PITTSFIELD -- Elizabeth Stanley and Paul Anthony Stewart will play the leading roles of Lili Vanessi and Fred Graham in Barrington Stage Company’s Mainstage season opener, "Kiss Me, Kate."

The 1948 Cole Porter-Sam and Bella Spewack musical begins performances June 11 at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., where it is scheduled to run through July 12.

Press opening is June 15.

Joe Calarco is directing. Lorin Latarro is choreographing. Music director is Darren R. Cohen.

Stanley appeared in last season’s BSC production of "On the Town." She also has been seen on Broadway in "Company." Stewart’s credits include the daytime CBS-TV series "The Guiding Light" and on stage in "Fiddler on the Roof" ad "The People in the Picture."

Calarco directed the BSC Musical Theatre Lab premieres of "The Burnt Part Boys" (also at Playwrights Horizons), "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 Christ-
mas Carol" Off-Broadway at St. Clement’s (Drama Desk nomination).

Calarco is the adaptor/director of "Shakespeare’s R&J," which earned him a Lortel Award. He will be in residence at BSC this summer directing "Breaking the Code" on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage and the Musical Theatre Lab workshop of William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s "Romance in Hard Times.


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Latarro makes her BSC debut as choreographer. She recently choreographed Broad-
way’s "Waiting For Godot" with Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen, and City Center Encore’s "Fanny." As a performer she has 14 Broadway shows to her credit. She also has performed with Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham Com-
pany, and Momix.

Ticket information is available through the Barrington Stage box office at (413) 236-8888; online at barringtonstageco.org; or in person at the Barrington Stage box office, 30 Union St.