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Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Additions to their 2017 Spring Season

Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) announces additions to their 2017 Spring season, including: the return of the Laugh Lounge Series at the Garage and the On the Stage Series, as well as the fourth annual Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals at The Colonial Theatre. New this year, as part of the Encore! Series, BTG will present a High School Student Cabaret at The Unicorn Theatre.

Hailed as "The Best Place to see Comedy" by The Berkshire Record, join us at The Laugh Lounge at The Garage! Now on Thursday nights, for only $5, the Laugh Lounge presents acclaimed comedians come from near and far.  After the show, head down the street to Methuselah Bar & Lounge and show your Laugh Lounge ticket for a $5 beverage. Mark your calendars for 2/16, 3/16, 4/27 and 5/25!

The On The Stage Series gives audiences the opportunity to see their favorite performers, up close and personal, with artists and audience together on the historic Colonial stage. This year, folk singer/songwriter and musician, Jeffrey Foucault; and folk band Dana Louise and the Glorious Birds make their On The Stage debut.

The fourth annual Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals features ten-minute encore performances from this year's Berkshire County high school musicals. And, new this year, as part of the Encore! Series, BTG will present a High School Student Cabaret at The Unicorn Theatre. Ticket proceeds benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group's year-round education program. At the heart of BTG PLAYS! is a passionate commitment to bring live theatre, and all its inherent excitement and creativity, to children throughout our region. In addition, for many of these students, this is the first theatrical experience on a professional stage. BTG hopes this experience will stimulate a lifelong love of theatre and help produce the next generation of playgoers, actors or other theatre professionals.

Tickets are now on sale. For tickets, please contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444, or online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Laugh Lounge: Emma Willmann 
at The Garage
Thursday, April 27 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $5

Hailed as "The Best Place to see Comedy" by The Berkshire Record, join us at The Laugh Lounge at The Garage! Now on Thursday nights, for only $5, the Laugh Lounge presents acclaimed comedians come from near and far.  After the show, head down the street to Methuselah Bar & Lounge and show your Laugh Lounge ticket for a $5 beverage.


Emma Willmann is one of the New York comedy scene's fast risers. In the past two years, she was featured in Just for Laughs New Faces, was named one of the "10 Funniest Women in New York” according to Time Out New York, featured in Elle Magazine, performed at the NY Comedy Cellar, became a regular on SiriusXM's Raw Dog, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and will soon be appearing on a new show on FuseTV.

High School Student Cabaret
directed by Travis G. Daly
at The Unicorn Theatre
Wednesday, May 10 at 7pm
Tickets: $10

BTG's first annual High School Student Cabaret features students from all over the county performing songs, poetry, dance and more! This cabaret-style setting celebrates student collaboration and features tried and true favorites and original works.

Ticket proceeds benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group's year-round education program. At the heart of BTG PLAYS! is a passionate commitment to bring live theatre, and all its inherent excitement and creativity, to children throughout our region. In addition, for many of these students, this is the first theatrical experience on a professional stage. BTG hopes this experience will stimulate a lifelong love of theatre and help produce the next generation of playgoers, actors or other theatre professionals.

Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals
directed by Travis G. Daly
at The Colonial Theatre
Friday, May 12 at 7pm
Tickets: Adults: $15, Children 16 and under: $12


The fourth annual Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals features ten-minute encore performances from this year's Berkshire County high school musicals.

Ticket proceeds benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group's year-round education program. At the heart of BTG PLAYS! is a passionate commitment to bring live theatre, and all its inherent excitement and creativity, to children throughout our region. In addition, for many of these students, this is the first theatrical experience on a professional stage. BTG hopes this experience will stimulate a lifelong love of theatre and help produce the next generation of playgoers, actors or other theatre professionals.

Laugh Lounge: Joe Zimmerman
at The Garage
Thursday, May 25 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $5

Hailed as "The Best Place to see Comedy" by The Berkshire Record, join us at The Laugh Lounge at The Garage! Now on Thursday nights, for only $5, the Laugh Lounge presents acclaimed comedians come from near and far.  After the show, head down the street to Methuselah Bar & Lounge and show your Laugh Lounge ticket for a $5 beverage.

New York City-based comedian, Joe Zimmerman, has had an eventful couple of years. In addition to making his Comedy Central debut on John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show, he was also one of the prestigious comedians to be chosen to film a Comedy Central Half Hour Stand-Up Special in 2014. Joe made his late night debut on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, performed on Nickelodeon's NickMom Night Out, appeared on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show, and was chosen as one of the acclaimed New Faces at Just For Laughs Montreal, where he was positively reviewed by both The Spit Take and Time Out NY.  Joe's debut album Smiling at Wolves reached #2 on the ITunes Comedy charts when released by New Wave Entertainment in January 2014.

