Off-Broadway and Screen-Bound Berkshire Village Idiot Opens in Williamstown, July 30

News   Off-Broadway and Screen-Bound Berkshire Village Idiot Opens in Williamstown, July 30
Berkshire Village Idiot, the one-man show set to play Off-Broadway's Zipper Theatre later this summer, will open at the Williamstown Theatre Festival on July 30 for a run through Aug. 10.

The Michael Isaac Connor play will begin performances at the Zipper on Aug. 22, with an official opening of Sept. 4. Additionally, a screenplay version of the work has been sold, a Williamstown spokesman said.

Directed by Barry Edelstein, Berkshire Village Idiot — which is written and performed by Connor —is a semi-autobiographical story. It concerns Mikey," a precocious young man caught up in the whirlwind of adolescence," and his "sometimes painful, often humorous, journey from boyhood dreams and disappointments to adult acceptance and forgiveness." In the show, Connor plays multiple characters, including his mother and father, a crazy aunt, the village thug, a priest and the family dog. The play was recently nominated for an L.A. Weekly Award.

In early June, it was announced that the Connor play would replace Frank D. Gilroy's The Lake in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's schedule. Williamstown producer Michael Ritchie announced the change had been made due to "scheduling conflicts."

The Williamstown production will feature sets by Derek McLane and lighting by Russell Champa.

Berkshire Village Idiot will be performed at the 96-seat Nikos Theatre, adjacent to the Main Stage Theatre at Williams College. Tickets are priced at $21 and $23 and are available by calling (413) 597-3400. Tickets for the Off-Broadway run go on sale Aug. 4. Call (212) 239 6200.

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