaces.

Herbert Wolff Reviews "Breaking The Code"

Jul 29, 2014

Herbert Wolff reviews The Barrington Stage Company's production of "Breaking The Code."

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