Praised for an accessible style pairing absurdism with a fun loving demeanor, Joe has been personally selected by Ricky Gervais as a Conan contest finalist, other festivals, and can be heard regularly on SiriusXM and Pandora.


HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES SPECIAL EVENTS IN CONJUNCTION WITH SUZAN-LORI PARKS’ PULITZER PRIZE WINNER TOPDOG/UNDERDOG

AUDIO-DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES

Saturday, April 1 at 2pm

The Huntington Theatre Company offers audio description for blind and low-vision patrons at designated performances.

Tickets are $20 for each patron and an additional $20 ticket can be purchased for a guest. To reserve tickets, please contact Access Coordinator Meg O’Brien at mobrien@huntingtontheatre.org or 617 273 1558.

A CONVERSATION WITH HARVARD PROFESSOR GLENDA R. CARPIO

Sunday, April 2 after the 2pm performance

Join Harvard professor Glenda Carpio and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland for a post-show discussion after the 2pm performance of Topdog/Underdog on April 2.

Glenda R. Carpio is Professor of African and African American Studies and English at Harvard University. Her book, Laughing Fit to Kill: Black Humor in the Fictions of Slavery was published by Oxford University Press in 2008. She is currently working on a book on immigration, expatriation, and exile in American literature. Professor Carpio recently co-edited African American Literary Studies: New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges (2011) with Professor Werner Sollors. Professor Carpio started her teaching career in Compton, California where she taught 8th grade English and 4th grade through the Teach for America program. She recently received Harvard University’s Abramson Award for Excellence and Sensitivity in Undergraduate Teaching. She received her PhD in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and her BA was earned at Vassar College. She was awarded tenure at Harvard University in 2009.  Professor Carpio was named one of the ROOT.com 100 for 2010.

ROXBURY COMMUNITY COLLEGE NIGHT

Tuesday, April 4, following the 7:30pm performance

Roxbury Community College students, faculty, and alumni are invited to attend the Roxbury Community College Night performance of Topdog/Underdog. After the show, join Reverend Liz Walker, Kim McLarin, Daniel Callahan, Ashleigh Gordon, and Robbie McCauley for a special post-show discussion moderated by Roxbury Community College’s Director of Fine, Performing, and Media Arts Marshall Hughes.

Reverend Liz Walker is pastor of Roxbury Presbyterian Church. She was called to this ministry after 21 years as Boston’s first African American television news anchor on WBZ and 12 years of humanitarian work in war torn Sudan where she co-founded My Sisters’ Keeper, a grassroots initiative that built a school for girls, the first of its kind in that country’s southern region. Under Reverend Walker’s leadership, Roxbury Presbyterian Church is home to the Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing, an innovative effort that addresses the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder in a low income African American community too often overrun by violence. In addition to building the girls’ school in Akon, South Sudan, Reverend Walker helped initiate an inter-tribal women’s program called Sisterhood for Peace, a network of Sudanese women that collaborated for peace across race, ethnicity, religion and geography. Reverend Walker is an advisor to the Women2Women International Leadership Program which is creating a network of promising young activists from around the world, and she has done extensive work with the State Department in Brussels, Belgium helping young Muslims, Christians and Jews develop intercultural communications skills. Before Boston, her career in television news took her from Arkansas to Colorado then on to San Francisco where she received television’s highest honor, the Emmy Award for her coverage of the Jonestown massacre, one of the most horrific tragedies in American history. A 2005 graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Reverend Walker is a member of the Core Strategy Team of the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and serves on the Board for the New England Chapter of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

Kim McLarin is the author of three critically-acclaimed novels and the memoir Divorce Dog: Men, Motherhood and Midlife, as well as co-author of Growing Up X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kim McLarin. Her short fiction has appeared in Calaloo, The Double Dealer, Solstice and Confrontation, and other publications. Her nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Glamour, The Washington Post, Slate, The Morning News, and other newspapers and magazines. She is a former reporter for The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Associated Press. Ms. McLarin is an associate professor in the Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston and a regular commentator on “Basic Black” on WGBH.

