Karen Allen to Direct Extremities for Berkshire Theatre Group; Lion in Winter With Treat Williams Also Planned

By Adam Hetrick
13 Feb 2013

Treat Williams
Treat Williams

The Berkshire Theatre Group will stage The Lion in Winter, starring Treat Williams, as well as Extremeties, directed by original cast member Karen Allen, this summer in Massachusetts.

Williams will star as King Henry in the James Goldman drama that will run June 25-July 13 on the Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Robert Moss will direct. According to BTG, "An epic and humorous tale of political strategy and family dynamics, The Lion In Winter, set during Christmas 1183, tells the story of King Henry II, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John as they play a deadly game of real life chess; winner takes the throne. Who will come out on top as the ruler of England and the ruler of the family? The Lion in Winter proves just how absurd and lethal family rivalries can be."

Eric Hill will direct the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic Oklahoma!, which will run July 1-20 at the Colonial Theatre. Gerry McIntyre will re-create Agnes de Mille's original choreography.

Actress Karen Allen, who appeared in the 1983 Off-Broadway run of Extremities, will direct the William Mastrosimone play that will be seen July 11-27 at the Unicorn Theater. Here's how BTG describes the play: "In William Mastrosimone's psychological thriller, a young woman is violently attacked in her own home. However, once the tables turn, Extremities raises provocative and difficult questions about rape and its aftermath, violence and its justification, justice and its reliability. Who will be held responsible in this riveting game of cat and mouse?"



Theatre couple Corinna May and David Adkins will co-star in Bernard Slade's Same Time, Next Year, directed by Kyle Fabel, July 23-Aug. 10 on the Fitzpatrick Main Stage. "George and Doris are married, but not to each other," BTG states. "After a passionate chance meeting, the two decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Encompassing twenty five years of reunions, manners and morals, Same Time, Next Year is a hilarious and touching look at unconventional love and changing times."

John Willard's The Cat and the Canary will be staged July 31-Aug. 2 at the Unicorn Theatre. According to BTG, "As the clock strikes midnight, the relatives of Cyrus West assemble at his mansion to read his will twenty years after his death. In an unexpected twist of fate, young Annabelle is named heir to Cyrus' large fortune, under one condition: that she is deemed legally sane. When the group finds out that a lunatic has escaped from the nearby asylum, inexplicable things begin to happen and Annabelle begins to fear for her sanity and for her life. A suspenseful and delightful 'who-dunnit,' this mystery will transform the Unicorn and have audiences on the edge of their seats and begging for more."

Proof playwright David Auburn will stage Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie Aug. 20-31 on the Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Rebecca Brooksher will star in the title role. "Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece tells the story of Anna Christie," BTG states, "a young woman abandoned by her father and forced into a life of hardship. When the two are finally reunited, Anna must learn to forgive her father's past transgressions. However, after Anna falls in love with a sailor, certain secrets come to light, and the love of father and daughter is truly tested. Anna Christie is a beautiful and poignant tale of love and forgiveness."

Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart, featuring stories by Mary Mott and Edith Wharton, will be staged Oct. 4-20 at the Unicorn Theatre. Robert Moss will stage From Where I Sit, by and featuring Mott; and Kiera Naughton will stage Wharton's Roman Fever, adapted by Eric Hill and featuring Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor.

Mott's piece will explore her life in the Berkshires. Here's how Wharton's piece is characterized: "Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade are old friends vacationing in Rome with their daughters. As the two reminisce, they begin to realize that the secrets they each hold about the past may not be as hidden as they thought. Based on the short story by Edith Wharton, Roman Fever explores the power of love and deception, all the while set on a beautiful Italian terrace."

The Berkshire Theatre Group produces work in Pittsfield and Stockbridge, MA. Visit BerkshireTheatreGroup.org for tickets and further information.