Williams College Summer Theatre Lab slates three days of free workshop presentations and readings

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WILLIAMSTOWN >> It's Open Lab Weekend Thursday through Saturday for Williams College Summer Theatre Lab.

The weekend will feature a workshop production of "Believeland," a new play by Caroline V. McGraw (Page 73 Tow Foundation PlaywrightinResidence); a one-night-only reading of YJ Huang's (2016 WCSTL company member) new work, "Ad Spectacular"; and a reading of "100 Years," written by Rick Dresser, directed by Jay Tarses and featuring WCSTL founder Kevin O'Rourke and alumni John Bedford Lloyd.

All performances will be in the CenterStage of the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St.

Admission is free.

"Believeland" — 7 p.m. Thursday and saturday — follows Carrie, a young playwright, returning home to her native city of Cleveland to figure out what to do with her life. Through her searching, she evokes the spirit of beat poet d.a. Levy and the ghost of her parent's dead talking cat, and in doing so discovers a Cleveland beginning to reclaim itself as a forest.

"Ad Spectacular" — 7 p.m. Friday — is a biting and dry exploration of American consumerist culture as detailed through a strange and self-aware reality show. The play also features a spy subplot and a musical number.

In "100 Years" — 3 p.m. Saturday — an older couple and a younger couple from different parts of the country meet in a strange planned community in Florida. They share a backyard and eventually much more as they prepare for a secret cuttingedge procedure that will change their lives forever.

The 2016 Williams College Summer Theatre Lab Company includes Isabel Benjamin, Terah Ehigiator, YJ Huang, Mia Hull, Emma Mandel, Phoebe Mattana, Alden Taylor, Harriet Weldon, and Young Wuk (Woogie) Jung.

Founded in 2005, Berkshire Theatre Lab is designed, O'Rourke says in a news release, "to provide an opportunity for student and professionals alike to work in an environment free from critical and commercial pressures."

Additional information and ticket reservations are available through BTL's Facebook page at facebook.com/wcstl, and on instagram: wcstlab.

The Lab can be contacted at WCSTLAB@gmail.com.


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