Berkshire Theatre Through the Eras

Free Exhibit 
at the Stockbridge Library

Berkshire Theatre Group is proud to partner with the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives to present a free exhibit. Featuring photographs, letters, posters, props, and costume pieces, this exhibit chronicles the 90-year history of Berkshire Theatre through each of its distinct eras. Lillian Lee, Berkshire Theatre Group’s Grants Administrator and Archivist, is planning the main exhibit with Barbara Allen, Curator of the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, curating a portion of the exhibit highlighting the building’s life as The Stockbridge Casino.

The exhibit will open on April 3, 2018 and be available to view through June 30, 2018 during normal Library hours. The exhibit will be housed in the Stockbridge Library’s exhibit space just outside of the Procter Museum & Archives of Stockbridge History, which is housed in the lower level of the Library. Kate Maguire, Artistic Director, CEO of Berkshire Theatre Group will be speaking at the Stockbridge Library Association’s annual meeting on June 12, 2018 and will speak in conjunction with the exhibit to showcase Berkshire Theatre’s history.

Kate Maguire, says, “Berkshire Theatre was originally founded by the Three Arts Society to revitalize an iconic building in Stockbridge and create a local, regional theatre, one of the first in the country. We’re celebrating the 90th Anniversary of Berkshire Theatre, and wanted to give Berkshire residents a chance to really explore the history of this iconic building.”

Barbara Allen, says, “Since the Casino was completed in 1888, it has been an integral part of Stockbridge society. Once it was converted into the Berkshire Playhouse, it became even more intertwined into the life of the town. The people of Stockbridge acted on stage, worked on sets, housed artists, and were a part of the everyday operations of the theatre, as well as going to see the shows. With this exhibit, we wanted to tell that story and show the people behind the theatre.”

The exhibit will open on April 3, 2018 and be on view through June 30, 2018 at the Library during normal Library hours. A free, public reception will be held on Friday, April 20 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Procter Gallery.

In conjunction with the exhibit, Kate Maguire, Artistic Director, CEO of Berkshire Theatre Group will be the featured speaker at the Stockbridge Library Association’s annual public meeting at 6:30 pm on June 12, 2018.

Library Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 2 m
Sunday: Closed

The Procter Museum & Archives of Stockbridge History:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9am to 8pm
Wednesday: 9am to 5pm
Thursday: 9am to 1pm
Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to 2pm
Sunday: Closed