Berkshire Theatre Group Presents World Premiere of “What We May Be”

Pittsfield, MABerkshire Theatre Group presents Kathleen Clark’s (In The Mood, Southern Comforts, Secrets of a Soccer Mom) world premiere comedy What We May Be at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage (83 East Main Street) in Stockbridge, MA, beginning August 8 and running through August 31.

Directed by four-time Tony Award-nominee Gregg Edelman (Broadway: City of Angels, 1776, Into The Woods, Les Miserables, Anna Karenina; Film: Spiderman 2; BTG: Coming Back Like A Song!, Arsenic and Old Lace, Constellations), this production features Carla Duren (Broadway: 110 in the Shade, Hairspray) as Colleen Haran; Carson Elrod (Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, Reckless, Noises Off) as Glen Geer; Emmy Award-Winner and two-time Tony Award-nominee Penny Fuller(TV: Elephant Man; Broadway: Anastasia, Sunday In The Park With George, Applause, The Dinner Party; BTG: A Little Night Music) as Lucinda Royal Scott; Samantha Hill(Broadway: The Phantom of The Opera; Les Misérables) as Summer Oliver; three-time Tony Award-nominee Dee Hoty (Broadway: The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Footloose, Mamma Mia!City of Angels) as Joan Stem; and Count Stovall (Broadway: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Driving Miss Daisy, A Streetcar Named Desire) as Hal Polick.

This production is sponsored by The Red Lion Inn, Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Shubert Foundation.

In this tenderhearted world premiere, a tight-knit group of actors, facing their final performance in their beloved and closing theatre, confront the reality of their relationships to the stage and to each other. What We May Be is a delightful look at what’s important in life.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield; at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, Stockbridge; by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.

What We May Be

by Kathleen Clark

directed by Gregg Edelman

with Carla Duren, Carson Elrod, Penny Fuller, Samantha Hill, Dee Hoty and Count Stovall

at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage

BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 83 East Main Street

Previews: Thursday, August 8 at 7pm and Friday, August 9 at 8pm

Opening/Press Night: Saturday, August 10 at 8pm

Closing: Saturday, August 31 at 8pm

Tickets: Preview: $45

Tickets: $66

Sponsored by: The Red Lion Inn, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Shubert Foundation

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Kathleen Clark (Playwright) is delighted to return to Berkshire Theatre Group where her play In The Mood was produced on The Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Her plays, Southern Comforts and Secrets of a Soccer Mom, were produced Off Broadway and are widely produced throughout the country. Southern Comforts was produced in New York at Primary Stages with Penny Fuller. She was twice selected to attend the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference with her plays, Banner and Southern Comforts. Tucson’s Invisible Theatre produced her play Let’s Live A Little, as well as The March, a tribute to the 2017 Women’s March, which was presented on the one-year anniversary in Tucson and Boston. Clark was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and a recipient of the New Jersey Council of the Arts Playwriting Fellowship. She’s on the faculty of the MFA Stage and Screen low residency program at the NH Institute of Art. See kathleenclarkplaywright.com

Gregg Edelman (Director) is proud to be returning to BTG for the sixth consecutive summer, after having directed Coming Back Like A Song! (2018), Arsenic and Old Lace (2017) and Constellations (2016). BTG appearances as an actor include: Fredrik in A Little Night Music and Sidney in Deathtrap. His Broadway credits (four Tony Award-nominations, Drama Desk Award and numerous Outer Critics Award-nominations) include: City of Angels1776Les Miserables and Anything Goes. His films include: Jane Wants A BoyfriendLittle ChildrenCrimes and Misdemeanors and Spiderman 2. Television credits include: recurring roles on House of CardsShades Of Blue and Hack, as well as guest-starring on all the Law and Order series, Madam Secretary30 RockBlue Bloods and The Good Wife, among others. His upcoming directing projects include: a new chamber musical entitled, Night Without A Moon and a new two-person comedy, Sour Notes, about the difficulty of falling in love in the age of internet.

Carla Duren (Colleen Haran) Broadway: Hairspray110 in the Shade. Off Broadway: High Button Shoes (Encores! at City Center), Chick Flick (Westside Theatre), Fortress of Solitude (The Public), Brooklynite (Vineyard). Regional Theatre: Marginal Loss (Humana Festival), The Bluest Eye (Guthrie), It Shoulda Been You (George Street Playhouse), Ruined (Berkeley Rep, La Jolla & Huntington), Amélie (Berkeley Rep), Parable of the Sower, Robert Wilson’s Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter. Film: KnuckleheadMaid in Manhattan, Dave Chappelle’s Block Party. TV: BullGothamThe Jim Gaffigan ShowMysteries of Laura. Album: BlackFolkRockStar.

