(Pittsfield, MA – April 6, 2021) – Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Founder/Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will produce a 2021 season that will feature four productions staged indoors at the theatre’s Boyd-Quinson Stage (30 Union Street) and three productions which will be staged outdoors under a tent at BSC’s Production Center (34 Laurel Street). At this time, BSC is the only Berkshires-area arts organization producing an indoor season, which will follow all best safety practices for artists and audiences.  

The 2021 season will include two world premiere plays and a world premiere musical. 

Last year, BSC prepared its Boyd-Quinson Stage for safe, socially distanced productions and will use those practices for its new indoor season. The changes include reducing the theatre’s seating to one-third of capacity, increasing the distance between rows and seats, improved HVAC and air circulation and deep cleaning after every performance. BSC’s safety measures were previously approved and applauded by medical professionals, Actors’ Equity Association and the City Board of Health. All audience members will be required to wear masks until further notice. BSC’s safety policies are available on the company’s website at www.barringtonstageco.org/safety.  

“We were pleased to produce a limited outdoor season last year and will be offering our patrons another series of magical summer nights under a tent and with music and laughter in the air. At the same time, we are so ready to bring live indoor theatre back to the Berkshires,” commented Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. “The Boyd-Quinson Stage is all prepared, with stringent protocols that have been in place since last year. We are looking forward to welcoming our audiences once again, to gather safely and responsibly and to enjoy shared experiences together.”  

OUTDOOR SEASON AT THE BSC PRODUCTION CENTER

Under a tent at the BSC Production Center, the company will launch the season with Who Can Ask for Anything More? The Songs of George Gershwin (June 10-July 3), a concert celebrating the work of one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century. Conceived by Ms. Boyd and Darren R. Cohen (BSC: On the Town, Sweeney Todd, Follies), with musical direction by Cohen and choreography by Jeffrey L. Page (BSC: Company, Broadway Bounty Hunter), Ms. Boyd will direct a cast of Broadway performers through some of the most-beloved songs in the Gershwin songbook, including “I Got Rhythm,” “Embraceable You” and “Summertime,” among many others. 

From July 30-August 22, the theatre will next present a BSC commission, the world premiere of Boca, an evening of short comedies about seniors living it up and going off the rails in the Sunshine State, by Jessica Provenz (BSC: 10×10 New Play Festival) and directed by Ms. Boyd. 

A third production (July 9-24) will be announced soon.  

INDOOR SEASON AT THE BOYD-QUINSON STAGE 

The Boyd-Quinson Stage will open with Chester Bailey (June 18-July 3) by Emmy Award winner Joseph Dougherty (“thirtysomething,” “Pretty Little Liars”), and starring the father-and-son duo of Tony Award winner Reed Birney (The Humans, “House of Cards”) and Ephraim Birney (“Gotham,” “The Americans”) as doctor and patient in a potent World War II drama, directed by Ron Lagomarsino (Driving Miss Daisy, “Picket Fences,” “Ally McBeal”). 

Next up will be a full staging of the new one-woman play Eleanor (July 16-August 1), about legendary first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain (BSC and Off-Broadway: Freud’s Last Session) and starring Tony Award winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie), following its popular streamed reading at BSC last fall. 

The world premiere of Sister Sorry (August 12-29) follows, a new play by The New Yorker writer Alec Wilkinson, loosely based on a stunning true crime confession, and directed by Richard Hamburger (Japanoir, Curse of the Starving Class). 

The Boyd-Quinson Stage season concludes with a BSC commission, the world premiere of A Crossing (September 23-October 17), a timely new dance musical co-conceived by BSC Associate Artist Joshua Bergasse (BSC: The Royal Family of Broadway, On the Town; Broadway: On the Town) and Mark St. Germain, with book by St. Germain, music and lyrics by award-winning songwriter Zoe Sarnak (Secret Soldiers, Empire Records), created in association with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company and directed and choreographed by Bergasse. 

Additional details on the 2021 BSC season, including concerts and streamed and staged readings, follows. 

THE BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY 2021 SEASON

Outdoors at the BSC Production Center,

34 Laurel Street, Pittsfield, MA.

Who Could Ask For Anything More?

