Arts Beat: Play looks at Negro Leagues, museum celebrates historic district

“Just Another Day,” Dan Lauria’s play, has its world premiere at Great Barrington Public Theatre, July 27 to Aug. 13. Lauria co-stars with Jodi Long, and playwright Mark St. Germain directs. In a trenchant reaffirmation of enduring love, vitality, curiosity and affection, Lauria and Long appear as an anonymous couple caught in a limbo of memories. He is rooted in comedy and she’s a poet. They meet daily on a park bench to banter, debate, share quick-witted, mordant humor, mutual love and nostalgia for old movies, and search their memories for how and why they feel eternally connected, at least for that day. For details: www.greatbarringtonpublictheater.org.

“Fences,” August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner, comes to Shakespeare & Company through Aug. 27.Christopher V. Edwards directs. A moving study of emotional depth and the human condition, “Fences” follows the story of Troy Maxson, a working-class Black man struggling to provide for his family. His past includes the low of a prison sentence and the high of a promising career with baseball’s Negro Leagues, but it’s Troy’s unrealized dream to play for Major League Baseball that fills his days with resentment and regret. For details: www.shakespeare.org.

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