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Southern Comfort

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Tues-Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 4pm and 8pm, Sun at 3pm. Additional matinee Thurs, Aug. 8 at 3pm.
St. Germain Stage
Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center
36 Linden Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Tickets start at $40; Low Priced Previews July 19 & 20 are $15 all seats.

Book & Lyrics by Dan Collins
Music by Julianne Wick Davis
Music Direction by Emily Otto
Choreography by Shea Sullivan
Conceived by Robert DuSold and Thomas Caruso
Directed by Thomas Caruso

Starring Annette O’Toole and Jeff McCarthy (BSC’s All My Sons, Sweeney Todd, Follies)

A World Premiere musical from BSC’s acclaimed Musical Theatre Lab

Winner of the prestigious Jonathan Larsen Grant, Southern Comfort is the story of male transgendered Robert Eads (Annette O’Toole) and his trans girlfriend Lola Cola (Jeff McCarthy) as they navigate life and its challenges in the back hills of ‘Bubba Land’ Georgia. A celebration of a uniquely American family living life openly, honestly and courageously in the community they have grown to love. Based on the Sundance Award-winning documentary.

“From contemporary country to Appalachian bluegrass, the score mines the country’s heart, and unveils, along its way, surprising pathways to a new world. The remarkable “Southern Comfort” is about transformation, love,  and redefining family.”  ~William Finn, Artistic Producer of the Musical Theatre Lab and Tony-winning composer/lyricist of “Spelling Bee”

The Critics Rave about Southern Comfort:

soulful…refreshing…a touching and uniquely sensitive new musical…The group at the heart of this show might not be of blood relation, but they’re one of the most loving families ever depicted on stage.” ~Theatermania

“…a great show about fascinating people who illuminate the perfections of love and trust and humane behavior. Southern Comfort is the best new show I’ve seen, bar none!~Berkshire Bright Focus

“the folk/bluegrass musical is sensitively drawn, melodically rich and tenderly performed…the characters are…beautifully portrayed” ~Hartford Courant

a tense, absorbing, poignant and thought provoking evening of socially relevant and informative theatre.” ~Berkshire Fine Arts

“a tender story about love, courage and most of all family. It’s a lovely show with excellent music and a story that will make you feel good as it breaks your heart.” ~Troy Record

Watch video highlights from the world premiere production:

View photos from this new production:

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Join the cast for a free talk-back following the Wednesday, July 31 performance at 7:30pm.

For mature audiences.


Annette O’Toole
Jeff McCarthy
Todd Cerveris
Lizzie Hagstedt
Natalie Joy Johnson
Jeffrey Kuhn
David M. Lutken
Robin Skye
Joel Waggoner
Elizabeth Ward Land

Creative Team

William Finn
Dan Collins
Julianne Wick Davis
Thomas Caruso
Robert DuSold
Shea Sullivan
Emily Otto
James J. Fenton
Patricia E. Doherty
Ed McCarthy
Joan H. Cappello
Geoff Josselson

Southern Comfort is sponsored by The Claudia and Steven Perles Family Foundation. Southern Comfort is also sponsored in part by The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation / Gregory Bulger and Richard Dix. Southern Comfort is a production of the Musical Theatre Lab, which is sponsored in part by Elayne Bernstein and Sol Schwartz, and The Elayne P. Bernstein Foundation. Southern Comfort is supported in part by the National Fund for New Musicals, a program of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre