NYC-Bound Freud's Last Session Will Return to MA; Barrington Books Daly, Memory Show for Stage 2

News   NYC-Bound Freud's Last Session Will Return to MA; Barrington Books Daly, Memory Show for Stage 2 Barrington Stage Company's popular, extended 2009 production of Freud's Last Session will resurface at BSC's Stage 2 in Pittsfield, MA, this summer prior to a run Off-Broadway. The return was announced on Feb. 26, along with other coming Stage 2 programming.
Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly Photo by Aubrey Reuben

BSC's artistic director Julianne Boyd and producing director Richard M. Parison, Jr., announced that Stage 2 would also offer the summer world premiere of new musical The Memory Show, plus and two engagements of Bill Nelson's All-Male Revue. Tony Award winner Tyne Daly will offer a cabaret performance called Songs, featuring John McDaniel on the piano, on the BSC Mainstage in September. Single tickets for all performances in the 2010 season go on sale March 1.

Mark H. Dold and Martin Rayner will recreate their earlier roles as C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud, respectively, in Freud's Last Session. The world premiere of Mark St. Germain's meeting-of-minds drama played to sold-out houses and was seen by more than 5,000 patrons in 2009.

The return is scheduled for June 22-July 3 prior to an Off-Broadway run at The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theatre at 5 West 63rd Street, New York City. Tyler Marchant will once again direct. Barrington will partner with a Manhattan producer for the New York run (more details will be announced later.)

In the play, according to BSC, "Two of history's greatest minds — Dr. Sigmund Freud (Rayner) and C.S. Lewis (Dold) — meet for a lively discussion of life, sex and religion."

Performances of Freud's Last Session are Tuesday-Friday and Sunday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 4 PM and 8 PM. Additional performance will play July 1 at 4 PM. All performances will be held at BSC's Stage 2, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Tickets are $15-$45. BSC's Musical Theatre Lab, under the mentorship of Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist William Finn, continues its fifth season with the world premiere of The Memory Show, by Zachary Redler and Sara Cooper, Aug. 18-29.

The Memory Show (under the title Memory is the Mother of All Wisdom) received a staged reading during the 2009 season.

Directed by Joe Calarco (BSC's The Burnt Part Boys and The Mysteries of Harris Burdick), The Memory Show is "a two-person comic tragedy about the troubled relationship of a woman who has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's and her estranged daughter who moves back home to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach to take care of her," according to BSC. "As the mother starts forgetting the present, her daughter begins remembering the past."

Bill Nelson's popular All-Male Revue made its debut during the 2009 summer season and will return for two limited engagements in 2010. "Nelson's lyrics are equal parts jaw-dropping, profound and daffy," according to BSC. "Bill and the guys bring their fun evening of fresh, inventive theatre songs" to BSC's Stage 2 Aug. 26-28. "Offering a unique late night cabaret for Berkshire audiences," All-Male Revue will follow The Memory Show with performances Aug. 26-28.

Bill Nelson's All-Male Revue will return on Columbus Day Weekend as part of the second annual Out in the Berkshires weekend with performances Oct. 8-10 at 8 PM on BSC’s Stage 2. All tickets are $15.

Tony Award-winning star Tyne Daly brings her cabaret act Songs featuring John McDaniel to Barrington Stage for one night only, Sept. 2 at 8 PM. "Daly promises a sensational evening of heartfelt and humorous songs and stories," BSC notes. Tickets range $35-$75. BSC's Mainstage is at 30 Union Street in downtown Pittsfield.

Freud's Last Session, The Memory Show and Bill Nelson's All-Male Revue will join the already announced Stage 2 shows: The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez, May 26–June 13, and Pool Boy by Janet Allard and Nikos Tsakalakos, July 13–Aug. 8.

Upcoming on the Mainstage are the previously announced Sweeney Todd (June 17–July 17), Yasmina Reza's Art (July 22–Aug. 7) and Alan Ayckbourn's Absurd Person Singular (Aug. 12-29).

For more information on shows, subscriptions and single tickets call the box office at (413) 236-8888 or visit barringtonstageco.org.

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Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by artistic director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage's mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre — especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention with William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's Tony Award-winning musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which began as a workshop at Barrington Stage in February 2004, was produced in its world premiere to critical acclaim that summer, and later transferred to Broadway's Circle-in-the-Square Theatre where it played more than 1,000 performances.

Martin Rayner as Freud and Mark H. Dold as Lewis in BSC's 2009 run of <i>Freud's Last Session</i>.
Martin Rayner as Freud and Mark H. Dold as Lewis in BSC's 2009 run of Freud's Last Session. Photo by Kevin Sprague