The actor-playwright Hamish Linklater, born in Great Barrington, an upscale rural community of the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts, uses the bucolic area as the setting for The Whirligig, his new play. It’s a region with plenty of past literary associations. Edith Wharton has a crucial scene in Ethan Frome take place in Lenox, where she lived; Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote Tanglewood Tales while dwelling in the same town; and Herman Melville turned out Moby-Dick at his home in Pittsfield, the county seat. Much more recently, Lucy Thurber set her Hilltown Plays in the nearby area.
MCC Theater has announced an all-star lineup of performers for its annual Miscast fund-raiser celebrating its 30th anniversary. The performers for this year’s gala include: Tony winners Annaleigh Ashford, Norbert Leo Butz, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jennifer Holliday and Kelli O’Hara as well as Tony nominees Stephanie J. Block, Brian d’Arcy James and Brandon Victor Dixon. Miscast, which features performers singing numbers they would never have a chance to (often songs written for the opposite sex), will be held Monday, April 3, at the Hammerstein Ballroom (311 West 34th St.). For tickets and further information, visit mcctheater.org/galamiscast.html.