Mark St. Germain's play will be presented May 18-June 4 at the Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, MA. The production will feature Brian Smiar and Robert Zukerman.
The Collyer Brothers at Home, according to press notes, "brings to life the compelling and darkly funny tale of withdrawal, suspicion and eccentric bravado that pits two personalities against the march of time." Brothers will be presented on the same bill as Germain's Period Piece, which features "two veteran character actors desperately competing for the spotlight."
About his two works, playwright Germain said in a statement, "I can remember as a child hearing both my mother and grandmother comparing my brother and me to the Collyer brothers as they opened the door to our bedroom. Between then and somewhere in my twenties, I learned about the famously reclusive brother packrats and became fascinated with them. It seemed to me that they both courted and shunned the spotlight by barricading themselves in their once elegant home with tons of wonderfully useless objects ranging from dozens of pianos to a horse skeleton. The Collyer Brothers at Home is the play that came from my intrigue and Period Piece followed, closely connected to the themes of brotherhood and fame. It's wonderfully fitting, and a treat for me, to see it as the first Barrington Stage Production in Pittsfield."
The creative team for the plays includes Brian Prather (set design), D. Benjamin Courtney (lighting design), Guy Lee Bailey (costume design) and Matt Kraus (sound design).
The Berkshire Athenaeum is located at 1 Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield, MA. Tickets, priced $25-$30, are available by calling (413) 236-8888 or by visiting www.barringtonstageco.org.