Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Thoreau at Berkshire Theatre Group - Stockbridge, Massachusetts


Thoreau or, Return to Walden

ThoreauWORLD PREMIERE
written by David Adkins
directed by Eric Hill
featuring David Adkins
at The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge
The Larry Vaber Stage
Previews: Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19
Press Opening/Opening Night: Saturday, June 20 at 8pm
Talkback: Monday, June 22 after 7pm performance
Closing: Saturday, July 11at 8pm
Tickets: Preview: $42
Tickets: A: $50
Sponsored by: Bobbie Hallig and Leah and Benjamin Barber
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Performance Dates
Thursday, June 18 at 7pm (Preview)
Friday, June 19 at 8pm (Preview)
Saturday, June 20 at 8pm (Opening)
Monday, June 22 at 7pm (Talkback)
Tuesday, June 23 at 7pm
Wednesday, June 24 at 7pm
Thursday, June 25 at 7pm
Friday, June 26 at 8pm
Saturday, June 27 at 2pm and 8pm
Monday, June 29 at 7pm
Tuesday, June 30 at 7pm
Wednesday, July 1 at 7pm
Thursday, July 2 at 2pm and 7pm
Friday, July 3 at 8pm
Saturday, July 4 at 2pm
Monday, July 6 at 7pm
Tuesday, July 7 at 7pm
Wednesday, July 8 at 7pm
Thursday, July 9 at 2pm and 7pm
Friday, July 10 at 8pm
Saturday, July 11 at 2pm and 8pm (Closing)
In this world premiere, longtime BTG Alum, David Adkins takes the stage as New England Transcendentalist, poet, and philosopher, Henry David Thoreau. BTG Artist, Eric Hill, who most recently wrote and directed Adkins in the wildly well-received Poe, will direct this production.

The writing of Henry David Thoreau comes to life in this dramatic and uplifting tale as he battles with himself, with his own thirst for blood and for the soul of our American conscience. It's 1859. The Union is on the verge of civil war over the issue of slavery. Passion, politics and prose collide on the shores of Walden Pond when beloved American naturalist and prophet of peaceful resistance learns that freedom fighter and abolitionist John Brown has been sentenced to hang. How did the beloved poet and naturalist, hero of children's books, inspirer of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., and writer of Walden and Civil Disobedience come to write, “I do not wish to kill nor to be killed, but I can foresee circumstances in which both these things would be by me unavoidable (A Plea for Captain John Brown).” When you come to your final moment, will you know that you have truly lived?

Includes brief nudity.

In partnership with The Bookstore in Lenox, MA, David Adkins will read excerpts from Thoreau or, Return to Walden on June 23 at 1pm in the store located at 11 Housatonic Street in Lenox. This event is free to attend and is open to the public.

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