Project Description

Sponsored by Jodi and Paul Tartell

Harry Clarke

By DAVID CALE
Starring MARK H. DOLD
Directed by JULIANNE BOYD

AUGUST 5–16
Tartell Family Outdoor Stage

Pictured: Mark H. Dold. Photo by Daniel Rader.

A sexually charged and wickedly funny one-man thriller, Harry Clarke, by acclaimed playwright and solo artist David Cale (Lillian, A Likely Story) starring BSC Associate Artist Mark H. Dold (BSC’s Breaking the Code, Freud’s Last Session) is the story of a shy midwestern man leading an outrageous double life as the cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York City and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life as the seductive and precocious Harry, whose increasingly risky and dangerous behavior threatens to undo more than his persona.

Presented in a tent outdoors at the parking lot of the Polish Community Club, at the intersection of Linden and Center streets in downtown Pittsfield — opposite BSC’s Blatt Center.

Sponsored in part by Arnold Kotlen and Stephanie Fleckner & Rhoda and Morris Levitt
Presented without intermission to maintain social distancing.

“Dold embodies and delineates the characters brilliantly, allowing for a performance as free and expansive as any I’ve yet seen him give”
Albany Times-Union

“Faced with an overwhelming number of lemons, Barrington Stage Company has whipped up a cool refreshing pitcher of Lemon drop martinis”
BroadwayWorld

“captures and holds the audience… Time and money could not be better spent.”
Berkshire Bright Focus

Harry Clarke is an excellent theater experience. It is also proof that the art form can inspire, comfort and even more importantly, survive.”
WAMC

Harry Clarke, a one-man show performed at Barrington Stage by Mark H. Dold, required finding a way to draw the audience close in this intimate thriller, when even the nearest masked patron was at least 15 feet away. With an Adirondack chair and side table as the only set pieces, Dold cast an utterly engrossing spell, building the tale of dangerous duplicity with an understated performance that delivered more than a dozen characters with just the right vocal distinctions. The enchantment was so complete, there were several moments when it felt like every member of audience was leaning forward, hanging on every word together.
The Boston Globe

“Mark H. Dold gives an assured, athletic performance unlike any I have ever seen from him before… [a] dazzlingly conflicted tale of creation and its rewards.”
Nippertown

CAST

MARK H. DOLD* (Harry Clarke) Mark is an Associate Artist who began with BSC in 2004. Highlights include: Freud’s Last Session, Breaking the Code, Shining City and The Glass Menagerie. Mark has worked at regional theatres from coast to coast and has appeared on and off Broadway. Most recently he was in the original Broadway company of The Inheritance. He has guest-starred on network television, web series and the recently completed movie Louie; written/directed by the Berkshires’ own Robert Biggs. Mark is the recipient of Connecticut Critics Circle and San Diego Critics Awards. In 2018, he was named BroadwayWorld Berkshires—Best Actor for The Glass Menagerie. He is a graduate of Boston University and The Yale School of Drama. He is a member of The Actors Center and a patient-to-patient volunteer at MSKCC. Mark would like to dedicate this performance to every member of the Actors’ Equity Association; particularly the heroic Nick Cordero. Special thanks to Julianne Boyd and the BSC family for having the courage and stamina to revive art. Thank you to the residents of Berkshire County. Thank you to my family. MarkHDold.com


CREATIVES

DAVID CALE (Playwright) is a monologist, playwright, songwriter and actor. He is the writer and performer of solo works including the Obie Award-winning Lillian, The History of Kisses, Palomino, A Likely Story, Deep in a Dream of You (Bessie Award), Smooch Music and The Redthroats (Bessie Award). He collaborated with Dael Orlandersmith on the duet show The Blue Album. He wrote the book, lyrics, co-composed the music and starred in the musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky (Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination). His songs have been sung by many artists including Elvis Costello and Debbie Harry. He has acted in plays on and off Broadway, most recently in Stew and Heidi Rodewald’s The Total Bent, and in films including The Slaughter Rule and Light From Light. Cale’s recent works include the solo play Harry Clarke, starring Billy Crudup, for which he received a 2018 Lucille Lortel Award. His solo musical memoir We’re Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, for which he wrote the book, lyrics and co-composed the music with Matthew Dean Marsh received a 2019 Jeff Award, was listed in The New York Times Best Theatre of 2019 and was the recipient of a 2020 Drama Desk Award Nomination, a 2020 Lucille Lortel Award Nomination, a 2020 Outer Critics Circle Award and a 2020 Obie Award.

JULIANNE BOYD (Director) is the Founder (1995) and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company (BSC) where she has directed many productions, including the critically acclaimed West Side Story (2018) and the 2017 hit production of Company, starring Aaron Tveit. She also directed the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, which won the Laurents-Hatcher Award for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright in 2016. Other productions include the world premieres of Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons, The Best of Enemies and Dr. Ruth, All the Way and the critically acclaimed revival of Goldman and Sondheim’s Follies. In 1997 she directed BSC’s smash hit production of Cabaret, which won six Boston Theater Critics Awards and transferred to the Hasty Pudding Theatre in Cambridge for an extended run.