Daniel Callahan is a writer, director and multimedia artist and designer living in Roxbury. He refers to his work as “transmedia” in that it merges various disciplines including but not limited to sound, video, painting, collage, photography, and performance to create immersive experiences that seek to transcend medium and bridge the gap between the mundane and metaphysical. He is most known for his painterly technique of MassQing; the ritual application of paint to the face used to reveal rather than conceal one’s inner essence. In using the human face as a canvas Mr. Callahan’s work requires an intimate encounter between artist, subject, and viewer and derives from the ancient phenomenon of body decoration practiced by nearly all indigenous cultures on the planet.

He is also currently working on his directorial debut; a feature length psychological drama film entitled Come On In which he wrote, and is co-starring and co-producing. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where he received the Fine Arts Chair Award for outstanding work in a senior thesis exhibit. He is currently a Graduate MFA Fellow in the Visual Media Arts Program at Emerson College. His work has been featured in the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Institute of Contemporary Art and has been featured in such publications as Believer Magazine, The Bay State Banner, and Words Beats & Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture. He is co-founder of the artist collective Fear & Fancy; a recipient of the Donor Circle for the Arts Grant, out of Oakland, California. yearofthemassq.com. comeoninfilm.com.

Ashleigh Gordon has performed throughout North America, Europe, and Hong Kong, ranging from chamber and orchestral music settings to Off Broadway and new music productions. Passionate about contemporary music, Ms. Gordon performs regularly with the Callithumpian Consort, ECCE Ensemble and Sound Energy (of which she is the founder), and has performed and recorded with Switzerland's Ensemble Proton, Germany's Ensemble Modern, and Boston's BMOP. As an advocate of social change through education, she is a viola instructor in the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra's Intensive Community Program (ICP), a rigorous string instrumental program which provides instruction to populations often underrepresented in classical music. As an entrepreneur, she is artistic director and violist of Castle of our Skins (COOS), a concert and educational series devoted to celebrating black artistry through music. With COOS, she brings thought-provoking concert experiences blending music, spoken word, history and culture to classrooms and concert halls in Boston and beyond. In recognition for her work, she has presented at IDEAS UMass Boston and 180 Degrees Festival in Bulgaria; has been featured in print, on air and television in the International Musician Magazine, All Ears podcast and Boston’s Neighborhood Networks; and was recently awarded the 2016 Charles Walton Diversity Advocate Award from the American Federation of Musicians. She is a 2015 St. Botolph Emerging Artist Award recipient and can be heard on chamber music and orchestral recordings under the Mode, Siemens, BMOP/Sound, Navona and Musiques-Suisse record labels.

Robbie McCauley is a Theatre Arts USA Ford Fellow (2012) and has been an active presence in the American avant-garde theatre for several decades. She is the recipient of a Bessie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Performance, received an Obie Award for her play Sally's Rape, and recently received the IRNE Award (Independent Reviewers of New England) for the writing and performance of her play SUGAR as well as a 2015 nomination for Jazz ‘n Class. She is widely anthologized including Extreme Exposure; Moon Marked and Touched by Sun; and Performance and Cultural Politics edited respectively by Jo Bonney, Sydne Mahone, and Elin Diamond; and recently in Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic and Solo Black Woman edited by E. Patrick Johnson and Joni L. Jones respectively. One of the early cast members of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, Ms. McCauley went on to write, direct and perform regularly in cities across the country and abroad striving to facilitate dialogues on race between local whites and blacks, and other ethnic groups, in various regions. She created the Primary Sources series, produced by The Arts Company in Mississippi, Boston, and Los Angeles. In 1998, her “Buffalo Project” was highlighted as one of "The 51 (or So) Greatest Avant-Garde Moments" by the Village Voice; a roster that included work by artists such as Igor Stravinsky, Pablo Picasso, and John Cage. She continues to direct, act, and write for theatre in the Boston theatre community where she is co-founder and artistic director of Roxbury Repertory Theatre. She was the 2013-2014 Monan Professor at Boston College and is professor emerita of Emerson College Department of Performing Arts.

A CONVERSATION WITH MIT PROFESSOR SANDY ALEXANDRE

Saturday, April 8 after the 2pm performance

Join MIT professor Sandy Alexandre and Huntington dramaturg Charles Haugland for a post-show discussion after the 2pm performance of Topdog/Underdog on April 8.

