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Workshop: Festival of Opera @ the Unicorn Theatre, Aug 23-31 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Workshop Festival of Opera at the Unicorn Theatre

The Berkshire Theatre Group is planning a week-long Festival of Opera at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Performances begin Saturday (August 23) and run through Sunday, August 31.

Presented in workshop form, some of opera’s rising stars will be featured in staged presentation of La Traviata, A Lover’s Tale and songs from the Romantics in The Paris Salon.

“This year, for the first time, we’re bringing a little opera back to the Berkshires,” Artistic Director/CEO Kate Maguire explains. “We have a week long workshop featuring A Lover’s Tale, an extraordinary compilation of Dumas’ original story about the Lady of the Camellias, Charles’s Ludlam’s Camille and La Traviata all rolled into one. Also that week, we will present a staged performance of La Traviata and a wonderful compilation of songs from the Romantics featuring the lovely soprano Megan Weston.”

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Korean War Vet Fights Drugs and PTSD in Revival of “A Hatful of Rain” @ Berkshire Theatre Group [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Actor Tommy Schrider stars in A Hatful of Rain in Stockbridge. (file photo)

Actor Tommy Schrider stars in “A Hatful of Rain” in Stockbridge. (file photo)

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Michael V. Gazzo’s A Hatful of Rain, a poignant foray into the devastating effects of heroin in the life of a Korean War veteran at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge. Preview performances begin at 7pm Wednesday (August 13); opening night is 8pm Saturday (August 16); and the production closes at 8pm August 30.

Tickets to A Hatful of Rain are $42 to $62; all preview tickets are $42. Veterans receive 20% off full price tickets.

The war fought abroad is just as devastating as the war fought within. This rings devastatingly true for Johnny Pope (Tommy Schrider) a Korean War veteran who has safely returned home to New York City and now struggles with drug addiction after being heavily medicated during his hospital stay.

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James and Keira Naughton Preparing for Premiere of “Cedars” [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014
James Naughton stars in Cedars at the Berkshire Theatre Group.

James Naughton stars in Cedars at the Berkshire Theatre Group.

Berkshire Theatre Group presents James Naughton in the world premiere of Cedars at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge. Opening night is Saturday (July 26) at 8pm; preview performances begin on Wednesday (July 23) at 8pm and the production closes Saturday, August 9 at 8pm.

In this world premiere, two-time Tony Award-winner James Naughton takes the stage as Gabe in Eric Tarloff’s one-man comedy, a raw and witty exploration of an estranged father-son relationship. Cedars is directed by Naughton’s daughter, Keira Naughton, who is a long-time BTG artist. She has acted in productions including: Birthday Boy, Macbeth, Faith Healer and The Book Club Play and most recently directed a stage adaptation of Roman Fever by Edith Wharton which featured Kim Taylor and BTG’s Artistic Director, Kate Maguire in 2013.

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The Singers Shine in “A Little Night Music” from Berkshire Theatre Group [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Kate Baldwin and Graham  Rowat (photo: Reid Thompson)

Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat (photo: Reid Thompson)

Theatre review by Gail M. Burns and Roseann Cane

Gail M. Burns: Four couples meet, mate and miscommunicate in the woods as Midsummer Night smiles three times – “First, for the young who know nothing, second for the fools who know too little, and third for the old who know too much.” No, not Shakespeare, although the parallels are obvious, but Stephen Sondheim as the Berkshire Theatre Group presents his delightful 1973 musical A Little Night Music at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield.

Roseann Cane: The more Sondheim musicals I see (and see again), the more I’m astonished by the man’s genius. I cannot think of another composer and lyricist whose work displays such depth, breadth and variety, who achieves the nearly impossible feat of transmitting intellect, wit and emotion. This production is blessed by a cast gifted with sumptuous singing voices and some standout acting capable of rendering all three with ease and style

Gail: This is a score that I have loved and memorized and cherished in my heart for four decades, and, as with anything so personally meaningful, I find I have a hard time finding words to help others understand how beautiful this score is and how the incredibly clever and intricate lyrics are rendered easy enough to understand so that even someone who has never heard them before can follow along as they rapidly advance both plot and character.

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Richard Chamberlain to Introduce New Musical “Sometimes Love” at BTG Benefit [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Richard Chamberlain

Special Benefit Event Featuring a Reading of Sometimes Love
composed and written by Martin Rabbett
written by Jocelyn Fujii
featuring Richard Chamberlain
at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
Friday, July 18 at 2pm
Tickets: $40 (ticket includes catered boxed supper and talk back with cast)

Berkshire Theatre Group presents a special benefit event featuring a reading of Martin Rabbett’s new musical Sometimes Love at the Colonial Theatre on Friday, July 18 at 2pm with participating artist, Richard Chamberlain.

