Barrington Stage Will Premiere Best of Enemies by Mark St. Germain in 2011; Season Announced

News   Barrington Stage Will Premiere Best of Enemies by Mark St. Germain in 2011; Season Announced
Barrington Stage Company, the resident theatre in Pittsfield, MA, announced its 2011 season on Dec. 13. The mix includes the world premiere of Mark St. Germain's new play, the musicals Guys and Dolls and The Game and Lee Blessing's drama Going to St. Ives, among other works.

Mark St. Germain
Mark St. Germain

Artistic director Julianne Boyd and managing director Tristan Wilson announced productions that will play BSC's Pittsfield Mainstage, Stage 2 and Youth Theatre venues in the coming year.

Tony Award winner John Rando will direct the season opener, Guys and Dolls, choreographed by Joshua Bergasse with music direction by Darren R. Cohen, June 21-July 16, 2011.

The Game, a musical based on the sexy novel and play Les Liaisons Dangereuses, will return to Barrington Stage, where it received its world premiere in 2003 to critical raves and audience acclaim. Directed by Boyd, The Game, set in 18th-century France, features a musical score by Megan Cavallari, and book and lyrics by Amy Powers and David Topchik. The Game will feature choreography by Joshua Bergasse and music direction by Darren R. Cohen. It will run on the Mainstage Aug. 11-28, 2011.

St. Germain, who penned the popular BSC Stage 2 world premiere Freud's Last Session, which later moved to Off-Broadway, will see his new work, The Best of Enemies, play the BSC Mainstage July 21-Aug. 6, 2011.

Boyd will direct the drama inspired by the best-selling book by Osha Gray Davidson. The play tells the true story about the relationship between C.P. Ellis (a Grand Cyclops of the KKK) and Ann Atwater (a civil rights black activist) during the desegregation of the Durham, NC, schools in 1971. The Best of Enemies, according to BSC notes, "exposes the poison of prejudice in the hearts of Atwater and Ellis, who by facing each other are forced to face the worst, and best, in themselves." The recent award-winning Off-Broadway hit play, The Zero Hour, Jim Brochu's solo homage to stage legend Zero Mostel, kicks off the Stage 2 season May 18-June 5, 2011.

Brochu won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for The Zero Hour.

Going to St. Ives, directed by Tyler Marchant (BSC's A Picasso and Freud's Last Session), will play Stage 2 June 16-July 3, 2011. In it, "the lives of two extraordinary women intersect: May N'Kame, a member of the African elite who is the mother of a murderous dictator and Cora Gage, a world-renowned eye surgeon who lost her son tragically years before. In this thriller-like political and psychological drama, the two women start sharing a terrible secret, at the core of which is their gnawing feeling of guilt over the fate of their respective sons. The power and passion of two strong women in an all-too-possible modern day situation is examined, as we see both women's political and personal agendas that go way beyond treating a patient ... or being one."

BSC has previously presented Blessing's Black Sheep, Thief River and Eleemosynary.

BSC's Musical Theatre Lab's sixth season will be announced by February 2011.

BSC Youth Theatre will present All Shook Up, the Broadway musical that married a fresh story to songs made famous by Elvis Presley, July 20-Aug. 7, 2011, in Pittsfield and Aug. 10-14, 2011, in Great Barrington (locations to be announced). Christine O'Grady returns for the fifth year to direct and choreograph.

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