BSC's Julianne Boyd caps big night with special Berkies honor

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PITTSFIELD - Barrington Stage Company's founding artistic director, Julianne Boyd, is the first winner of Berkshire Theatre Awards' Larry Murray Award.

Named for the founder of the new Berkshire Theatre Awards - nicknamed The Berkies - the honor is given to a person or theater project that advances social, political or community issues. Boyd received the award specifically for her work on the play, "American Son," and with at-risk youth.

Murray, 67, has been the editor of BerkshireOnStage.com since 2010.

Along with other Berkies winners - whose names were announced in mid-October - Boyd received her award Sunday in ceremonies at BSC's Mr. Finn's Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center on Linden Street.

The Murray honor capped a big night for Boyd personally, who also won Berkies for her direction of "American Son" and "Broadway Bounty Hunter," and for Barrington Stage, which nabbed 20 of a possible 25 awards. "The Pirates of Penzance" led the field with eight Berkies, followed by "American Son" and "Broadway Bounty Hunter" with five each. In addition, BSC's production of "Kimberly Akimbo" earned a Berkie for Debra Jo Rupp for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in an Intimate Theater.

The awards, which will be given annually, are presented to shows that have been produced in and around the Berkshires between Oct. 1 and the following Sept. 30.

Sunday's event was hosted by Murray and members of the Founders Committee - J. Peter Bergman, Robert Bruyr, Gail M. Burns, Macey Levin, Gloria Miller and Ed Sedarbaum.

Nominees and winners were selected by voting members of the newly formed Berkshire Theatre Critics Association.


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