In Sometimes Love, seven contemporary New Yorkers, most of them longtime friends, discover that life brings empowerment in surprising ways. They face the full spectrum of challenges: unemployment, infidelity, narcissistic lovers and alcoholic parents. But when the shame is confronted head-on and the smoke finally clears, their broken lives arrive at a fragile order, a simple and elegant truth. Love comes and goes, they discover, and the only way to make it stay is to adapt to its many mutations.

“I wrote the music for ‘Sometimes Love’ over a three-year period, during which I was going through a painful personal experience,” Martin Rabbett director, composer and writer said. “Through it all, I discovered that it was not just the writing of the music that helped me heal, but the friends who lived through that time with me. It was, for me, a redefining of family—the realization that in the end, we really can create our own family. That experience empowered me and ultimately saved my life.”

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“The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful” at the Fitzpatrick Stage of BTG [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The Mystery of Irma Vep @ Berkshire Theatre Gruop

Charles Ludlam’s classic romp of a gothic spoof is titled The Mystery of Irma Vep, A Penny Dreadful and opens the Berkshire Theatre Group’s season at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge. MA. Opening night is Saturday (June 28) at 8pm. Preview performances begin on Tuesday (June 24) at 8pm, and the production closes July 19 at 8pm.

Broadway actor Bill Bowers and Tony Award-nominated Tom Hewitt take on eight characters in this wonderfully different and diverting evening of theatre. Named one of the best plays of the 20th Century by The New York Times and Time Magazine and also chosen as a New York Times’ summer stages 2014 pick, Aaron Mark directs Charles Ludlam’s campy comedy which tells the pell-mell tale of Lady Enid (Hewitt) and Lord Edgar (Bowers), who arrive one stormy night at a haunted and dreary estate to investigate the sudden disappearance of Irma Vep. Side-splitting antics and mysteries unfold as the two journey from the London manor to the ancient pyramids in Egypt with vampires, werewolves, mummies and more in tow in this satire of Victorian melodrama, gothic horror and classic films.

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BTG Adds “Lincoln’s Shakespeare” with Brian Dennehy, John Douglas Thompson, Kathleen Chalfant and Sam Waterston [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
(l to r) Briand Dennehy, Kathleen Chalfant, Sam Waterston, John Douglas Thompson.

(l to r) Brian Dennehy, Kathleen Chalfant, Sam Waterston, John Douglas Thompson.

“Lincoln’s Favorite Shakespeare” is a special one-time-only event to take place at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage of Berkshire Theatre Group in Stockbridge, on Thursday, August 14 at 4pm. A reception immediately follows at Chesterwood.

A quartet of noted actors will take to the boards for this tribute. Their names are legend: Brian Dennehy, John Douglas Thompson, Kathleen Chalfant and Sam Waterston, all four donating their performances to the event. The quartet will present scenes and soliloquies that were known and loved by Abraham Lincoln.

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Berkshire Theatre Group’s 2014 Summer season offers a blend of Classic, Modern Plays [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, February 24th, 2014
During the course of a season, the Berkshire Theatre Group will offer performances on five different stages in the Berkshires.

During the course of a season, the Berkshire Theatre Group will offer performances on five different stages in the Berkshires.

From Berkshire Theatre Group comes news of their 2014 theatre plans.

“We are producing a full schedule of musicals, plays, and special theatrical performances for another wonderful summer in the Berkshires with a splendid cast and crew of talented artists from across the nation,” said Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire. It includes, she said, “Six extraordinary plays: The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful, Benefactors, Design for Living, A Hatful of Rain, including two world premieres: Cedars and POE and two wonderful musicals: A Little Night Music and Seussical highlight our schedule and make for an enjoyable mix of masterful and provocative classics and contemporary works. A special week-long performance of A Lover’s Tale spotlighting the works of Giuseppe Verdi, Charles Ludlam and Alexandre Dumas and performances by our summer apprentices, our 86th season will be memorable and entertaining for all.”

Tickets for season pass holders and members are exclusively available starting Friday, February 21 at 10am. Tickets are on sale to all on Wednesday, February 26 at 10am. Summer season passes are available for purchase at $175 for a four-show pass, $250 for a six-show pass, and $225 for a year-round all-stages pass.

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