New Play Festival: BSC sets 10x10 plays, artists


PITTSFIELD -- Barrington Stage Company artistic director Julianne Boyd, BSC associate artist Christopher Innvar, and Kristen Van Ginhoven, artistic director of WAM Theatre, will be directing the 10 short plays in this year’s edition of BSC’s 10x10 New Play Festival.

Presented as one component of Pittsfield’s 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival, 10x10 New Play Festival is scheduled to run Feb. 13 through March 2 at BSC’s St. Germain Stage, 36 Linden St.

Performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 3.

The plays will be performed by a six-member company of actors -- Emily Kunkel, Matt Neely, Dina Thomas, Peggy Pharr Wilson, John Zdrojeski and Robert Zukerman.

The playwrights and their plays are:

n Suzanne Bradbeer, "Man the Torpedoes," about an astronomer who would rather disappear into a black hole than have a tough talk with his new assistant;

n Ron Burch, "The Possethsion," about a mother and father’s attemtpt to free their daughter from the possession of a demon;

n David MacGregor, "New Year’s Eve," about a most unusual New Year’s Eve celebration at a retirement home;

n James McLindon, "Sweetheart Roland," in which a witch’s stepdaughter finally marries her true sweetheart after trying to figure out which of her many sweethearts he is;

n Gwendolyn Rice, "Lost and Found," in which a middle-aged woman uncovers some life truths when she loses her car keys one morning;

n John Cariani, "Uh-Oh," in which a bored wife takes some action to realize the life she’s dreamed of;

n Lynn Rosen, "I Love You," which finds a father and son struggling to say those words to each other;

n Megan Dieterle, "Debridement," in which a doctor and young woman find they have more in common than they thought;

n Scott McCarrey, "Homeless Romantic," about two vagrants who meet by chance on a city street late one night;

n and Jodi Rothe, "The Prompter," about the effect of a Picasso painting on a young artist trying to get on with her life after a harrowing experience.

Complete ticket information is available at (413) 236-8888 or

10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival is a collaboration of Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield coordinated through a committee representing Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival, Berkshire Museum, the City of Pittsfield’s Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, and Word x Word.


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