Playwrights cross the country to write in local coffee shops. Tony award-winning actors join in the July 4 celebration — Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Lewis Black, Justin Long and Sam Rockwell are regulars. For decades the Northern Berkshires has fostered live theatre.
- In summer, the Williamstown Theatre Festival brings stars to town. Alongside mainstage plays, the actors also sing at late night cabarets and launch edgy premieres that often appear off-Broadway.
- Performances are presented year-round at local colleges and museums. Mass MoCA and Williams College host rare glimpses of new work. Students at Williams and MCLA explore new works and new ideas, and the Clark Art Institute screens the London National Theatre in HD.
- Close by, live theater expands. Barrington Stage Company and Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield host national performers, and Shakespeare & Co. in Lenox and Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington have staged comedies and dramas for decades.
From June through August, WTF brings Tony award winning actors and veterans of television and film to perform in a series of plays, comedies, dramas, musicals, classics and new work.
MASS MoCA is one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums, with vast galleries and indoor and outdoor stages.
Hosting theater and dance performances year-round while the college is in session.
Performing musicals, comedy and drama, including new works.
With stages in Pittsfield and Stockbridge, this the Berkshires’ oldest theatre company.
Founded in 1977, Lenox’s well-established troupe performs Shakespearean classics, contemporary works, adaptations of Edith Wharton’s short stories and more from May to September.
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