Judd Hirsch
Judd Hirsch (courtesy berkshire theatre group)

STOCKBRIDGE — Playwright Shem Bitterman's "The Stone Witch," starring Tony-, Golden Globe-, Emmy- and Obie Award-winning actor Judd Hirsch, begins previews 7 p.m. Thursday at Berkshire Theatre Group's Fitzpatrick Main Stage, where the world premiere drama is scheduled to run through Aug. 20. Press opening is Saturday.

Directed by Drama Desk Award-winning director Steve Zuckerman, this production is produced in association with Darlene Kaplan Entertainment and Brierpatch Productions who are planning on transferring the show to New York for the 2016/2017 season.

This cast also includes Rupak Ginn and Drama Desk Award-nominated actress, Kristin Griffith.

Hirsch is best known for his roles on the TV series "Big Bang Theory," "Taxi" and "Dear John" and "NUMB3RS" and his New York stage appearances in "Talley's Folly," "I'm Not Rappaport," "Conversations With My Father," "Art" and "Chapter Two." He also can be seen on the big screen in "Independence Day: Resurgence." In "The Stone Witch," Hirsch plays Simon, a reclusive award-winning author and illustrator of children's books, who is visited by Peter, an aspiring children's book author, who has been sent to the cabin of his idol, Simon, to help him finish what might be his last book. Desperate to save his own career, Peter hopes to discover the secret of Simon's genius, but first he must accept the impossible task: helping Simon confront the monsters that populate the woods inside his mind.


Performances through Aug. 20 are 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with Saturday matinees at 2.

Ticket information is available in person at the Colonial Theatre ticket office at 111 South St., Pittsfield or the Fitzpatrick Main Stage ticket office at 83 East Main St., Stockbridge; by phone at (413) 997-4444; or online at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org.