Barrington Stage Company Offers New Mark St. Germain Play,

(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is proud to present Gertrude and Claudius, a new play by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain (Dancing Lessons, Freud’s Last Session), based on the novel by John Updike.

 

Directed by Julianne Boyd (BSC’s West Side Story, Company), Gertrude and Claudius begins performances July 18 and opens July 21 for a run through August 3 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.

 

The cast of Gertrude and Claudius features Elijah Alexander (Broadway’s Metamorphoses; Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Twelfth Night) as “Claudius,” Nick LaMedica (War Horse First National Tour) as “Hamlet,” Kate MacCluggage (Broadway’s The Farnsworth Invention) as “Gertrude,” Douglas Rees (BSC’s The Cake) as “Amleth,” Obie Award winner Rocco Sisto (Broadway’s The King and I; BSC’s The Birds) as “Polonius,” Mary Stout (BSC’s A Doll’s House, Part 2) as “Herda” and Greg Thornton (“Law & Order”) as “King Rorik.”

 

Passion. Deception. Power. A love story for the ages based on the brilliant book by John Updike, told through the uncanny lens of Mark St. Germain. A provocative prequel to William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  Gertrude and Claudius is the recipient of  the 2018 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award Winner.

 

The production is designed by Lee Savage (scenic design), Sara Jean Tosetti (costume design), David Lander (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound design). Puppet design by Brandon Hardy. Original music by Jenny Giering. Production Stage Manager is Geoff Boronda.

 

Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00pm, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 2:00pm, and Sunday at 5:00pm. Opening night July 21 at 5:00pm. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). Tickets: $15 – $65. Barrington Stage Box Office: 413-236-8888 or online at www.barringtonstageco.org.

Gertrude and Claudius contains mature content.

 

A special event will accompany the production of Gertrude and Claudius. What They Did For Love with Mark St. Germain on Sunday, July 28 at 2:00 pm at the Wolfson Theatre Center. Moderated by Julianne Boyd, playwright and Associate Artist Mark St. Germain will focus on John Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius and the leading characters risking all for passion. Reservations are strongly recommended by calling the BSC Box Office at 413-236-8888.

 

Gertrude and Claudius is sponsored by Sydelle and Lee Blatt and sponsored in part by Hildi and Walter Black & Susan and David Lombard.

 

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 for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright in 2016 and recently concluded a Broadway run, starring Kerry Washington. American Son was later made into a Netflix movie, and will soon be released nationally.

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. 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.

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