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Berkshires Summer 2014 News
by Elyse Sommer
Barrington Stage Boyd-quinson Mainstage Season
Kiss Me, Kate | June 11 through July 12. (The press opening is Sunday, June 15 at 5pm). Music and lyrics by Cole Porter and book by Sam and Bella Spewack.
Breaking the Code| Hugh Whitemore’s 1986 biographical drama about the true story of WWII mathematician Alan Turing stars BSC Associate Artist Mark H. Dold, directed by Joe Calarco | from July 17 through August 2, with a press opening on Sunday, July 20 at 5pm.
World Premiere Dancing Lessings| Romantic Comedy by Mark St. Germain| Stars actor-playwright John Cariani| directed by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd| from August 7-24 and a press opening on Wednesday, August 13 at 7pm. What it's about: a young man with high-functioning autism (Asperger’s syndrome) as he tries to navigate a relationship with a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries.
Arthur Miller's 1950 adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People| from October 2-19 with a press opening on Sunday, October 5 at 3pm.
St. Germain Stage Season
Berkshire premiere of Sharr White’s The Other Place, directed by BSC Associate Artist Christopher Innvar| from May 21 – June 14 at the St. Germain Stage, with a press opening on Sunday, May 25 at 3pm. (Curtainup reviewed the play both on and off Broadway: Link to both reviews )
Working On A Special Day, a production of The Play Company and Mexico City-based Por Piedad Teatro, featuringAna Graham and Antonio Vega, who also direct.|From June 18 to July 6 (with a press opening Sunday, June 22 at 3pm)| Based on Una Giornata Particolare by Ettore Scola, Ruggero Maccari and adapted by Gigliola Fantoni
Musical Theatre Lab…10th World Premiere Musical The Golem of Havana| from July 17 through August 9 (press opening: Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30pm)| Music by Salomon Lerner, lyrics by Len Schiff, with book and direction by Michel Hausmann.
Tony winners William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin revisit Finn’s 1989 musical Romance in Hard Times, with a new book by Sheinkin| from August 14-31| directed by Joe Calarco.
Bsc Youth Theatre Production
Hairspray JR.| FromJuly 23 through August 10 at Berkshire Museum 39 South Street) in Pittsfield, MA. Christine O’Grady returns to direct and choreograph, along with music director Sarah Brett England.
Berkshire Theatre Group
THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP: A PENNY DREADFUL by Charles Ludlam, directed by Aaron Mark, featuring Bill Bowers and Tom Hewitt. The Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Previews June 24-June 27. Press Opening/Opening Night: June 28 Closing: July 19. What it's about: Charles Ludlam's campy comedy which tells the pell-mell tale of Lady Enid (Hewitt) and Lord Edgar (Bowers) who arrive one stormy night at a haunted and dreary estate to investigate the sudden disappearance of Irma Vep. Sidesplitting antics and mysteries unfold as the two journey from the London manor to the ancient pyramids in Egypt with vampires, werewolves, mummies and more in tow in this satire of Victorian melodrama, Gothic horror and classic films.
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler, suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman and directed by Ethan Heard. Features local opera and stage diva Maureen O'Flynn. At The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Previews June 30-July 4. Press Opening/Opening Night: July 5 at 8pm. Closing: July 19
BENEFACTORS by Michael Frayn, directed by Eric Hill at The Unicorn Theatre. Previews July 9-July 11 Press Opening/Opening Night: July 12 at 8pm. Closing: July 26. what it's about: In 1960s London, visionary architect David, played by long time BTG alum David Adkins, struggles to follow his dream of transforming the slums at Basuto Road into affordable mass-housing projects as his firm pressures him to design McMansion-style apartments instead. He and his wife, Jane, played by Adkins' real-life partner Corinna May, are also trying to salvage the troubled marriage of their neighbors played by real-life married couple, Colin (Walton Wilson) a former journalist and Shelia (Barbara Sims), a hopeless romantic and retired nurse. Skillfully examining the fragility of human relationships, Benefactors sketches an intricate portrait of 1960s idealism and the toll political and psychological sacrifice has on hope, friendship, and love.
