Theater J Trip to the Berkshires
Thursday, July 11 — Sunday, July 14, 2019

A unique opportunity to enjoy a full weekend of theater-going with Artistic Director, Adam Immerwahr, Managing Director, Jojo Ruf, and guest artists, in the beautiful Berkshires.  Experience exciting, highest-caliber shows, artists, plus exclusive conversations and behind-the-scenes insights.  Indulge in wonderful meals and opportunities to explore Williamstown.

The trip includes:
–Tickets to all performances (details below).
–Meals at the award-winning Gala Restaurant and Eat on North, home of former White House chef Ron Reda, plus breakfasts at Gala Restaurant, boxed lunches for bus rides, and a glass of sherry on the return trip.
–Three nights at Orchards Hotel in Williamstown.
–Discussions led by Artistic Director, Adam Immerwahr, including pre- and post-performance learning sessions on the bus ride up and back, post-show conversations over drinks, and an opportunity to meet artist involved in the productions.
–An optional visit to the distinguished Clark Art Institute or the astounding MASS MoCA.
–Time to explore and have lunch in downtown Williamstown, MA.
–Round-trip travel to and from DC, and to all destinations, on a private coach.
–The company of fellow theater lovers in a congenial, arts-filled setting.

We’ll see two productions at Williamstown Theatre Festival, which is at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. The festival is known for bringing together some of America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights. First, we will be seeing the world premiere of Selling Kabul:

Taroon (Babak Tafti), a former interpreter for the US military, lives in hiding from the Taliban in his sister Afiya’s (Marjan Neshat) home in Kabul, Afghanistan. As Taroon restlessly awaits news from the hospital on the eve of his first child’s birth, his brother-in-law Jawid (Omar Metwally) works to protect him from dangers lurking outside the apartment walls. In this world premiere drama directed by Tyne RafaeliSylvia Khoury examines loyalty, empty promises, and what it means to be left behind.

Then, we will be seeing a revival of the classic A Raisin in the Sun:

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Francois Battiste breathe new life into this American classic. Lena Younger (Merkerson) and her son Walter Lee (Battiste) are at odds. Lena wants to use her late husband’s life insurance to move her family out of their cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. Walter Lee would rather use the funds to start a business and become an independent man. As their dispute intensifies, the powerful and destructive forces of 1950s America come knocking at the Youngers’ front door. Directed by Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara, Hansberry’s fearless interrogation of hope in the face of racial and economic strife is as provocative and powerful today as when it premiered.

They also produce a series of new play readings on Friday afternoons, which we’ll likely have the opportunity to participate in while we’re there.

We will also visit Barrington Stage Company in downtown Pittsfield, MA to see Sondheim’s Into the Woods directed by local favorite Joe Calarco, Resident Director/Director of New Works at Signature Theatre in VA. Barrington describes the production this way:

“Anything can happen in the woods.” This is the promise, and premise, of the much-loved Tony-Award winning musical Into the Woods. A childless baker and his wife endeavor to lift their family curse by journeying into the woods where they encounter Rapunzel and her mother, Cinderella, Jack (of Beanstalk fame), Little Red Riding Hood and other classic fairy tale characters. Their stories become entangled in unexpected ways – revealing what happens after “happily ever after.” The wickedly witty score weaves a magical spell, warning “be careful what you wish for.”

Rates and Registration
Double Rooms: $1,399 per person / Single Rooms: $1,699 per person
Deposit of $350 per person due at time of registration.  Final payment due by May 31.

Registration Details
Space is limited and reservations are first come, first served
Any special accommodations that are needed must be submitted, prior to registering, to Kevin Place.
The price of the trip includes round-trip transportation, a three-night hotel stay, all theater tickets, three dinners, three lunches and three breakfasts.  This trip is priced as a package and cannot be pro-rated.  Lunch on Friday, museum admission, room service, alcoholic beverages and any other personal charges are not covered.

Additional Information
Participants need to arrive at the Edlavitch DCJCC (1529 Sixteen Street NW) by 8:30 AM on Thursday, July 11 and will return to the EDCJCC by about 6:30 PM on Sunday, July 14.
Meals on the trip will not be certified as kosher, but vegetarian options will be available.
Participants must be able to step on and off of the bus and to transport themselves short distances from the bus to the doors of the destination.

For questions or more information, please contact Kevin Place, Associate Producer. Phone: 202.777.3227.