BTG Fall 2013 Season Lineup

Tickets on sale to members/passholders August 20 and to general public on August 22


CALENDAR OF FALL SEASON 2013:

The Full Catastrophe: The Unicorn, Saturday, August 31 at 8pm, Sunday, September 1 at 2pm
Heather Maloney: The Garage, Friday, September 6 at 8pm
Mary and Edith: The Unicorn, See listing for performance dates and times
Dave Mason: The Colonial Theatre, Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30pm
Made in the Berkshires: See listing for locations and times, October 11-13
Wanda Houston Band: The Garage, Saturday, October 12 at 9pm
Pittsfield CityJazz Festival: The Colonial Theatre, Saturday, October 19 at 8pm
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt: The Colonial Theatre, Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30pm
Romance, Soul and Rock ‘n Roll: The Colonial, Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm
LoFi Sundays (RBIT): TBD
Gordon Lightfoot: The Colonial Theatre, Friday, November 8 at 8pm
Three Dog Night: The Colonial Theatre, Thursday, November 21 at 8pm
Mary Verdi: The Colonial Theatre, Saturday, November 30 at 7pm, Sunday, December 1 at 2pm
A Christmas Carol:The Colonial Theatre, See listing for performance dates and times

DETAILED 2013 FALL SEASON LISTING

A New Staged Reading Comedy by Michael Weller
The Full Catastrophe
Saturday, August 31 at 8pm
Sunday, September 1 at 2pm

at The Unicorn Theatre
Invited Audience

In The Full Catastrophe, Michael Weller has deftly captured the daily cut and thrust of married life—that pressure cooker of intimacy that can raise anger to a fever pitch in seconds, or bring two people suddenly and miraculously to a state of perfect bliss. His play is rich in comedy, intimacy, and truth.

Heather Maloney with Opening Act Ryan Hommel
at The Garage 
Friday, September 6 at 8pm
Tickets: Advance: $10, Day of Show: $12

Heather Maloney is the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s self-titled debut for Signature Sounds. The Western Massachusetts based artist has received numerous accolades for her startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence. Maloney marks life lessons on this album, penning tuneful reminders to herself about the little triumphs of love on “Flutter,” the solace of redemption on “Turn Yourself Around,” and her firm belief that nothing’s colder than trying too hard to be cool, an idea that inspired “Fire for You.” 

Although Maloney’s influences are largely rooted in what she calls “adventurous folk,” she pushes outward on these 11 songs, digging deeper, and roaming wider, than she has before on songs populated by vivid characters that ultimately trace their way back to her. Critics are quickly discovering Maloney’s talent with No Depression raving “Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking…Maloney’s expansive range can handle Ella Fitzgerald-style jazz scat and adapt to Beatlesque pop or Joni Mitchell folk…” while Blurt Magazine wrote “Heather Maloney is one of the most talented tradition-based singer-songwriters I’ve heard in some time…the writing is stunning.”

Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart 
With Kate Maguire, Mary Mott, and Kim Taylor in Stories by Mary Mott and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Edith Wharton
From Where I Sit 
by and with Mary Mott 
directed by Robert Moss
Roman Fever

by Edith Wharton
adapted by Eric Hill
directed by Kiera Naughton
with Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor 

at The Unicorn Theatre
Friday, October 4 at 7pm
Saturday, October 5 at 2pm
Sunday, October 6 at 2pm
Friday, October 11 at 7pm
Saturday, October 12 at 7pm
Sunday, October 13 at 2pm
Monday, October 14 at 2pm
Friday, October 18 at 7pm
Saturday, October 19 at 7pm
Sunday, October 20 at 2pm

Tickets: $30

Celebrate Berkshire women writers with an evening of stories old and new. Mary Mott will share stories of her life in the Berkshires, and Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor will perform a stage adaptation of a short story by one of the Berkshires’ most well known authors, Edith Wharton. Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade are old friends vacationing in Rome with their daughters. As the two reminisce, they begin to realize that the secrets they each hold about the past may not be as hidden as they thought. Based on the short story by Edith Wharton, Roman Fever explores the power of love and deception, all the while set on a beautiful Italian terrace. 

Dave Mason
at The Colonial Theatre
Wednesday, October 9 at 7:30pm
Tickets: A: $45 B: $35 C: $25

Dave Mason is a living rock legend who had a profound effect on the genre of rock and roll. He penned the Traffic hit “Feelin’ Alright.” The song became a global rock anthem and has been recorded by dozens of artists.

