Ex-fratbro goes eco in new play. "Intentions," at Berkshire Playwrights Lab
GREAT BARRINGTON >> Berkshire Playwrights Lab's third free reading of the 2016 season, "Intentions" by award-winning, L.A.-based playwright Abbey Fenbert, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.
Tom Bloom is directing.
"Intentions" is tells the story of an ex-"fratbro" who insinuates himself into an intentional community and how that community fares as Leif stumbles his way through it. Tillerman House members practice permaculture, live by a collectivist ethos and tend goats and beehives in the backyard. The play poses the question: Does the ethos of tolerance extend to an ex-"fratbro" who doesn't know a zine from a Zen garden?
A Detroit native, Fenbert holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University and a BA from NYU. Her original plays have been produced by the Boston Playwrights' Theatre, the Boston Theater Marathon, the KNOW Theatre, the Gallatin Arts Festival and a student collaborative at Indiana University. She has received multiple honors from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, including the 2013 Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting. Fenbert is currently based in Los Angeles, where she is a member playwright of the Vagrancy Theater Company.
Bloom — who also is a well-known actor who has performed at regional theaters in New York and around the country, including Williamstown Theatre Festival and Hartford Stage — has directed at Abingdon and Pearl theaters in New York; Berkshire Playwrights Lab; Capital Rep in Albany, N.Y.; Theatre-By-The-Sea in New Hampshire; Caldwell Theatre in Florida; and American Premiere Stage in Boston, among others.
Berkshire Playwrights Lab is the region's only theater exclusively dedicated to the development of new plays. More than 30 short and 35 full-length plays have been presented since 2007. Two plays presented under the BPL banner in recent years were given full productions last summer.
BPL plays go from the table to the stage in four days. Playwrights see their nascent works, still in development, performed by professional actors. A talkback, held after every show, is an opportunity for the audience to have a role in shaping these new works.
Past writers and performers have included Tony Shalhoub, Treat Williams, Dan Lauria, Wendie Malick, Eric Bogosian, Elaine May and David Mamet.
Berkshire Playwrights Lab co-artistic directors are Joseph Cacaci, Jim Frangione and Matthew Penn.
Berkshire Playwrights Lab's summertime Free Staged Reading series brings artists and audiences into conversation around new plays in development.
Admission is free, although reservations are recommended, To reserve tickets, call the Mahaiwe box office at 413-528-0100 or visit mahaiwe.org/BerkshirePlaywrightsLabAug10.
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