Theater Barn rolls out 2020 season

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The Berkshire Eagle

NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — Plays by Alan Ayckbourn and David Lindsay-Abaire; a musical built around the music of Cole Porter; an Agatha Christie Berkshires premiere; and a much-admired offbeat Tony Award-winning musical, "Urinetown," highlight The Theater Barn's 2020 summer and fall season.

The theater's 37th season begins June 26 with Ayckbourn's "Living Together" and ends in September with David Lindsay-Abaire's Tony Award-winning "Good People."

Also on tap is the Berkshires premiere of Agatha Christie's "The Stranger" (July 9-26); "Night and Day — Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter" (July 30-Aug. 9); "Dogfight," a musical by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (music and lyrics) and Peter Duchan (book), Aug. 13-23; "Urinetown," a musical by Mark Hollmann (music and lyrics) and Greg Kotis (book and lyrics), Aug. 27-Sept. 6; and, in the fall, David Lindsay Abaire's "Good People," Sept. 11-27.

With the exception of "Urinetown," none of the shows on the 2020 schedule have been produced before at The Theater Barn. Also new this season are Thursday matinees after the opening week, and Saturday matinees for the fall production.

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Summer performances are Thursdays at 2 and 8 p.m. (no Thursday matinee on opening date); Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2. Fall performances are Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2.

The Theater Barn is at 654 Route 20. Complete ticket information is available online at thetheaterbarn.org or by phone at 518-794-8989.

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THE PLAYS

June 26-July 5 — "Living Together" by Alan Ayckbourn: Annie lives in the shabby Victorian vicarage type house where the family was brought up. Reg, her brother, and his wife Sarah come to stay for a weekend so that she may go away for a "rest." The general idea is that Annie ought to pair off with Tom. But for this weekend it is Norman, the raffish assistant librarian husband of Annie's sister Ruth, with whom she planned to go. They were to meet secretly but Norman turns up early. When Annie calls the whole thing off Norman decides to stay on at the house and gets roaring drunk. From Ayckbourn's "Norman Conquests" trilogy.

July 9-26 — "Agatha Christie's The Stranger": Christie's murderous psychological thriller is based on her short story," Philomel Cottage." Her heroine, Enid, has accepted what she believes is her last, best chance at marriage, but she can't help but feel a little trapped. Then a handsome stranger steps into her life and opens the door to new possibilities. Enid rejects her fianc for newcomer Gerald and moves to a remote country cottage with him — where a dark and terrible climax takes place.

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July 30-Aug. 9 — "Night and Day — Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter": An original story entirely through the lyrics of Cole Porter, whose songs are arranged into a romantic musical set in a Berkshires mansion, circa 1930. The love our couples feel at night creates an intricacy of relationship struggles for them the next day. Only the second production ever produced. Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. Based on an idea by Robert Cacioppo. Conceived and written by Robert Cacioppo with Arthur D'Alessio.

Aug. 13-23 — "Dogfight": On the eve of their deployment, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of partying and maybe a little trouble. But, when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress whom he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion. Music and Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

Book by Peter Duchan.

Aug. 27-Sept. 6 — "Urinetown": A musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theater. Music by Mark Hollmann, Lyrics by Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. Book by Greg Kotis.

Sept. 11-27 — "Good People" by David Lindsay-Abaire: A, by turns, tough and tender comedy about the class divide in Boston's South End. Margie Walsh has just lost another job, so she seeks help by calling an old flame who made it out of Southie to find out if he can offer her a job.


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