Barrington Stage Company’s schedule for the 2011 theatre season in downtown Pittsfield, Mass. includes familiar names, premiere performances, and popular favorites. The BSC Mainstage season opens June 21, 2011 with the popular Guys and Dolls, continues with the premier of Mark St. Germain’s The Best of Enemies, and ends with the return of The Game, which BSC premiered in 2003. The schedule for the sixth season of the Barrington Stage Company Musical Theatre Lab will be announced by February 2011.
- Mainstage: 30 Union Street
- BSC Stage 2: 36 Linden Street (Pittsfield VFW)
- Box Office: 413-236-8888
- Administration: 413-499-5446
- Website: barringtonstage.org
For its Fall 2011 schedule, Barrington Stage Company will present an adaptation of Lord of the Flies, the 1954 novel by William Golding that has twice been adapted for film. BSC’s production was adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams and will include four student matinees, not open to public.
2011 schedule – Barrington Stage Co. Mainstage
Guys and Dolls at Barrington Stage Co., June 15 – July 16, 2011
- Guys and Dolls, by Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling
- directed by John Rando
- choreographed by Joshua Bergasse
- music direction by Darren R. Cohen
- press opening June 19 at 5:00pm
Guys and Dolls, with one of the most popular scores in the American theatre, is based on characters and stories created by Damon Runyon, features one of the greatest musical scores in the history of the American theatre. Crap game operator Nathan Detroit has his tale told with the help of songs such as, Luck Be a Lady, A Bushel and a Peck, I’ve Never Been in Love Before, and Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat. Detroit bets fellow gambler Sky Masterson that he can’t make the next girl he sees fall in love with him.
The Best of Enemies, at Barrington Stage Co., July 21 – August 6, 2011
- The Best of Enemies, by Mark St. Germain
- directed by Julianne Boyd
- Inspired by Osha Gray Davidson’s book
- press opening July 27 at 7pm
Inspired by the best-selling book by Osha Gray Davidson, The Best of Enemies is a true story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis (a Grand Cyclops of the KKK) and Ann Atwater (a civil rights black activist) during the desegregation of the Durham, NC schools in 1971.
The Game, at Barrington Stage Co., August 11 – August 28, 2011
- The Game, based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses
- directed by Julianne Boyd
- book and lyrics by Amy Powers and David Topchik
- musical score by Megan Cavallari
- choreography by Joshua Bergasse
- music direction by Darren R. Cohen
- press opening August 17 at 7pm
The Game, which received its world premiere in 2003 at BSC, is based on Les Liaisons Dangereuses, an epistolary novel about 18th century French aristocrats who used sex to humiliate and degrade others, and which may be the source of the saying “Revenge is a dish best served cold.”
Lord of the Flies at Barrington Stage Co., October 5 – 23, 2011
- Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
- adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams
- directed by Christopher Innvar
2011 schedule at BSC’s Stage 2
The Zero Hour, at BSC’s Stage 2, May 18 – June 5, 2011
- The Zero Hour, by Jim Brochu
- solo performance
- press opening May 20 at 7:30pm
Set in theatre legend Zero Mostel’s painting studio on West 28th Street, a naïve reporter attempts to interview the famously volatile artist, prompting an explosion of memory, humor, outrage, and juicy backstage lore. Mostel is remembered for his comedic genius and his definitive roles, but in the 1950s he was equally known for his place on the infamous Hollywood blacklist.
Brochu won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for The Zero Hour.
Going to St. Ives, at BSC’s Stage 2,, June 22 – July 10, 2011
- Going to St. Ives, by Lee Blessing
- directed by Tyler Marchant
- press opening June 26 at 7:30pm
In Going to St. Ives, May N’Kame is the mother of a murderous dictator and Cora Gage is an eye surgeon whose son died years ago. In this thriller-like political and psychological drama, the two women start sharing a terrible secret, at the core of which is their gnawing feeling of guilt over the fate of their respective sons. The power and passion of two strong women in an all-too-possible modern day situation is examined, as we see both women’s political and personal agendas that go way beyond treating a patient … or being one.
BSC has previously presented Blessing’s Black Sheep, Thief River and Eleemosynary.
BSC’s Youth Theatre schedule
All Shook Up
Auditions will be held in March 2011 for BSC’s Youth Theatre production of All Shook Up and Pittsfield and Gt. Barrington locations will be announced.
- direction and choreography by Christine O’Grady
- original book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro
- July 20 – August 7, 2011 in Pittsfield – location TBA
- August 7 – 14, 2011 in Great Barrington – location TBA
All Shook Up, the Broadway musical that married a fresh story to songs made famous by Elvis Presley, marks the 12th BSC Youth Theatre production. Christine O’Grady returns for the fifth year to direct and choreograph, from July 20 through August 7 in Pittsfield and August 10-14 in Great Barrington (locations TBA). All Shook Up has an original book by Tony winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change). Among the famous Presley tunes heard in the show are “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Burning Love,” “Love Me Tender,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “A Little Less Conversation,” “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and “All Shook Up.” Auditions will be held in March 2011.
Barrington Stage Company ticket info.
BSC will once again offer the popular Pay What You Can Performances for each Mainstage and Stage 2 show during the summer season. Low-priced previews continue at $15 and $20 for the first two performances on the Mainstage and $15 on Stage 2. $15 tickets for youth 21 years and younger will be offered again for all performances except Saturday evenings.
Single tickets go on sale to the public on Tuesday, February 15.
Buy Early – Save Now: Mainstage FlexPasses are available for $105-$138. Stage 2 Passes are available for $81-$124. A Musical Theatre Lovers Pass to all four musicals on the Mainstage and Stage 2 is available for $160. Handling fees on all subscriptions will be waived through Monday, February 14. Special rates, benefits and packages are available for groups of 15 or more on the Mainstage and groups of 10 or more on Stage 2. For more information contact Kate Ivey, Box Office & Group Services Manager, at 413-236-8888 or visit barringtonstageco.org/tickets/groups.php.