MCLA Theatre Main Stage

Urinetown: The Musical

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Book & Lyrics by Greg Kotis

Music & Lyrics by Mark Hollmann

Directed by Laura Standley

URINETOWN was produced on Broadway in September, 2001 by the Araca Group and Dodger Theatricals in association with TheatreDreams Inc., and Lauren Mitchel.

April 21 - 30

Venable Theatre, MCLA Campus


April 21 - 8pm
April 22 - 8pm
April 28 - 8pm
April 29 - 8pm
April 30 - 2pm

In a dystopian city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent corporation that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! 

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the "comedic romp" into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter. URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL is a side splitting sendup of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold.

URINETOWN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 

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Monday Nights

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March - May

Greylock Works

Free live music at 7pm

Greylock Works is located at 508 State Road, North Adams


March 27 - DJ Sophistipop + DJ Black Angus

April 3 - Jenny Herzog Trio

April 10 - Adequate Phil + Boss Crowley

April 17 - Sandy Bailey

April 24 - Benny Kohn

May 1 - Trevor Wheelock

May 8 - Adequate Phil + Headless Relatives


The Celestials

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June 8 - 9 at MASS MoCA

The Celestials, a new play by Peter Glazer, is set in North Adams in the 1870s, when 75 young Chinese men and boys were brought from San Francisco to break a strike in a local shoe factory. Adapted from Williamstown author Karen Shepard’s meticulously researched 2013 novel, the play explores how the lives of residents and immigrants alike were affected by the experience. Calvin T. Sampson’s shoe factory, once located across the street from MASS MoCA, and the beauty of the surrounding Berkshires provide the setting for this unusual love story, both historical saga and social commentary. This reading is brought to you in collaboration with MASS MoCA and MCLA Arts & Culture. 

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Grace Kelly Concert

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June 15, 7:00pm in Venable Theatre

“…broad tone and tenacious flow on the alto saxophone, clearly in possession of virtuoso talents... impressive singing voice, flitting among a range of styles” – NY Times

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— at herman melville's Arrowhead

July 13 - 16

ReWritten, created by Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie, is an immersive performance that explores the intimate relationship between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Through dance, live music, projection, art installations, and text, ReWritten moves in and around the grounds of Arrowhead and reimagines an intergenerational queer love story that has shaped American literature. Our third year in residence at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, this year’s production will prove to be (yet again) different from previous iterations, by weaving in the stories of some of the women central in the lives of Melville and Hawthorne.

Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201

Thursday, July 13 - Sunday, July 16, 7:30pm

$15 for BCHS members, $20 for non-members; children 12 and under free, $30 ReWritten ticket and tour of Arrowhead combo. Use your EBT card and get 50% off.

Tickets will be available soon via Arrowhead!

— at the adams theatre

July 28 - 29

The Adams Theater is proud to present the first full-length version of ReWritten, a new dance theatre work produced by MCLA Arts & Culture that explores the literary and personal relationship between Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville.

After an initial year of development and exploration, the first public performance was realized in 2022 as an immersive experience at Arrowhead, the home in Pittsfield where Melville wrote Moby-Dick, and where Hawthorne was a regular guest.

The Adams Theater is excited to present ReWritten in its full-length, site-specific version for two evenings in July 2023. 

Written and Performed by Matthew Cumbie and Tom Truss
Directed by Rudy Ramirez
Projection Design by Roma Flowers 
Set and Lighting Design by Jeremy Winchester

Get tickets at the Adams Theatre HERE!