PITTSFIELD -- Joe Calarco will direct and Lorin Latarro will choreograph Barrington Stage Company’s 20th anniversary season opener, "Kiss Me Kate," June 11 through July 12 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.

The 1948 musical by Cole Porter (music and lyrics) and Sam and Bella Spewack (book) tracks the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a Broadway-bound touring production of a musical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s "The Taming of the Shrew."

Calarco is no stranger to Barrington Stage, having directed the Musical Theatre Lab premieres of "The Burnt Part Boys" (also at Playwrights Horizons in New York), "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick" and "The Memory Show" (also at The Transport Group). Calarco recently directed "Gypsy" at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Va., and Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Dickens’ "A Christmas Carol" off-Broadway at St. Clement’s. His work also has been seen at TheaterWorks in Hartford, Conn.

Calarco is the adaptor/ director of "Shakespeare’s R&J," which earned him a Lortel Award in New York.

Calarco will be in residence at Barrington Stage this summer directing "Breaking the Code" also on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage and the Musical Theatre Lab workshop of William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s "Romance in Hard Times."

Latarro is making her BSC debut as choreographer. She replaces the previously announced Joshua Bergasse who has had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts.


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Latarro recently choreographed "Waiting For Godot" on Broadway with Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, and City Center Encore’s "Fanny."

Tickets are on sale now for "Kiss Me, Kate" and the rest of the 2014 season.

Complete information is available by telephone at (413) 236-8888 (toll-free at 855-TIX-2BSC) or online at barringtonstageco.org.

Her New York credits also include productions at the Metropolitan Opera, PBS’ Live From Lincoln Center, and Town Hall. Regional credits include productions at Bucks County Playhouse and White Plains Performing Arts. She has performed in 14 Broadway shows and with the Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, and Momix dance companies.