Chamberlain & Waterston Appear at Berkshires Benefit, Oct. 2

Richard Chamberlain and Sam Waterston will appear in Portrait of a Young Artist, which will be presented on Sunday, October 2nd as this year's edition of the annual Berkshire Theatre Festival benefit evening.

The benefit, which will honor BTF patron Aso O. Tavitian, will be directed by Eric Hill and will also feature appearances and performances by actors Jeremy Davidson, Maureen O'Flynn, and Martin Rabbett, dancer/choreographer Johannes Weiland, and BTF executive director Kate Maguire.

Chamberlain, who was recently announced as one of the stars of the upcoming On Golden Pond tour, has appeared on Broadway in The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, Blithe Spirit and The Night of the Iguana; he also starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's, which closed on the road. He is perhaps most famous for his TV roles--the title one of Dr. Kildare, Ralph de Bricassart in the mini-series "The Thorn Birds" and Pilot-Major John Blackthorne in the mini-series "Shogun." His film credits include The Madwoman of Chaillot, The Music Lovers, The Three Musketeers, The Towering Inferno and The Slipper and the Rose.

Waterston, acclaimed both on stage and screen, received a 1994 Best Actor in a Play nomination for his performance in Abe Lincoln in Illinois. Other Broadway credits include A Walk in the Woods, Benefactors, Lunch Hour, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, Hay Fever Indians, Halfway Up the Tree and Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Momma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feeling So Sad. A familiar face to TV viewers for his longtime role on "Law and Order," Waterston has also been featured in such films as Crimes and Misdemeanors, Hannah and Her Sisters and Serial Mom

"At 77 years old, the Berkshire Theatre Festival is the eldest performing arts venue in Berkshire County and one of the oldest in the United States. Guided by Executive Director Kate Maguire, the theatre's access to its past translates into a vivid sense of what it means to be a participant in today's diverse and oft times unsettling world." according to the Berkshire Theatre Festival's website. Act French will be the last show of the season, which also included Side by Side by Sondheim, Equus, American Buffalo and Souvenir on the Main Stage, and I Do! I Do!, The Father, Rat in the Skull and My Buddy Bill at the Unicorn Theatre.

Tickets to the benefit, which are $1,000 each, encompass the performance and dinner to follow at Wheatleigh. Call 413-298-5536, ext. 21 for more information, or visit


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