By Monica Bliss
The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts is known as a hub for culture and nature and at the heart of the Berkshires, the city of Pittsfield offers premiere culture attractions on stages both large and small.
Visit Pittsfield for destination hotels like the hip, modern Hotel on North. For Broadway-style experiences visit Pittsfield’s larger theaters, including The Colonial Theater, which is now part of Berkshire Theater Group, or Barrington Stage Company. While in town, be sure to also delight your group with a whimsical, off-the-beaten-path excursion. Nothing makes a visitor feel more special than discovering an amazing one of a kind experience, especially when that experience includes live theater.
Barrington Stage Company presents a season of important work on its state-of-the-art St. Germain Stage, including The Cake, a touching and timely new comic drama; The Chinese Lady, a tale of dark poetic whimsy; and the world-premiere of the poignant and funny Well Intentioned White People running. Barrington Stage Company’s Youth Theatre and Berkshire Children’s Theater both present child-friendly Broadway favorites on the small stage located inside the Berkshire Museum.
Whitney Center for the Arts, also known as “the Whit,” is presenting Fuddy Meers, a dark, sweet, oddball comedy; The Fabulous Lipitones, a musical comedy blending Barbershop with Bollywood while discovering the path to perfect harmony; and the internationally-acclaimed The Vagina Monologues. These outstanding, air-conditioned performances are a great value add-on to any group with group tickets as low as $10 per person.
Just down the street at the Colonial, you will be able to enjoy shows such as Tarzan and the Berkshire Opera Festival’s presentation of Rigoletto. If your group wants to see even more theater, hop on the bus and travel down the road a bit to Stockbridge where Berkshire Theatre Group will be presenting a variety of shows on their Unicorn Theatre and Fitzpatrick Main Stage or head up to Williamstown for the Williamstown Theatre Festival or down to Lenox to Shakespeare & Co. to enjoy another show.
Another great addition to a Berkshire itinerary is a trip Arrowhead, home to literary icon Herman Melville. While visiting this historic treasure, groups can enjoy a historically relevant presentation of live theater including the one-man drama entitled Falling Towards My Father. It is a play about Herman Melville on August 1st which kicks off Herman Melville Week. Also, see the brand new play Bartleby Prefers Not To based on Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville. It is running from September 18th to 22nd.
It’s tradition to eat lunch before a matinee and dinner before an evening performance. Theater lovers will enjoy Eat on North’s special theater goer menus designed to get you to the theater on time! Alternatively, pop into Methuselah Bar and Lounge or Mission Bar & Tapas for some amazing small plates paired deliciously with the perfect wine. Just down the street, you will find District Kitchen + Bar, which will serve you up something tasty and quick and get you to the theater in time for curtain call.
While seeing theater on the big stage is spectacular, seeing theater in an intimate venue on a small stage is magical! The Berkshires is a destination for huge Broadway-quality shows. While your group is here make sure they catch a show in one of our more intimate venues for a truly magical summer experience.