The Songs of George Gershwin

Music by George Gershwin

Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and DuBose Heyward 

Additional lyrics by Ballard MacDonald, Buddy DeSylva & Gus Kahn

Conceived by Julianne Boyd and Darren R. Cohen

Musical Director Darren R. Cohen

Choreographed by Jeffrey L. Page

Directed by Julianne Boyd

June 10–July 3

Join us in celebrating one of the greatest composers of the 20th Century. From “I Got Rhythm” to “Embraceable You” to “Summertime,” George Gershwin’s soaring, glorious music will lift your spirits and warm your hearts. Featuring a cast of stellar Broadway singers, this delightful concert will have you asking yourself “Who Could Ask for Anything More?” 

TBA 

July 9 – July 24

World Premiere Play

Boca

Commissioned through the Sydelle Blatt New Works Commissioning Program

by Jessica Provenz

Directed by Julianne Boyd

July 30–August 22

Are you ready for some laughs? Come, soak up the good life in Boca Raton, a city that offers the fountain of youth. The sun always shines, the lawns are always manicured, and the weather holds steady at a perfect 75, just like Boca’s well-maintained seniors. In the world premiere of Jessica Provenz’s Boca, we’ll travel to the Sunshine State for a night of short comedies that follow a group of retirees who, between rounds of golf, bridge and Botox, can be found bickering, gossiping, and living it up like they’re teenagers all over again.

Indoors at the Boyd/Quinson Stage,

30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA.

Chester Bailey

By Joseph Dougherty

Starring Reed Birney and Ephraim Birney

Directed by Ron Lagomarsino

June 18–July 3

In a stateside hospital at the close of World War II, a young man recovers from catastrophic injuries. Or so the doctors have told him. But Chester Bailey denies what’s happened to him has actually happened, which is how he comes under the care of Dr. Philip Cotton. Older, wounded in his own ways, Cotton is charged with leading Chester back to reality. The journey is not what either man expected. Chester Bailey stars real-life father and son, Tony Award winner Reed Birney (The Humans, “House of Cards”) and Ephraim Birney (“Gotham,” “The Americans”), as doctor and patient. 

The Washington Post hailed Chester Bailey as “a keenly observed, beautifully written tale about guilt and psychological resilience in World War II-era America, and a luminous showcase for father-son actors Reed Birney and Ephraim Birney.” 

New Play

Eleanor

By Mark St. Germain

Starring Harriet Harris

Directed by Henry Stram

July 16–August 1

In Eleanor, BSC Associate Artist and playwright Mark St. Germain brings to life Eleanor Roosevelt, the most influential First Lady the world has ever seen. From her “Ugly Duckling” upbringing to her unorthodox marriage to Franklin, Eleanor puts her controversial life, loves and passions on the stage. Tony Award-winning actress Harriet Harris returns to the role after her stellar virtual reading with BSC last fall.

World Premiere Play

Sister Sorry

By Alec Wilkinson

Directed by Richard Hamburger

August 12–August 29

Sister Sorry was inspired by Alec Wilkinson’s piece “The Confession,” which was published in The New Yorker in 1993. In that piece, Wilkinson described his encounters with a conceptual artist in New York who maintained an answering machine on which the artist encouraged callers to confess their crimes. Sister Sorry is loosely based on a stunning confession by a mysterious, enigmatic caller.

World Premiere Musical

A Crossing

Commissioned through the Sydelle Blatt New Works Commissioning Program

September 23–October 17

Co-conceived by Joshua Bergasse and Mark St. Germain

Music & Lyrics by Zoe Sarnak

Directed & Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse

Created in association with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Pulsing with energy and emotional intensity, this story about a group of migrants crossing the southern border is raw, visceral and electrifying — demonstrating the personal impact of crossing an “invisible line.” The group faces many dangers, including the coyote — a human smuggler. This new dance musical ingeniously combines compelling lyrics, athletic choreography and elements of Mexican folk music to tell a remarkable tale of courage, fear and struggle.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Streamed Virtual Reading 

2020 Burman New Play Award Winner 

Get Your Pink Hands Off Me Sucka and Give Me Back 

June 4-6

by Daniella De Jesús

Get Your Pink Hands Off Me Sucka and Give Me Back is a dark comedic exploration of the insidiousness of colonization. While studying abroad in Spain, Solandra, a young Dominican-American woman, finds herself alone in the throne room of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand, whose portraits come alive, transporting her to 1492. Meanwhile, on the island of what we now refer to as “Hispaniola,” Anacaona awakens, terrorized by a violent nightmare, which she soon learns is prophetic. As Anacaona struggles to save her community from invasion, Solandra contends with her racial identity, attraction to white men and their attraction to her.

