John Hadden’s Solo Performance “Travels with a Masked Man” Comes to BTG on Father’s Day


Pittsfield, MABerkshire Theatre Group welcomes Travels with a Masked Man by John Hadden, as part of the On The Stage Series. Just in time for Father’s Day, Travels with a Masked Man is set for Sunday, June 18 at 2pm at The Colonial Theatre.

Travels with a Masked Man, by John Hadden, is a play about deception, “the game” (espionage) and filial love. It is a fifty-minute, two-character, solo performance based on John Hadden’s book, Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me.

Haunted by unanswered questions about his childhood overseas, a man confronts his father, an ex-CIA chief who ruminates darkly on the American Empire, the human animal, and himself. Alternately horrifying, hilarious, and poignant, their verbal contest covers Cold War material from Vietnam to the Middle East and the Bomb, from abstract art to James Bond films––but the real conversation, the subtext, is about what they mean to each other.


John Hadden

John Hadden has worked as a theater-maker in the Berkshires and abroad for 40 years. He was a founding member and Associate Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Co, in Lenox, MA; Artistic Director of the Hubbard Hall Theater Company in Cambridge, NY; Associate Artist with We Players in San Francisco; and Artistic Director/Co-Founder of Counterpoint Theater in Boston, MA. His own plays—Stray Dogs, Hard Rain, King Fool, Women at War, and his one-acts—have won awards and have been seen at Ensemble Studio Theater, PS 122, LaMama ETC, Firehouse 13, Providence, Northampton Center for the Arts, Hubbard Hall, We Players, The Theater Project, Brunswick, ME, and Mixed Company.

The On The Stage Series gives audiences the opportunity to see their favorite performers, up close and personal, with artists and audience together on the historic Colonial stage.

Tickets to Travels with a Masked Man are $20. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets can also be bought online at The Ticket Office is openMondaySaturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

Travels with a Masked Man
by John Hadden
at The Colonial Theatre
Sunday, June 18 at 2pm
Tickets: $20

About Berkshire Theatre Group

The Colonial Theatre, founded in 1903, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, founded in 1928, are two of the oldest cultural organizations in the Berkshires. In 2010, under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, the two organizations merged to form Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG). Berkshire Theatre Group’s mission is to support wide ranging artistic exploration and acclaimed performances in theatre, dance, music and entertainment. Every year, BTG produces and presents performances to over 68,000 attendees and, through our Educational Program, serves over 13,000 Berkshire County schoolchildren annually. BTG’s celebrated stages reflect the history of the American theatre; they represent a priceless cultural resource for the community.

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