Project Description

May 14 – June 13
Tues-Sat at 7:30pm; Sat at 4pm; Sun at 3pm. Thursday matinees on 6/4 and 6/11 at 4pm. Added matinee Wednesday, June 10 at 3pm due to popular demand
St. Germain Stage
Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center 36 Linden Street Pittsfield, MA 01201 USA
Tickets start at $40; Low Priced Previews May 14 & 15 are $15.

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By Richard Strand
Directed by Joseph Discher

Regional Premiere

Based on actual events that changed the lives of over 10,000 slaves, Butler is set at the beginning of the Civil War and follows Major General Benjamin Butler, who has just been given command of Fort Monroe in Virginia. The inexperienced but shrewd Butler meets his match when an equally shrewd runaway slave enters the fort and asks for asylum. Uproariously funny, witty and very moving, Butler is the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Butler is sponsored by Jude Sabot/Cricket Creek Farm. Butler is sponsored in part by Dr. Art and Terry Wasser.

The critics rave!

“astonishingly funny” -Metroland

“Hilarious…“Butler” uses words not for combat but as brilliantly effective weapons of philosophy and comedy…This is all great fun to watch, and it’s performed with zeal and great aplomb”-Albany Times Union 

“brilliant evening of seriously funny history…It boasts a great cast and creative team who have created a superlative evening of theatre that manages to be truly different and immensely entertaining at the same time.” –Berkshire On Stage 

“witty, informative, brisk, and provocative” -Talkin’ Broadway

“Imagine yourself enjoying [a comedy about slavery at the beginning of the Civil War]. You can. You should. You must.” –Berkshire Bright Focus

“…one of the funniest plays you will experience…funny, insightful and entertaining” –WAMC Northeast Public Radio