Barrington Stage Presents World Premiere of “Fall Springs”

(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, is proud to present the world premiere musical Fall Springs. Previews begin August 9, with an official Opening Night on August 14, with performances through August 31 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street).

 

Fall Springs features music and lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos (BSC’s Pool Boy; Into the Wild) and book and lyrics by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (Boom).

 

Fall Springs features musical direction by BSC Associate Artist Vadim Feichtner (BSC’s The Royal Family of Broadway; Broadway’s Falsettos), choreography by Patrick McCollum (Broadway’s The Band’s Visit) and direction by Stephen Brackett (Broadway’s Be More Chill).

 

Boulders, buildings and the occasional bartender are being swallowed in the ground due to fracking. And that’s only the beginning…

 

From the creator of Pool Boy and the acclaimed director of Be More Chill comes Fall Springs, an irreverent, funny and relevant new musical. The town of Fall Springs is cash-strapped but sits directly on top of America’s largest reserve of cosmetic essential oils. It has big dreams, but at what cost? With new fracking techniques being recklessly implemented, the ground beneath Fall Springs is crumbling. 

 

Fall Springs features Alyse Alan Louis (Broadway’s Amelie) as “Eloise Bradley,” Matt McGrath (Lucille Lortel Award winner The Legend of Georgia McBride) as “Mayor Bradley,” L.E. Barone (Dirty Blonde) as “Vera Mariposa,” Sam Heldt (Diversionary Theatre’s The Loneliest Girl in the World) as “Felix Cushman,” Jorrel Javier (The Lightning Thief National Tour) as “Cooper Mitford,” Felicia Finley (Broadway’s The Wedding Singer) as “Veronica Mitford,” Ken Marks (Broadway’s Airline Highway) as “Noland Wolanske,” Eliseo Román (Broadway’s On Your Feet!) as “Roberto Mariposa “ and Austen Danielle Bohmer.

 

Ellen Harvey (BSC’s Company; Broadway’s Present Laughter) will now play the role of “Beverly Cushman” in Fall Springs. Previously cast Julia Murney has departed the production due to a scheduling conflict.

 

Fall Springs has scenic design by Tim Mackabee, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by David Lander, sound design by Josh Millican, vocal arrangements by Angelique Mouyis and orchestrations by Salomon Lerner. Casting by Pat McCorkle. Production Stage Manager: Renee Lutz.

 

Performances: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:00pm, Thursday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Wednesday and Friday at 2:00pm, and Sunday at 5:00pm. Opening night August 14 at 7:00pm. Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). Tickets: $15 – $75. Barrington Stage Box Office: (413) 236-8888 or online at www.barringtonstageco.org

 

Two special events will accompany the production Fall Springs.

Sinking Deeper with Niko Tsakalakos and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb: Peter and Niko will discuss their long-distance collaboration (they live on different coasts) and the challenge of writing a humorous musical about fracking. Moderated by Julianne Boyd. Thursday, August 15 at 4:00pm at the Wolfson Theatre Center (122 North St.). FREE.

 

Free Symposium: Environmental Challenges in the Berkshires

What, no climate change? Fall Springs themes speak to the very real serious environmental challenges we’re facing. Join this important conversation with our esteemed panel, which includes: Laura J. Martin, moderator, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Faculty Affiliate in History at Williams College. She is also on staff at the Center for Environmental Studies at Williams. Judith Enck, who served as the regional director of the EPA under the Obama Administration. Rosemary Wessel, Program Director of No Fracked Gas in Mass, a Program of Berkshire Environmental Action Team. Saturday, August 17 at 2:00pm at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage (30 Union Street). FREE.

 

Reservations are strongly recommended for these events by calling the BSC Box Office at 413-236-8888.

 

Fall Springs is sponsored by Drs. Judith and Martin Bloomfield & Judith Goldsmith, and sponsored in part by Anne and Larry Frisman & Suzan Grandt and Stanley Kaplan.

 

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 by an Emerging Playwright 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. 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 three years. 2019 marks BSC’s 25th Season Anniversary.

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