Pythagoras Theatre Works Presents The Bear and The Rembrandt
This summer season will feature two new comedic one-acts with a brief intermission: The Bear (of the Berkshires), freely adapted from Chekhov's short play, and The Rembrandt from a comedic short story by celebrated local author Edith Wharton.Diane Prusha and Robert Biggs, two of the Berkshires' favorite actors, will play leading roles in both shows. Juilliard-trained cellist and Berkshire resident Jonah Taylor will score and play live during the shows. Michael Burnet, writer of the hit show The Mad Pirate & the Mermaid, has adapted the plays and will direct.
In close association with The West Stockbridge Historical Society and the Town of West Stockbridge, Pythagoras Theatre Works endeavors to create a vibrant theatre in the heart of the town. The West Stockbridge 1854 Town Hall had been the hub of the community since it was erected in 1854 until about the 1980s, and has recently begun extensive renovation as an historic landmark. "We wanted an historic venue, a place that evokes the past", says Producing Artistic Director Michael Burnet, "and provides the backdrop for the plays while helping transport the audience to a bygone era."
The association between the two organizations mutually benefits both: It allows the West Stockbridge Historical Society to give the theatre company a rehearsal and performance space, and Pythagoras is able to raise awareness for the historic town hall to and advance its restoration and revitalization. Additionally, the relationship adds significantly to the cultural opportunities that West Stockbridge has to offer. "West Stockbridge is experiencing a renaissance, not only with its merchants but culturally as well," says Producer Chuck Schwager, "and Pythagoras wants to help attract more visitors and celebrate the town's rich local history."
Pythagoras Theatre Works operates under a Special Appearance Agreement with Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. It is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization operating at the pleasure of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and her generous citizenry.
Vaber Hall in the West Stockbridge 1854 Town Hall (View)
9 Main St.
West Stockbridge, MA 01266
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