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The Theater Barn The Theater Barn is a non-union professional theater in New Lebanon, New York.
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The Town of New Lebanon has lost a true hero. John Trainor was born and raised in town and held many positions in town g...
04/14/2024

The Town of New Lebanon has lost a true hero. John Trainor was born and raised in town and held many positions in town government, the Lebanon Valley Historical Society, and of course The Theater Barn. Here are a few memories of John over the years as he became the 'Barn's leading man in almost every Agatha Christie produced. He was also a director and a versatile actor that performed in comedies and musicals totaling him over 50 roles, more than any other performer in the 'Barn's 38 years. He will be missed by many and leaves a legacy of love for our beautiful valley.

We are sad to tell you that we lost John Trainor last week. John performed in over 50 productions at the 'Barn and was d...
04/14/2024

We are sad to tell you that we lost John Trainor last week. John performed in over 50 productions at the 'Barn and was director for 3 shows. Here are some photos from several productions
John was in over the 33 years he performed in New Lebanon. There will be a memorial for John at the Immaculate Conception Church Hall in New Lebanon on Friday, April 19 at 1pm.

03/06/2024

Just putting this out there to all my FB friends. What feelings reverberate inside your soul with this dictatorially diatribe from a narcissistic old man?
“We are a nation that has lost its confidence, its willpower and its strength. We are a nation that has lost its way. 2024 is our final battle. We will demolish the deep state, we will expel the warmongers from our government – we will drive out the globalists, we will cast out the Marxists, the communists and fascists. We will rout the fake news media, we will drain the swamp. … We will be a liberated country again.”

Did you? Let’s go Nee Town of New Lebanon, NY, do your part!
11/07/2023

Did you? Let’s go Nee Town of New Lebanon, NY, do your part!

12/14/2022

The Theater Barn has reached an end after 38 fantastic years in New Lebanon, NY. After exploring several options to keep the theater open, the decision has been made to close and dash any hope of re-opening in 2023. The unprecedented decline in sales over the last two years during the pandemic, and the increase in costs, makes this decision sadly necessary . Joan and Abe wish to thank all their subscribers and artistic staff over these wonderful 38 years of live Theater. This endeavor was always meant to offer young artists a safe place to grow in their craft and to provide the most professional and affordable theater in the region. Thank you for your support! Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season, and we look forward to seeing you in the audience of our neighboring arts venues! Please continue to support the Theater Arts wherever you can and thank you for your undying support over the years!

08/26/2022

NEW LEBANON, NY—On September 10th, 2022, at The Theater Barn in New Lebanon, New York, HRC Showcase Theatre will present a staged reading of The Springvale Armadillo, a full-length play by Do…

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07/07/2022

Please support new Theater!

To our Dear Audiences, We are still Here! If you have read of the pause The Theater Barn is taking for the rest of its season, I write to let you know that HRC Showcase Theatre is proc…

A nice review online at the Berkshire Eagle for Agatha Christie's FIDDLERS THREE at the 'Barn. Join us to see her last e...
07/01/2022

