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Summer Theatre Experience in the Berkshires

Program Number: 1565RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/13/2014 - 7/18/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: North Adams, Massachusetts
Price starting at: $1,299.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Theater; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Come discover theater at its best in the Berkshires and Vermont. Attend four plays selected from among the following venues: Williamstown Theater Festival, Shakespeare & Company, Oldcastle Theater Company, Barrington Stage Co., Weston Playhouse, Berkshire Theater Festival and the Colonial Theater.




Highlights

• An award-winning actress, director and professor of theater arts leads you through exploration of the play's characters, themes and production.
• Enjoy one or more of the following: backstage investigations of a theater, pre- or post-production talks, and special guest speakers or artists.
• Excursions to two museums enhance the cultural experience.



Activity Particulars

Walking less than one mile, some uneven, unpaved.




Date Specific Information

7-13-2014

Berkshire Theatre Festival: BENEFACTORS Williamstown Theatre Festival: A GREAT WILDERNESS Shakespeare & Co: JULIUS CEASAR Barrington Stage Co: BREAKING THE CODE
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.




North Adams

As the second-largest community in the Berkshire Hills, North Adams was a regional industrial leader in the 19th century. Today, “the town of steeples and peaks” is home to one of America's largest contemporary art museums, MASS MoCA.



Accommodations
Modern New England Inn; elevator equipped, handicapped accessible; indoor pool and hot tub.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Berkshires
  North Adams, MA 5 nights
 Holiday Inn Berkshires
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This conveniently located, newly rennovated downtown hotel has a small town feel and offers comfort, convenience and access to some of the most popular and beautiful Berkshire sites.
  Contact info: 40 Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247 USA
phone: 413-663-6500 xor800HOLIDAY
web: www.holidayinnberkshires
  Room amenities: Relax in one of 86 beautifully appointed guestrooms, complete with all the essential amenities. Handicapped accessible, room service, telephones w/ free local calls, hairdryers, iron & board, coffee machine, TV,
  Facility amenities: Fitness center with lap pool, hot tub and sauna.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $120 plus tax (2012 rate) Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $120 plus tax (2012 rate) Based upon availability. Please call the Inn directly at 800-HOLIDAY or 413-663-6500 ask for Linette Searcy. Based upon availability
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Please check in with your on site coordinator in the lobby after you have checked into your room beginning at 3:00pm You will be staying at Holiday Inn Berkshires that night.
  End of Program:
This program concludes with a boxed lunch to go @ 11:30 am. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Berkshires the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Please note, that while parking is free at the hotel, it is asked that you use spaces away from the main entrance if you are not planning to use your car for the week. Valet service is available.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  North Adams, MA
  Nearest city or town:  Williamstown, MA, Pittsfield, MA
  Nearest highway: Rt 2, Rt 8
  Nearest airport:  Albany, New York
  From End of Program
  Location: North Adams, MA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

N Adams/Pittsfield

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
American Cab
phone: 413-663-3000

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $45 w/ credit card only
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

21 miles

   

From the Amtrak station 1 Columbus Ave Pittsfeld, MA 800-872-7245

 

N Adams/Albany, NY

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Bonanza Bus (Peter Pan)
phone: 800-343-9999
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2 hrs 45 minutes with stops 

 

Distance:

 

40 mi

   

Drop off is at the Wiliams Inn in Williamstown MA, take cab from Williamstown

 

N Adams/Albany, NY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
American Cab
phone: 413-663-3000
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $105 cash ($110 credit card) up to two people
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1hr. 15 min 

 

Distance:

 

40 mi

   

Gratuity not included in price.

 

Albany, NY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Norm's Limousine
phone: 800-486-4946
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$120 per two people includes gratuity
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr 15 min 

   

Approx $120 PER CAR, up to two people, gratuity included. Additional fee for third person

 

N Adams/Albany, NY

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
phone: 802-579-9387
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hr. 15. min 

 

Distance:

 

40 mi

   

Transportation will pick up at the Albany International Airport between 1-3pm on the arrival day and drop off at Albany International Airport at 12:00 on departure day. Please be sure to make your airline plans accordingly. Please call 802-579-9387 if you wish to make use of this service.

