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Experience the Amazing World of Butterflies All Summer at Berkshire Museum [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 29th, 2014
The Black Swallowtale butterfly (photo: Howard Hoople)

The Black Swallowtale butterfly (photo: Howard Hoople)

Butterflies don’t have to make any noise to attract our attention.

Silent, etherial and delicate, butterflies are the stars of the summer stage, able to captivate us without saying a word, and hold our attention for as long as they are in our midst. Many an actor wishes they had the ability to conjure up the same magic. Of course we too are sometimes like them, as Carl Sagan reminded us, “We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it is forever.”

These self-propelled flowers only live a mere week or two, and as George Carlin famously said, “The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”

They are also the inspiration for artists, many of whom have contributed their works to this summer long show at the Berkshire Museum.

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Complete 2014 Schedule for Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
Boyd-Quinson MainStage – great sight lines and comfortable seating.

Boyd-Quinson MainStage – great sight lines and comfortable seating.

May 21–June 14. THE OTHER PLACE by Sharr White. Starring Emmy Award-winner Marg Helgenberger. Directed by Christopher Innvar. Berkshire premiere. St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Performances are Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 4pm (excluding May 24) and Sunday at 3pm. There will be an additional matinee Thursday, June 12 at 4pm. Press Opening: Sunday, May 25 at 3pm. Tickets start at $40. Low priced preview May 22 is $15. (413) 236-8888.

May 24. CONVERSATIONS WITH: The Process is the Thing (Part 1). May 24 at 4pm. A conversation with playwright Sharr White about “The Other Place,” moderated by director Christopher Innvar. Free admission, general seating. St. Germain Stage the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. (413) 236-8888.

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At Barrington Stage, Marg Helgenberger Going for a Tour-de-Force in “The Other Place” [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Marg Helgenberger (photo:  Larry Murray)

Marg Helgenberger (photo: Larry Murray)

By Larry Murray

In deciding to do The Other Place, Marg Helgenberger has accepted the biggest acting challenge of her long and honored career. When she steps into the role of Juliana Smithton, she assumes the identity a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface. The story unfolds in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.

At a preview gathering at Barrington Stage Co.’s Sydelle & Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield, director Christopher Innvar and the popular Emmy Award-winning star of TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” made themselves available to talk about the upcoming show. A transcript of that discussion follows.

Helgenberger has had one of the most successful careers of any actor, and most of it on television, which she says is a “writer’s medium.” But for all her success, she yearned for a chance to return to the “actor’s medium,” live theater.

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As Megan Whilden Departs, 3rd Thursdays Stay on as Pittsfield’s Favorite Day of the Month [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Pittsfield 3rd Thursdays

As Pittsfield’s Megan Whilden spends her last week as Pittsfield’s Director of Cultural Development, the enormously successful project she helped begin, 3rd Thursdays, returns for its eighth year on Thursday (May 15). The event has made the third Thursday of every month the Berkshires’ favorite day of the month.

The award-winning 3rd Thursdays theme for May is Creative Youth, celebrating youth performers, dancers, musicians and artists. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, 3rd Thursdays are family friendly and open to all.

Megan Whilden, who founded 3rd Thursdays, noted that this collaborative civic event “has been a labor of love, creativity and community from its beginning eight years ago. No other event series in the Berkshires brings together so many different local businesses, cultural organizations, food vendors, community groups, volunteers and performers as 3rd Thursdays. It’s great fun for locals and visitors alike.”

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Sharr White’s Puzzle Play “The Other Place” to Open Barrington Stage Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Other Place @ Barrington Stage Company

To kick off its twentieth season, Barrington Stage Company has chosen a “puzzle play” to torment our little grey cells. In The Other Place, Juliana Smithton (Marg Helgenberger) is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man, and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present, and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

Directed by BSC Associate Artist Christopher Innvar, The Other Place runs from May 21 through June 14 on the St. Germain Stage. Making their BSC debuts opposite the previously announced Marg Helgenberger are Katya Campbell (Woman), Adam Donshik (Man) and Brent Langdon (Ian).

The additions to the cast were announced by BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson. For the Berkshire premiere of Sharr White’s The Other Place, they have Emmy Award-winner and Golden Globe nominee Marg Helgenberger in the lead role.

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Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, April 28th, 2014
At Miss Hall’s they chose Oliver as their musical.

At Miss Hall’s they chose “Oliver” as their musical.

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Encore! An Evening to Celebrate High School Musicals at the Colonial Theatre on Friday, May 2 at 7pm directed by Travis G. Daly. This special performance features ten-minute encore performances from this year’s Berkshire County high school musicals.

Tickets to Encore! are on sale now for $15 adults, $10 students. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Join over 200 students as they perform musical numbers, including Lenox Memorial High School: Pippin directed by Ralph Petillo; Miss Hall’s: Oliver! directed by Jennifer Jordan; Monument Mountain Regional High School: Into the Woods directed by Linnea Mace; Mt. Everett Regional High School: Grease directed by Kathy Jo Grover; Mt. Greylock Regional High School: Guys and Dolls directed by Jeffrey Welch; Pittsfield High School: Cats directed by Justina Trova and Wahconah Regional High School: Dames at Sea directed by Thomas Towne and Pamela Gold.

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William Finn, Suzanne Vega Join Tommy Tune, Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway for Barrington Stage Concerts [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

William Finn, Suzanne Vega join Tommy Tune, Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway for Barrington Stage concerts

In addition to planning their spring through fall theater season, Barrington Stage Company has continued to program additional events that have a strong following among Berkshire theatre-goers. Two major additions to the schedule have just been announced by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson.

The 2014 Summer Concert Series on the Boyd-Quinson MainStage has added Celebrating the Music of William Finn on Friday & Saturday, August 29 & 30 at 8pm, and award-winning vocalist Suzanne Vega on September 12 at 8pm. They join the previously announced Tommy Tune in Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales on July 28 and the return of Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway in the Berkshire debut of their all-new show Here Come the Callaways on August 11.

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Carl Sprague Talks Film-Making at Berkshire Museum on Thursday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Carl Sprague with the model of the Grand Budapest Hotel he drew/designed for the film.

Carl Sprague with the model of the Grand Budapest Hotel he drew/designed for the film

Pittsfield, MA: Art director Carl Sprague, concept illustrator for the acclaimed new film The Grand Budapest Hotel, will be the special guest at Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema on Thursday (April 10) at 7pm, for a special screening of The Royal Tenenbaums with a slide talk to follow. Sprague will show his original concept drawings for all three Wes Anderson films on which he worked (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, and the recently released The Grand Budapest Hotel) as well as several of his other projects, including his role as set designer for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave.

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