PITTSFIELD -- Barrington Stage Company will open its 20th anniversary season on June 11 with Cole Porter’s "Kiss Me, Kate."
The musical -- with music and lyrics by Porter and book by Sam and Bella Spewack -- is scheduled to run through July 12 at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St.
The 2014 season also will include the world premiere of BSC artistic associate Mark St. Germain’s new romantic comedy, "Dancing Lessons."
"Breathing new life into classic Broadway musicals and producing new work that deals with social issues are integral parts of Barrington Stage’s mission, so it is with great pleasure we announce the first two productions of our 20th anniversary season," artistic director Julianne Boyd said in a news release.
Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare, "Kiss Me, Kate" recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a Broadway-bound tour of a musical version of "The Taming of the Shrew."
St. Germain’s "Dancing Lessons" centers on a young man with high-functioning autism (Asperger’s syndrome) as he tries to navigate a relationship with a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries.
"Dancing Lessons" marks the ninth play by St. Germain that BSC will produce and the eighth world premiere of his work. The play was given a staged reading at Barrington Stage on Sept. 1.
Commissioned by Judith Goldsmith "Dancing Lessons" is part of BSC’s New Works Initiative.
Complete information about 2014 season passes is available at (413) 236-8888; in person at the box office at 30 Union St.; or barringtonstageco.org.