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Barrington Stage Company Announces Creation of the Wolfson Theater Center

The Berkshire getaway will get a new headquarters.

Kyle Dean Massey and Will Swenson in The Pirates of Penzance, now running at Barrington Stage Company.
Kyle Dean Massey and Will Swenson in The Pirates of Penzance, now running at Barrington Stage Company.
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Barrington Stage Company has announced the creation of the Wolfson Theater Center at 122 North Street in Pittsfield. The 28,000-square-foot building, made possible through a generous gift from Jessie and Bernard Wolfson, will serve as the center of BSC operations.

Renovations on the building are set to begin in August 2016, with the administrative offices scheduled to relocate in November 2016. BSC’s current office space, known as Octagon House (58 Union Street), will be converted into company housing.

The Wolfson Theater Center will house all of the BSC's administrative offices, accommodating 20 year-round staff members, as well as an additional 40 staff members during the season. The facility will also contain two large rehearsal studios; classrooms for the Playwright Mentoring Project, KidsAct! and the Musical Theater Conservatory; a costume shop, including storage of BSC's costume inventory; a year-round box office; and an additional reception area for staged readings and other public events. The scene shop will continue to be located on 4th Street.

The first production to make use of the new rehearsal space will be the world premiere of Joe Iconis’ Broadway Bounty Hunter, starring Annie Golden and Jeff McCarthy. Broadway Bounty Hunter features music and lyrics by Joe Iconis, a book by Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin, and Jason SweetTooth Williams, choreography by Jeffrey Page, and direction by Leah C. Gardiner. Rehearsals begin today, with previews starting August 12 in advance of an August 19 opening. Performances will run through September 4.

Currently playing on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage is Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Tony Award winner John Rando and starring Tony nominee Will Swenson.

For tickets to The Pirates of Penzance, click here.

For tickets to Broadway Bounty Hunter, click here.

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