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BSC Press Director Charlie Siedenburg, 551-655-0968
BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY presents
SHINING CITY by Conor McPherson
June 18 – July 11
Mark H. Dold, Wilbur Edwin Henry, Deanna Gibson and Patrick Ball star;
Associate Artist Christopher Innvar directs
(PITTSFIELD, MA)— Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, will present Conor McPherson’s Shining City from June 18 to July 11 with a press opening Sunday, June 21 at 3pm.
Directed by BSC Associate Artist Christopher Innvar (BSC’s The Other Place, The Whipping Man), the production stars Mark H. Dold (BSC’s Breaking the Code) as Ian and in their BSC debuts Wilbur Edwin Henry (Off Bway: Our Town; Bway: Is He Dead?) as John, Patrick Ball as Laurence, Deanna Gibson as Neasa.
Set in present-day Dublin, a man seeks help from a counselor, claiming to have seen the ghost of his recently deceased wife. However, what begins as just an unusual encounter becomes a struggle between the living and dead – a struggle that will shape and define both men for the rest of their lives. In this contemporary ghost story, Conor McPherson explores what it means to lose faith – in God, in relationships and in one’s self.
The production is designed by Brian Prather (sets), Kristina Sneshkoff (costumes), Scott Pinkney (lights) and Brad Berridge (sound). Paul Vella is production stage manager.
Shining City opened at the Biltmore Theatre on Broadway in 2006 where it received two Tony Award nominations, including Best Play and prompted The London Telegraph to describe Conor McPherson as ‘the finest dramatist of his generation…’. The Broadway production starred Oliver Platt, Brian F. O’Byrne, Martha Plimpton and Peter Scanvino.
Irish playwright Conor McPherson took London and Broadway by storm with the critically acclaimed Shining City. His other plays include The Seafarer, The Weir, Rum & Vodka, The Good Thief, This Lime Tree Bower, St. Nicholas, and Dublin Carol, and his many awards include the Olivier Award for Best New Play, the Evening Standard award, and the London Critics’ Circle Award.
Shining City is sponsored by The Claudia and Steven Perles Family Foundation and sponsored in part by Sydelle and Lee Blatt.
Shining City will be presented at the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Performances Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Thursdays and Saturdays at 4pm (excluding June 18 and 20), and Sunday at 3pm. Press Opening: Sunday, June 21 at 3pm. Tickets start at $40. Low priced previews June 18 and 19 are $15. Youth ages 6-18, tickets $15 all performances (subject to availability). For ticket and performance information, call the BSC Box Office at (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, was named “Best Theatre Company” in Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region, and was awarded “Best Summer Theater in New England” by Yankee Magazine.