 
Driving Directions
  From Albany, NY 1.5 hrs Take Rt 787 North to Troy, NY and exit at Hoosick Street/Rt 7. Follow Rt 7 North approx 6 miles to a traffic light at the junction with Rt 278. Take a right at the light on to Rt 278 and follow a short distance to where it ends at Rt 2. Take a left on to Rt 2 East and follow it over the mountain to Williamstown, MA. At the rotary, continue on Rt 2 East towards North Adams. As you approach the downtown area, bear right on to an off ramp marked "exit for downtown business district". At the bottom of the ramp you'll see the Hotel across the street. Go through one set of lights and take a right at the next set onto American Legion Drive. Hotel is on your right.
  From Boston 3 hrs Follow Rt 2 West through Greenfield and over the Mohawk trail into North Adams (approx 130 mi). When you come to the first full set of lights (Dunkin' Donuts) take a left on to Eagle Street. At the junction of Main Street, take a right on to Main Street. Get into the left lane and at the first light, take a left on to American Legion Drive. The Hotel is on your right. -or- Take Rt 2 West, to Massachusetts Turnpike West. Follow to Exit 2 (Lee/Lenox). Follow Rt 20 West to Rt 7 North to Pittsfield. Follow Rt 7 North to the juncton with Rt 9 and take a right on to Rt 9 East and follow to the junction with Rt 8. Take a left on to Rt 8 North and follow through Cheshire, Adams and into North Adams. In the downtown area of North Adams, take a right at the light on to Main Street. You'll see the hotel on your right. Take the next right on to American Legion Drive. The hotel is on your right.
  From Connecticut 2 hrs Take Rt 91 North to Massachusetts Turnpike West to Exit 2 (Lee/Lenox). Follow Rt 20 West to Rt 7 North to Pittsfield. Follow Rt 7 North to the juncton with Rt 9 and take a right on to Rt 9 East and follow to the junction with Rt 8. Take a left on to Rt 8 North and follow through Cheshire, Adams and into North Adams. In the downtown area of North Adams, take a right at the light on to Main Street. You'll see the hotel on your right. Take the next right on to American Legion Drive. The hotel is on your right. -or- Take Rt 91 North to Greenfield Ma. Take Rt 2 West over the Mohawk Trail into North Adams. When you come to the first full set of lights (Dunkin' Donuts) take a left on to Eagle Street. At the junction of Main Street, take a right on to Main Street. Get into the left lane and at the first light, take a left on to American Legion Drive. The Hotel is on your right.
  From New Jersey 4.5 hrs Take I-287 N toward I-78/Netcong/Morristown. Keep left to take I-287 N toward I-78 W/Easton Pa/Morristown (Crossing into New York). Merge onto I-87 N/New York State Thruway N via the exit on the left toward RT-17 N/Albany. Keep right to take I-87 N/New York State Thruway N toward Harriman (Portions toll). Take EXIT 21A toward I-90 E/Mass Tpke/Boston. Merge onto New York State Thruway E (Portions toll). Take the RT-22 exit, EXIT B3, toward Austerlitz/New Lebanon. Turn left onto RT-22. Taken right onto US-20/Columbia Pike/RT-22.Jimmy D's Pizza Royale & Restaurant is on the corner. Turn slight left onto RT-22.RT-22 is 0.4 miles past West St Turn sharp right onto RT-43 (Crossing into Massachusetts Turn left onto Cold Spring Rd/US-7.Continue on Rt 7 North until you come to Williamstown. At the rotary follow Rt 2 East to North Adams. As you approach the downtown area, bear right on to an off ramp marked "exit for downtown business district". At the bottom of the ramp you'll see the Hotel across the street. Go through one set of lights and take a right at the next set onto American Legion Drive. Hotel is on your right.
  New York City 3.5 hrs Take the George Washington Bridge to Henry Hudson Parkway North (1st exit) to Sawmill River Parkway North to Taconic State Parkway North towards Albany. Take the last exit before the toll, a right onto Rt 295 East (Chatham & E Chatham) and continue until the junction of Rt 22. Turn left onto Rt 22 North and proceed until you come to the junction of Rt 43 (at traffic light). Turn right on Rt 43 East and proceed until you come to the junction of Rt 7 (blinking light). Turn left and continue on Rt 7 North until you come to Williamstown. At the rotary follow Rt 2 East to North Adams. As you approach the downtown area, bear right on to an off ramp marked "exit for downtown business district". At the bottom of the ramp you'll see the Hotel across the street. Go through one set of lights and take a right at the next set onto American Legion Drive. Hotel is on your right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Afternoon Arrival/Orientation
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Arrive To: CHECK IN:Please arrive at the Hotel to register between 3:00 and 4:30pm. Check in at the front desk and then register with Road Scholar staff in the Main lobby. You will then have until 5:00pm to settle into your room.
