Pythagoras Theatre Works, a new professional theater company, launches its first season on Friday, July 11, at Vaber Hall, the auditorium in the historic West Stockbridge 1854 Town Hall.

Producers and Berkshire residents Michael Burnet, Jamie Greenland, and Chuck Schwager have chosen works with a special focus on authors and stories that have a connection to the Berkshires and its history.

The summer season will feature two new comedic one-acts with a brief intermission: "The Bear (of the Berkshires)," freely adapted from Chekhov’s short play, and "The Rembrandt" from a comedic short story by Edith Wharton.

Diane Prusha and Robert Biggs will play leading roles. Juilliard-trained cellist and Berkshire resident Jonah Taylor will score and play live during the shows.

Both shows will play together Friday, July 11, through Sunday, Aug. 17. Performances are at 6 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturdays, and 11 a.m. Sundays, with an additional performance at 6 p.m. Monday, July 28.

Tickets are $20, $10 for Active Service Military.

For tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/739343 or www.PythagorasTheatre.org, or call the box office at (800) 838-3006.

Information: (413) 344-3338.