Glass Menagerie Kicks Off Berkshire Theatre Fest's 79th Season May 24

News   Glass Menagerie Kicks Off Berkshire Theatre Fest's 79th Season May 24
Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA, launches its 2007 season May 24 with a new staging of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, featuring artistic director Kate Maguire as Amanda.

Eric Hill stages the memory play at BTF's Unicorn Theatre. Opening is May 25, closing is June 30.

The revival heralds a varied season on two stages — the 414-seat Main Stage (an 1888 Stanford White-designed building, originally a casino) and the 99-seat Unicorn. This is the fest's 79th season.

Maguire shares the Menagerie production with Aya Cash, Greg Keller and Tom Story.

The season will also include One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Dale Wasserman's adaptation of Ken Kesey's novel, starring Randy Harrison ("Queer as Folk") as Billy Bibbit and Jonathan Epstein as Randall Patrick McMurphy, beginning July 10, opening July 13 and ending July 28 on the Main Stage.

Rick Cleveland has written and will perform his new work My Pal George in a workshop production in the Unicorn Theatre directed by Eric Simonson. It begins previews July 3, opens July 4 and ends July 21. The play is a maybe true, maybe not account of Cleveland's friendship with George W. Bush and is a sequel of sorts to Cleveland's My Buddy Bill about President Clinton. Cleveland has written for "The West Wing" and "Six Feet Under." Two-Headed by Julie Jensen, which will be directed by Marc Geller in the Unicorn, will begin July 25, open July 26 and end Aug. 18. The play is abut 40 years in the lives of two Utah women (played by Corinna May and Diane Prusha) in the late 1800's.

Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion!, directed by Anders Cato, will begin June 19, open June 22 and end July 7 on the Main Stage. The cast will feature David Adkins, Stephen DeRosa, Jonathan Fried, Ricky Fromeyer, Romain Fruge, James Lloyd Reynolds and Matthew Wilkas.

Paul Osborn's Morning's at Seven, directed by Vivian Matalon, will also be on the Main Stage, beginning July 31, opening Aug. 3 and ending Aug. 11. Matalon had a major Broadway success with the play in the 1980s, when he won the Tony for Best Direction of a Play and revived the profile of the largely forgotten work. The BTF revival will boast Anita Gillette, David Green, Paul Hecht, Jonathan Hogan, Lucy Martin, Debra Jo Rupp, Christianne Tisdale and Joyce Van Patten.

George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession, directed by Cato, begins Aug. 14, opens Aug. 17 and ends Sept. 1, also on the Main Stage. Jayne Atkinson, Mark Nelson, Randy Harrison, Sara Drew, Stephen Temperley and Walter Hudson star.

Also in the Unicorn will be Willy Russell's Educating Rita, directed by Richard Corley, beginning Aug. 21, opening Aug. 22 and ending Oct. 20. Jonathan Epstein and Tara Franklin are featured as teacher and pupil.

The festival will include a number of family programs as well. For more information visit

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