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BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
RECEIVES $90K SHUBERT FOUNDATION GRANT
IN SUPPORT OF 2019 SEASON
(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $90,000 grant from The Shubert Foundation.
The Shubert Foundation’s 2019 grant programs awarded a record-breaking total of $32 million to 556 not-for-profit performing arts organizations across the United States.
Granted in the category of Theatre, the award will support Barrington Stage Company’s 2019 season.
“The Shubert Foundation’s support is vital to the success of Barrington Stage. We are honored to be receiving this grant and are thrilled that the Shubert Foundation has recognized the work we do,” said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.
Since the establishment of The Shubert Foundation grants program in 1977, over $474 million has been awarded to not-for-profit arts organizations throughout the United States. Ranging from $10,000-$325,000, the grants benefit a broad spectrum of arts organizations from large to small, covering a wide range of locations around the country, from urban to rural. The Shubert Foundation is especially interested in providing support to professional resident theatre and dance companies that develop and produce new American work.
Barrington Stage Company’s 2019 season, running from May through October, includes Into the Woods, Gertrude and Claudius, Fall Springs and American Underground on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage; Hold These Truths, America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro, Time Flies and Other Comedies and If I Forget on the St. Germain Stage; as well as numerous special concerts, cabarets and Ragtag Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel.
About The Shubert Foundation
The Shubert Foundation, Inc., established in 1945 by Lee and J.J. Shubert, in memory of their brother Sam, is the sole shareholder of The Shubert Organization, Inc. Since its founding in 1900,The Shubert Organization has produced and co-produced hundreds of plays and musicals, both in New York and in cities across the country. Currently, the company owns and operates 17 Broadway theatres and six Off-Broadway venues.
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning regional theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC has a three-fold mission: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people.
Barrington Stage commissioned and produced the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, which also won the Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright in 2016 and recently concluded a Broadway run, starring Kerry Washington.
Barrington Stage first 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, BSC premiered 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) played Off Broadway at the Westside Theatre. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical On the Town was originally produced at BSC in 2013 before transferring to Broadway, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. In 2016, Barrington Stage swept the first annual Berkshire Theatre Awards by winning 20 out of the 25 awards. In 2017, BSC produced the much-lauded revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit. In 2018, BSC produced the critically-acclaimed production of West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ 100th birthdays. BSC has won the Best of the Berkshires Readers’ Choice for Best Live Theatre for the past three years. 2019 marks BSC’s 25th Season Anniversary.
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