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Berkshires Summer 2015 News
by Elyse Sommer
Updated: February 17, 2015 (Watch for casting and other news to be added from now until the season gets underway)
Barrington Stage Boyd-Quinson Mainstage Season
Man of La Mancha with a book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. Jeff McCarthy stars as Don Quixote, and Ed Dixon, the Innkeeper. Lorin Latarro will choreograph and Artistic Director Julianne Boyd directs. From June 10, opening June 14, closing July 11.
Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon, directed by Jenn Thompson. From July 16, opening July 19; closing August 1. For a review of Thompson's production in New York click here.
His Girl Friday, adapted by John Guare from The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur and the Columbia Pictures film Directed by Julianne Boyd and starring Christopher Innvar and Mark H. Dold. From August 6-30
St. Germain Stage Season
Butler by Richard Strand and starring David Schramm. From May 14; opening May 17, closing June 13.
Shining City by Conor McPherson, directed by Christopher Innvar From June 18 to July 11th.
A Little More Alive, a folk-pop musical about two estranged brothers reunite at their childhood home after their mother’s funeral. Music and lyrics by Nick Blaemire, directed by Sheryl Kaller as part of BSC’s a Musical Theatre Lab, from July 17-August 8.
Berkshire Theatre Group
Colonial in Pittsfield
Bells Are Ringing with book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green music by Julie Styne. Features married couple Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat From July 9, openuing July 1, closing July 26.
What it's about: Telephone service operator, Ella Peterson meddles with her clients' lives as she takes and delivers their phone messages and falls for one of her customers, Jeff Moss
Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Deathtrap by Ira Levin, directed by Aaron Mark. From July 3; closing From July 1; opening July 3. What it's about; Comedy thriller about defeated playwright, Sidney Bruhl, who would do almost anything to write a hit Broadway play. Former student, Clifford Anderson, tells Sidney that he's written a suspense play with a seamless plot that's sure to be Broadway-bound. When Sidney lures Clifford into his colonial style home, adorned with eclectic antique weaponry, both men's motives become unclear as unforeseen happenings unfold.
Frankie And Johnny In the Clair de Lune by Terrence McNally,directed by Karen Allen. From July 29, opening August 1, closing August 22. What it's about: After a one-night rendezvous in Manhattan's West Side, Johnny, a compulsive, starry-eyed, short-order cook, is convinced he has found his life companion in Frankie, a wisecracking waitress. Frankie's poor history with men leaves her hesitant to commit, but as the night progresses, she lets her guard down and an unlikely romance begins to blossom. This contemporary love story will be directed by BTG Alum Karen Allen (Moonchildren, Extremities).
Thoreau or, Return to Walden written by and starring David Adkins. A World Premiere. From June 18 to July 11th
I Saw My Neighbor On the Train and I Didn't Even Smile Written by Suzanne Heathcote. Featuring Keira Naughton, Linda Gehringer,Adam O'Byrne. A World Premiere. From July 15 to August !5th
The Homecoming by Harold Pinter . Featuring Rocco Sisto and Tara Franklin. Fall season-- October 1 to 15th.
The 2015 summer season will present 3 plays beginning on June 24th. Jun3 24-July 4th. The East Coast premiere of Scott Carter’s comedy, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD. Directed by Byam Stevens.
July 9-19. New England premiere of Dierdre Kinahan’s HALCYON DAYS. Cast: Jill Tanner and Anderson Matthews. Directed by James Warwick.
July 29-August 9. Kathleen Tolan’s mother-daughter relationship play, MEMORY HOUSE. Directed by Sheila Siragusa.
August 13-23. New England premiere of Phil Porter’s love story BLINK Cast: Joel Ripk. Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer.
The Mac-Haydn Theatre
The Drowsy Chaperone in which a wistful man's favorite musical recording comes to life in a play within a play. From June 4 to 14.
Rent which won three Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score, Ren. From June 18 to 28.
Hairspray brings back the Turnblads — Edna and Wilbur and their darling daughter Tracy with laughs a little bit of a lesson. From July 2 through 19.
West Side Story the classical modern Romeo and Juliet musical is back. From July 23 through August 9.
The Producers. Mel Brooks's ever popular comedy. From August 13 to 23.
Thoroughly Modern Millie Award winner. From August 27 through September 6.
Xanadu ends the summer season. From September 11 to 20.
