The Barrington Stage Company, just one of the excellent theater companies that call the Berkshires home, has announced their upcoming 2013 Season. This season’s shows explore ethnicity, race and life as only theater can: Up close, personal, and in the moment. The upcoming season will be a busy one. Here’s a few highlights of the upcoming season:
Chaim Potok’s The Chosen explores facets of Jewish life in New York City during World War II, through the friendship of two boys of very different Jewish households. After the July 23rd performance, the cast will be available during a free talk-back session with the audience following the performance. July 18th to August 3rd are the running dates for this show.
Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s Classic Comedies, of course. It is a battle of the sexes fought with witty and hilarious insults. This show, features a talk-back session as well, following the August 13th performance. Barrington Stage Company says “See why many call Much Ado the precursor to the screwball comedy.” This play runs from August 8th to August 25th.
Tony and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Clybourne Park is a comedic and smart play, “a provocative and wickedly funny play about race, real estate and American values” (Barrington Stage Company). Playwright Bruce Norris’s script crackles with honesty. The show runs from September 26th to October 13th.
Bashir Lazhar is the play that inspired the movie 2012 Oscar-nominated film Monsieir Lazhar. Canadian playwright Evelyne de la Cheneliere tells “the story of a French-Algerian political refugee who is hurriedly hired as the teacher at an elementary school in Montreal for a class of distressed students. His unorthodox teaching methods draw him into surprisingly explosive territory.” (Barrington Stage Company) The cast talk-back session for this show is Tuesday, May 28, after the 7:30pm performance.
New play fans will not want to miss the 10 x 10 New Play Festival. This is just one part of the larger 10 x 10 Upstreet Arts Festival that is now in its second year in Pittsfield (just a few minutes’ drive from Hampton Terrace). Theater, film, poetry, music, visual are and much more are celebrated during this festival – another do not miss event!
You can get more information about the upcoming season (including even more shows) and purchasing tickets at the Barrington Stage Company Website. Right now you can purchase season passes starting at $60 for Mainstage Passes and $224 for Combo Passes which allow you access to even more programming.