Barrington Stage Company Eleanor Encore

By Mark St. Germain

By: - Sep 29, 2020

Barringtpin Stage presnts an encore streaming of Eleanor, a virtual reading of a new play about Eleanor Roosevelt, by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain (Off-Broadway and BSC’s Freud’s Last Session) and starring Tony Award winner Harriet Harris (BSC’s The Royal Family of Broadway, Sweeney Todd; Broadway’s Thoroughly Modern Millie; Netflix’s “Ratched”). Eleanor is directed by Henry Stram (Broadway’s Titanic, Network). 

Eleanor, which was filmed earlier this month without an audience at BSC’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, will be available to stream on October 3 & 4 at 7:30 pm ET. Tickets ($15) can be ordered from OvationTix and a link will then be sent to the ticket holder within 24 hours of the scheduled performance.

Eleanor brings to life Eleanor Roosevelt, the most influential First Lady the world has ever seen. From her “Ugly Duckling” upbringing to her unorthodox marriage to Franklin, Eleanor puts her controversial life, loves and passions on the stage.

On Monday, October 5 at 4:00 pm ET, Julianne Boyd will moderate a free interactive panel discussion via Zoom, featuring Harris, St. Germain and Stram. The discussion will center on the creation and development of the play, including the last-minute arrangements to film the staged reading in the empty Boyd-Quinson Mainstage when BSC was unable to open its indoor theatre to live audiences. Space is limited. You must register at the following link to reserve your spot: Register for Eleanor Webinar.  


Harriet Harris (Eleanor). BSC: The Royal Family of Broadway, Sweeney Todd. Broadway: It Shoulda Been You, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Cry-Baby, Present Laughter, Old Acquaintance, Thoroughly Modern Millie (2002 Tony and Drama Desk Awards), The Man Who Came to Dinner. Off-Broadway: Me and My Girl (City Center Encores), Judgment Day, The Low Road, The Roads to Home, Little Me (City Center Encores), Standing On Ceremony, Yeast Nation, Jeffrey (Drama Desk nomination), Bella, Belle of Byelorussia (Drama Desk nomination). Film: Baby (upcoming), Phantom Thread, Love is Strange, Memento, Nurse Betty, Addams Family Values. TV: “American Horror Story,” “Hollywood,” “Atlantic Crossing” (upcoming), “Ratched,” Felicia Tillman on “Desperate Housewives,” Bebe Glazer on “Frasier.” Instagram and Twitter: @msharrietharris


Mark St. Germain (Playwright) has written the plays Freud’s Last Session (Off Broadway Alliance Award), Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award), Forgiving Typhoid Mary (Time Magazine’s “Year’s Ten Best”) and Becoming Dr. Ruth. Eighteen of his plays are published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service and Broadway Play Publishing. Mark co-wrote the screenplay for Carroll Ballard’s Warner Brothers film, Duma. He directed and co-produced the documentary, My Dog, An Unconditional Love Story, featuring Richard Gere, Glenn Close and Billy Collins among others. Television credits include “The Cosby Show,” and Dick Wolf’s “Crime and Punishment.” He wrote the award-winning children’s book Three Cups. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild East, and an Associate Artist at Barrington Stage.


Henry Stram (Director) is an actor who has appeared on Broadway in:  Network, Junk, The Elephant Man (and at Theatre Royal Haymarket, London), Inherit the Wind, The Crucible (2002) and Titanic.  Recent Off-Broadway: The Headlands (LCT3); Judgment Day and The Hairy Ape (Park Avenue Armory); A Proust Sonata (Florence Gould Hall), The School for Scandal (Red Bull); Posterity (Atlantic); Fly by Night (Playwrights Horizons); The Cradle Will Rock (Encores Off Center); Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick); Antony and Cleopatra (Public and RSC); and The Illusion (Signature). Film: Ben is Back, Submission, The Greatest Showman, Irrational Man, Cradle Will Rock, The Grey Zone, Illuminata, Angelica. TV: “The Detour,” “White Collar,” “Smash,” “The Americans, “Law & Order.” Henry is the recipient of an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence.  He is a graduate of Juilliard and is thrilled to be working with his classmate and beloved friend Harriet Harris on this project. 

Interview with Mark St. Germain.