A nice review online at the Berkshire Eagle for Agatha Christie's FIDDLERS THREE at the 'Barn. Join us to see her last ever written play and also the last production for the 2022 season at the 'Barn. We are closing early due to a decline in audiences and increases in costs. We promise to return in 2023 after restructuring how to produce in these difficult times for all arts organizations.
https://www.berkshireeagle.com/arts_and_culture/arts-theater/fiddlers-three-theater-barn-agatha-christie/article_89142240-f8b4-11ec-b880-435437307238.html
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. — Fast, loud and frenetic are not adjectives you normally think of when dealing with an Agatha Christie play but, then, “Fiddlers Three,” is no ordinary Agatha Christie play. This is unabashed farce that feels perfectly at home with its merry little tongue in cheek The play is wrapping up an unexpectedly truncated season at The Theater Barn in a fast, loud and frenetic production that makes up in energy what it lacks in style and finesse.
First produced in Bristol, England in 1971 under the title “Fiddlers Five,” Christie subsequently revised the script, reduced the number of fiddlers from five to three, and completed the revised version in 1972. “Fiddlers Three'' was produced, unsuccessfully, in August 1972 at a theater in Guildford. The play never did make it to London’s West End. Christie died in 1976 without having written another play.
In a sense, it’s hard to know what to make of “Fiddlers Three” and a byzantine plot that involves a property deal, an inheritance, a wager, the inconvenient death of a tycoon and a need by the principals involved in the land deal to hide the man’s death from the outside world, at least for a week, by constructing an elaborate charade. And, yes, there is even a touch of romance thrown in.
It seems to me that “Fiddlers Three’ may well be the slyest of the plays in Christie's canon. At the age of 81, having penned 66 detective novels, 15 short story collections and more than two dozen plays, the Grand Dame of the whodunit was having more than a bit of fun with a genre she virtually owned.
The style and temperament is classic farce. It turns out Dame Christie had a masterly touch with the form. She also displays a devilish wit; suggesting, with a nudge-nudge-wink-wink, that perhaps the old tycoon’s death, rather than the result of his failing health, could be murder most foul. Not stopping there, Christie has inundated the beachside setting of the second act with a bounty of red herrings.
Director Alexandra Smith has lifted the restraints off her youthful, generally agreeable cast — led by Cara Moretto’s plot-driving executive secretary, Sally Blunt, and Ryan Palmer as her desperate, frantic boss, Sam Fletcher — and let them charge through “Fiddlers Three” at overly high volume, pitch and rush and without, at the same time, binding the connections among the cast members into an ensemble. More figuratively than literally, the sound there is more discordant than harmonious.
Within that context, the finely tuned, highly skilled performances by Stephen Heskett in a variety of roles, most notably the dead tycoon’s attorney, Mr. Truscott, and especially Caroline Fairweather as an airline hostess who may — or may not — be pivotal to the narrative’s development, are welcome relief.
Much to Smith’s credit, her production does move with breathless speed over the course of its two-hours-plus running time. With a play like this, if you're going to err, far better to err on the side of excess. More may be too much but, in the case of this “Fiddlers Three,'' it also is just enough.

Fast, loud and frenetic are not adjectives you normally think of when dealing with an Agatha Christie play but, then, “Fiddlers Three,” is no ordinary Agatha Christie play.

Agatha Christie's FIDDLERS THREE opens its final weekend tonight, Wednesday 6/29 at 7pm with 6 more showings throughout ...
06/29/2022

Agatha Christie's FIDDLERS THREE opens its final weekend tonight, Wednesday 6/29 at 7pm with 6 more showings throughout the weekend. Check out the last play penned by Christie and don't miss this fabulous cast! Get your tickets at tbarn.org

June 23 - July 3The last play written by Agatha Christie. A prank turns ugly when a group of young people attempt to hid...
06/24/2022

June 23 - July 3
The last play written by Agatha Christie. A prank turns
ugly when a group of young people attempt to hide a
co**se. The play has deserted the familiar path of the
whodunnit type thriller into the realms of black comedy.
The action is played for laughs rather than chills, but
once the story line has been established, there is plenty of
humor and to carry it along to the usual surprise climax.

4 more performances to check out this unique Mamet and celebrate 🏳️‍🌈    https://berkshirebrightfocus.com/boston-marriag...
06/10/2022

4 more performances to check out this unique Mamet and celebrate 🏳️‍🌈
https://berkshirebrightfocus.com/boston-marriage/

In Boston, in the 1890s, in a drawing room in a house owned by a female patrician, a woman waits for the love of her life to visit her. She hasn’t long to wait. for she arrives, begins a familiar scene, a fictitious counterpoint to a romantic discussion of love, their loves, their lover...

Amazing cast. Amazing Costumes and sets! Celebrate the LGBTQ+ at The Theater Barn for the final weekend of this unique M...
06/09/2022

Amazing cast. Amazing Costumes and sets! Celebrate the LGBTQ+ at The Theater Barn for the final weekend of this unique Mamet comedy!

“Boston Marriage” — at The Theater Barn through June 12 — is far removed in time and setting from the gritty environment of Mamet’s other plays.

