(Pittsfield, MA– November 1, 2018) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is honored that two plays that premiered at BSC – American Son and The Chinese Lady – can now be seen in New York.
“We’re thrilled that both American Son and The Chinese Lady are reaching wider audiences in NYC this fall,” said Julianne Boyd. “In the case of American Son, it’s extremely rewarding to know that a play we commissioned, developed and premiered at Barrington Stage has found a home on Broadway. The collaboration with the Ma-Yi Theatre Company on The Chinese Lady has been a true partnership, and we are excited to be following this important play to its new home on Theatre Row in NYC.”
American Son by Christopher Demos-Brown was commissioned by BSC and won the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for its world premiere at BSC in 2016. Directed by Julianne Boyd, the BSC production starred Tamara Tunie and Michael Hayden.
“Barrington Stage is a phenomenal place to develop new work,” said playwright Christopher Demos-Brown. “It’s a beautiful place to spend time in the summer, there’s a sophisticated audience and Julie Boyd is a fantastic director who pours her heart and soul into the process.”
The Broadway production starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale began previews October 6 for a November 4 opening at the Booth Theatre.
Lloyd Suh’s The Chinese Lady had its world premiere at BSC July 20 through August 11 earlier this year in a co-production with Ma-Yi Theater Company and will arrive Off Broadway at The Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row from November 7 – 18.
“Opening The Chinese Lady at Barrington Stage this summer gave us a chance to play before enthusiastic, savvy theatergoers —not unlike what we would have in New York,” said director Ralph Peña. “We learned a lot there, and we’ve made tweaks for the Off Broadway run that help the storytelling a bit more.”
Barrington Stage Company recently announced three productions for its upcoming 25th season – Into the Woods, the musical classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine; the world premiere new musical Fall Springs, by Niko Tsakalakos and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; and Gertrude and Claudius, a new play by Mark St. Germain.
2019 Season Passes are now on sale and available at www.barringtonstageco.org or by calling 413-236-8888 or visiting the Wolfson Box Office (122 North Street, Pittsfield, MA). Single tickets for Into the Woods, Fall Springs and Gertrude and Claudius will be available in March 2019.
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning regional theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC has a three-fold mission: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009, BSC premiered Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way) played Off Broadway at the Westside Theatre. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical On the Town was originally produced at BSC in 2013 before transferring to Broadway, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. In 2016, Barrington Stage swept the first annual Berkshire Theatre Awards by winning 20 out of the 25 awards. Also in 2016, BSC produced the world premiere of American Son, which won the Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play and opens on Broadway in November 2018. In 2017, BSC produced the much-lauded revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit. In 2018, BSC produced the critically-acclaimed production of West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ 100th birthdays. BSC has won the Best of the Berkshires Readers’ Choice for Best Live Theatre for the past two years. 2019 marks BSC’s 25th Season Anniversary.