PITTSFIELD -- Barrington Stage Company's family of artists is gathering in Pittsfield this summer for a 20th anniversary season of out-of-the-box love stories and plays wrestling with social issues.
The season begins May 21 in BSC's intimate St. Germain Stage with veteran BSC actor, director and artistic associate Christopher Innvar directing Sharr White's "The Other Place" and ends on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in October with Arthur Miller's adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's "An Enemy of the People" directed by BSC artistic director Julianne Boyd.
In between will be:
n two world premieres -- "The Golem of Havana," a musical about a Hungarian Jewish family living in Cuba in the days before Fidel Castro's assumption of power, July 16-Aug. 9 in the St. Germain Stage; and Mark St. Germain's "Dancing Lessons" about a young man with Asperger's syndrome (played by John CarianI) and his relationship with a Broadway dancer sidelined by a leg injury, Aug. 7-24 in the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage;
n the New England premiere of "Working on a Special Day," an adaptation of an Italian film about the relationship between a housewife and mother of six and a bachelor who lives across the way, set on the day Hitler arrives in Rome to sign his pact with Mussolini. June 18-July 6 in the St. Germain Stage;
n a workshop presentation of a substantially revised version of "Romance in Hard Times." a 1989 musical by William Finn (music and lyrics) with a brand new book by Rachel Sheinkin, Finn's collaborator for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," Aug.
n and a much-admired classic musical, Cole Porter's "Kiss Me, Kate," which opens the Mainstage season June 11-July 12.
Also on the Mainstage will be Hugh Whitemore's "Breaking the Code," July 17-Aug. 2, starring Mark M. Dold as closeted British mathematician and computer science programmer Alan Turing, who solved Germany's Engima code, paving the way for the Allied victory in World War II.
This year's Youth Theatre presentation will be the upbeat "Hairspray Jr." at Berkshire Museum, July 23-Aug.10.
Speaking at a luncheon news conference earlier today on the stage of the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Boyd characterized the season as one in which unusual love stories and plays about important social issues dominate.
It also is a summer in which "our whole family of artists will be coming to play with us," Boyd said referring to Innvar, St. Germain, Dold, Cariani, Finn, choreographer Joshua Bergasse, music director Darren Cohen and production stage manager Renee Lutz.
As the season begins, renovations have started at BSC's Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center on Linden Street, home of BSC's cabaret and the St. Germain Stage, with the installation of a lift for the physically challenged and an upgraded sprinkler system. Down the road, said BSC managing director Tristan Wilson, are major renovations of the St. Germain auditorium and dressing rooms.
Also new this summer will be use of the Elks Lodge lot across the street from the Mainstage for parking for all Mainstage performances except Thursday nights, when the Lodge holds its bingo night. There will be a parking fee of $5 assessed by BSC which will be turned over to the Lodge, Boyd said. The season at a glance
n "Kiss Me, Kate." Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Sam and Bella Spewack. Director to be named. June 11-July 12. Press opening: 5 p.m. June 15.
n "Breaking the Code" by Hugh Whitemore. Directed by Joe Calarco. July 17-Aug. 2. Press opening: 5 p.m. July 20.
n "Dancing Lessons" by Mark St. Germain. Directed by Julianne Boyd. World premiere. Aug.7-24. Press opening: 7 p.m. Aug. 13.
n "An Enemy of the People" by Henrik Ibsen. Adapted by Arthur Miller. Directed by Julianne Boyd. Oct. 2-19. Press opening: 3 p.m. Oct. 5.
St. Germain Stage
n "The Other Place" by Sharr White. Directed by Christopher Innvar. May 21-June 14. Press opening: 3 p.m. May 25.
n "Working on a Special Day." Adapted for the stage by Gigliola Fantoni; translated by Danya Taymor, Ana Graham, and Antonio Vega. Directed by Ana Graham and Antonio Vega. A production of The Play Company and Piedad Teatro. June 18-July 6. Press opening: 3 p.m. June 22.
n Musical Theatre Lab -- "The Golem of Havana." Music by Salomon Lerner. Lyrics by Len Schiff. Book and direction by Michel Hausman. World premiere. July 17-Aug. 9. Press opening: 7:30 p.m. July 23.
n "Romance in Hard Times." Music and lyrics by William Finn. Book by Rachel Sheinkin. Directed by Joe Calarco. Aug. 14-31. Workshop presentation.
n "Hairspray Jr." Directed and choreographed by Christine O'Grady. July 23-Aug. 10. Berkshire Museum, 39 South St., Pittsfield.
n Season Anniversary Celebration. A revue featuring songs from some of BSC's most successful musical productions, followed by dinner and dancing. July 7. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St., Pittsfield.
Additional cabaret and special programming to be announced.
n Various season passes now on sale.
n Single tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Monday, March 3.
n Reservations for groups of 15 or more are now being taken and may be arranged through Janie LaBrasca at (413) 997-6118.
For information on shows, passes and tickets call (413) 236-8888 or visit barringtonstageco.org.