Sandy Alexandre’s research spans the late 19th-century to present-day black American literature and culture. Her first book, The Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching (Mississippi 2012), uses the history of American lynching violence as a framework to understand matters concerning displacement, property ownership, and the American pastoral ideology in a literary context. For example, in one chapter — on Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987) — she asks readers to consider the gendered implications of seeing lynching iconography itself as a form of owned property. Ms. Alexandre is currently writing another book, Up From Chattels: Thinghood in an Ethics of Black Curation, which will take as its point of departure the premise that the former, enforced condition of black Americans as fungible merchandise can haunt, inform, and morally energize, to some extent, their very own relationships to material objects. This book will explore how some black Americans create what Ms. Alexandre calls a “culture of significance” with material objects. Using literary analysis, studying material artifacts, and engaging the work of black collectors, Ms. Alexandre argues that this improvised, curated, and eventually sacralized culture of subject-object relations constitutes an immanent critique of consumer capitalism. Overall, Ms. Alexandre’s work takes into serious account the ways in which an ecology comprised of people, places, and things can, at once, reverberate and attempt to negotiate the various instances of racial violence that mark the aggregate of US history.


Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Additions to their 2017 Colonial Theatre Programming

Reuniting Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship,
and Grateful Dead Alumni
The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead '69

Emmy Award-Nominated Comedian
Janeane Garofalo

Rock n' Roll Legends
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes


New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players
I've Got A Little Twist

Catch the Fever:
An Evening with Fabrizio and the Fever

Bobby Sweet

CD Release Party

Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) announces additions to their 2017 Colonial Theatre programming: Catch the Fever: An Evening with Fabrizio and the Fever (5/19); Bobby Sweet CD Release Party (6/11); The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead '69, reuniting Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, and Grateful Dead alumni (6/17); Emmy Award-nominated comedian, Janeane Garofalo (8/12); rock n' roll legends, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (8/17); and New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players, I've Got A Little Twist (8/18).

Tickets are now on sale. For tickets, please contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444, or online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Bobby Sweet CD Release Party 
At The Colonial Theatre
Sunday, June 11 at 7pm
Tickets: $15

Bobby has shared the bill with top country and folk artists Vince Gill, Martin Sexton, Pete Seeger, and many others. As a sought-after lead guitarist he has opened for George Jones, Asleep at the Wheel, Willie Nelson, and more. He recently returned home from his fourth US tour with Arlo Guthrie. 

As a songwriter, Bobby was selected as a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival in TX. His songs have also received recognition from The Billboard Songwriting Contest and have aired on many hit television series including Nashville, Touched By An Angel, Walker Texas Ranger, and CSI.

This concert celebrates the release of Bobby's eagerly-awaited new album, All These Changes. This Berkshire native will be performing with his BSweet Band, featuring Pete Adams, Abe Guthrie, Bruce Mandel, and Andy Crawford.

The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead '69
at The Colonial Theatre
Saturday, June 17 at 8pm
Tickets: A: $50 B: $25

The Airplane Family & Friends with Live Dead '69 reunites Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Grateful Dead alumni, and other musical luminaries, comprising a veritable "Who's Who” of "The Summer of Love's” legendary musicians.

The Airplane Family & Friends band members include: Darby Slick, composer of "Somebody To Love,” who launched the career of Grace Slick in his band The Great Society before she joined Jefferson Airplane in 1966; Peter Kaukonen, a founding member of both Hot Tuna and Jefferson Starship, and a member of Jefferson Airplane; Prairie Prince, Jefferson Starship drummer (1992-2007), co-founded The Tubes, and regularly tours with Todd Rundgren; Slick Aguilar, lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship (1992-2015) and David Crosby (1983-1986); Eva Avila, Canadian Idol winner, actress (The Wall Theatrical Extravaganza) makes her U.S. debut reprising Grace Slick's vocal repertoire; Joli Valenti, son of Dino Valenti, sings Marty Balin's timeless parts, and brings selections from Quicksilver Messenger Service.

Live Dead '69 is comprised of original Grateful Dead pianist, Tom Constanten, who played all the keyboards on the original "Live Dead” recording, and Mark Karan, lead guitarist with Bob Weir's Rat Dog and The Other Ones, which featured every other surviving Grateful Dead member. Live Dead '69 shall perform the classic "Live Dead” (recorded in 1969) in its entirety for the first time anywhere ever.

Janeane Garofalo
at The Colonial Theatre
Saturday, August 12 at 8pm
Tickets: $39.50

Emmy Award-nominated Actress and comedian, SNL alum Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films, such as: The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Wet Hot American Summer, Ratatouille, Steal This Movie, Reality Bites, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Mystery Men, The Ten and The Cable Guy. Janeane co-authored the bestseller Feel This Book, with Ben Stiller. 

