PITTSFIELD >> Barrington Stage Company is bringing back Christopher Demos-Brown's "American Son" in September and adding a 2 o'clock matinee of "The Pirates of Penzance" on Aug. 13. The show closes that night.

The widely-acclaimed "American Son" returns to BSC's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage Sept. 14 and is scheduled to run through Sept. 25.

In addition to evening performances, there will be four student matinees, three of which will be for students from Pittsfield and Taconic high schools.

There will be talk backs after each matinee. In addition, a symposium on "Race, Bias and Culture in Present-Day America" is scheduled for 2 p,.m. on Sept. 18 at the theater.

"We had an overwhelming response from audiences and were sold out for many performances of 'American Son' this summer," the play's director Julianne Boyd, who also is artistic director of BSC, commented in a news relaese.

"We want to make this important and relevant play available once again to our Berkshire audiences, especially the young people of Pittsfield. We want to engage students directly in conversations about race and bias."

"American Son" stars Tamara Tunie and Michael Hayden as an estranged, interracial couple whose disparate backgrounds collide over the course of an evening as they confront an unexpected crisis involving their son, the police, and an abandoned car.


Also in the cast are Andre Ware as a police lieutenant who is the couple's sole source of information and Luke Smith as a rookie policeman who also becomes involved with the couple.