The purpose of the BTCA and the Berkshire Theatre Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of theater in the greater Berkshire region. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Nov. 6 on the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield.
The societal problems of "Ragtime" - police prejudice against blacks, prejudice against all immigrants, the privileges of the rich - remain the problems of today, which is why "Ragtime" is both deeply thought-provoking and spectacularly entertaining.
Common Folk will host the play "Venable 8: Three Lessons on Gun Violence" followed by a conversation in hopes to disarm the difficult discussion about gun violence in schools.
The local artist's collective production of the three-act play this week examines gun violence in the classroom, why it occurs and how it can be prevented.
In a news release, Kickball describes "Passage" as "a dark comedy exploring themes of a changing climate, love and loss (that) integrates sea otters on razor scooters, a guru of ultimate enlightenment, dead sailors, marketing executives and questions of hubris and faith to reveal the cyclical nature of human history."
If all the world's a stage, then Mill City Productions may have the props you need for your personal play.
The local stage company is holding a tag sale this weekend to sell off extra props to fund its eventual move to a new theater space.
The show, with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin and a book by Joe DiPietro, opened in April 2012 on Broadway and ran for nearly 500 performances before closing in June 2013. It won two Tony Awards and three Drama Desk Awards.
"The Tempest" takes place on a magical island inhabited by spirits and monsters and two humans, castoffs from society: a wizard and his daughter. It is the story of the old man's revenge ... or forgiveness.