Clyde Alves, Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and the Ensemble of "On the Town" at Barrington Stage last summer.

‘Man of La Mancha,’ ‘His Girl Friday’ and More in Barrington Stage’s 2015 Season

The three-stage Massachusetts theatre will present a slate of musical revivals and new plays.

PITTSFIELD, MASS.: The Barrington Stage Company has announced the shows that will grace its stages for the 2015 season, which begins in June. They will be performed at the company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, St. Germain Stage and Youth Theatre venues.

Starting off at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage will be the classic musical Man of La Mancha (June 10–July 11), starring Jeff McCarthy as Don Quixote and Ed Dixon as the Innkeeper. Lorin Latarro will serve as choreographer, and Barrington Stage artistic director Julianne Boyd will direct. Associate artists Darren R. Cohen and Renee Lutz will respectively be the musical director/conductor and production stage manager.

Neil Simon’s Lost In Yonkers is next in line. It will be directed by Jenn Thompson, coartistic director of TACT NYC. The production will open on July 16 and close on Aug. 1.

John Guare’s stage adaptation of His Girl Friday, based on Ben Hecht’s and Charles MacArthur’s play The Front Page as well as their film adaptation of it, will open at the BSC on Aug. 6 and run until Aug. 30. It will be directed by Julianne Boyd. Associate artist Christopher Innvar will star as Walter Burns alongside fellow associate artist Mark H. Dold as Bruce Baldwin.

Barrington’s fall mainstage production will be a new play titled Veils by Tom Coash. It tells the story of Intisar, an African-American Muslim student who arrives in Cairo for a year abroad. Upon her arrival, she hopes that for once she can be understood by her peers, and is quickly picked by her roommate, Samar, to help write a blog discussing the practices of wearing veils. But their budding friendship is threatened when the Arab Spring comes between them. Veils will run Oct. 1–18.

On the St. Germain stage, the New England premiere of Richard Strand’s Butler is up first. Billed as a “Civil War comedy” and based on real events, it follows the exploits of a Massachusetts lawyer, Benjamin Butler, who’s promoted to Major General and put in charge of an important fort.  Butler is the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award and will run May 14–June 13.

Next is Conor McPherson’s Shining City, in which a Dublin man seeks advice from a counselor after he believes to have seen the ghost of his wife. It be directed by associate artist Christopher Innvar and will star associate artist Mark H. Dold. It will open on June 18, and run through July 12.

Two additional shows, to be announced at a later date, will be presented at the St. Germain stage.

Rounding out BSC’s season will be its youth theatre production of Shrek the Musical TYA, which will open at the Berkshire Museum. Christine O’Grady will direct and choreograph the production. Shrek the Musical TYA will run July 22–Aug. 9.

Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. The company earned 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. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical, On the Town, originally presented in 2013, is currently on Broadway with BSC as a coproducer.

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