This summer, the Berkshires’ unique outdoor spaces offer stunning theatrical experiences.
A world-class performing arts scene is just as intrinsic to the Berkshire visitor experience as the region’s breathtaking natural beauty, unique shopping, and fine dining. Long-time live theater patrons as well as those seeking new artistic experiences will be happy to know that area companies are once again putting out the (COVID-safe) welcome mat. Live theater is back!
Open air partnerships are a big feature of the 2021 Berkshire summer season.
The Clark Art Institute, famous for its collection of Renoir, Degas, Cassatt, and John Singer-Sargent masterpieces, will transform its world-renowned reflecting pool into the stage for Williamstown Theatre Festival’s return to live performance with the world premiere of a new musical, Row, the story of one woman’s effort to row solo across the Atlantic, from July 13 through August 8. Tickets are available at the WTF box office.
If you missed the Chester Theatre Company’s Massachusetts premiere of Will Eno’s Title and Deed, you have two more chances to take advantage of their outdoor partnership with Hancock Shaker Village and catch a performance under the
Tent. The Niceties, about a conflict between a Black student and a white professor at an elite liberal arts college, runs July 14 through 25, and Tiny Beautiful Things, based on Cheryl Strayed’s beloved “Dear Sugar” column, performs August 18-29. Buy tickets online at the CTC box office, and enjoy $5 off the admission price to Hancock Village as well! Spend the day enjoying the museum and farm, grab a bite at Bimi’s Café, and then catch a show; a perfect day in the Berkshires!
Jacob’s Pillow teams up with premier dance companies all summer long, offering performances on the Henry J. Leir outdoor stage as well as site-specific alfresco shows on the Pillow grounds. Folks looking for unique artistic inspiration can enjoy the magical combination of Jacobs Pillow’s gorgeous green spaces and the physical poetry of diverse companies such as Dorrance Dance, Ballet Hispanico, Contra-Tiempo, and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Click here to see a calendar of events and purchase tickets.
Budget conscious dance lovers may also sign up for updates about Jacob’s Pillow On the Road program, offering free pop-up dance performances around Berkshire County.
All of the companies mentioned above as well as a diverse array of others including the Barrington Stage, Berkshire Theatre Group, Shakespeare & Company, and Tanglewood have agreed to a “COVID-19 Code of Courtesy” for indoor and outdoor venues that includes contactless ticket scanning, freestanding hand sanitizing stations, and a generous rescheduling policy for ticket holders who are feeling sick. All venues strongly suggest patrons be vaccinated.
Call ahead for up-to-the-minute protocol information, and be sure to check out our Know Before You Go guide.
Written by Gretchen M. Michelfeld.
Photo: Jacob’s Pillow