Dave Mason’s career spans several important rock eras, and encompasses his work as a producer, performer, songwriter, and consummate guitarist. In 2004, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with the groundbreaking group Traffic.

Made in the Berkshires Festival 
Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 13
Tickets: $15 Single Event (On Sale September 11) • $50 Opening Night 
$100 Festival Pass (On Sale Now through September 10)
at The Colonial, The Unicorn, and The Garage

The 3rd Annual Made in the Berkshires Festival is a locally-grown event of new works featuring original theatre, live music, film, short stories and dance.

This year’s festival hosts a weekend of talented artists featuring an opening night performance premiering the original composition from Gerard Burney, “Cherry Cottage.” A new play from acclaimed playwright Chris Newbound, a short story from local author Kevin O’Hara, a dance performance from CATA with contributions by Dawn Lane and additional new works from talented area artists fill the weekend with an array of artistic talent.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 AT THE COLONIAL THEATRE:

Opening Night Celebration and Presentations starting at 6:30pm:

Film: The View from Hurlburt’s Hill by Ben Hillman 
Dance: Common Ground by Dawn Lane and CATA  
Poetry: Dragon Breath by CD Nelsen
Film: Fat Boy Needs Energy by Patrick Toole  
Short Story: A Night in the Heavens by Kevin O’Hara 
Film: The River by Sam Handel
Dance: Berkshire Pulse
Music: “Cherry Cottage Opus: Five Variants for Piano on an Old Congregational Hymn” The Premiere of Gerard McBurney’s original composition with music inspired by Cherry Cottage: The Story of an American House by director Dave Simonds and writer Hans Morris. The film tells the story about the history of Cherry Cottage, built in 1782.

Taste of The Berkshires (immediately following the opening night presentations)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12  AT THE UNICORN THEATRE:

Readings of Short Stories and Short Plays from 1pm to 3pm:

Short Play: Spatial Counterpoint by Frances Benn Hall
Short Play: Spread My Ashes Near the Rental House by Jane Denitz Smith
Short Story: Spaghetti With Beans by Jim Bracken
Short Play: Haunted by Andy Reynolds, directed by Hilary Deely
Short Story: One Big One by Albert Stern
Short Play: The Kite Tale by Tom Gladwell

4pm to 6pm 
Full Length Play: Old Family Friends by Chris Newbound, directed by Barbara Sims

7pm
Theatre: Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart with Kate Maguire, Mary Mott, Kim Taylor, and Tara Franklin in stories by Mary Mott and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Edith Wharton

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 AT THE GARAGE
9pm Vocalist, Wanda Houston
The Wanda Houston Band plays favorite hits from the ’20s through the ’90s and brings a highly versatile and exuberant experience to the stage. This talented group includes: Peter Putnam (drummer and vocalist), Jeff Stevens (horns and vocalist), Robert Kelly (keys and vocalist) and Wanda Houston (vocalist).

With the adept arrangements of  music director Robert Kelly, the song stylings of Houston and Putnam and the trumpet improvisations of Stevens, the band winds through an evening of music that has audiences recounting memories and dancing to new ones. But, this is not your typical cover band. You will hear your favorites with a “twist” as they bring their own flavor to Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Beetles, Amy Winehouse and so much more. Come, listen, and enjoy the music of The Wanda Houston Band.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 AT THE COLONIAL THEATRE:

Short Films from 5pm to 6pm:
Priorities by Patrick Toole
Imaginarium by Ben Tobin
The Fall of Jack Morgans by Keith Winthrop 

Dance from 7pm to 8pm:
Berkshire Dance Theatre Contributing Artist: Chuck Paquette, Choreographer
Berkshire Pulse Dance Company Contributing Artist: Bettina Montano, Artistic Director 
“Common Ground” Contributing Artist: Dawn Lane and CATA

8pm to 9pm
Improvisational music with projections
 by Vikki True

Pittsfield CityJazz Festival: The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, plus the Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble

at The Colonial Theatre
Saturday, October 19 at 8pm
Tickets: A: $30  B: $18

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is an exciting jazz group featuring two members of one of America’s most accomplished musical families, drummer Dan Brubeck and bassist/trombonist Chris Brubeck, guitarist Mike DeMicco, and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet.

An Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
at The Colonial Theatre
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:30pm

Tickets: A: $111.50 B: $96.50 C: $76.50 D: $56.50
($1.50 of the ticket price will be donated to the Oklahoma City Tornado Victims fund)

Lovett and Hiatt have been touring together periodically since 1989, delivering one of the most compelling and spontaneous concerts on the road.

