KAUFMAN’S BARBER SHOP
World Premiere / Limited Run!
442 North Street, Pittsfield
August 14 – September 1
By Robert Sugarman / Directed by Regge Life
Featuring: Jonathan Epstein, Malcolm Ingram and Robert Lohbauer
Ticket sales at the door for Kaufman’s Barber Shop will be cash & check only.
Shave and a haircut? Shakespeare & Company comes to Pittsfield for a unique environmental theatrical experience with its production of Kaufman’s Barbershop, which will be performed in the Upstreet Barbers. In 1925, America was booming. In upstate New York, the children of Jewish immigrants had moved out of Yiddish speaking neighborhoods into America’s mainstream. In Kaufman’s barber shop, a group of successful businessmen and professionals meet regularly to have their hair cut and to socialize away from a society that accepts them only marginally. Three high spirited men, who had early on been tempted to go into vaudeville, find themselves enmeshed in the lives of an immigrant Irish manicurist and an African American shoeshine boy with literary aspirations. This engrossing play, featuring the cast of Heroes among others, is about survival in a complex world.
“Kaufman’s Barbershop has been one of my favorite projects to work on with Bob,” says Simotes. “We’ve had various incarnations and readings of the play over the past few years as it’s been developed and I am so happy it will finally be produced in our coming season. Not only is Bob a talented playwright, but his insights into the world of the play have been an education for us all. We are so happy to have him, the wonderful Regge Life and a team of terrific actors on board to bring this final version of the play to fruition. What a treat it is to have our friends and owners of Upstreet Barbers, Shawn and Mike to host this world premier production, which I guarantee will be a unique and moving experience.”
Performances: August 14 – September 1 at Upstreet Barbers, 442 North Street, Pittsfield. Audiences are encouraged to visit Mission Tapas next door to Upstreet Barbers for intermission fare! Press Opening is August 14 at 8:00pm. Directions visit: shakespeare.org or call (413) 637-3353.
Kaufman’s Barbershop will be performed at Upstreet Barbers, 442 North Street, Pittsfield.