Creators of Come From Away
Barrington Stage Company (30 Union St., Pittsfield, MA 01201)
Barrington Stage Company hosts an Evening with the Creators of Come From Away, awardwinning musicians Irene Sankoff and David Hein. They have earned awards and much acclaim for their work worldwide and are now bringing their music to Barrington Stage, sharing new songs, cut songs and untold stories from Come From Away and songs from their favorite composers.
Irene Sankoff and David Hein are a Canadian married writing team. Their first show, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (based on David’s mother’s true story) was the hit of the Toronto Fringe Festival, and then picked up for a commercial run by Mirvish Productions. It has now played and won Best Musical awards in the New York Musical Theatre Festival and across North America, with Sankoff and Hein performing in most productions.
A New York Times Critics’ Pick, Come Away takes tells the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.
Come From Away was developed at the Canadian Music Theatre Project and Goodspeed Musicals’ Festival of New Artists, showcased at the NAMT Festival of New Works and enjoyed a record setting world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse and Seattle Repertory, followed by Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto and the Gander Community Centre Hockey Rink.
Produced by Sue Frost and her partners at Junkyard Dog Productions, Come From Away won three 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards, four Helen Hayes Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards and three Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical. David and Irene were nominated for Tony Awards for Best Book and Score, Grammy Awards for Best Musical Theatre Album, and won the 2017 Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards for Best Book. They are currently writing the screenplay for Come From Away. Irene and David are proud members of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP.
St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center — 36 Linden St., Pittsfield.