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“Southern Comfort”: A Transformative New Musical at Barrington Stage Company

July 19th, 2013
Scenes from "Southern Comfort" (photos: Matthew Murphy)

Scenes from “Southern Comfort” (photos: Matthew Murphy)

I had the good fortune of interviewing Tony Award-winner William Finn last year as part of a feature about the Berkshires for Passport Magazine. The composer/lyricist is known for his humanely funny and poignant works, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A New Brain, and Falsettos, among others. This fall his latest project, Little Miss Sunshine, will appear Off Broadway at Second Stage Theatre, starring powerhouses Stephanie J. Block and Will Chase. At the moment, Finn is ensconced in Pittsfield, Mass, contributing his creative talents at Barrington Stage Company (BSC) where he oversees the nonprofit theater’s Musical Theatre Lab, but during our conversation all those months ago, there was one show that put a sparkle in his eye — an unconventional musical about transgender friends in rural Georgia. With the collaborative efforts of BSC, Finn has helped shepherd the production of Southern Comfort, which begins performances tonight.

The world premiere production of Southern Comfort features book and lyrics by Dan Collins, music by Julianne Wick Davis, and direction by Thomas Caruso. A musical with a folk/bluegrass score, Southern Comfort is a true story based on Kate Davis’ 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary.

Annette O'Toole as Robert Eads. (Photo: Matt Murphy)

Annette O’Toole as Robert Eads. (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

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.

“From contemporary country to Appalachian bluegrass, the score mines the country’s heart, and unveils, along its way, surprising pathways to a new world,” says Finn. “The remarkable Southern Comfort is about transformation, love, and redefining family.

Southern Comfort
BSC’s St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center
36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA
Tuesday-Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 4pm and 8pm
Sunday at 3pm
Tickets start at $40.

Tickets to performances July 19 & 20 are $15.
Seniors: $32 all matinees.

July 25, 4:00 p.m.
Free Conversations with… Event:
Join Julianne Wick-Davis and Dan Collins, along with members of the Berkshire transgendered community, as they discuss gender identity and social acceptance in today’s world.

BSC’s St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center
36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA
Free, although reservations are highly recommended. All seating is general admission.
Call the Box Office at 413-236-8888.

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