Barrington Stage Company's 10x10 festival returns in mid-February

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PITTSFIELD — The seventh annual edition of Barrington Stage Company's 10X10 New Play Festival comes to BSC's St. Germain Stage, at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden St., Feb. 15-March 4

Press opening will be 3 p.m. Feb 18.

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 3 Saturday and Sunday.

This program of 10 10-minute plays is part of the 2018 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival, a collaborative effort featuring music, dance, theater, film, performance art and spoken word, spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield, and coordinated through a steering committee that includes the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Berkshire Museum, and Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

Directors for the 10X10 New Play Festival are BSC artistic director Julianne Boyd and Matthew Penn, returning for his second year. An Emmy nominated director ( "Law & Order"), Penn is the co-artistic director of Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington.

The cast of the 2018 10X10 New Play Festival includes returnees Lucky Gretzinger, Matt Neely, Dina Thomas, Peggy Pharr Wilson and Robert Zukerman. An additional cast member to be announced at later date.

The plays are:

- "Beatrix Potter Must Die" by Patrick Gabridge. A desperate American farmer travels back in time for an unusual solution to his plague of rabbits.

- "Fargo 3D" by Eric Wade Fritzius. Security is at an all-time high these days and the movie theater is no exception. For the would-be patrons of Fargo 3D, sneaking in food is a serious business requiring serious counter-measures.

- "The Fly" by Brad Systma. Everyone has had one of "those" days. Days where you just want to relax in the park and enjoy a sandwich, but with the buzz of one tiny fly, your dreams of a peaceful lunch are put into jeopardy.

- "Joy Ride" by Christine Foster. An estranged daughter brings her father's ashes home for a dignified send off only to find her free-spirited mother has loftier plans.

- "Kamasutra" by Tom Coash. When Doris and Harold of Hackensack visit the Chandela Temples in India, they reexamine their love and marriage amidst famous erotic carvings.

- "Old Aquatics" by Steven Korbar. A volunteer driver must summon all his patience as he tries to shepherd home a very unruly reveler on New Year's Eve.

- "Perspective" by James McLindon. When their painting moved to a new room at the Louvre, Mary and the Archangel Gabriel find their relationship threatened by a certain woman with an inscrutable smile.

- "Run-on Sentence" by Cathy Tempelsman. A woman visits her aging father in prison and finds that, despite his penchant for telling jokes, coming home is no laughing matter.

- "Secret to a Healthy Rekationship" by Jamie Roach. Couples therapy can lead to some revealing truths...and as one couple learns, to a difficult date night.

- "Seven Minutes in Heaven" by Eugenie Carabatsos. Young teens Fredi and Martin have been thrown into a closet for a game of "seven minutes in heaven." Intimacy, nerves, and hormones lead to some bizarre truth telling.

Complete ticket information is available at the Barrington Stage box office at 413-236-8888 or online at barringtonstageco.org.










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