By Stephen Sorokoff / Photos by Stephen Sorokoff
The Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, the St. Germain 2nd Stage, and Mr. Finn’s Cabaret are offering loyal Barrington Stage Company (BSC) audiences fantastic theatre and cabaret this season. Some new physical additions to BSC’s campus have also added excitement to downtown Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
The Barrington Stage Company Gala this year honored Jessie and Bernie Wolfson who generously donated the Wolfson Theatre Center, a marvelous grand building in downtown Pittsfield that will house BSC’s administrative offices, costume shop, and rehearsal spaces. The Octagon House next to the Mainstage, which was formerly the admin offices, has been converted into much-needed staff housing. The Blatt Center’s St. Germain Theater has also been renovated, with an expanded stage and 26 new seats.
There is a short, straight line between BSC and Broadway with many theater luminaries performing in and attending BSC’s productions. Lynn Ahrens, Ragtime’s lyricist, attended the opening of Ragtime which is running through July 15th. The list of actors and producers heading to Pittsfield for the opening of Company on August 10th is also quite impressive.
William Finn, in addition to his duties as Artistic Producer of the Musical Theatre Lab, can always be seen in Mr. Finn’s Cabaret enjoying some of the best nightclub performers on the planet. This summer, don’t miss New York favorites Christine Pedi (July 16,17), Julie Budd (Aug 20,21), and Andrea McArdle (Aug 27-28) among others who will perform in his club, which like all good cabarets is located below ground. In this case below the St. Germain 2nd Stage.