We haven’t quite turned the page on 2009 yet, but the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Mass. has announced its production schedule for 2010.
As previously announced, the centerpiece of BSC’s summer season will be Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s Tony Award-winning musical thriller “Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” opening BSC’s 16th season on June 17 and continuing its run through July 17.
Other mainstage productions will include Yasmina Reza’s award-winning play “Art,” running from July 22 to August 7; and Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy “Absurd Person Singular” (August 12-29), directed by Jesse Berger.
BSC Stage 2 will present the New England premiere Matthew Lopez’s new play “The Whipping Man,” directed by Christopher Innvar. Running from May 27-June 13, the play tells the tale of a Jewish Confederate soldier returns home to Richmond after the Civil War to be greeted by his two black servants, reared Jewish and now free men.
BSC’s acclaimed Musical Theatre Lab will kick off its fifth season with the world premiere of “Pool Boy” by Nikos Tsakalakos and Janet Allard. Running July 13-August 8, the musical follows the story of a pool boy whose summer is turned upside-down when he’s seduced by the glitz ‘n’ glam of LA, as well as a sexy, older woman.
The 2010 BSC schedule will extend beyond the summer months with a mainstage production of Arthur Miller’s classic “The Crucible” from October 6-24, and a stage adaptation of “A Christmas Story,” scheduled for a December run.
On February 6, 2010, BSC brings the sizzling Brazilian celebration of Carnivale to the Berkshires. The event will include exotic food and cocktails, dancing and live music by multicultural Latin band Los Sugar Kings. A special pre-party dinner will be held at 6pm, followed by the Carnivale at 8pm on the second floor of Jae’s Spice in downtown Pittsfield (297 North Street). Tickets for the 6pm pre-party dinner and 8pm Carnivale are $125 per person; tickets for just the 8pm Carnivale are $35 per person in advance, $40 at the door.
An Evening with Judy Collins will be held at the Mainstage on Monday, July 26 at 7pm. For more than 40 years, Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs
and contemporary themes. Collins won the 1975 Grammy for Song of the Year with her version of Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns.” Tickets for the concert are: VIP $65 (includes post-show reception and premium seating), Adults $45, Seniors $40, Youth $35.