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A young man is laughing over a suggestive joke, fighting to get through to his family, stumbling into his first love. Joshua Castille came from a Tony awardwinning revival of Spring Awakening to perform here.

Barrington Stage Company has been known for 25 years for re-imagining lavish musicals and taking on deep and timely challenges in its theaters, and sometimes both. The company began life in the Southern Berkshires. Artistic director Julianne Boyd had directed shows on and off Broadway, when she opened performances of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill here in informal spaces.

The theater and its reputation grew rapidly; in 2004, it won two Tony awards for the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. An annual Music Theater Lab has taken root with composer William Finn, and a relationship deepended with playwright Mark St. Germain.

In 2006, the theater moved to the center of the county, in Pittsfield, and from its new main stage it has grown into a second stage and cabaret a couple of blocks away at 36 Linden St., with concerts and performances from June to October and a festival of short plays in the winter.