Barrington Stage set for Aug. 5 performance

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PITTSFIELD — Barrington Stage Company has been given the go-ahead by Actors' Equity Association to open its revised, substantially reduced summer season Aug. 5 with David Cale's one-actor thriller, "Harry Clarke," starring Mark H. Dold.

The production — which runs through Aug. 16 in BSC's Boyd-Quinson Mainstage on Union Street — features Dold as a shy midwesterner who, posing as a Londoner, insinuates himself into the life of a New York family.

"It has been a long road figuring out all of the social distancing and safety protocols that were needed for both the actor and the audience," said Julianne Boyd, artistic director of Barrington Stage Company, in a statement released Monday by Actors' Equity Association. "We are delighted that we will be able to reopen the theater with 'Harry Clarke.' "

Referring also to Berkshire Theatre Group, whose production of "Godspell" also has been green-lighted by AEA, Mary McColl, the union's executive director said Monday, "Both of these theaters came to Equity in the spirit of collaboration and partnership and worked closely with the union as all parties continued to learn more about the virus and its impact on theater. This process also included working closely with local authorities. For example, the City of Pittsfield Board of Health and mayor's office provided guidance and information to both theaters, as infection rates in Massachusetts remain lower than almost anywhere else in the country."

Out of health concerns over COVID-19, BSC has removed seating, reducing its house capacity to 163, down from over 500. It also has committed to an isolated backstage area and regular electrostatic spraying to clean the facilities.

Social distancing measures also include:

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- Multiple entrances to the theater

- Tickets will not exchange hands or be scanned at the door; instead, an usher at each door will check patrons in by last name.

- Patrons are required to wear masks until further notice; masks will not be supplied at the theater; masks must remain on the entire time.

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- Patrons will have their temperature checked before entering the theater with a no-touch thermometer; if a patron has a temperature of over 100.4 degrees or higher, they will be asked to return home and will be given a free exchange to a later performance or a full refund.

- All programs will be digital, rather than printed, to minimize transference.

- There will be ample hand sanitizer available at strategic places in the lobby, in the theater and in the restrooms.

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- There will also be disposable gloves available for patrons while using the handrail on the stairs.

- All shows performed at the Mainstage through Labor Day will be performed without intermissions to minimize lines to restrooms.

- The concession stand and gift shop will remain closed.

- At the end of the show, patrons will exit by row to minimize crowding and maximize space.

- Online purchases will be restricted to groups of two or three consecutive seats. Those attending with a larger group should call the box office at 413-236-8888.

Founded in 1913, Actors' Equity Association represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers.


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