Concert 

Outdoors under the tent at the BSC Production Center

Elizabeth Stanley in Concert 

June 28

Come hear the glorious sounds of Grammy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Elizabeth Stanley (BSC: On the Town, Kiss Me, Kate; Broadway: Jagged Little Pill, On the Town) in a special one-night-only concert.

Staged reading of a BSC-commissioned play 

Boyd-Quinson Stage

Andy Warhol in Iran

Commissioned through the Sydelle Blatt New Works Commissioning Program

Date TBD

by Brent Askari

In 1976, the artist Andy Warhol, having re-invented himself as the portrait painter of the rich and famous, travels to Tehran to meet the Shah of Iran’s wife, the Empress Farah Pahlavi. In Andy Warhol In Iran, the iconic American painter visits the country to take Polaroids of the Empress, see the crown jewels, and eat cheap caviar — only to encounter a young revolutionary who throws his plans into turmoil. 

Outdoors under the tent at the corner of Linden and Center Streets, Pittsfield, MA.

Celebrating Black Voices

August 3-8

Come and join the festivities in our week-long celebration of local Black artists, featuring a poetry jam, a storytelling event, an evening of jazz, a presentation of Sojourner Truth’s Ain’t I A Woman, and two talent shows with cash prizes. All events are free. Reservations are strongly recommended.

TICKET INFORMATION 

Pricing for the 2021 summer season is $35-$95 for the Boyd-Quinson Stage and outdoor venue productions. Preview performance tickets for all shows are $35-$50. Bundles of tickets (three or more) can be purchased at a 25-30% discount. Please call the box office for more information. Single tickets can be purchased by calling 413-236-8888 or emailing  boxoffice@barringtonstageco.org

ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY

Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC’s mission is to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre. 

BSC attracts over 60,000 patrons annually and has gained national recognition for its superior-quality productions and comprehensive educational programming, including the award-winning Playwright Mentoring Project, the Musical Theatre Conservatory, Youth Theatre, KidsAct! and other initiatives. The company has become integral to the economic revitalization of downtown Pittsfield. 

BSC’s reputation for excellence began with a smash revival of Cabaret that moved to Boston in 1997 for an extended run. The theatre’s prominence grew with the world premiere of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin (BSC 2004; Broadway 2005-2008, winner of two Tony Awards). Other notable productions include the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son (BSC 2016; Broadway 2018); Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session (BSC 2009; Off Broadway 2010-2012); Leonard Bernstein, Comden & Green’s On the Town (BSC 2013; Broadway 2014, four Tony Award nominations); Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit (BSC 2017); and West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ centenaries (BSC 2018). 

BSC develops and commissions new work with two programs: PlayWorks, which supports the creation of new plays, and the Musical Theatre Lab, which develops new musicals. Since 1995, BSC has produced 36 new works, 19 of which have moved to New York and major US regional theatres. 

Following the industry-wide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, BSC was the first Equity theatre in the US to return to live performance with its critically acclaimed production of Harry Clarke, starring BSC Associate Artist Mark H. Dold and directed by Ms. Boyd. The season also included the acclaimed concerts, The Hills Are Alive with Rodgers & Hammerstein and Leslie Kritzer: Is It Over Yet?, the virtual benefit reading of Rob Ulin’s new play Judgment Day, a virtual staged reading of the new play Eleanor by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain, a reading of Three Viewings by Jeffrey Hatcher, a reading of St. Germain’s , and BSC’s Holiday Getaway. This year, the company’s streaming productions also have included the critically acclaimed 10th anniversary 10×10 New Play Festival, and upcoming readings of the commissioned work Mother’s Day (April 9-11) by Bekah Brunstetter and Typhoid Marythe Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre’s production of The Laramie Project (April 23-25). 

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