Two boys sit on a fire escape together, tracing stars in the city sky.
They are brothers, and they have lost their father — but now the older brother is a memory, and his younger brother and his mother are facing his loss. Myles and Gideon came to a Berkshire stage in the world premiere of Harrison David Rivers’ When Storms Are Born at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Theaters are thriving in the Berkshires. Some have brought nationally known playwrights and actors for more than 60 years, and today we have an expanding body of work on college stages and in repertory companies. They foster new work, and they take risks. Plays emerge here before they open Off Broadway. Musicals revive and move on to New York. And Puck calls to Oberon from the branch of a tree in Edith Wharton’s garden on a real midsummer night.

Young actors and interns gather here from across the world. Obie awardwinning veteran actors explore new work with old friends. Playwrights come for residencies in mountain cabins and coffee shops. And some have gone on to win the Pulitzer prize.

Theater in the Berkshires

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MCLA

National and international figures come to visit the students at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, ranked in the top 10 public colleges in U.S. News and World Report and appears in U.S. News’ list of Top National Liberal Arts colleges.

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The Mount

Edith Wharton, the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, wrote many of her best-known novels in this house, in the 10 years she lived in Lenox — from The House of Mirth to Ethan Frome. Her house is now a museum, a center of writing, music and performance, landscape and gardens, dedicated to keeping her spirit alive.

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Williams ’62 Center

Williams College renovated a brick-and-column theatre into the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, a 21st-century performance space, with four stages and high-end sound and video. In the fall and spring, national and international performers appear here along with student groups, and in summer it is the home of the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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