Larry Murray (red Scarf) and friends toasting at the Berkshire Theatre Awards, November, 2016; photo: Stephen Sorokoff
The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association is now a reality. After our hastilly assembled group pulled off the first Berkshire Theatre Awards in November of last year we took a deep breath and assembled a board of directors and, with the blessings of our founder Larry Murray, began the process of making that hastily realized dream into a permanent part of the Berkshire's cultural scene.
Currently expanding our reach to other theaters and other critics the future holds a lot of work for our member critics. I was elected President of the new organization by the board (Macey Levin, Ed Sedarbaum, Gail Burns, Robert Bruyr, Gloria Miller, Larry Murray and me) and this committee is committed to bringing this all to fruition.
Especially now that we have lost our founder, Larry Murray, to cancer. Larry was a dynamic force. His energetic interest in the future of our regional creative forces was, at times, overwhelming. He was someone I loved chatting with about theater, about our different takes on things and our convergences as well. He brought a wealth of knowledge and taste to the offerings we covered and he was willing, though sometimes reluctant, to consider work that was not up to his professional preference. Each time he opened up to new ventures he found the results pleasing and worthwhile. I agreed. I liked him immensely and he will be missed. We intend to maintain the standards he established and to keep the special award given in his name. The months ahead promise to be very interesting indeed.
Keep in touch; visit often; go to the theater!!
Watch this space for Things to focus on:
The Tempest at Shakespeare and Co.
Wharton One Acts at Shakespeare and Co.
Ariadne auf Naxos at Berkshire Opera festival
Hello, Dolly! at the Mac-Haydn Theatre
Guys and Dolls at the Theater Barn
American Buffalo at the Dorset Theatre Festival
Long Day's Journey Into Night at the Weston Playhouse
Georgie at Barrington Stage Company
Watch This Space
There's always more to come!
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