In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer, and stand-up comedy entertainer, known and respected around the world. She was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, The Majority Report. A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane's well informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between. 

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
at The Colonial Theatre
Thursday, August 17 at 8pm
Tickets: A: $50 • B: $30


"For I've always wanted to be a Juke...and I still do." –Jon Bon Jovi

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are legends in the rock n' roll scene. For over thirty years they have been delighting audiences and recording music in their hard-driving style. They have turned out more than thirty albums, thousands of live performances around the globe and produced a legion of dedicated and enthusiastic fans. These musical giants of the Jersey Shore influenced musicians from Bruce Springsteen to Bon Jovi and are still going strong today.

Just last year, the iconic Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes released the highly-acclaimed Soultime!, their first new studio CD of all original material in five years.

Southside's first three albums, I Don't Want To Go Home, This Time It's for Real, and Hearts of Stone were produced by Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band, The Sopranos) and featured songs written by Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen. "I Don't Want To Go Home” became Southside's signature song, an evocative mix of horn-based melodic riffs and soul-searching lyrics. Rolling Stone Magazine voted Hearts of Stone among the top 100 albums of the 1970s and 1980s.

With a decades-long successful career, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes continue to deliver their soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B, with material mined from their many albums, featuring hits like "I Don't Want To Go Home,” "Love On The Wrong Side Of Town,” "The Fever,” "This Time It's For Real,” "Talk To Me,” and their definitive fun-time cover of "We're Having A Party.” The Jukes' legendary high-energy live performances always satisfy with their classic blend of Stax-influenced R&B and gritty, rock and roll.

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players I've Got A Little Twist
at The Colonial Theatre
Friday, August 18 at 8pm
Tickets: Premium: $45 • A: $35 • B: $25

Take Gilbert & Sullivan, add a twist of Broadway, and stir! It's where The Mikado meets The Music Man. Where the HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. Where The Pirates of Penzance take shore leave On The Town. It's a one-of-a-kind show that proves the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire is as fun, fresh and full of life as, well, three little maids from school! See for yourself as New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players celebrates the legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in American musical theater, featuring favorites from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe, Meredith Willson, and Jerry Herman. 


PROVOCATIVE AND MOVING DRAMA THE WHO & THE WHAT BY PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR AYAD AKHTAR BEGINS FRIDAY, MARCH 31 AT THE HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY

The Huntington Theatre Company will present the provocative and moving drama The Who & the What by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced) and directed by Huntington Associate Producer M. Bevin O’Gara (Milk Like Sugar, Becoming Cuba). Performances begin Friday, March 31 and by popular demand the production has been extended through May 7, 2017 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. 

“After last season’s hit Disgraced, I am looking forward to having another story by Ayad Akhtar brought to life on our stage,” says Huntington Artistic Director Peter DuBois. “;The Who & the What provides a unique, vitally important look into the Muslim American experience through the lens of faith and family.”;

In The Who & the What, brilliant novelist Zarina is writing about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gap between her modern life and traditional heritage. When her conservative father discovers her controversial manuscript, they all must confront the beliefs that define them. The Who & the What is a fierce and funny new play about relationships, religion, and the contradictions that make us who we are. The Associated Press describes it as “a vibrant culture-clash drama simmering with humor.”;

“I am so excited to share the loving and thorny tale of Zarina’s family with Boston audiences,” says playwright Ayad Akhtar. “;Disgraced at the Huntington was a very gratifying experience for me, and I am so honored this play is a part of the Huntington’s season.”;

“Last season’s Disgraced generated intense and thoughtful discussions after each performance, with hundreds of audience members staying behind to share their thoughts with us and with their fellow theatregoers,” says Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso. “We are looking forward to building on those conversations this season with The Who & the What. We are lining up a series of speakers to lead audience members in thought-provoking and stimulating conversations after most performances, about the play, about faith in America, and about Muslim American identity, at a time when those conversations could not be more important.”