 Dinner: All dinners will be served at the hotel. Please remember that all dinners are buffet style or plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: After dinner we will have our Orientaion. This will provide you with information about the inn, program itinerary, instructors, venues and on site staff. We will discuss how with 65 non-profit cultural institutions including Berskhire Theatre Festival, MASS MoCA, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Francine & Sterling Clarke Art Institute and Shakespeare & Company, the Berkshires have earned the privilege of calling themselves America's Premiere Cultural Resort. We will ask participants introduce themselves to the group. This is also a good opportunity to ask questions. Following orientation, we will have our first program which will be an introduction to the area and to the theatre companies we will visit throughout the week.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Berkshires
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: MassMoCA/Berkshire Theatre Festival
(Monday, July 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Inn.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.
 Lunch: Lunch is at the hotel. Please remember that lunches are plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: This afternoon's lecture at the Inn is given by Rosalind Cramer, who is your main speaker for the entire week. Roz is Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts at Daemen College, Buffalo, NY where she served for thirty-six years. She was co-founder of the award winning Theatre of Youth Company and its artistic director for thirteen years. Roz has performed in theatres throughout western New York, including MusicalFare where she appeared as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, for which she received an Arties Award. Roz has conducted workshops in schools and other venues and has written plays that have been produced at Alleyway, Toy Co, and MusicalFare theatres. She has directed and acted in over 250 productions. Presently, Roz and her husband Stan, reside in Williamstown, MA and Sarasota, FL. She has performed with the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Asolo Theatre Festival. Currently she is an instructor for Road Scholar in both Williamstown and Sarasota and teaches theatre at the Longboat Key Educational Center. Roz is in the WNY Walk of Fame and has received an Arties Lifetime Achievement Award. She will speak with you about the play you are seeing tonight. Activity Counts: Expert-led lectures 1
 Dinner: All dinners will be served at the hotel. Please remember that all dinners are buffet style or plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Travel to Stockbridge to see a performance of BENEFACTORS at Berkshire Theatre Festival. Benefactors by Michael Frayn directed by Eric Hill at The Unicorn Theatre The acrimonious give and take of life sets up the premise for Michael Frayn’s (Noises Off and Copenhagen) Tony Award-nominated Benefactors. In 1960s London, visionary architect David, played by long time BTG alum David Adkins, struggles to follow his dream of transforming the slums at Basuto Road into affordable mass-housing projects as his firm pressures him to design McMansion-style apartments instead. He and his wife, Jane, played by Adkins’ real-life partner Corinna May, are also trying to salvage the troubled marriage of their neighbors played by real-life married couple, Colin (Walton Wilson) a former journalist and Shelia (Barbara Sims), a hopeless romantic and retired nurse. Skillfully examining the fragility of human relationships, Benefactors sketches an intricate portrait of 1960s idealism and the toll political and psychological sacrifice has on hope, friendship, and love. Benefactors is directed by long-time BTG director, writer and actor, Eric Hill who recently directed the annual classic, A Christmas Carol and performed as Ebenezer Scrooge. He has directed many productions at BTG including: Oklahoma!, The Who’s Tommy, and A Chorus Line. Adkins and May were featured in BTG’S 2013 Same Time, Next Year. Wilson performed in Eugene O’Neil’s Anna Christie which was also performed in 2013 and Barbara Sims is co-curator of the annual Made in the Berkshire Festival. Founded in 1928, Berkshire Theatre Festival is one of the oldest professional regional theatres in the United States and the longest-running cultural organization in the Berkshires. The mission of BTF's second stage, the intimate Unicorn Theatre (99 seats), is to provide a home for emerging artists and new theatrical ideas.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Berkshires
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cark Art Institute/Williamstown Theatre Festival
(Tuesday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: This morning we travel to the Clark Art Institute, the Berkshire's premier museum. In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Roz lectures on the play you'll see tonight.
 Dinner: Dinner is served at the Hotel. Please remember that all dinners are either buffet or plated, sit-down meals and to arrive at the time indicated on your itinerary.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Travel to Wiliamstown Theatre Festival for The East Coast premiere of "A GREAT WILDERNESS" by Samuel D. Hunter After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points the way. With profound humanity and subtlety, Obie Award-winning playwright Hunter navigates complex moral terrain, exploring the shifting motives and inconstant strength of our personal convictions.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Berkshires
