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Berkshires Summer 2013 News
by Elyse Sommer
Love’s Labour’s Lost. Directed by Lisa Wolpe Featuring Mark Bedard and Jonathan Croy June 22 though September 1.
Richard II By William Shakespeare. Directed by Timothy Douglas. Featuring Rocco Sisto and Tom O’Keefe July 5 through July 21. (Special Limited Run)
Mother Courage and Her Children By Bertolt Brecht. Directed by Tony Simotes. Featuring Olympia Dukakis, Apollo Dukakis, and John Douglas Thompson. July 26 through August 25.
Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
Master Class By Terrence McNally. Directed by Daniel Gidron. Featuring Annette Miller and Deborah Grausman /3 May 24 through August 18.
Heroes By Gérald Sibleyras. Translated by Tom Stoppard Directed by Kevin G. Coleman. Featuring Jonathan Epstein, Malcolm Ingram, and Robert Lohbauer. June 13 through September 1.
None but the Lonely Heart: The Strange Story of Tchaikovsky and Madame von Meck. Directed by Donald T. Sanders and featuring Jonathan Epstein and Ariel Bock July 18 – August 3
The Beauty Queen of Leenane By Martin McDonagh. Directed by Matthew Penn. Featuring Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer and Elizabeth Aspenlieder. August 8 through September 15.
Barrington Stage Here's the season which runs right into Fall. Check the cmpany's website for additional one and two day events
May 22 – June 8. Bashir Lazhar by Evelyn de la Cheneliere, translation by Morwyn Brebner. Directed by Shakina Nayfack. American premiere.St. Germain Stage
June 12 – July 13. On The Town, music by Leonard Bernstein, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union Street, Pittsfield.
June 13 – July 6. Muckrakers by Zayd Dohrn, directed by Giovanna Sardelli. A political and psychological thriller about secrecy and privacy in the modern world. St. Germain Stage
July 18 – August 3. The Chosen by Chaim Potok; adapted by Chaim Potok and Aaron Posner. Directed by Aaron Posner. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage
July 19 – August 10. BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab's World Premiere musical Southern Comfort, music by Julianne Wick-Davis, book and lyrics by Dan Collins, starring Jeff McCarthy and Annette O’Toole, directed by Tom Caruso. St. Germain Stage
July 24 – August 11. BSC’s Youth Theatre presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid Directed and choreographed by Christine O’Grady. At Berkshire Museum
August 8 - 25. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare, starring Christopher Innvar, Gretchen Egolf, and Mark H. Dold, directed by Julianne Boyd. Set in romantic 1930s Italy. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage
August 15 – September 29. Scott And Hem In The Garden Of Allah. Written and directed by Mark St. Germain. A world premiere about the artistic and romantic rivalry between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. St. Germain Stage
September 26 – October 13. Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris, Boyd-Quinson Mainstage
Berkshire Theatre Festival
The Lion in Winter by James Goldman directed by Robert Moss at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Previews June 25-June 28 Opens June 29 8pm; Closes July 13. Cast:Tara Franklin, Aaron Costa Ganis,Karl Gregory ,Christine Lahti, Tommy Schrider, Philip: Matthew Stucky, Treat Williams.
Oklahoma!music by Richard Rodgers, book & lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, directed by Eric Hill, choreographed by Gerry McIntyre, music direction by Steven Freeman. The Colonial Theatre, Previews July 1-July 5 Opens July 6 8pm; Closes July 20. Cast: Austin Durant,Jarid Faubel,Matt Gibson, Tamrin Goldberg, Walter Hudson,Jennifer Jong,Julianne Katz,Ryan Koss,Diane Phelan,Lee Zarret.
Extremities, psychological thrillerby William Mastrosimone directed by Karen Allen at The Unicorn Theatre. Previews July 11-July 12 Opens July 13 8pm; Closes July 27.Directed by original cast member, Karen Allen. Cast: Molly Camp, Kelly McCreary, James McMenamin, Miriam Silverman
Same Time, Next Year by Bernard Slade, directed by Kyle Fabel at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Previews July 23-July 24 Opens July 25 8pm; Closes August 10 Cast: David Adkins and Corinna May.
The Cat and the Canary by John Willard directed by Ethan Heardat The Unicorn Theatre. Previews July 31-August 2 Opens August 3 8pm; Closes August 24. Cast: Willa Fitzgerald, Chris Geary, Ashton Heyl, Matthew McCollum, Tom Pecinka, Will Turner, Ariana Venturi, Sophie von Haselberg, Jonathan A. Young.