CEDARS, world premiere by Erik Tarloff, directed by Keira Naughton and featuring James Naughton (her dad) at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Previews July 23-July 25. Press Opening/Opening Night: July 26 at 8pm. Closing: August 9. What it's about: One-man comedy about an estranged father-son relationship. Gabe, a 50-ish defense lawyer, finds himself on the more unfortunate side of life and now, by his father's bedside at Cedars Hospital. world.
DESIGN FOR LIVING by Noel Coward, directed by Tom Story at The Unicorn Theatre. Previews July 30-August 1. Press Opening/Opening Night: August 2 at 8pm. Closing: August 16. What it's about: Lovers and friends, friends and lovers, what's the difference when it comes to interior designer Gilda, playwright Leo, and artist Otto? That's the same question they ask themselves.
A HATFUL OF RAIN by Michael V. Gazzo, directed by Greg Naughton at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. Previews August 13-August 15. Press Night/Opening Night August 16. Closing: August 30. What it's about: The war fought abroad is just as devastating as the war fought within. This rings devastatingly true for Johnny Pope, a Korean War Veteran who has safely returned home to New York City and now struggles with drug addiction after being heavily medicated during his hospital stay.
SEUSSICAL, music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on the works of Dr. Seuss and directed by Travis G. Daly. Annual Children's Theatre Production at The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield. Opens August 7; Closes August 17
POE, world premiere written and directed by Eric Hill and featuring David Adkins at The Unicorn Theatre. Previews October 2 and October 3. Opening Night/Press Opening October 4. Closing: October 26
Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage July 2 to August 17
June Moon | July 2 – July 13, 2014
By Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman; Directed by Jessica Stone
Cast: Nate Corddry ('Fred'), Holley Fain ('Eileen'), Christopher Fitzgerald ('Benny Fox'), Kate MacCluggage ('Lucille'), Nancy Opel ('Goldie') and David Turner ('Maxie'). What it's about: Earnest and gullible young lyricist Fred Stevens boards a train in Schenectady bound for the Big Apple, determined to make a name for himself in the thriving Tin Pan Alley scene. However, the life he’s imagined is rife with seductive distractions. (Curtainup reviewed this way back in 1997, first here and again when it transferred for a second run
Living on Love | July 16 – July 26, 2014
By Joe DiPietro and Garson Kanin
Based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin; Directed by Kathleen Marshall.
What it's about: World-renowned soprano Renee Fleming as celebrated diva Rachel DeAngelis. When her husband, the fiery and egomaniacal Maestro Vito DeAngelis, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography, Rachel retaliates by hiring her very own and very handsome ghostwriter to chronicle her life as an opera star. As the young writers try to keep themselves out of the story while churning out chapters, the high-energy – and high-maintenance – power duet threatens to fall out of tune for good. A sparkling new comedy from two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, adapted from a work by the revered Garson Kanin and directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.
Based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin Directed by Kathleen Marshall World-renowned soprano Renée Fleming takes the Festival stage as celebrated diva Rachel De Angelis. Other cast members: Blake Hammond ('Bruce'), Justin Long ('Robert Samson'), and Scott Robertson ('Eric'). When her husband, the fiery and egomaniacal Maestro Vito DeAngelis, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography, Rachel retaliates by hiring her very own – and very handsome – ghostwriter to chronicle her life as an opera star. As the young writers try to keep themselves out of the story while churning out chapters, the high-energy – and high-maintenance – power duet threatens to fall out of tune for good. A sparkling new comedy from two-time Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro, adapted from a work by the revered Garson Kanin and directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall. The Visit | July 31 – August 17, 2014
Book by Terrence McNally; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb Choreographed by Graciela Daniele; Directed by John Doyle What it's about: Broadway legend Chita Rivera plays Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, who returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. Other cast members:Matthew Deming ('Lewis Perch'), David Garrison ('Peter Dummermut'), Judy Kuhn ('Matilde'), Howard McGillin ('Frederich Kuhn') Nancy Opel ('Annie Dummermut') and Roger Rees ('Anton'). (This has been circling Broadway for a while and this production may well be a precursor.
July 9 – July 20, 2014. A Great Wilderness by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by Eric Ting.
July 24 – August 2, 2014. Fool For Love by Sam Shepard, directed by Daniel Aukin
August 6 – 17, 2014. The Old Man and the Old Moon by PigPen Theatre, directed by Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Co.