Boston Marriage is having them laughing out loud. Check out this unique Mamet and celebrate the LGBTQ+ from by-gone days...
06/09/2022

Boston Marriage is having them laughing out loud. Check out this unique Mamet and celebrate the LGBTQ+ from by-gone days! Get tickets now at https://www.thetheaterbarn.org/

Nice day for a matinee. 2pm today for a laugh out line time! tbarn.org to buy tickets now.
06/05/2022

Nice day for a matinee. 2pm today for a laugh out line time! tbarn.org to buy tickets now.

“Boston Marriage” — at The Theater Barn through June 12 — is far removed in time and setting from the gritty environment of Mamet’s other plays.

Check out this wonderful review to open our 38th Summer Season.https://www.berkshirebrightfocus.com/boston-marriage/
06/04/2022

Check out this wonderful review to open our 38th Summer Season.
https://www.berkshirebrightfocus.com/boston-marriage/

       In Boston, in the 1890s, in a drawing room in a house owned by a female patrician, a woman waits for the love of her life to visit her. She hasn’t long to wait. for she arrives, begins a familiar scene, a fictitious counterpoint to a romantic discussion of love, their loves, their lover...

Meet the fabulous ladies from the gilded age of David Mamet's BOSTON MARRIAGE opening the 'Barn's 38th Season in New Leb...
06/02/2022

Meet the fabulous ladies from the gilded age of David Mamet's BOSTON MARRIAGE opening the 'Barn's 38th Season in New Lebanon, NY. Season opens Friday June 3rd. Get your seats at tbarn.org

We are very excited to start our 38th Summer Season on Friday June 3rd. Season tickets are only $175 for six shows. Visi...
05/29/2022

We are very excited to start our 38th Summer Season on Friday June 3rd. Season tickets are only $175 for six shows. Visit tbarn.org to purchase individual show tickets or season ticket packages.

We are looking forward to another great season at the Theater Barn.
05/18/2022

We are looking forward to another great season at the Theater Barn.

05/14/2022

SEEKING MUSICAL DIRECTOR: The Theater Barn, a historic non-equity theater located in the Berkshires just over 2 hours from Boston and NYC, is celebrating its 38th Anniversary Season. Seeking an experienced individual with good ability to collaborate with directors and actors as well as schedule accordingly to teach all music in 10 full days of rehearsal. The first musical is MURDER BALLAD with music and lyrics by Juliana Nash, and book and lyrics by Julia Jordan. The second musical is FOREVER PLAID and is full of classic 50’s barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS closes out the summer with a classic musical by Ashman and Menkin. The shows run consecutively with 10 days of rehearsal and then 2 weekends of performances. Musical Director must have diverse experience and ability to teach all music to professional singers, conduct performances with a 3 to 4 piece band. Salary is $2000 per production. Must be available for a 9-week contract from July 4, 2022, through September 4, 2022. Please email resume and references to [email protected]

Thanks for posting our season press release.
05/11/2022

Thanks for posting our season press release.

New Lebanon, NY (MAY 10, 2022) — The Theater Barn is pleased to announce that their 38th season will open with the great American playwright and author, David Mamet. Boston Marriage is not a usual …

We are happy to welcome HRC Showcase Theatre to the 2022 season at the 'Barn. Join us this Saturday for their first read...
05/06/2022

We are happy to welcome HRC Showcase Theatre to the 2022 season at the 'Barn. Join us this Saturday for their first reading. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door with only a kind donation as the cost. Suggested donation is $20 for this event.

We are happy to include HRC Showcase Theatre in our 2022 season. The long-standing aim of HRC is to foster excellence in...
04/14/2022

We are happy to include HRC Showcase Theatre in our 2022 season. The long-standing aim of HRC is to foster excellence in playwriting. This mission is fulfilled by the selection of full-length, original American plays in a rigorous, national competition. The chosen plays receive dynamic script-in-hand presentations with professional actors staged by a professional director after extensive dramaturgical analysis and revelatory rehearsals. Each play is elevated by the interaction of audience, playwright, actors, and director in post-play discussions. This process aids the further development of the artistic work and serves as an important step toward future productions of these plays. Their first production will be presented on May 7th. All seating for the readings will be General Admission and are available for a suggested donation of $20 a ticket. Tickets will be made available for purchase on Monday 4/18 by visiting thetheaterbarn.org.

