(Pittsfield, MA) February 16, 2022 – Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is pleased to announce it is the recipient of an $80,000 grant from The Feigenbaum Foundation.
This grant enables Barrington Stage to proceed with three important community programs – the award-winning Playwright Mentoring Project, Celebration of Black Voices Festival and the underwriting of free tickets for local youth to attend the world premiere Youth Theatre musical, The Supadupa Kid.
“The Feigenbaum Foundation’s support of the three programs is consistent with the charitable philosophy of Armand and Donald Feigenbaum. And we simply had to sponsor 1,000 tickets for the performance of Ty Allan Jackson’s The Supadupa Kid,” said Emil George, Feigenbaum Foundation President.
“We’re so thankful to The Feigenbaum Foundation for their continued support of BSC’s vital community programming,” said BSC Director of Education Jane O’Leary. “This gift will help us to continue to support local teens ages 12-19 with our award-winning theatre program, the Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP) which raises the voices of teens who are routinely underrepresented; Celebration of Black Voices Festival, a showcase centering local Black voices, led by co-producers Sharron Frazier-McClain and Melle Powers; and the Youth Theatre, which after a two-year hiatus in programming will perform Ty Allan Jackson’s The Supadupa Kid, a world-premiere musical about one of the first Black teen superheroes starring local Berkshire youth. It is so rewarding to continue our commitment to the community and we couldn’t be more honored by this generous support.”
About The Feigenbaum Foundation
The founders, brothers Armand and Donald Feigenbaum, had a deep respect and love for the Berkshires. In keeping with that idea, organizations located in or providing primary benefits to the Berkshires are the Foundation’s preferred grant recipients. The purpose of The Feigenbaum Foundation is to focus its financial assistance primarily on pursuits related to, effecting or associated with education in technology, engineering and management; academic institutions and disciplines; medical institutions and disciplines; cultural programs and projects; community-based tax-exempt organizations in the Berkshire County area; established religious institutions, programs and projects.
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 produce top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to engage our community with vibrant, inclusive educational outreach programs.
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 (2017); and West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ centenaries (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 43 new works, 20 of which have moved to New York and major US regional theatres.
Following the industry-wide shut down 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 2021 season, featuring a series of critically acclaimed indoor and outdoor productions, included Chester Bailey by Joseph Dougherty starring father and son Reed and Ephraim Birney, which won four Berkshire Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Play; Eleanor by Mark St. Germain and starring Tony Award winner Harriet Harris, who received a Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance; and the world premiere of A Crossing: A New Musical, created in association with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and Alberto Lopez and directed by Bergasse, which won eight Berkshire Theatre Awards including Outstanding Production of a Musical. The 2022 season includes revivals of Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Little Night Music and Waiting for Godot; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics; and four world premieres: Andy Warhol in Iran, ABCD, All of Me and the musical The Supadupa Kid, based on the novel by Ty Allan Jackson.
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