Berkshire Theater Highlights for Summer 2012

summer-season-2012Recent announcements by the Berkshire Theatre Festival and Berkshire Actor’s Theatre are worth noting, as you make your plans to travel in our direction.

According to the Hartford Courant, the line-up for the upcoming Berkshire Theatre Festival includes no less than three world premiere productions, and a revival of the beloved Broadway classic A Chorus Line.

The three premiers: A Thousand Clowns by Herb Gardner, Edith, by Kelly Masterson, and Brace Yourself, by Tony-award winning writer James Naughton.

A Thousand Clowns and Brace Yourself are both comedies – Edith is a drama, which focuses on an episode from the life of first lady Edith Wilson, as she took control of the White House following her husband’s stroke in 1919. Interesting trivia: Mr. Naughton, writer of Brace Yourself, grew up in nearby West Hartford.

You’ll want to check out their website to learn even more about this shiny, new summer season.

Also of note: the announcement by Berkshire Actor’s Theatre that they will include two plays by John Patrick Shanley. Doubt: A Parable and Four Dogs and A Bone are set for performance between June 21 and July 15 at the Berkshire Museum. Information and tickets can be had at their website.

John Patrick Shanley
is a prolific and multi-award-winning American playwright and screenwriter. Moonstruck, Joe Versus The Volcano, and many more are among his works. Doubt, in particular, was an Academy-award-winner for Best Adapted Screenplay. Check out this New York Times article, which gives some very interesting background info on Mr. Shanley that you may enjoy and which most likely sets the dark, comedic tone that infuses much of his work.

So many reasons to visit the Berkshires this summer. Let us add to the allure: come during the week and take advantage of our Midweek Special.