"The idea of running these two plays in repertory appealed to me as a way to create a striking juxtaposition between theatre that makes you think deeply about important issues and theatre that allows you to simply be entertained," said artistic director Clover Bell-Devaney in a statement. "The chance to experience two totally different sides of one renowned playwright's work is a unique opportunity for actors and audience alike, and I'm so pleased to have John Patrick Shanley on board to consult with about his work during the creative process."
Shanley's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt plays June 21-July 14 with an official opening set for June 22. Directed by Brad Berridge, the cast includes Alika Hope as Mrs. Muller, Clover Bell-Devaney as Sister James, Patrick White as Father Flynn and Peggy Pharr Wilson as Sister Aloysius.
The play, according to Berkshire, "explores its characters' struggle to hold on to their deeply held beliefs within the confines of a Bronx Catholic School in 1964."
Four Dogs and a Bone, which was previously seen at the Berkshire, will be remounted by the company beginning June 30 for a run through July 15.
Directed by Andrew Volkoff, the play—"a hilarious send-up about the movie making business"— features Bell-Devaney as Brenda, Daniel Popowich as Bradley, Deann Halper as Collette and Michael J. Foster as Victor. Other members of the Berkshire creative team include set designer Brian Prather, lighting designer Nate Wiessner, sound designers Beth Lake (Doubt) and Brad Berridge (Four Dogs and a Bone), costume designer Sarah Bertolozzi (Doubt) and costume consultant Andrew Oliver (Four Dogs and a Bone).
For more information and tickets, call (413) 443-7171, ext. 10 or visit www.berkshiremuseum.org.