PJ BENJAMIN (Thomas Edison) PJ’s career spans 46 years, including seven years as the Wizard in the blockbuster Wicked on Broadway and on tour. Five years he was lovable Mr. Cellophane in the Broadway hit Chicago. Other Broadway: Torch Song Trilogy; Sophisticated Ladies; Charlie And Algernon (LA Critics Award); Pippin; Sarava; The Pajama Game and Damn Yankees. PJ cut his teeth early on with the likes of Bob Fosse, George Abbott, Cab Calloway and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. He’s performed in over 100 productions with roles ranging from Joe Keller in All My Sons to Albin in La Cages Aux Folles. TV: Madam Secretary; Law And Order: SVU; Person Of Interest; Louie and is the voice of the Dodo birds in Ice Age. PJ and wife, actress Louisa Flaningam, own a log house museum on Chincoteague Island, Va. captaintimothyhillhouse.com
PATRICK HUSTED (Henry Ford) Patrick played Peter Stockman at BSC in An Enemy of the People. He is a veteran of over 150 stage productions, including NYC productions of the Pulitzer-winning play, Wit, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, and worked with Arthur Miller on his remake of The American Clock. Also, Joel Grey directed Patrick in On Borrowed Time. Recent films include The Immigrant with Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, and The Place Beyond the Pines with Bradley Cooper. Patrick has appeared in numerous TV shows, most recently The Leftovers, Blacklist, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Family. He is the author of a memoir, Excavating Pieces: An American Childhood.
FISHER NEAL (Colonel Starling) is delighted to be making his Barrington Stage debut. Earlier this year, Fisher made his Broadway debut in Our Mother’s Brief Affair (Seth understudy, performed) at Manhattan Theatre Club. Regionally he has performed with Pittsburgh Public Theater, Yale Rep, Williamstown Theater Festival, Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey, Chautauqua Theater Company, Clarence Brown Theater, and Texas Shakespeare Festival. He made his TV debut this summer in Person of Interest. He also is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of Old Sound Room, an international award winning performance ensemble. BA University of Tennessee, MFA Yale School of Drama.
KEVIN O’ROURKE (Warren Harding) has performed on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Spoils of War and Alone Together. Other stage credits include The City of Conversation at Lincoln Center, Perfect Arrangement at Primary Stages, and The Night Alive at John Drew; as well as productions at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Public, Second Stage, Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Long Wharf, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. TV/film credits include Outsiders, Veep, Remember Wenn, Sopranos, Law and Order, Boardwalk Empire (SAG award, ensemble), and the features Vice Versa, The Aviator, and Freeheld. As a director, Kevin staged the NY premiere of Abi Morgan’s Tender, Soldier at HERE Arts Center, and The Physicists at Williamstown Theatre Festival. For 10 years he was Artistic Director of the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab.
MARK ST. GERMAIN (Playwright) BSC Associate Artist. For BSC: Dancing Lessons (2014), Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah (2013), Dr. Ruth, All the Way (2012), The Best of Enemies (2011), Freud’s Last Session(2009/2010), The Collyer Brothers/Period Piece (2008), The God Committee (2004), and Ears on A Beatle (2003). His most recent play, Relativity, was commissioned by the Florida Studio Theaterand will open October 28th at TheaterWorks in Hartford starring Richard Dreyfuss. Freud’s Last Session became BSC’s longest running play and moved Off Broadway where it played for two years. Other plays include Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap, Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award) and Forgiving Typhoid Mary. With John Markus, Mark wrote the musical comedy The Fabulous Lipitones. He most recently directed and produced the documentary My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story, featuring Richard Gere, Lynn Redgrave and Glenn Close among many others. With Randy Courts, he has written the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, winner of an AT&T “New Plays For The Nineties Award,” both produced at the Lamb’s Theater, NYC. Jack’s Holiday was produced at Playwrights Horizons. Mark’s musical, Stand By Your Man, The Tammy Wynette Story was created for Nashville’s Ryman Theater and has toured nationally. Mark wrote the children’s book Three Cups, illustrated by April Willy and published by Thomas Nelson. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists where he was given the Joe A. Callaway Award, a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writer’s Guild East. Mark is also a Board Member at Barrington Stage Company.
CHRISTOPHER INNVAR (Director) Barrington Stage Associate Artist. Recent work includes directing Conor McPherson’s Shining City starring BSC favorite Mark H. Dold, and playing Walter Burns in John Guare’s adaptation of His Girl Friday. Chris directed Mark St. Germain’s The Collyer Brothers At Home/Period Piece at BSC in 2006 and is thrilled to be working on another of his plays. Upcoming: Chris will play Doc in Come Back Little Sheba with the Transport Group in NYC and his play Turtles will be published in a compilation for teens by Applause Books. Many thanks, as always to artistic director and BSC founder, Julianne Boyd.
