|Barrington Stage Company presents virtual reading of Typhoid Mary, starring Judith Ivey, T.R. Knight, Joe Morton, Kate MacCluggage and Frances Evans|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:39 am EDT 10/22/20|
A VIRTUAL READING OF A PLAY
BY MARK ST. GERMAIN
OCTOBER 30 & 31
(Pittsfield, MA) - Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Pittsfield, MA., under the leadership of Founder/Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will present a virtual reading of Typhoid Mary, a play by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain (Off-Broadway and BSC's Freud's Last Session) and starring two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey (Broadway's Hurlyburly, Steaming) as Mary Mallon aka 'Typhoid Mary,' T.R. Knight (TV's "Grey's Anatomy," Broadway's Noises Off, It's Only a Play) as Father Michael McKuen, Kate MacCluggage (Off-Broadway's Greater Clements, BSC's Gertrude and Claudius) as Dr. Ann Saltzer, Emmy Award winner Joe Morton (TV's "Scandal," Broadway's Raisin, Off-Broadway's Turn Me Loose) as Dr. William Mills and Frances Evans (BSC's Typhoid Mary , Ragtime) as Sarah. Typhoid Mary is directed by Matthew Penn ("Law & Order," "Orange Is the New Black," BSC's Judgment Day, 10x10 New Play Festival).
BSC originally staged Typhoid Mary in 2018 to critical acclaim at the St. Germain Stage, in a production also directed by Mr. Penn.
This is the true and turbulent story of Mary Mallon, known better as Typhoid Mary. As one of the most infamous women in America, her career as a cook left deaths in her wake. A carrier of typhoid, Mary refused to believe she was responsible, citing God's will and the lies of science instead. Imprisoned on North Brother Island, the conflicts between her and the doctors were as impassioned then as they are today.
"As the pandemic continues into its eighth month in the US and an administration rails against the fact-based findings of doctors and medical advisors, it felt like an appropriate time to revisit Mark St. Germain's play, where arguments between God and science take center stage," commented Julianne Boyd. "We are thrilled to present this play in a virtual reading with such an extraordinary cast."
Typhoid Mary will be filmed in advance with the cast performing remotely. The actors will be receiving salary, health insurance and pension benefits for rehearsals and the filming. It will be available to stream on October 30 & 31 at 7:30 pm ET. Tickets ($25) can be ordered from OvationTix and a link will then be sent to the ticket holder within 24 hours of the scheduled performance.
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC's mission is to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre.
BSC attracts over 60,000 patrons annually and has gained national recognition for its superior-quality productions and comprehensive educational programming, including the award-winning Playwright Mentoring Project, the Musical Theatre Conservatory, Youth Theatre, KidsAct! and other initiatives. The company has become integral to the economic revitalization of downtown Pittsfield.
BSC's reputation for excellence began with a smash revival of Cabaret that moved to Boston in 1997 for an extended run. The theatre's prominence grew with the world premiere of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin (BSC 2004; Broadway 2005-2008, winner of two Tony Awards). Other notable productions include the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown's American Son (BSC 2016; Broadway 2018); Mark St. Germain's Freud's Last Session (BSC 2009; Off Broadway 2010-2012); Leonard Bernstein, Comden & Green's On the Town (BSC 2013; Broadway 2014, four Tony Award nominations); Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company, starring Aaron Tveit (BSC 2017); and West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins' centenaries (BSC 2018).
BSC develops and commissions new work with two programs: PlayWorks, which supports the creation of new plays, and the Musical Theatre Lab, which develops new musicals. Since 1995, BSC has produced 36 new works, 19 of which have moved to New York and major US regional theatres.
Following the industry-wide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, BSC was the first Equity theatre in the US to return to live performance with its critically acclaimed production of Harry Clarke, starring BSC Associate Artist Mark H. Dold and directed by Ms. Boyd. The season also included the acclaimed concerts, The Hills Are Alive with Rodgers & Hammerstein and Leslie Kritzer: Is It Over Yet?, the virtual benefit reading of Rob Ulin's new play Judgment Day, starring Jason Alexander, Patti LuPone, Santino Fontana and Michael McKean and a virtual staged reading of the new play Eleanor by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain and starring Tony Award winner Harriet Harris.
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