The Who & the What is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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at The Unicorn Theatre 
The Larry Vaber Stage 
BTG's Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street 
Wednesday, June 14 through  Saturday, July 15 

Sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig and Furlano and Arace, PC

Tony Award-winning jukebox musical, and epic night of rock 'n roll, Million Dollar Quartet brings you into the recording studio with icons, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Based on a true story, set on December 4, 1956, Million Dollar Quartet follows the tale of these four legendary musicians, as they come together for one monumental night of music at Sun Records in Memphis. This smash-hit musical includes classic tunes such as: "Blue Suede Shoes,” "Fever,” "Walk the Line,” "Sixteen Tons,” "Who Do You Love?,” "Great Balls of Fire,” "Folsom Prison Blues,” "Hound Dog,” and more.

at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 83 East Main Street
Thursday, June 22 through Saturday, July 22 


Sponsored by: Blantyre, Country Curtains and Red Lion Inn, Natalie and Howard Shawn, David and Susan Auerbach

After joining the staff at a school for the deaf, speech therapist with an unorthodox approach to education, James, played by Joshua Jackson (TV: The AffairDawson's CreekFringe; Film: Cruel IntentionsLay The Favorite; West End: A Life In The Theatre; Off-Broadway: Smart People), becomes infatuated by Sarah, a vivacious, yet delicate, deaf woman, played by Lauren Ridloff (Former Miss Deaf America; Film: Wonderstruck). James tries to help Sarah, a school dropout, navigate her way through the hearing world, however Sarah finds solace in her sphere of silence. Yearning to understand each other, yet set in their ways, a romance unfolds as the two attempt to communicate their heart’s desires not only to one another, but with the world around them. Select performances will include an ASL interpreter. Please visit our website for more information, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.

at The Colonial Theatre 
BTG's Pittsfield Campus, 111 South Street
Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, August 6 

Sponsored by: Greylock Federal Credit Union, Greylock Insurance Company, Lyon Aviation, Dr. Richard Ziter, Phyllis Parvin and The Berkshire Eagle

The Music Man is about a con-man who ultimately does good by a community. "Professor" Harold Hill's heart opens up through the course of one of America's most beloved musicals. In the magical number "'Till There Was You," we all recognize that the power of love is greater than all else, and change is always possible. In fact, Harold Hill and the children of River City, Iowa, remind us that the ordinary can indeed be changed to the extraordinary.

This beloved musical features over 100 talented Berkshire youth, as well as Rylan Morsbach (BTG: Mary Poppins, The Homecoming), who was recently hailed as "terrific” by The New York Times in BTG's Off-Broadway transfer of Fiorello!. With eccentric characters and a warm, optimistic story, this charming musical is filled with memorable tunes such as, "Ya Got Trouble," "Gary, Indiana," and more.

at The Unicorn Theatre 
The Larry Vaber Stage 
BTG's Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street 
Wednesday, July 19 through Saturday, August 26   


Sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig and Furlano and Arace, PC

Set in New York City, Act 1, Homelife opens with a look inside the isolated marriage of wealthy textbook company executive, Peter, played by David Adkins (BTG: Thoreau or, Return to Walden; Poe), and his articulate, Upper East Side wife, Ann, played by Tara Franklin (BTG: The Homecoming, Lion in Winter, Equus). Unable to communicate their feelings to each other, the foundation of their marriage is built on unspoken agreements. Somehow, they find comfort in their boring relationship, yet, they are never truly on the same page. Act 2, The Zoo Story, follows Peter to Central Park. While sitting on a park bench, Peter encounters forlorn and forsaken stranger, Jerry, played by Joey Collins (BTG: The Homecoming, Broadway: The Glass Menagerie). This stranger, who appears desperate for human contact and connection, forces Peter to listen to his stories, as he digs deeper into Peter's life, and his own.

at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage 
BTG's Stockbridge Campus, 83 East Main Street 
Thursday, July 27 through Saturday, August 19

Sponsored by: Blantyre, Country Curtains and Red Lion Inn

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby Brewster, played by Harriet Harris (Broadway:Thoroughly Modern Millie; TV: Frasier) and Martha Brewster, played by Mia Dillon (Broadway: Crimes of the Heart). However, shortly after Mortimer's arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer's dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan, played by Harriet Harris’ real-life husband, Matt Sullivan.

at The Unicorn Theatre 
The Larry Vaber Stage 
BTG's Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street 
Thursday, September 28 through Sunday, October 22   

Sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig and Furlano and Arace, PC

Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, David Auburn (Proof), Lost Lake is an engrossing, evocative play. Part drama, part melancholy comedy, Lost Lake follows the story of Veronica and Hogan; imperfect strangers, tangled up in each other's lives by circumstance. Veronica, hopelessly in need of an escape from life's uphill battle, takes her children to a lakeside rental. Unfortunately for Veronica, not only is the property less than ideal, it also includes a bedraggled and secluded estate owner, Hogan. Both fighting their own battles, the two outcasts find complicated comfort in their shared isolation.



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