The Berkshires 4Theatre Passport Program offers single ticket buyers who attend three main stage shows at Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company, or Williamstown Theatre Festival a free ticket to attend a 4th main stage show at any of the four theatres. Local residents and visitors to the Berkshires will learn about the program through the local distribution of bright orange printed passports. Passports will be seen at all key social spots and tourist centers where they may be picked up and then stamped at box offices.
Barrington Stage Company
In 2004, BSC developed, workshopped and premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which took Broadway by storm in 2005, capturing two Tony Awards (for Best Book and Best Featured Actor), Three Drama Desk Awards and numerous other awards. In 2009, Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session was a tremendous success with both critics and audiences, becoming the longest running play in BSC’s history. Now playing at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, the production is the longest running play of the current Off-Broadway season. In 2007 Barrington Stage Company’s Playwright Mentoring Project for at-risk youth received the national Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the nation’s highest honor for after school programs. 2011 Barrington Stage Company schedule.
Berkshire Theatre Festival
Berkshire Theatre Festival is the oldest continually producing Arts Venue in Berkshire County; Third oldest Regional Theatre in the United States;
“1,000 Great Places in Massachusetts” Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism; National Register of Historic Places; Member – National Trust. 2011 Berkshire Theatre Festival schedule.
Shakespeare & Company
Cited by The Boston Globe as “one of the best troupes in Massachusetts,” Shakespeare & Company prides itself on performing Shakespeare’s text with unsurpassed clarity, using techniques developed in its internationally-acclaimed Center for Actor Training. Shakespeare & Company’s Education Program has been honored with a 2005 Commonwealth Award, a 2006 Coming Up Taller Award, and just recently, a Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in March 2011. 2011 Shakespeare & Company schedule.
Williamstown Theatre Festival
For 57 years, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has been a leader in the American theatre, providing a vibrant artistic home for the nation’s top established and emerging theatre artists. In 2002, the Festival was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in recognition of a “continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theatre nationally.” Earlier this year, WTF was honored with the Commonwealth Award for Achievement, becoming the first theatre company to receive this recognition. Throughout its history, the Festival has seen nine of its productions move to Broadway, 31 to off-Broadway theaters, one to PBS, one to HBO, and countless others to regional theaters around the nation. 2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival schedule.