Shakespeare & Company
Tina Packer Playhouse
July 2 – August 23. Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors, directed by Taibi Magar
July 18 – September 6. Unexpected Manby Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton Directed by Seth Gordon. Cast: Corinna May with the man TBA
August 6 – September 13.World premiere of Red Velvet the story of Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello on the English stage in 1833. by Lolita Chakrabarti. Cast:John Douglas Thompson
May 22 – July 26. The How and the Why, by Sarah Treem. Directed by Nicole Ricciardi. Cast: Tod Randolph and a TBA second female scientist who will be clashing over their views on men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny.
June 18 – August 23 Shakespeare's Henry V bare bones production, directed by Jenna Ware. Cast:Ryan Winkles in title role.
July 30 – September 6. Mother of the Maid, world premiere by Jane Anderson, directed by Matthew Penn. Cast: Featuring Tina Packer
Theater Barn in New Lebanon
Williamstown Theatre Festival
World Premiere of recently discovered play: Off the Main Road By William Inge; Directed by Evan Cabnet With Kyra Sedgwick| June 30 – July 19 Cast: Becky Ann Baker, Aaron Costa Ganis, Howard W. Overshown, Estelle Parsons, Kyra Sedgwick and Mary Wiseman. What it's about: As the second wave of feminism crests in America, the elegant but emotionally-fragile Faye Garrit (Sedgwick) seeks refuge from her husband, a former professional baseball player, by checking into a run-down resort on the outskirts of St. Louis, with her 17-year-old daughter. The future for mother and daughter may look hazy, but personal, political, and sexual awakenings allow them to move forward with new and heartbreaking clarity.
World Premiere: Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau; Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson. July 22 to August 2 Cast: De’Adre Aziza, Andre Holland, Keith Randolph Smith and Blair Underwood. What it's about:Blue, a gifted trumpeter, contemplates selling his once-vibrant jazz club in Detroit's Blackbottom neighborhood to shake free the demons of his past and better his life. When a mysterious woman with a walk that drives men mad comes to town with her own plans, everyone's world is turned upside down.
A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene O'Neill; Directed by Gordon Edelstein. With super star Audra McDonald & husband Will Swenson; also Aaron Costa Ganis and Howard W. Overshown . From August 5 – August 23. What it's About: When Phil Hogan, a salty tenant farmer, fears he will lose his property, his daughter Josie (McDonald), lures their dissolute landlord, Jamie Tyrone (Swenson), into bed one summer night. Under the glow of the moon, truth comes into focus for these two souls, but what awaits them when dawn breaks?
World Premiere- Legacy by Daniel Goldfarb; Directed by Oliver Butler. With Eric Bogosian, Halley Feiffer, Jessica Hecht, & Greg Keller. From July 1 – July 12. What it's about: When renowned novelist Neil Abrams (Bogosian) is panned by The New York Times, he reopens the conversation with his wife Suzanne (Hecht) about starting a family. As Neil copes with feeling increasingly antiquated and culturally irrelevant, and Suzanne begins a relationship with one of Neil's brilliant grad students (Feiffer), the equilibrium of their marriage is threatened.
American Premiere: Kinship by Carey Perloff; Directed by Jo Bonney. Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Penny Fuller, Chris Lowel. From July 15 – July 25. What it's about: The tightly wound lives of a fiery newspaper editor (Nixon), an upstart journalist, and an overly-protective mother unravel when a passionate entanglement turns into an intense power struggle.
World Premiere Musical: Unknown Solider. Book & Lyrics by Daniel Goldstein; Music & Lyrics by Michael Friedman. Directed by Trip Cullman. Cast: David Greenspan, Erik Lochtefeld, Chris Lowell, Estelle Parsons and Lauren Worsham. From July 30 – August 9 What it's about: Ellen Rabinowitz sets out to understand her past after she discovers an enigmatic photograph while cleaning out her deceased grandmother's home. As she chases the truth about the soldier featured in the photo, Ellen is drawn into a tangle of historical facts and mysteries that lead her to surprising love stories and unexpected truths. Double Header Of Two American Premieres Of British Playwrights: Chewing Gum Dreams by writer/performer Michaela Coel & An Intervention by Mike Bartlett. Directed by Lila Neugebauer. From August 12 - 23. What they're about: In Chewing Gum Dreams fourteen-year-old Tracey Gordon is rude, crude, and riotous. Who can blame her? Every which way she turns, she's constantly failed by those who should be looking out for her. But beneath her tough exterior lies a very real fear that the future holds very little for her. In An Intervention a whole lot of booze, a new girlfriend, and government involvement in a foreign war are just some of the factors that threaten to drive a massive wedge between two people. Can they close the ever-widening gap in their relationship, or have they reached a breaking point? Features rotating pairs of actors