Oscar Winner Allison Janney Pledges Matching Grant for New Performing Art Venue’s Resident Theater Company

WEST STOCKBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS— Allison Janney, stage, film, and television star has pledged a matching grant for Bazaar Productions, Inc./Berkshire Fringe’s online fundraising campaign. The actor endorses the nonprofit in a short testimonial on social media, sharing her thoughts about how theater “has the power to heal and inspire…” and encourages viewers to “press the donate button.”

Bazaar Productions, Inc./Berkshire Fringe is a 12-year-old nonprofit theater company in the Berkshires relaunching their programming in a new home. The Foundry, at 2 Harris Street in West Stockbridge, is a new performing and visual arts center that serves as a holding tank for emerging artists creating relevant, intentional work in music, theater, and spoken word, in addition to educational and community workshops.

Purchased by Berkshire theater artist, Amy Brentano, the building will launch programming in early summer. Brentano, a long time theater educator as well as director, playwright, and actor, acquired the physical space so generous artists can create dangerous work that challenges and serves diverse audiences. She became an artistic member of Bazaar Productions a couple of years ago, and in the collaboration has found her artistic home.

The Foundry will hold the work of many companies and artists whose missions align with the building’s objective to produce exciting yet accessible performance that brings community together. The property is also home to the West Stockbridge Farmer’s Market.

Bazaar Productions summer season will include Particularly In The Heartland, a play about losing sight of America and trying to fall back in love with it. Originally developed and produced by Brooklyn-based ensemble The TEAM, Bazaar Productions co-founder and co-artistic director Sara Katzoff will direct the piece in August at The Foundry.

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