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PITTSFIELD -- Barrington Stage Company is presenting a virtual reading of Mark St. Germain's "Typhoid Mary," streaming 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31.

Matthew Penn -- who directed BSC's original production of the play in 2018 at the St. Germain Stage -- is directing a cast featuring two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey as Mary Mallon aka 'Typhoid Mary'; T.R. Knight (TV’s "Grey's Anatomy") as Father Michael McKuen; Kate MacCluggage (BSC's "Gertrude and Claudius") as Dr. Ann Saltzer; Emmy Award winner Joe Morton (TV’s "Scandal") as Dr. William Mills; and Frances Evans (BSC’s "Typhoid Mary" and "Ragtime") as Sarah. 

"Typhoid Mary" is being filmed in advance with the cast performing remotely. Tickets can be ordered from OvationTix. A link will be sent to the ticket holder within 24 hours of the scheduled performance.

St. Germain's play is based on the true of Mary Mallon, known better as Typhoid Mary. As one of the most infamous women in America, her career as a cook left deaths in her wake. A carrier of typhoid, Mary refused to believe she was responsible, citing God’s will and the lies of science instead. Imprisoned on North Brother Island, the conflicts between her and the doctors were as impassioned then as they are today.

"As the pandemic continues into its eighth month in the U.S. and an administration rails against the fact-based findings of doctors and medical advisors, it felt like an appropriate time to revisit Mark St. Germain’s play, where arguments between God and science take center stage,” BSC founding artistic director Julianne Boyd said in a prepared statement. 

Jeffrey Borak can be reached at jborak@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6212


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