Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC's mission is to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre. BSC attracts over 60,000 patrons annually and has gained national recognition for its superior-quality productions and comprehensive educational programming, including the award-winning Playwright Mentoring Project, the Musical Theatre Conservatory, Youth Theatre, KidsAct! and other initiatives. The company has become integral to the economic revitalization of downtown Pittsfield.
BSC's reputation for excellence began with a smash revival of CABARET that moved to Boston in 1997 for an extended run. The theatre's prominence grew with the world premiere of THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin (BSC 2004; Broadway 2005-2008, winner of two Tony Awards). Other notable productions include the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown's AMERICAN SON (BSC 2016; Broadway 2018); Mark St. Germain's FREUD'S LAST SESSION (BSC 2009; Off Broadway 2010-2012); Leonard Bernstein, Comden & Green's ON THE TOWN (BSC 2013; Broadway 2014, four Tony Award nominations); Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's COMPANY, starring Aaron Tveit (BSC 2017); and WEST SIDE STORY in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins' centenaries (BSC 2018). BSC develops and commissions new work with two programs: PlayWorks, which supports the creation of new plays, and the Musical Theatre Lab, which develops new musicals. Since 1995, BSC has produced 36 new works, 19 of which have moved to New York and major US regional theatres.
Following the industry-wide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, BSC was the first Equity theatre in the US to return to live performance with its critically acclaimed production of HARRY CLARKE, starring BSC Associate Artist Mark H. Dold and directed by Ms. Boyd. The season also included the acclaimed concerts, THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN and "e;Leslie Kritzer: Is It Over Yet?"e;, the virtual benefit reading of Rob Ulin's new play JUDGMENT DAY, starring Jason Alexander, Patti LuPone, Santino Fontana and Michael McKean and a virtual staged reading of the new play ELEANOR by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain and starring Tony Award winner Harriet Harris.