Barrington Stage Company to Present SCOTT AND HEM IN THE GARDEN OF ALLAH, 8/15-9/29

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 Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah, a world premiere play written and directed by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain about the friendship and rivalry between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.

Performances for Scott and Hem begin Thursday, August 15 with an official opening scheduled for Wednesday, August 21 at 7:30pm and running through Sunday, September 29 at the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.

In 1937, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, famous authors and frenemies, meet in Hollywood at the notorious Garden of Allah apartment complex. A humorous and heated exchange ensues about the cost of love, friendship and the price of being a writer.

Mark St. Germain is a BSC Associate Artist and the playwright of BSC's 2012 hit play Dr. Ruth, All the Way (now titled Becoming Dr. Ruth), the acclaimed 2011 BSC production of The Best of Enemies, and the 2009/2010 BSC smash hit Freud's Last Session.

Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah is produced as part of a rolling world premiere agreement between Barrington Stage Company and the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah is sponsored by Sydelle and Lee Blatt.

Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah contains strong language.

Joey Collins (F. Scott Fitzgerald) BSC debut. Broadway: The Glass Menagerie, Rock 'n' Roll. Off-Broadway: Vieux Carré, Bug, Antigone Project, Beasley's Christmas Party, Gross Indencency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. Regional: Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah, Captors, In a Forest Dark and Deep at Contemporary American Theatre Festival; Also Rep Theatre of St. Louis, Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, A.C.T., Cape Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, The Old Globe & others. TV: Law & Order, Kidnapped. Film: Dottie's Thanksgiving Pickle, Bittersweet.

TEd Koch (Ernest Hemingway) Broadway: The Pillowman, Death of a Salesman, Elling, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. National tours Frost/Nixon, Death of a Salesman. Recent Off-Broadway and regional credits include: Strange Interlude (Shakespeare Theatre) Donnybrook! (Irish Rep.) God of Carnage (Pittsburgh Public) Snow Falling on Cedars (Hartford Stage) Sweet Bird of Youth (Williamstown Theatre) True West, (Arena Stage, Helen Hayes Nomination) Television credits include: The Americans, Person of Interest, The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, The Sopranos, The West Wing, Law & Order, Ed. Films include: Cold Souls, Hannibal, Englishman In New York, Love to Leenya, Autumn in New York, Dinner Rush.

Lucy Owen (Miss Evelyn Montaigne) was last seen at the Long Wharf Theatre in Clybourne Park. Other Theatre credits: Body Language (Active Theater), Complete (NY Fringe and Fringe Encore). Berkeley Rep (Cloud Nine), Theatreworks in Mountainview (Shakespeare In Hollywood), San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Henry IV, parts 1 & 2), PCPA Theatrefest (Arcadia, Amadeus, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Romeo and Juliet,Skylight), and Porchlight Theatre Company (The Seagull, An Ideal Husband). Film and TV: Shadows and Lies, Higher Ground (with Vera Farmiga); The Big C, Law & Order SVU, Delocated, Inside Amy Schumer, The Americans.

The creative team for Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah includes David M. Barber (sets), Peggy McKowan (costumes), Scott Pinkney (lighting), andJessica Paz (sound). Lori Doyle is production stage manager.

Mark St. Germain (Playwright/Director) At BSC: World premieres of Dr. Ruth, All The Way, The Best of Enemies, Freud's Last Session, The God Committee,Ears on a Beatle, and Ciao! as well as the 2006 production of The Collyer Brothers at Home & Period Piece. He has also written the plays Camping with Henry and Tom and Forgiving Typhoid Mary. Mark wrote the musical comedy, The Fabulous Lipitones, with John Markus. With Randy Courts he wrote the musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and Jack's Holiday. His musical Stand by Your Man was written for Nashville's Ryman Theater. Television includes "The Cosby Show". Mark co-wrote the screenplay for Carroll Ballard's film Duma and directed and produced the documentary My Dog featuring Richard Gere, Lynn Redgrave, Billy Collins and wrote the award winning children's book, Three Cups. Mark is proud to be a Board Member and Associate Artist at BSC, a member of the HB Writer's Lab, and honored to have his name on the Stage 2 theatre.

Performances of Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah will take place at the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.

Performances August 15 - September 1: Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 4pm (excluding August 17), Sunday at 3pm (additional matinee on Thursday, August 29 at 4pm). Performances September 6-29: Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 4pm and Sunday at 3pm.

Tickets start at $40. Seniors: $32 all matinees. Low priced previews August 15 & 16 are $15. Youth ages 6-18, tickets $15 all performances (subject to availability). To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org. The Box Office is located at 30 Union Street, Pittsfield.


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