DAVID M. BARBER (Scenic Designer) At BSC: Sleuth, Crucible, All My Sons, Best of Enemies, Lord of the Flies, Scott and Hem, An Enemy of the People, His Girl Friday. Off Broadway: ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Women Beware Women, The Most Deserving, The Orphans’ Home Cycle, The Vandal, others. Regional: Contemporary American Theater Festival, Denver Center, Hartford Stage, Centerstage, ART, Pittsburgh Public, Colorado Shakespeare, Cleveland Public, Two River, Idaho Shakespeare, others. Television: E! Entertainment, The TODAY Show, Football Night, (Art Dir.); Woodstock ‘99 (Production Designer). Film: It’s All Relative, Day 39 (Production Designer). Other: Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant (ensemble member). Awards: Drama Desk, Henry Hewes, Connecticut Critics Circle, Denver Critics Circle.
BRAD BERRIDGE (Sound Designer) Over a dozen shows at BSC. Highlights: The Best of Enemies; The Crucible; A Streetcar Named Desire; To Kill A Mockingbird; The Whipping Man; Pool Boy; Presto Change-O, American Son. Off-Broadway: 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti (world premiere); Loot; Cactus Flower. Locally, many shows at Capital Repertory Theatre;highlights: Gypsy; The God Game (world premiere); A Christmas Carol; Other Desert Cites; The Secret Garden. Brad is an Associate Artist with WAM Theatre and has designed and composed music for nearly all of their local productions. Brad lives in the Berkshires with his wife, Ashley Berridge and their two children. www.bradberridge.com
CHARLOTTE PALMER-LANE (Costume Designer) Originally from the UK, Charlotte has worked for the BBC as a costume designer and assistant. Credits include: The Chronicles of Narnia, Miss Marple, Dr. Who, and She’s Been Away, directed by Sir Peter Hall. Film credits: Guarding Tess and Quiz Show. Recent credits: Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, King Lear, The Three Musketeers, The Liar, Othello, Winters Tale, An Iliad and As You Like It), Pennsylvania Shakespeare (Blithe Spirit), Mint Theatre (Rutherford & Son), Penguin Rep (Drop Dead Perfect, My Name is Asher Lev and Playing the Assassin), and Hudson Stage (Family Reunion, The God Game, Outside Mullingar and Other Desert Cities). Proud member of United Scenic Artists 829. charlottepalmerlane.squarespace.com
SCOTT PINKNEY (Lighting Designer) Scott, BSC Associate Artist, returns for his thirteenth season. Past designs include American Son, His Girl Friday, Scott & Hem, Best of Enemies, The Crucible, Whipping Man, Carousel, Streetcar Named Desire and Follies. Broadway; Harvey Fierstein’s Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy. Off-Broadway: Vincent, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Majestic Kid, Divine Fire and The World is Made of Glass. Regional: Ulysses On Bottles for Israeli Stage (IRNE Nomination), Don Juanfor Denver Center (Denver Critic’s Circle Award), Comedy of Errors for Commonwealth Shakespeare (Elliot Norton Award), Balkan Women for BRT (Barrymore Nomination) and My Fair Lady for TheatreVirginia (Phoebe Award). Internationally: Singapore Rep and Club Mohamed-Ali in Cairo. Scott is an Associate Professor at Emerson College. www.slpinkney.com
RENEE LUTZ (Production Stage Manager) Over 55 productions for BSC including American Son, Tribes, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha, Kiss Me Kate, Cabaret, Much Ado, Follies, etc. Most recent credit: Pericles for Theater for a New Audience directed by Trevor Nunn. Numerous credits include: Hamlet, directed by Darko Tresnjak; Merchant of Venice, both national tour and the Royal Shakespeare Company; Hartford Stage; ART; New York Public Theatre; Playwrights Horizons; Manhattan Theater Club; Signature; Classic Stage; Coconut Grove and others. Her very best credit and longest run is her husband, actor Gordon Stanley.
Politics Then (1921) and Now: So Much Has Changed… Or Has It?
Sunday, October 9 @ 12:30pm
Playwright Mark St. Germain will discuss the personalities and hubris of presidential candidates in 1921 and how history repeats itself…
*This event is FREE and open to the public. Reserve a spot through our Box Office: (413) 236-8888.
Sponsored by Bonnie and Terry Burman
Camping with Henry and Tom
By MARK ST. GERMAIN Directed by CHRISTOPHER INNVAR
In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding took a camping trip together into the Maryland woods to escape civilization; what they couldn’t escape was each other. Inspired by an actual event, Camping with Henry and Tom is an exploration of friendship, politics and leadership—a comedic and dramatic clash of two great minds and one great heart of the twentieth century.
Sponsored in part by The Dobbins Foundation & Richard Ziter, MD
October 5 – 23, 2016
Low Price Previews:
October 5, 6 & 7 – $20-25
30 Union Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201