BSC Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
April 28, 2020
The world seems to be moving at lightning speed, and we are so grateful to you, our loyal patrons, for being patient as we determined the best path forward in 2020.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Barrington Stage is postponing our previously announced 2020 season until the summer of 2021. We want to present these plays and musicals to you, as intended, in glorious full productions, and that is just not possible this year.
However, we think there is a strong need to do an alternate season that honors live theatre, that allows us to assemble safely and reminds us we are not alone in this self-isolated world we find ourselves in. We want to give you a safe place where you can experience wonderful stories and music and for a few short hours transport you to a different world.
We have carefully devised a plan on how to proceed in the most responsible way possible, which includes following social distancing (SD) guidelines to ensure the safety of our performers and audiences.* Given the extensive precautions and preventive measures we are taking, we look forward to being able to support the artists, the staff and the Pittsfield community through what we do best — live theatre.
In our Mainstage theatre, we will be reducing capacity to a third of the available 520 seats to accommodate SD seating (please see map). Beginning August 5, Mark H. Dold will star in David Cale’s captivating and seductive one-man show, Harry Clarke. The Mainstage will also host our Monday Night Concert Series, featuring the legendary jazz and cabaret singer Marilyn Maye (August 24), and singer/songwriter Ann Hampton Callaway performing “The Linda Ronstadt Songbook,” with Billy Stritch at the piano (August 31).
On September 5, the Mainstage will host a reading of Eleanor, a new one-woman play about the life of Eleanor Roosevelt by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain, starring Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella), and soon after, a return engagement of our enormously popular 10×10 New Play Festival (September 9–20). The Price, by Arthur Miller, will play as originally scheduled from October 1–18.
Outdoor Venue in Pittsfield (TBD)
In anticipation of South Pacific in 2021, we will present South Pacific: In Concert (August 21–23) at an outdoor venue in Pittsfield. These outdoor performances, which will also employ all social distancing practices being implemented at the Mainstage, are an opportunity to preview this brilliant Tony Award-winning musical and to bring the Pittsfield community together so they can experience live entertainment after months of isolation. We will dedicate one performance to hospital care workers and first responders.
Ticketing & Social Distancing Information
Additional information on all of these performances and the best practices of socially distanced seating can be found on our website. The box office is now open for 2020 sales and will be available by phone or email Monday, 10am–3pm, and Tuesday–Friday, 10am–5pm. The box office will remain closed for in-person transactions until further notice. Click here for more information on box office hours and how to purchase tickets.
If you have tickets for the postponed productions and are not able to reschedule your visit, we ask that you consider donating your tickets to Barrington Stage as a tax-deductible donation. Your support is vital to Barrington Stage as we move forward with our efforts to provide the best season possible to accommodate this new environment. If you have the means to support us instead of requesting a refund, it would mean a great deal to us, especially during such uncertain times.
Wait times may be longer than normal to reach our box office by phone, due to high call volume, so please use the button below or email the box office at BoxOffice@BarringtonStageCo.org.
Special Hero Ticket Offer
We are also offering an especially flexible option at this time. Be our hero! From now through May 15, we’re offering a special Hero Ticket — for only $49, you can book the best seat available in any section, to any performance in our 2020 or 2021 season — or give them to your personal hero: an essential worker, a friend or neighbor. Our profound gratitude to our heroes, Laurie and Marty Schwartz, who will match all Hero Tickets purchased with a donation of up to $10,000.
Thank you all for your patience and support. It is greatly appreciated — and needed — at this difficult time.
Be well, take care, and thank you.
*The above plan is subject to change. We will continue to follow all state and federal guidelines.
We live in extraordinary times. Our world is changing every day, and we are all adjusting as best as we can to the shifting landscape. At Barrington Stage, we are weighing the information as it becomes available and carefully heeding state and federal guidelines on all preventative measures.
We’re currently adopting a “wait and see” posture toward our 2020 season. All of us could use a bright spot to look forward to right now, and to that end, we expect to announce an adjusted season very soon. However, above all else, we must first and foremost ensure the health and well-being of our staff and artists, our patrons and our community.
We are keenly aware of the role we play in our local economy, and for many of our city’s youth, we are a vital lifeline. We remain cautiously optimistic that, working together, we will again see Pittsfield and the Berkshires vibrant and joyful this year.
Thank you for your understanding and support at this difficult time. Until we are able to share much-needed good news, please take care of yourselves and those you love.
To our BSC Community:
We want to acknowledge the very challenging and uncharted times we are living in. We hope that above all, you are staying safe and taking care of yourselves.
Some of our patrons have asked whether the 2020 season will go on as planned, and what our ticket policies are in response to the coronavirus.
We wish we could continue with our season uninterrupted; however, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the first production of our season, The Great Leap. We will now begin the season on June 18 with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics, by Nilo Cruz. This was not an easy decision, as it affects the many people who contribute to making our shows possible: our subscribers, our ticket holders, our donors, our artists, our actors and our craftspersons.
If you have already purchased tickets to The Great Leap, we ask that you please consider the following options:
- exchanging your tickets for another 2020 production, or
- donating your tickets and receiving a tax deduction for the total ticket value, or
- receiving a credit equal to the amount of your purchase, valid through 2021.
We are also happy to refund any tickets already purchased for cancelled performances. As you can imagine, this unplanned loss of ticket revenue impacts the financial security of our theatre, and your support means the world to us.
At the present time, all other productions are planned to continue as scheduled. We hope there is no further need to contact you, but we will be in communication if there are any additional changes to our upcoming season. If any performances are postponed or cancelled, or you are unable to attend due to COVID-19, please consider the above options.
For our loyal passholders, please email any questions to BoxOffice@BarringtonStageCo.org or call 413.236.8888 to discuss how we may best accommodate you.
During times like these, it is helpful to remember the power of live theatre is to inspire, to educate, and to fill us with hope and joy. We look forward to returning to business as usual and what we do best at Barrington Stage Company, creating theatre experiences that engage and excite our audiences.
Stay safe — and take care,