03/11/2022

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER: The Theater Barn, a historic non-equity theater is celebrating its 38th Anniversary Season. The 2022 season consists of 3 plays and 3 musicals. Seeking reliable, take charge, self-motivated, and experienced PSM. Must be responsible, have great organizational and managerial skills, and be able to meet deadlines. Housing is provided, (private room) and the salary is $500 per week; must be available from May 23 through September 25. Please email resume with references to [email protected] to schedule interviews.

Hey all you NYC actors and The Theater Barn alumni! Check out our our Auditions page on our website and hope to see a lo...
02/25/2022

Hey all you NYC actors and The Theater Barn alumni! Check out our our Auditions page on our website and hope to see a lot of great talent Monday 2/28 and Tuesday 3/1.
www.thetheaterbarn.org/auditions

**Call Backs for Plays will be offered on the spot and take place the same day (2/28) from 2pm to 4pm.

Monday 1/31 is the last day to get a season ticket for only $150 for 6 professional productions. Buy early to save and m...
01/29/2022

Monday 1/31 is the last day to get a season ticket for only $150 for 6 professional productions. Buy early to save and make some summer fun! Season Tickets for the 2022 season are $150 each before February 1, 2022; $160 each from February 1 - May 1; $175 each after May 1, 2022.

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The Theater Barn Announces 37th Summer and Fall Seasons | Featuring Five Shows New to the ‘Barn’s Stage

New Lebanon, NY (January 18, 2020) — The Theater Barn is pleased to announce that their 37th Anniversary Season will open on Friday, June 26, 2020 at 8pm with playwright and comedic genius Alan Aychbourn’s Tony Award® winning comedy Living Together. This hysterical show is the first part of his trilogy called The Norman Conquests, which earned him best revival of a play in 2009. The audience is invited to join the cast and crew for wine and hors d’oeuvres after the show opening night.

The annual tradition continues at the ‘Barn with a Berkshire premier by Dame Agatha Christie. Based on her short story, Philomel Cottage, The Stranger is a haunting psychological affair and offers an early look at Christie as a young and vibrant writer of murder and mayhem. The first of three musicals Night and Day: Love Lost and Found Through the Eyes of Cole Porter is an originally conceived romantic comedy featuring the music and lyrics of Cole Porter, and spins a romantic story of a love affair gone awry that is just ‘Too Darn Hot’ to miss! Composers and lyricists Pasek & Paul (Dear Evan Hanson, A Christmas Story)bring their first big success in the award winning Off-Broadway musical, Dogfight, telling a poignant story in a life changing evening between two friends. An audience favorite, Urinetown, returns to the New Lebanon stage to complete their summer season. Last produced at the ‘Barn in 2006 to sold out audiences, this hilarious musical satire has hauntingly familiar themes decades later.

The fall season encore at the ‘Barn is David Lyndsay-Abaire’s 2016 Tony Award® winning comedic play, Good People, straight out of Boston’s infamous ‘Irish Southie’ neighborhood. Poignant and brave, the humor abounds in Abaire’s focus on what it means to be down on your luck in our world today.

Since 1984, The Theater Barn has a tradition of producing high quality, family friendly plays, comedies, mysteries and musicals from Broadway and beyond at an affordable price. Located just 20 minutes from Pittsfield, it is an easy drive from the Berkshires, Capital District and Springfield areas. New this year are 2pm Thursday matinees on select summer dates and Saturday 4pm matinees continue throughout the fall. Tickets are $30 – $33 with a 6-show discounted season ticket for $165. The theater is air-conditioned with accessible seating. For a complete list of performance times and to order tickets, visit www.thetheaterbarn.org or call the box office at (518) 794-8989. MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover accepted.


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