Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare

by Christopher Durang
directed by Matthew Penn
featuring Harriet Harris, Anna O'Donoghue, Tom Story, Matthew Sullivan and Ariana Venturi 

at The Unicorn Theatre
The Larry Vaber Stage
BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street 

Previews: Thursday, August 16 at 7pm and Friday, August 17 at 8pm
Press Opening/Opening Night: Saturday, August 18 at 8pm
Talkback:  Monday, August 20, following the 7pm performance
Closing: Friday, August 31 at 8pm
Tickets: Preview: $47 
Tickets: $56 
Sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig; Furlano and Arace, PC, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Shubert Foundation

Written by Obie Award-winner Christopher Durang, the comedic double feature, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare is an absurdly hilarious evening of theatre. Featuring Tony Award-winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern MilliePhantom ThreadFrasier; BTG: Arsenic and Old Lace) as Sister Mary Ignatius, Tom Story (BTG: The Glass MenagerieCamelotThe Heidi Chronicles) and Matthew Sullivan (The Roads to Home; BTG: Arsenic and Old Lace). Hailed as “consistently clever” by The New York Times when it first opened in 1981, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare are still bitingly witty satires on the psychology of belief and belonging.

This farcical production is directed by Emmy Award-nominated Matthew Penn (Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang, Orange is the New BlackSopranosThe Beauty Queen of Leenane). Matthew Penn grew up at Berkshire Theatre, as he is the son of former Berkshire Theatre Festival Artistic Director and Tony Award-winner, Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde). Matthew says, “Berkshire Theatre was my first experience around the magic of theatre. It was the confluence of both family and dear family friends coming together to create some memorable theater with the Berkshire Theater at the center.”  


Harriet Harris as Sister Mary Ignatius/Sarah Siddons
Anna O'Donoghue as Meg/Diane Symonds
Tom Story as Gary Sullavan/Henry Irving
Matthew Sullivan as Aloysius Busiccio/George Spelvin
Ariana Venturi as Dame Ellen Terry/Philomena Rostovitch


Performance Dates

  • Thursday, August 16 at 7pm (Preview)
  • Friday, August 17 at 8pm (Preview)
  • Saturday, August 18 at 2pm
  • Saturday, August 18 at 8pm (Opening/Press Night)
  • Monday, August 20 at 7pm (Talkback)
  • Tuesday, August 21 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, August 22 at 2pm
  • Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm
  • Thursday, August 23 at 7pm
  • Friday, August 24 at 8pm
  • Saturday, August 25 at 2pm
  • Saturday, August 25 at 8pm
  • Monday, August 27 at 7pm
  • Tuesday, August 28 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, August 29 at 2pm
  • Wednesday, August 29 at 7pm
  • Thursday, August 30 at 7pm
  • Friday, August 31 at 8pm (Closing)