Berkshire Fest Has Floyd Collins, Three World Premieres in 2004

News   Berkshire Fest Has Floyd Collins, Three World Premieres in 2004 The Berkshire Theatre Festival will fill its Main Stage with the tried and true, and its smaller Unicorn Theatre with the untried and new in 2004.
A scene from the Old Globe's production of Floyd Collins
A scene from the Old Globe's production of Floyd Collins

The bigger forum at BTF's Stockbridge, MA, digs will see new productions of the regional favorites Blue for an Alabama Sky (June 22-July 10), Pearl Cleage's play about Harlem Renaissance folk who fall in an out of love in the era when the Cotton Club thrived; William Gibson's telling of the battle of wills between Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker (July 27-Aug. 14); Shaw's classic drama Heartbreak House (July 13-24); and Moliere's comedy The Misanthrope (Aug. 17-Sept. 4). The Unicorn season begins with Adam Guettel's musical about a man trapped in a cave and the media circus that surrounds him, Floyd Collins, running June 9-July 3. It is followed by Siddhartha, a world premiere dramatization by Eric Hill of novelist Herman Hesse's novel. Hill directs the tale of one man's spiritual quest, which brings encounters with gods and humans. Dates at July 7-31.

Scott Schwartz (Golda's Balcony, Bat Boy) returns to BTF with Eugene's Home, a premiere play by Kathy Levin Shapiro. In the work, Eugene, trapped in a wheelchair and filled with Ritalin, thinks his chances as romantic love are small, until Talie enters his life. The run is Aug. 4-21.

Bill Bowers wrote and will perform It Goes Without Saying, the final attraction at the Unicorn, running Aug. 24-Sept. 4. The autobiographical story takes Bowers from Montana to the classroom of celebrated mime Marcel Marceau to Broadway. Martha Banta directs.

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