Schramm leaves 'Butler' at BSC for health reasons

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PITTSFIELD >> New York actor Wally Dunn has replaced David Schramm in the title role in Richard Strand's "Butler" at Barrington Stage Company's St. Germain Stage.

Schramm has had to withdraw from the remaining performances on doctor's orders due to vocal problems.

Dunn is making his Barrington Stage debut with "Butler." His New York credits include "The Iceman Cometh" (with Nathan Lane) at B.A.M., "Spamalot," "Gypsy" (with Bernadette Peters), "One Mo' Time," "Master Class" and productions at Roundabout Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, and Theatre for a New Audience. His regional theater rredits include appearances at Goodspeed, Hangar Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Hartford Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Pittsburgh Public, McCarter Theatre, New York Stage & Film, Geva. On television, he's been seen in episodes of "30 Rock," "The Carrie Diaries," "Law & Order" and "Law & Order: SVU."

"Butler" also stars Ben Cole, Maurice Jones and John Hickok.

Based on actual events, "Butler" is set at the beginning of the Civil War and follows Major General Benjamin Butler, who has just been given command of Fort Monroe in Virginia. The inexperienced but shrewd Butler meets his match when an equally shrewd runaway slave enters the fort and asks for asylum.

"Butler" runs through June 13 at the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St.

Due to ticket demand, a 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 performance has been added.

Regular performances times for "Butler" are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. There will be two additional Thursday matinees at 4 today and June 11.

Complete ticket and performance information,is available by telephone at (413) 236-8888 or online at barringtonstageco.org.

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About Barrington Stage Company

Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage's mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway, where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009/2010 Barrington Stage produced the world premiere of Mark St. Germain's Freud's Last Session, which later moved Off-Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain's Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way in 2012) played Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in fall 2013. BSC's all-time record-breaking musical, On the Town, originally presented in 2013, is currently on Broadway with BSC as a co-producer. Barrington Stage was voted "Best Live Theatre" by The Berkshire Eagle, was named "Best Theatre Company" in Metroland's Best of the Capital Region, and Best Summer Theater in New England by Yankee Magazine.


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