Berkshire Playwrights Lab announces the first reading of the 2016 season, "Jennifer's Birth" by award-winning playwright Rich Orloff, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle St.

The free staged reading series brings artists and audiences into conversation around new plays in development.

Future readings will take place on Wednesdays, July 27, Aug. 10 and Aug. 24.

To reserve tickets, call the Mahaiwe Box Office at 413-528-0100 or visit