Boyd conceived and directed the Broadway musical Eubie!, a show based on the music of Eubie Blake which starred Gregory Hines and garnered three Tony nominations. She also co-conceived and directed (with Joan Micklin Silver) the award-winning Off Broadway musical revue A…My Name Is Alice (Outer Critics’ Award) and its sequel A…My Name Is Still Alice.

In 2000 Ms. Boyd created the Playwright Mentoring Project, BSC’s underserved youth program that won the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award in 2007. In 2015, the Playwright Mentoring Project also won the Commonwealth Award for Creative Youth Development. From 1992 to 1998 Ms. Boyd served as President of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the national labor union representing professional directors and choreographers in the U.S.

DAVID LANDER (Lighting Designer) BSC: Fall Springs, Gertrude and Claudius, West Side Story. Broadway: The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Torch Song with Michael Urie and Mercedes Rhuel, The Heiress with Jessica Chastain, The Lyons with Linda Lavin, Master Class with Tyne Daly, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams (Drama Desk Award; Tony and Outer Critics Nominations), 33 Variations with Jane Fonda (Tony and Outer Critics nominations.), I Am My Own Wife (Drama Desk and Outer Critics nominations), among others. Off Broadway: The Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Signature Theatre, The Vineyard Theatre, among others. Regional: Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Guthrie Theater, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, Kennedy Center, Mark Taper Forum, among others. International Theatre and Opera: Dublin, Delhi, London, Melbourne, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, among others.

ALEXANDER SOVRONSKY (Sound Designer) BSC: The Glass Menagerie, The Cake, Typhoid Mary, 10×10 New Play Festival (2017–2020). Original Music/Sound Design credits include: Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac (starring Kevin Kline). Off Broadway: Mother of the Maid (The Public); Bottom of the World (Atlantic); Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theatre); King Lear, Three Sisters (Classical Theatre of Harlem); As You Like It (Happy Few Theatre Co); Cyrano de Bergerac (Resonance Ensemble). Regional: Arena Stage, KC Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare & Co., Berkshire Theatre Group, Hartford Stage, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Wharton Salon, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theater of NJ, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Off-Square Theatre Co., WAM Theatre. AlexanderSovronsky.com

GEOFF BORONDA* (Production Stage Manager) BSC: The Chinese Lady, Typhoid Mary, America v. 2.1, Gertrude and Claudius and If I Forget. New York: Ain’t No Mo’, Mobile Unit—Romeo & Juliet and The Comedy of Errors, Buzzer, Ping Pong, The Urban Retreat, The Great Immensity, Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater); The Undertaking and Whisper House (The Civilians); generations (Soho Rep). Regional: Moby-Dick (American Repertory Theater) Shakespeare in Love, Jazz (Baltimore Center Stage); A View from the Bridge (Center Theatre Group); Hamlet, A Doctor in Spite of Himself (Yale Repertory Theatre); Appropriate (Westport Country Playhouse). Education: MFA Stage Management from the Yale School of Drama.

MCCORKLE CASTING LTD; PAT MCCORKLE (Casting) (C.S.A.) Casting actors for Barrington Stage for 18 years. Pat McCorkle is pleased to be an Associate Artist at BSC. Broadway: Over 50 productions including On the Town, Amazing Grace, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, A Few Good Men. Off Broadway: highlights — Clever Little Lies; Sheer Madness; Tribes; Our Town (Barrow Street); Freud’s Last Session; Toxic Avenger; Almost, Maine; Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film: Premium Rush, Ghost Town, The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. Television: Twisted, St. George, Sesame Street, Hack, Californication, Max Bickford, Chappelle’s Show, Strangers with Candy, Barbershop, etc. mccorklecasting.com

CHARLIE SIEDENBURG (Berkshire Press Representative/Associate Artist) (16th Season) joined the BSC family in 2005 and has represented over 130 BSC productions. His work has led to features in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, USA Today and American Theatre Magazine. His many PR credits include the Metropolitan Opera (Live in HD), Paper Mill Playhouse (1999–2004), George Street Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre, Surflight Theatre and Two River Theater Company. He serves as Press Rep for Wagner College Theatre, The Minty Awards, Ghostlight Productions and In The Wings Productions. Charlie is a 1995 Theatre/Arts Administration graduate of Wagner College on Staten Island, where he currently teaches Theatre Appreciation. Last year he was appointed Director of Alumni Relations for his alma mater, Moore Catholic High School.

THE PRESS ROOM (National Press Representatives) Broadway: Hamilton, The Book of Mormon and upcoming productions of The Brothers Size, Chasing Rainbows, Born for This, Paradise Square and Working Girl: The Musical. Recent Broadway credits: The Waverly Gallery, Three Tall Women, Farinelli and the King. Off Broadway: Gloria: A Life, Beyond Babel. Other clients include: Vineyard Theatre, The Wooster Group, Shakespeare’s Globe, Theatre Row, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Hunter Theater Project, NY Classical Theatre, Southern California’s 3-D Theatricals, the award-winning web series “Indoor Boys,” actor/pianist Hershey Felder, Why Not Theatre’s Mahabharata for the Shaw Festival, and Miami New Drama’s world premiere musical, A Wonderful World.

Harry Clarke - 2020