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Summer theater season begins

PITTSFIELD – Barrington Stage Company is kicking off the summer with a play whose film adaptation was recently nominated for an Academy Award.

Bashir Lazhar began its preview performances on the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden St.) with sold out shows on May 22 and 23.

BSC is hosting the American premiere of the play, which tells the story of a French-Algerian political refugee (played by Juri Henley-Cohn) who is hired as an elementary school teacher in Montreal for a class of distressed students.

Bashir Lazhar was adapted to the screen as Monsieur Lazhar, which received a 2012 Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination.

The show, directed by Shakina Nayfack, runs through June 8, with tickets starting at $40. Showtimes are Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. There will be an additional matinee on Thursday, June 6 at 4 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the box office (30 Union St.), calling (413) 236-8888 or going online to

The musical On the Town, BSC’s next show, begins previews on June 12.

Master Class at S&Co.

Meanwhile, in Lenox, Shakespeare and Company has started its 36th season at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre (70 Kemble St.) with the Tony-winning play Master Class.

The play, which centers on sessions opera diva Maria Callas conducted late in her career, stars Annette Miller (as Ms. Callas) and Elliot Norton under the direction of Daniel Gidron.

“I remember distinctly the first time I heard Maria Callas singing,” Mr. Gidron said. “I was a freshman in high school in Tel Aviv, and an American girl lent me a record of Callas singing Puccini arias.

“Even though I was a classical music lover, I had never heard anything like it. The pain, the joy, the power, the vulnerability of those Puccini ladies were jumping at me from the LP grooves. I was hooked.”

Previews of Master Class began May 24, and the official opening is slated for Saturday, June 8. The show runs through Aug. 18.

A full schedule and tickets ($15-50) can be obtained by going to the box office, calling (413) 637-3353 or visiting

Berkshire Theatre Group

To start summer 2013, its 85th season, previews of The Lion in Winter will begin at Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge (6 East St.) on June 25.

Under the direction of Robert Moss, the play is set during Christmas 1183 and centers on the power struggle between King Henry II, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and their sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John.

Renowned actor Treat Williams will star as King Henry.

“I’m thrilled to be playing King Henry this summer in The Lion in Winter at Berkshire Theatre Group,” the actor said. “It is, in my opinion, one of the best plays about family ever written. … They manipulate, cheat, lie, maneuver, seduce and threaten one another throughout, and have great fun doing it.”

Tickets can be purchased by visiting the ticket office (83 East Main St.), calling (413) 298-5576 or going online to

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