After pairing Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis together, Freud's Last Session author Marc St. Germain will take on another imaginary meeting of famous figures with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway in Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah. As part of Barrington Stage Company's 2013 season, the production will have its world premiere August 15 through September 29 on the St. Germain Stage. Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah is set in 1937, and tells the tale of Fitzgerald and Hemingway, who meet in Hollywood to confront their dreams, and learn about about the cost of love, friendship and the price of being a writer.
The BSC season will open with the musical comedy On the Town, featuring choreography by Emmy-winning Smash choreographer Joshua Bergasse. Directed by Tony winner John Rando, On the Town features music by Leonard Bernstein, and book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green. The classic musical follows three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City in 1944, who manage to find love and incredible adventures in the Big Apple. On the Town will run June 12 through July 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, with opening night set for June 16.
BSC will also mount a stage adaptation of Chaim Potok’s The Chosen from July 18 through August 3 on its mainstage, with an official opening set for July 21. Set against the backdrop of World War II, The Chosen tells the story of two boys, two fathers and two very different Jewish communities in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. A production of Much Ado About Nothing, directed by BSC's artistic director Julianne Boyd, will play August 8 through 25, with an official opening set for August 11 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.
The American premiere of Bashir Lazhar will open the St. Germain stage season from May 22 through June 8. Written by Evelyne de la Cheneliere, in a translation by Morwyn Brebner, and directed by Shakina Nayfack, Bashir Lazhar tells the story of an Algerian immigrant who is hired as a teacher for a class of distressed students at an elementary school in Montreal. His unorthodox teaching methods draw him into surprisingly explosive territory. A second play at the St. Germain Stage, running June 13 through July 6, will be announced at a later date.
BSC's Musical Theatre Lab will kick off its eighth season with the musical Southern Comfort, starring Annette O'Toole and Jeff McCarthy. Boasting a folk-bluegrass score with music by Julianne Wick-Davis, book and lyrics by Dan Collins and direction by Tom Caruso, Southern Comfort will play July 19 through August 10.