Performance: Theatre WTF 1
Performance Theatre: WTF 2
Performance Theatre: Barrington Stage 1
Performance Theatre: Barrington Stage 2
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.
Since its Building 6 opened in the summer of 2017, Mass MoCA has become one of the world’s largest contemporary art museums, with vast galleries and indoor and outdoor stages.
Spoken word poets run mentoring programs and writing workshops in Berkshire schools and hold events year-round, from National Poetry Month to an annual week-long summer festival in Pittsfield.
With stages in Pittsfield and Stockbridge, the Berkshires’ oldest theatre company is celebrating its 90th anniversary in 2018.
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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.