Berkshire Theatre's 85th Summer Season Will Feature Christine Lahti, Treat Williams, Alison Fraser and More

By Carey Purcell
May 1, 2013

The Berkshire Theatre Group's 85th summer season, which will feature productions of The Lion in Winter, Oklahoma!, Extremities, Same Time, Next Year, The Cat and the Canary and Anna Christie, has been announced.



Actors who will grace the stage at the Massachusetts venue include Christine Lahti, Treat Williams, David Adkins, Alison Fraser and Jonathan Hogan, among others.

The season at a glance follows:

The Lion in Winter
By James Goldman
Directed by Robert Moss
The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
June 25-July 13

"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?"

Cast includes:
Alais: Tara Franklin
Richard: Aaron Costa Ganis
John: Karl Gregory
Eleanor: Christine Lahti
Geoffrey: Tommy Schrider
Philip: Matthew Stucky
Henry: Treat Williams

Oklahoma!
Music by Richard Rodgers
Book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Based on the play "Green Grow the Lilacs” by Lynn Riggs
Directed by Eric Hill
Choreographed by Gerry McIntyre
Music direction by Steven Freeman
The Colonial Theatre, July 1-20

"Set in the heart of America, where the corn is as high as an elephant's eye, comes Oklahoma! Follow the beloved story of Laurey Williams and her suitors, Curly McLain and Jud Fry; as well as spitfire, Ado Annie and her patient beau, Will Parker, featuring songs such as 'Oh What a Beautiful Mornin,' 'The Surrey with the Fringe on Top,' 'I Cain't Say No,' and 'People Will Say We're in Love'."

Ensemble: Rachel Abbate
Ensemble: Hallie Brevetti
Ensemble: Jessica Dillan
Ike Skidmore: Rory Donovan
Jud Fry: Austin Durant
Curly: Jarid Faubel
Will Parker: Matt Gibson
Ensemble: Tamrin Goldberg
Ado Annie Carnes: Chasten Harmon
Andrew Carnes: Walter Hudson
"Laurey" in Dream Ballet: Jennifer Jong
Gertie Cummings: Julianne Katz
Slim: Ryan Koss
Ensemble: Jonah Kramer
Cord Elam: Jeff Kuhr
Ensemble: Adam Lendermon
Ensemble: Micha Nameroff
Laurey: Diane Phelan
"Curley" in Dream Ballet: Aaron Lloyd Pomeroy
Ali Hakim: Lee Zarrett
Aunt Eller: Kristine Zbornik

Extremities
By William Mastrosimone
Directed by Karen Allen
The Unicorn Theatre
July 11-27

"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? Directed by original cast member, Karen Allen."

Marjorie: Molly Camp
Terry: Kelly McCreary
Raul: James McMenamin
Patricia: Miriam Silverman

Same Time, Next Year
by Bernard Slade
Directed by Kyle Fabel
The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
July 23-Aug. 10

"George and Doris are married, but not to each other. 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, Tony nominated and Drama Desk winning, Same Time, Next Year is a hilarious and touching look at unconventional love and changing times."

George: David Adkins
Doris: Corinna May

The Cat and the Canary
By John Willard
Directed by Ethan Heard
The Unicorn Theatre
July 31-Aug. 24

"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.

Cicily Young: Willa Fitzgerald
Roger Crosby: Chris Geary
Annabelle West: Ashton Heyl
Harry Blythe: Matthew McCollum
Paul Jones: Tom Pecinka
Hendricks: Will Turner
Mrs. Underwood: Ariana Venturi
Susan Sillsby: Sophie von Haselberg
Charlie Wilder: Jonathan A. Young

Anna Christie
By Eugene O'Neill
Directed by David Auburn
The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
Aug. 20-Aug. 31

"Eugene O'Neill's masterpiece tells the story of Anna Christie, 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 Christopherson: Rebecca Brooksher
Marthy Owen: Alison Fraser
Chris Christopherson: Jonathan Hogan
Mat Burke: Holt McCallany
Larry: Walton Wilson

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield or by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at BerkshireTheatreGroup.org.