BTG PLAYS! Presents “Billy Budd in the Breadbox” During February Vacation Week

Pittsfield, MA– Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) welcomes Billy Budd in the Breadbox,as part of BTG PLAYS!, BTG’s year-round education program, at The Garage (located in the Colonial Theatre lobby) during School Vacation week, February 18 through February 24. This event is part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

History comes to life in the exciting new play, Billy Budd in the Breadbox, about Herman Melville, author of Moby DickBilly Budd in the Breadbox is adapted from Jana Laiz’s Billy Budd in the Bread Box, The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor by Travis G. Daly. Told through the eyes of his granddaughter, Eleanor, the show follows the special relationship between grandfather and granddaughter. Eleanor discovers that her grandfather has a secret and is determined to figure out what it is. Along her journey, you’ll go on an interactive and educational history lesson from Herman Melville himself. Hear his stories and learn about what inspired such writings at Moby DickTypeeBilly Budd and more. Based on a true discovery that brought the writings of Herman Melville back to life. The play features stories about local Berkshire history including Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, and Monument Mountain.

Local author, Jana Laiz, says, ”As Writer-In-Residence at Herman Melville’s home, Arrowhead, I was inspired to tell his story and found my voice through his 9-year-old granddaughter, Eleanor. When Travis Daly approached me about adapting one of my books into a play for BTG’s Educational Touring Show, I was thrilled.”

Tickets to Billy Budd in the Breadbox are $5 for children, and $10 for adults. Ticket Offices are open MondaySaturday 10am-5pmSunday 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Billy Budd in the Breadbox 
As part of BTG PLAYS! on Tour
Based on the book Billy Budd in the Bread Box, The Story of Herman Melville and Eleanor
by Jana Laiz
Adapted by Travis G. Daly
This event is part of the 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival
Tickets: Adults: $10 Children: $5

at The Garage (located in the Colonial lobby)
111 South Street, Pittsfield MA

School Vacation Week:
Sunday, February 18 at 11am
Monday, February 19 at 11am
Thursday, February 22 at 11am
Friday, February 23 at 11am
Saturday, February 24 at 11am

About Berkshire Theatre Group

The Colonial Theatre, founded in 1903, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, founded in 1928, are two of the oldest cultural organizations in the Berkshires. In 2010, under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, the two organizations merged to form Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG). Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission is to support wide ranging artistic exploration and acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music and entertainment. Every year, BTG produces and presents performances to over 68,000 attendees and, through our Educational Program, serves over 13,000 Berkshire County schoolchildren annually. BTG’s celebrated stages reflect the history of the American theatre; they represent a priceless cultural resource for the community.

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