Tony Award Winner Harriet Harris Joins ‘The Importance of Being Serious’ Cast | Arts and culture


STOCKBRIDGE – Tony Award winner Harriet Harris returns to the Berkshire stage this summer.

Harris will play Lady Bracknell in the Berkshire Theater Group production of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” from June 18 through July 10 under the main stage tent of the Fitzpatrick Main Stage.

Harris, who appeared as Sister Mary Ignatius and Sarah Siddons in Christopher Durang’s double bill of “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You” and “The Actor’s Nightmare” in 2018, joins a cast that includes David Adkins, Rebecca Brooksher, Shawn Fagan, Corinna May, Claire Saunders, Matt Sullivan and Mitchell Winter.

“The Importance of Being Consistent” follows two single buddies who lead a double life in their respective quests of two young women. Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner David Auburn will direct production.

“Nina Simone: Four Women” will open in the courtyard of the Unicorn Theater on August 13 and run until September 5. The play takes its title from Simone’s hymn song, which she wrote and performed in tribute to the four young girls who lost their lives in the Ku Klux Klan bombing in September 1963 against the Baptist Church. of 16th Street in Birmingham, Alabama. The play imagines a conversation between Simone, the singer / songwriter / civil rights activist who died in 2003 at the age of 70, and four Black Women who show up at church while Simone examines the ruins.

Gerry McIntyre, who choreographed last season’s production of “Godspell,” directs a cast led by Tony and Grammy-nominated Valisia LeKae as Simone. The cast also includes Darlesia Cearcy, Adrianna Hicks and Sasha Hutchings

“There’s nothing quite like watching great actors perform, and we’ve got some of the most wonderful in the business with us this summer,” Kate Maguire, artistic director and CEO of BTG, said in a statement. “It is our privilege to welcome directors David Auburn and Gerry McIntyre, as they take us on two remarkable theatrical trips this summer to the grounds of our Stockbridge campus. Surrounded by the talents of our designers who will create immersive experiences for audiences, our cast can’t wait to be back on stage and light up the lives of an eclectic and powerful array of characters. “

Tickets for all of BTG’s exciting summer season productions are on sale now. BTG offers a 10% discount on tickets for all frontline workers. All parts, times, cast and prices are subject to change. Tickets can be purchased at the Colonial Theater, online at Berkshire TheaterGroup.org or by calling 413-997-4444. Box office hours are daily noon to 5 p.m., or any performance day from noon to the curtain.

BTG’s Pittsfield campus is located at 111 South Street (Colonial Theater / Colonial Big Tent) Pittsfield. BTG’s Berkshire Theater Festival / Campus Stockbridge is located at 6 East St. (Unicorn Theater / Courtyard Outside the Unicorn) and 83 East Main St. (Fitzpatrick Main Stage / Main Stage Tent) Stockbridge.


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