Bridge Street Theatre gets five Berkie nominations
Raymond Pignone reports in Columbia-Greene Media that Catskill's Bridge Street Theatre has received five nominations from the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association for the 6th Berkshire Theatre Awards. Nominees in 21 categories were announced by the Association on October 21. The Berkies, as they are known, recognize plays and musicals that open in the greater Berkshire region each year. The 2021-22 season included 131 productions at more than three dozen venues. Bridge Street Theatre’s co-founder John Sowle was nominated for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play or Musical for “Shelley’s Shadow” and for Outstanding Direction of a Play for “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” Tara Franklin was nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in “Clarkston.” “Long Days Journey into Night” was nominated for Outstanding Production of a Play and “Shelley’s Shadow” picked up a nomination for the Sally and Robert Sugarman Award for World Premiere of a New Play. The nominations are voted on by the critics that cover theatrical productions in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and New York. In addition to the awards for individual and ensemble achievement, the Association Board annually presents the Larry Murray Award for Community Engagement. “The Berkies are purposely held in the fall when everyone is a little more relaxed,” Association Board President J. Peter Bergman said. “The awards ceremony gives artists and critics a chance to network in a festive environment.” The winners will be announced at a ceremony November 14 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.