PITTSFIELD - The third Made in the Berkshires -- a festival presenting new works in drama, dance, music, film, readings and visual art created and performed by Berkshires artists -- opens Friday, Oct. 11, at the Colonial Theatre.
The festival runs through Sunday with performances at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and the Unicorn Thratre ib Stockbridge.
Governor Deval L. Patrick and First Lady Diane B. Patrick will serve as honorary chairs.
"We're delighted to see Made in the Berkshires flourish and we appreciate the Governor's and Mrs. Patrick's endorsement," said Kate Maguire, artistic director and CEO of Berkshire Theatre Group, in a news release. "The Colonial stage will play host to an opening extravaganza.
"Co-curators Barbara Sims and Hilary Somers Deely have outdone themselves this year."
Among opening night highlights:
n Heather Fisch and the Androgynes exploring the "Rapture of Music";
n a poetry reading, "Dragon Breath," employing an iconic Gregory Crewdson image as a backdrop;
n noted musician Gerard McBurney's original composition, "Cherry Cottage -- five variants for piano";
n a short story from Kevin O'Hara;
n a film from Patrick Toole.
The opening celebration concludes with a dance finale featuring Dawn Lane and CATA (Community Access to the Arts). The post-performance reception will feature "A Taste of the Berkshires" offering local meats, cheeses, desserts, and beverages.
Lenox resident Suky Werman will curate the visual art component, which starts off the opening night celebrations with work by Rebecca Weinman, Gabrielle Senza, Carole Schulze, and several other artists.
On Saturday, the Unicorn will host new theatrical works:
n Chris Newbound's new play, "Old Family Friends," directed by Barbara Sims and featuring television actor Kevin O'Rourke and Broadway actress Jurian Hughes;
n "Mary and Edith: Musing from Women a Century Apart";
n six new short plays by Berkshire County authors.
On Sunday, performances return to the Colonial for an evening of more film, dance, and music.
Complete ticket and program information is available through the Colonial box office at 111 South St.; by telephone at (413) 997-4444; or online at berkshiretheatregroup.org.