Carson Elrod (Glen Geer) Broadway: Peter and the StarcatcherRecklessNoises Off. Metropolitan Opera: The Merry Widow. Off Broadway: The Liar, The Heir Apparent (Classic Stage Company), Measure for Measure, All’s Well That End’s Well, The Tempest; (New York Shakespeare Festival), All In The Timing, Lives of the Saints (Primary Stages), Important Hats of the 20th Century, The Explorer’s ClubHouse/Garden, Based On A Totally True Story, Comic Potential (MTC), Cavedweller(NYTW). Regional: Shakespeare Theatre D.C., Baltimore Center Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Westport Country Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage, Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, A.R.T., Shakespeare and Company Film: The Wedding CrashersKissing Jessica Stein. TV: DeadbeatPerson of Interest30 Rock, Law & Order: CI. Actors Equity Association member since 2000. Princess Grace Award Recipient. Emery Battis Award. NYTW Usual Suspect. BA: KU. MFA: NYU Graduate Acting. #FairWageOnStage www.carsonelrod.com

Penny Fuller (Lucinda Royal Scott) most recently appeared on Broadway as the Dowager Empress in Anastasia and Mother in the revival of Sunday in the Park With George. Her Broadway career began starring in Barefoot in The Park; the musicals CabaretRex and Applause (Tony nomination); The Dinner Party (Tony nomination); Dividing the Estate; three Shakespeare in the Park productions; and A New Brain at Lincoln Center. Her television work garnered her six Emmy Award-nominations, including the award for Elephant Man. She has been singing in cabarets directed by Barry Kleinbort, who wrote a one woman musical for her: 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti. This is a reunion with Kathleen Clark, as she appeared in her play Southern Comforts in 2006, and her return to the Berkshire Theatre Group, having played in A Little Night Music in 2014.

Samantha Hill (Summer Oliver) BTG Debut. Broadway: Les Misérables (Cosette), Phantom of the Opera (Christine). Film: Who We Are Now with Emma Roberts and Jimmy Smits, The Editor (both TIFF premieres). Off Broadway: From the Earth to the Moon (Ensemble for the Romantic Century), Kris Kringle (Town Hall). Regional: Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (Drury Lane), The Mousetrap (Cape Playhouse). Selected Canadian credits: Les Mis (Mirvish), August Osage County (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Light in the Piazza (Patrick Street Productions), Spring Awakening (Winnipeg Theatre Group), Nine (Dry Cold Productions). Education: BFA Acting University of Alberta, BA Theatre and Film University of Winnipeg. @samjeannehill

Dee Hoty (Joan Stem) has earned three Tony Award-nominations for starring in FootlooseThe Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public and The Will Rogers Follies. She starred on Broadway and in eight major U.S. cities as Donna in Mama Mia!, and Bright Star was her thirteenth Broadway show. Dee has crossed the country in National Tours, doing both musicals and plays, and continues working on and Off Broadway, in regional theatres and in stock. Her most recent TV and film work includes: Dickinson (Apple TV), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), The Sinner (USA) and The Chaperone, a Julian Fellowes film. She has a BA from Otterbein, where she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts in 1997. Since 1976, she has been a proud member of Actors Equity, and was recently elected to their governing council. This is her first appearance at BTG. www.deehoty.com & Twitter: @deehoty

Count Stovall (Hal Polick) is an award-winning 50-year veteran of stage and screen, with Broadway credits including: A Streetcar Named Desire with Blair Underwood, Driving Miss Daisy with Vanessa Redgrave, Cat on a Hot Tim Roof with James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, A Philadelphia Story with Blythe Danner and Inacent Blackopposite Melba Moore. Off Broadway and regional credits include: ProofBetween Riverside and CrazyART and No Place to be Somebody. Count can be seen later this year as Ebenezer Scrooge in Crossroad Theatre Company’s Christmas Musical at its new home in The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. In the spring, Count premieres his documentary King Arthur and the Count: Sixty Years of Blacks on Broadway with Arthur French, directed by Juney Smith.

About Berkshire Theatre Group

The Colonial Theatre, founded in 1903, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, founded in 1928, are two of the oldest cultural organizations in the Berkshires. In 2010, under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, the two organizations merged to form Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG). Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission is to support wide ranging artistic exploration and acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music and entertainment. Every year, BTG produces and presents performances to over 68,000 attendees and, through our Educational Program, serves over 13,000 Berkshire County schoolchildren annually. BTG’s celebrated stages reflect the history of the American theatre; they represent a priceless cultural resource for the community.

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