In an old New England clapboard hall at the center of Stockbridge, a man is fighting to keep his integrity and run an election campaign. He is an agile, wiry Italian American with a colossal presence and, on this stage, a deep young voice.
With classics like Fiorello and contemporary work, Berkshire Theatre Group merges two historic theaters — one of the county’s oldest continuously running performance companies, the Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, and the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, built in 1903 and re-opened in 2006.
Their theatre centers in Stockbridge at two neighborning stages — the Fitzpatrick, designed in 1928 by Stanford White, and the red barn frame of the Unicorn. Their seasons here stretch back to the 1920s and 1930s with classics and comedies — George Bernard Shaw, P.G. Wodehouse, Daphne DuMaurier.
Today they combine well-known with new work — and sometimes with a broad reach. their revival of Children of Lesser God reached Broadway in spring 2018.
The Colonial acts as a concert hall year-round, offering comedy and music, folk, rock and jazz, and in the summer and fall it becomes a third stage in BTG’s main theater season, which extends into the winter with a community revival of A Christmas Carol every year.