PITTSFIELD >> The regional premiere of Nina Raine's award-winning play, "Tribes," begins performances Thursday at Barrington Stage Company's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, where it is scheduled to run through Sept. 3. Press opening is 5 p.m. on Aug. 21.

Directed by Jenn Thompson (BSC's "Lost in Yonkers"), "Tribes" is about a young man who was born deaf into an unconventional hearing family. It's not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to "speak up" for himself.

"Tribes" features Joshua Castille, Miles G. Jackson, C. David Johnson, Deirdre Madigan, Eli Pauley, and Justine Salata.

"Tribes" premiered at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2010 and opened Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre March 4, 2012, winning the NY Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

Thompson recently served as co-artistic director at TACT NYC. She has directed numerous Off-Broadway and regional theater productions including the first New York revival of Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers" with script revisions approved by Mr. Simon (2012 Drama Desk Nomination For Best Revival). She recently directed "Bye, Bye, Birdie" for Goodspeed Musicals and "The Call" at TheaterWorks in Hartford.


Raine (received the Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and OBIE Award for "Tribes." She is an English director and playwright who began her career as a director-in-training at the Royal Court Theatre after graduating from the University of Oxford.

Ticket information is available by phone at 413-236-8888; online at barringtonstageco.org; or in person at the Barrington Stage box office at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, 30 Union St.