(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is thrilled to announce the return of the award-winning Ragtag Theatre with a new production of Rapunzel on Saturday, March 16 at 2:00pm on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). Tickets are $15 by calling 413-236-8888 or online at www.barringtonstageco.org.
Nominated for the Best Family Show Off Broadway Alliance Award and named Mommy Poppins’ Best Fall Theater Show for NYC Kids, follow the troupe of poor “Italian” actors as they present a twisted musical romp through the fairy tale Rapunzel with talkin’ birds, an 80’s hair stylist, a prince in a giraffe onesie, and a cobbler and his wife from the wrong side of the tracks. This drag-infused production is done in the style of Commedia dell’Arte and is highly-interactive, incorporating improvisation and loads of audience participation.
Featuring book, music and lyrics by Sam LaFrage, Ragtag Theatre’s Rapunzel is directed by Dennis Corsi and Sam LaFrage. The cast features Sam LaFrage as “Arlecchino,” Natasha Nightingale as “Columbina,” Andy Dispensa as “Pantalone,” Luke Neville as “Arlecchino,” Conor McGuigan as “Pulcinella,” Joe McGurl as “Zanni” and Billie Aken-Tyers as “Rosetta.”
Barrington Stage is thrilled to partner with Ragtag Theatre this summer with our Youth Theatre in the World Premiere of Ragtag Theatre’s Hansel and Gretel July 25 through August 10. Tickets will go on sale March 4, 2019 for Hansel and Gretel.
Barrington Stage’s presentation of Ragtag Theatre’s Rapunzel is sponsored by Bob and Karen Youdelman.
About Ragtag Theatre:
Winner of the Best Performing Arts Company (KidsPass Parents’ Choice Award), Ragtag Theatre Company is a group of diverse artists dedicated to creating fresh and inclusive theatre for families. Inspired by Commedia dell’Arte, their interactive drag-infused “fractured fairy tales” have been empowering and inspiring audiences of all ages. Their most recent production of Ragtag Theatre’s Cinderella just completed a three-week tour with Redhouse Arts Center after a sold-out limited engagement run which won the Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show. Other past productions have been named “Best Holiday Show for NYC Kids” (Mommy Poppins) and “A Must-See” (Out Magazine). Since 2015, RTC has marched in the New York City LGBTQ+ PRIDE March to celebrate LGBTQ+ youth and their families, and continues to work with organizations such as Family Equality Council, GLSEN and the LGBTQ Center. For all shows, RTC offers a self-empowerment pre-show runway extravaganza with the Fairy Godmother entitled “Get Fierce and Fabulous with the Fairy Godmother,” as well as Commedia dell’Arte workshops and classes for students in grades 3-12. Recently they completed a two-day Commedia workshop for KidsAct! at Barrington Stage Company and RTC’s Sam LaFrage served as a Lead Teacher in Barrington’s 2018 KidsAct! Summer Program. In 2017, RTC was asked to write and participate in the Paul Newman’s Hole in The Wall Gang Summer Fandango. Both Rapunzel (OBA Nomination Best Family Show) and Cinderella (OBA Winner Best Family Show) ran Off Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse, McGinn/Cazale Theatre, Theatre Row and (so far) have been produced by seven different companies in four different states.
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 commissioned and produced the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, which also won the Laurents/Hatcher Award as Best New Play in 2016 and recently concluded a Broadway run, starring Kerry Washington.
Barrington Stage first 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. In 2017, BSC produced the much-lauded revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit. 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.
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