Anna Christieby Eugene O'Neill directed by David Auburn at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage Previews August 20-August 23 Opens August 24 8pm; Closes August 31. Cast: Rebecca Brooksher, Alison Fraser, Jonathan Hogan, Holt McCallany, Walton Wilson.
Williamstown Theatre Festival The season which runs from June 26 – August 18. Below a line-up of what's been scheduled, with an additional Nikas production and casting information to be announced later.
Animal Crackers | June 26 – July 14, 2013. Book by George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind; Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby. Adapted and Directed by Henry Wishcamper. Description: Captain Spaulding, te intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief. A new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film.
Pygmalion | July 17 – 27, 2013. By George Bernard Shaw; Directed by Nicholas Martin. With Robert Sean Leonard. Description: With all the parallels of a modern reality-show makeover, an impoverished flower seller is taken in hand by a linguistics professor who attempts to change her accent and pass her off as the epitome of English society. For a wager. A sharp satire on class and women’s independence, Shaw’s century-old masterpiece features Robert Sean Leonard as Henry Higgins in an uproarious, poignant, and unforgettable battle of wits between two of theatre’s most iconic characters.
A WORLD PREMIERE MUSICAL! The Bridges of Madison County | August 1 – 18, 2013 Book by Marsha Norman; Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown. Directed by Bartlett Sher. Description: In 1992, a rural American romance by an unknown author became a literary phenomenon. Millions of readers have been captivated by the simple story of Francesca, a beautiful Italian woman who marries an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy. Her new life in Iowa is common until she encounters Robert, a loner and artist, whose photography at National Geographic shields him from commitment and connection. Their three days of flirtation, memories of Naples, food, and laughter inspire a timeless love, and an impossible choice. Lushly transforming the best-selling novel into an intimate musical work for the stage, Marsha Norman and Jason Robert Brown have added new resonance to a lyrical portrait of true love, loss, sacrifice, and devotion.
A WORLD PREMIERE! American Hero | June 26 – July 7, 2013. By Bess Wohl; Directed by Leigh Silverman. Description: Three ounces of meat. Two ounces of cheese. Four ounces of lettuce. Seventeen-year-old Sheri and her co-workers at a new submarine sandwich franchise have honed their skills making everything from the Turkey Torpedo to the Big Kahuna Tuna exactly as specified in the corporate manual. But when the franchise owner mysteriously disappears, they are forced to improvise, and Sheri takes charge of the ragtag band of “sandwich artists.” See just how far they’ll go to keep their shop afloat in this surreal tale of the struggle for optimism in tough times, the power of sandwiches, and the glorious, messy American Dream.
Hapgood | July 10 – 21, 2013 By Tom Stoppard; Directed by Evan Yionoulis With Kate Burton. Description Treacherous twins and double (or triple?) agents abound in a twisty-turny look at the unlikely interrelation of quantum physics and international espionage. Simultaneously channeling John le Carré, Albert Einstein, and Mel Brooks, Tom Stoppard’s Cold-War thriller boasts equal shares of brains, guts, and sly humor.
Johnny Baseball | July 24 – August 4, 2013 Book by Richard Dresser; Music by Robert Reale; Lyrics by Willie Reale Directed by Marc Bruni. Description: The infamous Curse of the Boston Red Sox is brought to life through the changing fortunes of three orphaned souls: Johnny O’Brien, a hard-luck right-hander on the 1919 Sox; his idol, Babe Ruth; and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African-American blues singer and the love of Johnny’s life. The mystical intertwining of their fates reveals both the source of the Curse and the secret to its triumphant end off Big Papi’s bat in 2004. Packs a resonant commentary on social history into a quintessentially American musical, Johnny Baseball will bring cheers and tears to baseball fans and theatre lovers alike.
Blood Play | August 7 – 18, 2013. Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen, directed and Developed by Oliver Butler of the Debate Society. Description: It's a tranquil suburban evening in the early 1950's. The kids are away on a Junior Cherokee camping trip and a string of coincidences spawns a spontaneous grown-up party in the basement of a new ranch house. Exotic cocktails are imbibed, raucous games are played, and new friends are made, but much is happening that no one is talking about. And something is stirring underground.