In late 2010, the Berkshire Theatre Festival (Stockbridge, MA) partnered with the Colonial Theatre (Pittsfield, MA) to streamline operating costs and appointed Kate Maguire as dual artistic director. The 2011 season programing for both BTF and the Colonial was revealed Feb. 25. Productions will play BTF's home and the Colonial stage.
The Tony Award-nominated rock musical The Who's Tommy, by Pete Townsend and Des McAnuff, will run July 7-16 at the Colonial. Eric Hill will direct the production for BTF, which will feature Harrison (Wicked, "Queer as Folk") in the title role and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson's James Barry as Captain Walker.
Anders Cato will direct David Adkins and Jurian Hughes in A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, running July 12-30 on BTF's Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Following will be the world premiere of Clark's In the Mood, about a well-to-do couple preparing for a surprise party in their penthouse, which will be presented Aug. 2-13 on the Fitzpatrick Main Stage.
BTF's Unicorn Theatre will host Michael Weller's 1960s-centered play Moonchildren, directed by Karen Allen (June 28-July 16); Dutch Masters, Greg Keller's world-premiere work exploring race relations when two men share a New York City subway car uptown in the summer of 1992 (July 19-Aug. 6); the Yip Harburg-Burton Lane-Fred Saidy musical Finian's Rainbow, presented by BTF's pre-professional company under the direction of Kyle Fabel (Aug 9-27); and the world premiere of Chris Newbound's Birthday Boy, about a man facing a crossroads in his life at his 40th birthday, directed by Wes Grantom (Aug. 30-Sept. 3 and Sept. 29-Oct. 16). Highlights of the Colonial season include Sherri Buxton and Matt Cusson offering Songs From the Great American Songbook (June 2); Tommy Tune in Steps In Time: A Broadway Biography In Song And Dance (Aug. 11); New York Times columnist Frank Rich (Oct. 9); author David Sedaris (Oct. 19); and Arlo Guthrie: Boys Night Out (Nov. 19).