Lyle Lovett has four GRAMMY Awards to his credit which include Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1989 and Best Country Album for “The Road to Ensenada” in 1996. Lovett’s newest album, Natural Forces, was released in 2009. He’s known for his hits “If I Had a Boat,” “She’s No Lady,” and “Long Tall Texan.”

John Hiatt, a prolific songwriter and talented singer/guitarist, has 11 GRAMMY nominations and his numerous awards include induction into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award in Songwriting from the American Music Association. Hiatt has released 19 studio albums. His latest release, Dirty Jeans & Mudslide Hymns was released in 2011. He’s known for his hit songs, “Have a Little Faith In Me” and “Bring the Family.”

Romance, Soul & Rock ‘n Roll: Musical Flashback 
Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $20
at The Colonial Theatre

Romance, Soul & Rock ‘n Roll, invites you to Musical Flashback with band director David Pickard. Now in their 12th year, RSRR performs a musical scrapbook that will have audiences singing along. Join RSSR on this nostalgic journey of familiar songs and popular hits that span decades of America’s greatest tunes. With a live band and multi-talented cast, the show will be just as exciting and entertaining as ever! Tickets sell fast, so don’t wait—you won’t want to miss it! Proceeds benefit Berkshire Theatre Group.

LoFi Sundays at The Garage featuring: Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe
at The Garage
Dates and Times TBD

The Royal Berkshire Improvisational Troupe (RBIT) is a comedy improv group based in Western Massachusetts. Founded by Berkshire County native and actress Alexia Trainor, RBIT has been delighting audiences with its own brand of unscripted comedic mayhem since June of 2001. Performing a mix of theater games reminiscent of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyways?, the group models its work on the teachings of renowned theater games/improvisation instructor Keith Johnstone. Through audience participation, RBIT’s mission is to create entertaining scenes which explore the boundaries of theater improvisation (impressive, huh?).

Gordon Lightfoot
at The Colonial Theatre
Friday, November 8 at 8pm
Tickets: A: $75 B: $60 C: $45

After 50 active years of hit song making and international album sales well into the multi-millions, it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot resides with some very exclusive company atop the list of all-time greats.

Gordon Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and received five GRAMMY nominations.
His songs have been aired regularly for 50 years, earning him Radio Singles Chart Positions in North America achieved by few others. Lightfoot’s radio hits in the USA have earned Five #1s, Five Top 10s and Thirteen Top 40 hits.

His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Cold On The Shoulder,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon Of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song For A Winter’s Night,” “Shadows,” “Rainy Day People,” “Did She Mention My Name,” and “Summertime Dream” to name a few.

Three Dog Night
at The Colonial Theatre
Thursday, November 21 at 8pm
Tickets: A: $125 B: $95 C: $75 D: $50

Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, celebrate their 4th decade bringing with them some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. This iconic band’s hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures—songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala,” and “One” serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize Three Dog Night’s continuing popularity.

This Grammy-nominated band is not content resting on their legacy alone. Always working to expand their audience, Three Dog Night have embraced 21st century music technology. New fans buy Three Dog Night’s music on iTunes as well as at record stores. In fact, their releases from this decade alone have sold well over a million copies and the band’s continued popularity has landed “The Best of Three Dog Night: 20th Century Masters” on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for 9 of the last 12 months.

Mary Verdi: Christmas at the Colonial
at The Colonial Theatre
Saturday, November 30 at 7pm
Sunday, December 1 at 2pm 
Tickets: Adults: $20 Children 16 and under: $10

Every year, Mary Verdi’s Christmas at the Colonial show invites families from across the Berkshires to a very special night of nostalgia and holiday celebration. Mary created this show for all to enjoy an unforgettable performance that includes a sing-along of old favorites, dancing, a children’s choir, bell choir, and a full band with strings and horns featuring area performers.

A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens • adapted by Eric Hill • directed by Eric Hill
Tickets: TBD
at The Colonial Theatre

Saturday, December 14 at 7pm
Sunday, December 15 at 2pm
Friday, December 20 at 7pm
Saturday, December 21 at 7pm
Sunday, December 22 at 2pm
Friday, December 27 at 7pm
Saturday, December 28 at 7pm
Sunday, December 29 at 2pm

Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is reformed and shown the error of his ways by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with terrific turns and infused with holiday music.

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