Photo Coverage: SOUTHERN COMFORT World Premiere at Barrington Stage Musical Theatre Lab
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and TriStan Wilson, Managing Director, presents the BSC Musical Theatre Lab (William Finn Artistic Producer) world premiere production of Southern Comfort, a new musical with book and lyrics by Dan Collins and music by Julianne Wick Davis, directed by Thomas Caruso (Associate Director of Broadway's Matilda). Check out a first look at the cast in action below!
Southern Comfort began previews Friday, July 19, and opened last night, Wednesday, July 24 and will run through Saturday, August 10 at the St. Germain Stage, at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.
A musical with a folk/bluegrass score, Southern Comfort is a true story based on Kate Davis' 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary about transgender friends in rural Georgia.
Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award, Southern Comfort is the story of male transgendered Robert Eads (Annette O'Toole) and his trans girlfriend Lola Cola (Jeff McCarthy) as they navigate life and its challenges in the back hills of 'Bubba Land' Georgia. A celebration of a uniquely American family living life openly, honestly and courageously in the community they have grown to love.
The company features Annette O'Toole (TV: "Smallville", Academy Award Best Song nominee for A Mighty Wind) and Jeff McCarthy (BSC Associate Artist: All My Sons, Sweeney Todd, Follies, Mack & Mabel), along with Todd Cerveris (South Pacific) as Sam, Lizzie Hagsteadt (Sweeney Todd national tour), Natalie Joy Johnson (Legally Blonde) as Carly, Jeffrey Kuhn (The 39 Steps) as Jackson, Elizabeth Ward Land, David Lutken (Inherit the Wind), Robin Skye (Parade) as Melanie, and Joel Waggoner.
"From contemporary country to Appalachian bluegrass, the score mines the country's heart, and unveils, along its way, surprising pathways to a new world," said William Finn. "The remarkable "Southern Comfort" is about transformation, love, and redefining family."
Performances of Southern Comfort will take place at Barrington Stage Company's St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Performances are Tuesday-Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 4pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets start at $40. Tickets to performances July 19 & 20 are $15. Seniors: $32 all matinees.
Barrington Stage Company Performing Arts Center
Jeff McCarthy & Juliet McCarthy
Shakina Nayfack, Associate Producer & Debra Ho Rupp