Berkshire Theatre Critics Association Announces Berkie Nominations [Berkshire on Stage]
The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association is pleased to announce the nominees for the second annual Berkshire Theatre Awards (known colloquially as The Berkies). The purpose of the BTCA and the Berkshire Theatre Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of theater in the greater Berkshire region. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday, November 6 on the St. Germain Stage in the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield.
This year 80 nominees in 20 categories were culled from the 381 votes of critics who covered productions at theaters in four states – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New York. The BTCA Board worked hard over the past year to pare down the voting categories and structure the voting system to give equal weight to nominees from well known and little known venues.
“Most of our member critics cover shows at the Berkshires’ four major theaters, but fewer of them are able to get to all the shows at other companies,” explained J. Peter Bergman, President of the BTCA board. “We have devised a weighted voting system to level the playing field for all nominees.”