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BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2015 SEASON
Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, St. Germain Stage and Youth Theatre Productions
BSC Associate Artists Mark H. Dold, Christopher Innvar,
and Jeff McCarthy return to star in productions
(PITTSFIELD, MA) January 12, 2015 – At a press conference held at Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Artistic Director Julianne Boyd announced the theatre’s 2015 season of musicals and plays that will take place in Downtown Pittsfield in the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, St. Germain Stage and Youth Theatre venues.
“It’s a summer of contrasts at Barrington Stage. We’re presenting musicals as different as Man of La Mancha and Shrek, and plays that run the gamut from Shining City to His Girl Friday, but what they all have in common are superbly crafted stories that I think our audiences will love,” said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.
BOYD-QUINSON MAINSTAGE SEASON:
To dream, the impossible dream…
Performance dates for the previously announced Boyd-Quinson Mainstage production season opener Man of La Mancha will be June 10 through July 11. The press opening is Sunday, June 14 at 5pm.
Man of La Mancha features a book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion. One of the world’s most popular musicals, Man of La Mancha, the ‘Impossible Dream’ musical, is based on Cervantes’ 17th century masterpiece Don Quixote, and tells the adventures of a delusional Spanish knight who sallies forth to restore order in the world and reclaim his lady love.
Jeff McCarthy stars as Don Quixote, and Ed Dixon, who played Judge Turpin in BSC’s Sweeney Todd, returns to play the Innkeeper. Lorin Latarro, who choreographed last summer’s Kiss Me, Kate, will choreograph the production. Artistic Director Julianne Boyd directs. Associate Artists Darren R. Cohen and Renee Lutz will be respectively the Musical Director/Conductor and Production Stage Manager.
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of its debut in 1965, Man of La Mancha premiered at Goodspeed Musicals and opened at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre, November 22, 1965, where it ran for 2,328 performances. Starring Richard Kiley and Joan Diener, Man of La Mancha went on to win five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The production has received four Broadway revivals with Richard Kiley in 1972 and 1977, Raul Julia in 1992, and Brian Stokes Mitchell in 2002.
Man of La Mancha is sponsored by Cynthia and Randolph Nelson, with additional sponsorship by Bonnie and Terry Burman.
A Neil Simon classic
Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize, Lost in Yonkers is a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story by America’s great comic playwright, Neil Simon. Performances of Lost in Yonkers are from July 16 through August 1, with a press opening on Sunday, July 19 at 5pm.
Director Jenn Thompson makes her BSC debut. She is the Co-Artistic Director of the TACT in NYC, where she directed a Drama Desk nominated 2012 NY revival of Lost in Yonkers.
Like many of Simon’s plays, Lost in Yonkers is drawn from his experiences growing up in New York City. Set during World War II, two young brothers, Arty and Jay, are sent to live with their formidable German Jewish immigrant grandmother, the sweet but mentally challenged Aunt Bella, and Uncle Louie, a small-time hoodlum running away from gangsters.
Simon’s canon of comedies include such classics as The Odd Couple, Barefoot in the Park, California Suite, and his award-winning trilogy Brighton Beach Memoirs, Biloxi Blues and Broadway Bound.
The original production of Lost in Yonkers played 780 performances at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Gene Saks directed Irene Worth, Mercedes Ruehl and Kevin Spacey (all of whom won Tony Awards for their performances). Simon wrote the later screenplay for the 1993 film directed by Martha Coolidge, starring Richard Dreyfus with Worth and Ruehl reprising their roles.
Lost in Yonkers is sponsored Norma and Sol Kugler.
A comic masterwork adapted by Tony Award-winner John Guare
Barrington Stage will present the screwball comedy His Girl Friday, directed by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, from August 6-30, with a press opening on Wednesday, August 12 at 7pm.
His Girl Friday is adapted by John Guare from The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur and the Columbia Pictures film.
Editor Walter Burns will do anything to find an ace reporter cunning enough to scoop a story in the cutthroat Chicago press world, even if that means turning to his ex-wife, Hildy Johnson, who comes back to the newsroom one last time before leaving the game for good. In Guare’s adaptation, the play takes place in 1939, the day before war breaks out in Europe, which adds a political framework to the otherwise antic proceedings.
Associate Artist Christopher Innvar stars as Walter Burns alongside fellow Associate Artist Mark H. Dold, who will star as Bruce Baldwin, Hildy Johnson’s fiancé. Complete casting will be announced at a later date.
Tony Award-winner John Guare is the author of such plays as The House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation, A Free Man of Color, and Two Gentlemen of Verona. His most recent play, 3 Kinds of Exile, also marked his acting debut.
His Girl Friday is sponsored by Rhoda Herrick.
