By Darcie Sosa
The Berkshire summer will be here before we know it, and nothing says summer in the Berkshires like theater. On every one of our stages across the county and beyond, directors and actors alike are preparing for another amazing season of work in the ever-present bucolic surroundings we call home. Let us give you a sneak peek behind the curtain.
Barrington Stage Company, located in the heart of the Berkshires in downtown Pittsfield, announced their 2018 season, featuring nine productions on two stages including such shows as Typhoid Mary, a world premiere of The Royal Family of Broadway, The Cake, and so much more great productions. Their season will conclude with Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach. Be sure to visit their site to see more shows and details and to reserve your tickets.
Just down the street Berkshire Theatre Group will have an exciting season on all of their many stages from Pittsfield to Stockbridge, from music and comedy to theater and performing arts, there is bound to be something this summer that will delight everyone. Check back for summer show information coming soon.
Also announcing their upcoming season is world renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF), featuring seven productions. The season will kick off with the world premiere of The Closet, inspired by Francis Veber’s Le Placard, followed by The Member of the Wedding, The Sound Inside (starring Mary-Louise Parker), a world premiere of Artney Jackson, and Seared. The season will conclude with Jen Silverman’s Dangerous House. Their shows sell out fast so act now and reserve your tickets.
If you find yourself in Lenox than be sure to take time to enjoy a production at Shakespeare & Company. Their season is all about delight, deceit, and desire. It will include plays such as Macbeth, Creditors, As You Like It (in their newly opened outdoor Roman Garden theater), HIR, and more. They also work in conjunction with the Mount to present an outdoor show on their grounds, this year it will be Love’s Labor Lost. Pack up a picnic and come enjoy some Shakespeare.
Also, be sure that you check out what WAM Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Capitol Steps at Cranwell, and the Spectrum Playhouse have to offer. Then if there is still time, located just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Berkshires, take in a show at the Mac-Hayden Theatre, Sharon Playhouse, or The Theatre Barn. There is never a dull moment in the Berkshires as our theater line-up has shown, so make sure you don’t miss a single moment.
Darcie Sosa is a Berkshire marketing/PR professional, who when isn’t working loves being outside hiking with her dogs, going to live music and theatre shows, networking, trying new restaurants and volunteering for local nonprofits. She is an alum of Berkshire Community College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.