"Camping With Henry and Tom" begins performances Wednesday at Barrington Stage Company


PITTSFIELD — Barrington Stage Company is wrapping up its 2016 production season with Mark St. Germain's "Camping With Henry and Tom," directed by Christopher Innvar.

The production is scheduled to run through Oct. 23 with previews beginning Wednesday evening in the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St. Press opening is 3 p.m. Sunday.

Evening performances will be at 7 on Wednesday and Thursday and 8 on Friday and Saturday. Matinees are scheduled for 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.

In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding took a camping trip together into the Maryland woods to escape civilization; what they couldn't escape was each other. Inspired by an actual event, "Camping with Henry and Tom" is an exploration of friendship, politics and leadership.

"Camping with Henry and Tom" features PJ Benjamin as Thomas Edison, Patrick Husted as Henry Ford, Fisher Neal as Colonel Starling and Kevin O'Rourke as Warren Harding.

"Camping With Henry and Tom" premiered Off-Broadway at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in 1995 featuring John Cunningham, Ken Howard, Robert Prosky, and his son, John Prosky, winning the Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards for Best Off-Broadway Play.

St. Germain's credits at Barrington Stage include "Dancing Lessons," "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah," "Dr. Ruth, All the Way," "The Best of Enemies," "Freud's Last Session," "The Collyer Brothers/Period Piece," "The God Committee" and "Ears on a Beatle." His newest play, "Relativity" (starring Richard Dreyfuss), is being presented this month and next at TheaterWorks in Hartford, Conn. According to American Theatre Magazine, St. Germain is the ninth most produced playwright in the 2016-17 Season.

Well-known to Barrington Stage audiences for his numerous performances here, Christopher Innvar also has extensive directing credits at BSC, among them Sharr White's "The Other Place," Mark St. Germain's "The Collyer Brothers At Home/Period Piece," Matthew Lopez's "The Whipping Man," Conor McPherson's "Shining City" and in BSC's 2013 10X10 Festival, "There's No Here Here," "The Wilderness," and "Higher Ground," which he also wrote. Innvar has performed on- and off-Broadway and at regional theaters around the country, among them Steppenwolf, Guthrie, Yale Rep, Wilma, McCarter, Long Wharf and D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre.

BSC's "Conversations With " series continues at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 9 with "Politics Then (1921) and Now: So Much Has Changed Or Has It?" at Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St. Moderated by artistic director Julianne Boyd, St. Germain will discuss the personalities and hubris of presidential candidates in 1921 and how history repeats itself. Admission is free but reservations are suggested.

Complete ticket information for "Camping With Henry and Tom" is available in person at the Barrington Stage box office at Boyd-Quinson Mainstage; by phone at (413) 236-8888; or online at barringtonstageco.org.


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