PS21 to Open New Performance Venue in April [Berkshire on Stage]

February 1st, 2018, 1:30 pm by Sara

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century will open the doors to its new state-of-the-art black box theater on Saturday, April 14. For the previous 12 years, Chatham’s PS21 has presented a dynamic program of contemporary dance, classical and roots music, and live theater throughout the summer months under a saddle-span concert tent.

The new facility is an extraordinary leap from a summer-only tent to fully equipped, year-round professional theater.

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Judy Grunberg is PS21’s founder, Board President and a Chatham resident. One day in 1995 when Judy’s son Noah was in architecture school, her late husband Paul said, “Chatham could use a theater, a performing arts space, and maybe Noah could design it.”

“He just kind of threw it out there,” Judy said. “I thought, ‘What a cool idea.’ That put the spark in my head. My parents were both amateur musicians, our friends were musicians. My mother and I went to see all types of dance, from Broadway shows to ballet to folk dance. It’s hard for me to imagine my life without art in it. Paul was right. A performing arts space is just what we needed.”

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