Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

May 9, 2008

Bazaar Productions Produces Berkshire Fringe 2008

Jeffrey Weiss

While many are not yet aware of Berkshire Fringe, this troupe of young actors, crew, and teachers launch their fourth summer season. Featuring groundbreaking original works of theatre, dance and music by emerging artists from across the U.S, the festival takes place at Simon's Rock College, Great Barrington. The action-packed three-week festival also includes :30 Live!, a free pre-show music series featuring performances by sonic innovators; EarlyStages, a showcase of new plays by local young playwrights; Friday Films, a late night series of new films; and many other special events including post-show artist discussions and free community workshops. On any given day from July 16 - August 4, audience members may attend up to three diverse performances in all price ranges from free to low cost.

A perfect example of the sort of entertainment to expect is their first play “Miracle Tomato.” Hundreds of tomatoes fall from the sky. Creator Jessica Cerullo recounts the rich and prolific history of the tomato in this sobering and hysterical comedy that examines cultivation, mass consumption, and the changing dynamics of food and family.