Barrington Stage Announces Jeff McCarthy, John Rando, Fiddler and a New Play About Sexpert Dr. Ruth for 2012

News   Barrington Stage Announces Jeff McCarthy, John Rando, Fiddler and a New Play About Sexpert Dr. Ruth for 2012 Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA, revealed its complete 2012 programming, which will include the world premiere of Mark St. Germain's new play Dr. Ruth, All the Way starring Debra Jo Rupp of "That '70s Show" as the popular and groundbreaking sex-advice doctor Dr. Ruth Westheimer.

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St. Germain's Freud's Last Session was a BSC Stage 2 hit that moved to Off-Broadway, where its original cast continues. Regional and international productions have followed.

The Dr. Ruth biographical play is the first production of BSC's New Works Initiative, "in which playwrights and musical-theatre writing teams will be commissioned to write work that BSC will eventually produce."

Artistic director Julianne Boyd announced the slate of 2012 shows at a press conference Jan. 26 at BSC Stage 2. BSC produces on a Mainstage and an intimate second space in Pittsfield in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts.

The BSC 2012 season includes the previously announced revival of Fiddler on the Roof plus newly announced plays by Arthur Miller, Philip King, Rajiv Joseph and Duncan Macmillian. The Joe Iconis musical The Black Suits is also on the slate, as is a stage adaptation of the novel "The Lord of the Flies."

The BSC Youth Theatre presents the Berkshire-area premiere of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (performed July 25-Aug. 12 at the Berkshire Museum). Single tickets will go on sale Feb. 15. Mainstage Flex Passes and Stage 2 Passes are on sale now by calling (413) 236-8888 or online at www.barringtonstageco.org.

Here's the Barrington Mainstage season at a glance:

Fiddler on the Roof
By Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, Joseph Stein
Directed and choreographed by Gary John LaRosa
Music direction by Darren R. Cohen
June 13-July 14

"Fiddler tells the universal tale of Tevye, the milkman, who tries to hold on to 'tradition' as the world around him and his family changes in the little village of Anatevka."

The Price
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Starring Jeff McCarthy
July 19-Aug. 4

"Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 1968, Arthur Miller's acclaimed drama [concerns] estranged brothers [who] converge at their father's home to sort through a lifetime's worth of belongings. A Russian Jewish antique dealer comes to give them the best deal possible, adding humor and wisdom to the task at hand."

See How They Run
By Philip King
Directed by John Rando
Aug. 9-26

John Rando, who staged BSC's Guys and Dolls, returns to "helm the 1945…brilliantly funny, quintessentially English farce about a young vicar's wife who tries to fit into a small tightly knit town. Misinterpreted scandal and mistaken identities ensue."

Lord of the Flies
By Nigel Williams, from William Golding's novel
Oct. 3-21

"A coming-of-age adventure story begins with a group of English school boys stranded on an island and ends with them as savages, playing life and death games. 'Lord of the Flies' has been named one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century by Time Magazine and ranked No. 25 out of 100 on the Modern Library 100 Best Novels list."

Here's the Barrington BSC Stage 2 season at a glance:

Lungs
By Duncan Macmillan Directed by Aaron Posner
May 23-June 10

Aaron Posner, adapter/director of last season's hit production of My Name is Asher Lev, returns to direct the 2012 BSC Stage 2 season opener — the New England premiere of [a play in which] a "couple negotiates sex, parenthood, and responsibilities large and small." It's an "intimate drama about chance, change and consequence."

Dr. Ruth, All the Way
A New Works Commission
By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Julianne Boyd
June 19-July 15

"Everyone knows the pioneering radio and television sex therapist Dr. Ruth but few know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Dr. Ruth, All the Way is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel — the girl who became 'Dr. Ruth.'"

The North Pool
By Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli
July 26-Aug. 11

"The East Coast premiere of Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Rajiv Joseph's...psychological cat-and-mouse thriller about a Middle Eastern student and his assistant high school principal."

The Black Suits
BSC Musical Theatre Lab
Music and lyrics by Iconis, book by Iconis and Robert Maddock
Directed by John Simpkins
Aug. 16-Sept. 2

A "workshop production" of the musical about "a high-school garage band on suburban Long Island that tries to win The St. Anne's Battle of the Bands. Two teens struggle to learn how to be real friends as the inevitability of adulthood threatens to pull them apart. A musical about dreams, blood, Pop Tarts, records, drug runs, blue hair…and the undying transformative coolness of rock 'n' roll music."

For information on shows, subscriptions and tickets call (413) 236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.

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