Fall Mainstage Production
Barrington Stage will present Veils, a new play by playwright Tom Coash, a New Haven, CT playwright and director, from October 1-18, with a press opening Sunday, October 4 at 3pm.
When Intisar, an African American Muslim student, arrives in Cairo for a year abroad, she hopes to finally be understood. She’s quickly enlisted by her exuberant Egyptian roommate, Samar, to help create a blog debating the practice of wearing veils, but when the Arab Spring intervenes, revolution threatens to overtake their friendship. Directed by Giovanna Sardelli.
Tom Coash worked as the Director of New Play Development at Stageworks/Hudson for several years. Veils was recently named the Grand Prize Winner of the Clauder Competition at Portland Stage where it premiered in February 2014. His play Cry Havoc was recently produced at the 2013 South African National Arts Festival (Main Programme).
ST. GERMAIN STAGE SEASON:
A Civil War comedy
Barrington Stage opens the 2015 St. Germain Stage season with the New England premiere of Richard Strand’s Butler, directed by Joe Discher in his BSC debut. Butler will be presented from May 14 – June 13 at the St. Germain Stage, with a press opening on Sunday, May 17 at 3pm.
Based on actual events that changed the lives of over 10,000 slaves, Butler is the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. The comedy, set at the beginning of the Civil War, follows Benjamin Butler, a successful Massachusetts lawyer, who has just been promoted to Major General and given command of Fort Monroe in Virginia. The inexperienced but shrewd Butler soon finds himself in the middle of an explosive situation, exacerbated by an equally shrewd runaway slave.
Strand is the author of The Bug and The Death of Zukasky, both of which premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival. Other works include Ten Percent of Molly Snyder, My Simple City (nominated for best new script by both the American Drama Critics Association), Clown, The Lincoln Park Zoo, and The Second-Story Man.
Butler received its world premiere at New Jersey Repertory in June 2014 and was directed by Joe Discher.
A ghost story
Barrington Stage will present Conor McPherson’s Shining City from June 18 – July 11 with a press opening Sunday, June 21 at 3pm.
Directed by Associate Artist Christopher Innvar, the production stars Associate Artist Mark H. Dold.
A Dubliner seeks help from a counselor after claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. As their sessions unfold, secrets are exposed in this thriller where a simple tale turns out to be anything but. The New York Times described it as a “quiet, haunting and absolutely glorious new play… as close to perfection as contemporary playwriting gets.”
McPherson’s plays include The Seafarer, St, Nicholas, Dublin Carol, and The Weir, among others. His most recent play, The Night Alive, received its American premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater in New York in 2013.
Shining City was originally presented by Manhattan Theatre Club at the Biltmore Theatre, May 2006, with Brian O’Byrne, Oliver Platt and Martha Plimpton.
Shining City is sponsored by The Claudia and Steven Perles Family Foundation, with additional sponsorship by Sydelle and Lee Blatt.
The third and fourth shows on the St. Germain Stage will be announced at a later date, as will complete casting for all shows.
BSC YOUTH THEATRE PRODUCTION:
Shrek The Musical TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences)
Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre summer 2015 production will be the Tony-nominated musical Shrek The Musical TYA, to be presented July 22 – August 9 at Berkshire Museum (39 South Street) in Pittsfield, MA. Christine O’Grady returns to direct and choreograph.
Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a fairy tale adventure featuring songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline or Change) and a sidesplittingly funny book by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole). Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage, and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.
In this TYA adaptation developed by The Coterie, a shortened running time make this the perfect show for families.
Shrek The Musical TYA is sponsored in part by The Berkshire Eagle.
All shows, casting and schedule subject to change. A full season of Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, staged readings, concerts and other exciting 2015 events will be announced soon.
2015 Season Passes Now on Sale
Save the most on the 2015 Season and enjoy priority access to the best seats when you buy a season pass. Season passes to the 2015 Season start at just $60 and offer savings of up to 27% off the 2015 single ticket price. Bonus Offer: Order now and BSC will waive your handling fees (a savings of $5 per pass) and guarantee you early access to priority seating beginning February 16, 2015.
Single tickets will go on sale Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 10am. Reservations for groups of 15 or more are now being taken and may be arranged by contacting Janie LaBrasca in Group Sales at 413-997-6118. For information on shows, passes and tickets call 413-236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.
About Barrington Stage Company
Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway, where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009/2010 Barrington Stage produced the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off-Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way in 2012) played Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in fall 2013. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical, On the Town, originally presented in 2013, is currently on Broadway with BSC as a co-producer. Barrington Stage was voted “Best Live Theatre” by The Berkshire Eagle readers in 2011 and 2012 and was named “Best Theatre Company” in Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region 2009-2012.
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