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Shakespeare & Co
(Wednesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the Hotel restaurant.
 Morning: FREE MORNING
 Lunch: Lunch is served at the hotel
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Enjoy further lectures with Roz Cramer.
 Dinner: Tonight's dinner will be served at the hotel.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE:Travel by coach to Shakespeare & Co to see a performance of JULIUS CAESAR in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE directed by TINA PACKER featuring JASON ASPREY, NIGEL GORE, and ERIC TUCKER The riveting and bloody story of Julius Caesar heats up the Bernstein stage in this pared down ‘bare Bard’ production, in which 7 actors play all the roles. This psychological drama follows the conspiracy against and assassination of the Roman Dictator by his closest friends and peers and the brutal aftermath of his murder. Shakespeare & Company aspires to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance, and harmony; a company that performs as the Elizabethans did — in love with poetry, physical prowess, and the mysteries of the universe. With a core of over 150 artists, the company performs Shakespeare, generating opportunities for collaboration between actors, directors, and designers of all races, nationalities, and backgrounds. Shakespeare & Company provides original, in-depth, classical training and performance methods. The company also develops and produces new plays of social and political significance. Every effort will be made to also include a pre or post show talk or a meet and greet actors, interns or backstage staff.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Berkshires
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Barrington Stage Company
(Thursday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at the Hotel restaurant. Please allow enough time to get to the morning activity promptly.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Roz will discuss with us the play we'll see this afternoon.
 Lunch: Lunch is served at the hotel.
 Afternoon: PRESENTATION: Enjoy further lectures with Roz Cramer.
 Dinner: Dinner is served at a nearby restaurant or en-route to the evening venue.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE:Barrington Stage Company. BREAKING THE CODE By Hugh Whitemore Starring Mark H. Dold Directed by Joe Calarco The life story of famed mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who solved the German Enigma code during World War II, not knowing he'd fight a much harder personal battle on the homefront.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Berkshires
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final Lecture/Final lunch/ program closes
(Friday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Final lecture and wrap up of the program is followed by time to pack and prepare for lunch.
 Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch for travel. Check out at 11:00.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  North Adams, MA Berkshire Visitors Bureau
Berkshire Visitors Bureau 3 Hoosac St, Adams, MA 01220 (800) 237-5747 For additional information, visit www.berkshires.org
  Discover New England
An excellent source of information about New England For additional information, visit www.discovernewengland.org/
  Massachusetts Office of travel & Tourism
Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism 10 Park Plaza Suite 450 Boston Ma 02116 (617- 973-8500 (800) 227-MASS For additional information, visit www.massvacation.com/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Disappearing into North Adams


Author: Joe Manning


Description: Through the lively, heartwarming, and often funny interviews with residents, old and young, the nostalgic archival photographs, the author's insightful essays and poetry, and his own impressionistic snapshots, the sad but ultimately uplifting story of the rebirth of North Adams comes to life. But this book is also about the author's spiritual journey in this haunting and strangely beautiful city. Since visiting North Adams for the first time in 1996, Joe Manning has found a renewed sense of purpose in his middle years and a second career as an important writer, photographer, and community activist. "God has blessed me," he says, "with the people of this city; people who possess a disarming spirit of trust, graciousness, decency, and optimism." Like the author, readers of this marvelous new book will find themselves Disappearing Into North Adams.



Inside the Berkshires


Author: David McLaughlin


Description: Inside the Berkshires is a result of three years of research and travel begining in 2005. During this period David visited the area dozens of times for extended periods. He can capture the essences of a place by establishing warm connections with the long-time residents of a region and drawing out their personal histories and esoteric knowledge of the area. He has also contributed many of the photographs in the book.





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