Johnston, Shear and Finneran Kill at Berkshire Fest July 31-Aug. 11

News   Johnston, Shear and Finneran Kill at Berkshire Fest July 31-Aug. 11 The Smell of the Kill, a black comedy by Michele Lowe, will play the Berkshire Theatre Festival July 31-Aug. 11. Christopher Ashley will direct Katie Finneran, Kristen Johnston and Claudia Shear in the piece, which has its eye on a Manhattan staging.

The Smell of the Kill, a black comedy by Michele Lowe, will play the Berkshire Theatre Festival July 31-Aug. 11. Christopher Ashley will direct Katie Finneran, Kristen Johnston and Claudia Shear in the piece, which has its eye on a Manhattan staging.

Ashley, speaking to Playbill On-Line at the Tony Nominees Luncheon at Manhattan's Marriott Marquis on May 16, said producers Mel Nugent and Elizabeth McCann have long been attached to the project and that if all goes well the plan is to move the show to New York sometime in 2001.

In The Smell of the Kill, three wives plan revenge on their complacent, golf-loving husbands. Shear wrote and starred in Dirty Blonde, which played Broadway up until earlier this year. Johnston is well known from the sitcom "Third Rock From the Sun." He stage credits include The Skin of Our Teeth in Central Park. She is due on Broadway this coming season in a Roundabout Theatre Company revival of The Women. Finneran's many credits include Arms and the Man Off-Broadway and The Iceman Cometh on Broadway.

Christopher Ashley recently directed Off-Broadway's Newyorkers and The Rocky Horror Show on Broadway, for which he received his first Tony nomination. Future projects include David Lindsay-Abaire's Wonder of the World at Manhattan Theatre Club this fall.

* The remaining Main Stage schedule runs as follows:

The Smell of the Kill by Michele Lowe, directed by Christopher Ashley, July 31-Aug. 11 (opening Aug. 1)
My Fair Lady, directed by Eric Hill, Aug. 14-Sept. 1 (opening Aug. 15)

The smaller Unicorn Theatre is featuring August Strindberg's A Dream Play, directed by Eric Hill (July 18-Aug. 4); and A Pound of Flesh by Michael Bolus (Aug. 8-18).

For more information, call (413) 298-3368, or consult www.berkshiretheatre.org.