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Aglet Theatre Company
Sheffield, MA

Bardavon Opera House
Poughkeepsie, NY

Barrington Stage Company
Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Actors Theatre
Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Fringe
Pittsfield, MA

Berkshire Playwrights Lab
Great Barrington, MA

Berkshire Theatre Group
Pittsfield & Stockbridge, MA

Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
Rhinebeck, NY

Chester Theatre Company
Chester, MA

The Desultory Theatre Club
Torrington, CT

The Ghent Playhouse
Ghent, NY

Half Moon Theatre
Hyde Park, NY

Landmark Community Theater
Thomaston, CT

The Mac-Haydn Theatre
Chatham, NY

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Great Barrington, MA

Performance Spaces for the 21st Century
Chatham, NY

Powerhouse Theater
Poughkeepsie, NY

Shakespeare & Company
Lenox, MA

The Sharon Playhouse
Sharon, CT

Hudson, NY

Tangent Theatre Company
Tivoli, NY

The Theater Barn
New Lebanon, NY

Time & Space Limited
Hudson, NY

Warner Theatre
Torrington, CT

Walking the dog Theater
Ghent, NY

WAM Theatre
Lee/Lenox, MA

Williamstown Theatre Festival
Williamstown, MA

Theater Intelligence

Now – July 6
4000 Miles
In this Obie Award-winning play, Amy Herzog gives us Vera and Leo, a grandmother and grandson, locked in a moving and most amusing battle of wits. Life has dealt them a series of shocks, and yet, they and two intrepid young women continue to seek meaning through human contact in a touching and humorous portrait of the disenfranchised. Shakespeare & Company’s Bernstein Theatre, Lenox.

Now – July 15
Million Dollar Quartet

This Tony Award-winning jukebox musical brings you into the recording studio with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Based on a true story, it follows the four legendary musicians as they come together for one monumental night of music at Sun Records in Memphis. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Stage in Stockbridge.

Now – July 8
The Birds
Masses of birds have begun to attack at high tide, driving strangers Nat and Diane to take refuge in an abandoned cabin and to form a bond to survive their new circumstance. But the arrival of a young woman with a mysterious background threatens to destroy their so-called sanctuary. Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s short story and the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary film, this suspense-filled adaptation by Conor McPherson is an emotionally stirring, atmospheric thriller. Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield.

Now – July 15
At the dawn of the 20th century, Terrance McNally’s musical based on the book by E.L. Doctorow weaves together three distinctly American tales—a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring Harlem musician. Winner of Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this work is a timeless celebration of the American Spirit. Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield.

Now – July 2
Anything Goes

It’s boy-meets-girl several times over as romance falters and flourishes on a ship bound for England in this updated version of Cole Porter’s classic musical. Mac-Haydn Theatre Chatham.

Now – July 22
Children of a Lesser God

At the core of this Tony Award-winning play written by Mark Medoff is a poignant story about human communication, connection and compromise. After joining the staff at a school for the deaf, speech therapist James (Joshua Jackson) becomes infatuated by Sarah (Lauren Ridloff). Yearning to understand each other, yet set in their ways, a romance unfolds as the two attempt to communicate. Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge.

Now – July 16
The Roommate

The Williamstown Theatre Festival opens its 2017 season with Jen Silverman’s new comedy about self-discovery. Empty-nested and alone in her Midwestern home, Sharon (S. Epatha Merkerson) takes on a roommate, Robyn (Jane Kaczmarek), who challenges everything about her way of life. Mike Donahue directs this celebration of unexpected re-invention later in life. Main Stage.

June 28 – July 9
The Model American

With humor and humanity, playwright Jason Kim (HBO’s Girls) explores what it take for an immigrant to achieve the American Dream in this timely world premiere directed by Danny Sharron. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage.

June 28 – July 9
I And You

Kristen van Ginhoven, artistic director of WAM Theatre, makes her Chester Theatre Company directorial debut in this play by Lauren Gunderson. Anthony arrives at Caroline’s door bearing a battered copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an assignment from their English teacher. Due tomorrow. As the two let their guards down, this seemingly straightforward project unlocks a deeper mystery.

June 29 – July 9
Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley is the first of two mainstage productions featured in the 2017 Powerhouse season. Written by actor Josh Radnor, this comedy is about best friends Narby and Natalie. Their seemingly rock-solid friendship is upended when Narby takes Natalie’s husband Brian out for his first mushroom trip. The next day, a confused Brian leaves Natalie, an enraged Natalie blames Narby, and three people are forced to ask themselves deep questions. Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

June 30 – July 2
This Ain’t No Disco

From the co-creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch and the director of Six Degrees of Separation, this musical tells the story of drifters and dreamers who search for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and the Mudd Club. Powerhouse Theater at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie.

July 4 – Aug. 6
This rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of steely resolve carries the audience through wild plot twists, mistaken identities, and a heart-rending quest for love. Shakespeare & Company, Lenox.

July 7
John Waters in This Filthy World
Legendary filmmaker and comedian John Waters (Cry-Baby; Pink Flamingos; Hairspray) launches the Spiegeltent season with his one-man show. Part confession, part vaudeville, This Filthy World takes on taboos with charisma and charm, resulting in a hilarious and uncensored evening. Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson. Two performances: 6 & 8:30 p.m.

July 8
Sandra Bernhard in Sandra Monica Boulevard
Traversing the country, Bernhard takes you on a journey to find the soul of America via the back roads and the byways on a gas station map, with a soundtrack you might find on an AM radio station. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. Two performances: 6 & 8:30 p.m.

July 8 & 9
The Stamp Collection
Val Coleman’s play, directed by Ben Luxon, is set in an overcrowded Illinois antique shop owned by veteran Shirley Trimble and his wife Olga, who suffers from hemophilia. Their neighbor, Beverly Reynolds, tells the story, both as a 10-year-old boy and an aging narrator. Sandisfield Arts Center.

July 13 – July 23
A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique)
The Wooster Group, one of America’s most daring and imaginative theater companies, presents a world premiere homage to artist and stage director Tadeusz Kantor and his actors. Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

July 14 – July 23
The Holler Sessions
Staged as a live radio show, this one-man show written and performed by Frank Boyd centers around one man’s burning obsession for American jazz. Ray, an explosive Kansas City DJ, broadcasts from his shoddy studio, his maniacal rants, razor-sharp insights and mildly scatological humor interspersed with gorgeous music. Ancram Opera House.

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