Curtain goes up in May on three-day theater festival in Great Barrington

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GREAT BARRINGTON — A three-day theater festival featuring original plays, most of them Berkshire premieres, works-in-progress and emerging playwrights, makes its bow in May.

TheatreFest@SaintJamesPlace will present eight works by seven local playwrights May 2-4 at St. James Place, 352 Main St.

Presenting companies include Berkshire Voices, a program under Berkshire Playwrights Lab; GhostLit Repertory Theatre; and New Stage Performing Arts.

The lineup includes "Pterodactyls" by Nicky Silver": Nikki Wilson's farce "Dial it Back": Annie Undeland's "The Sisterhood"; and plays by Michael Brady, the festival's creator.

Tickets are free with a suggested $10 donation. Seating is limited. Complete ticket information is available online at saintjamesplace.net.

The festival at a glance:

- 7 p.m., Thursday, May 2 — "Pterodactyls" by Nicky Silver. Ghostlit Repertory Theatre.

An absurdist black comedy about the demise of the Duncan family, and, by extension, the species. Emma Duncan, a hypochondriac with memory problems, and her orphaned fianc , Tommy, confront her mother, Grace, with the news of their intended marriage.

- 7 p.m., Friday, May 3 — "Dial it Back" by Nicki Wilson. New Stage Performing Arts.

A zany farce about a divorcing couple's rivalry to win control of their failing theater. Pandemonium ensues when an aspiring actor and a sassy ex-stripper want a piece of the action too.

- 2 p.m., Saturday, May 4 — "The Sisterhood" by Anne Undeland. Berkshire Voices.

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- 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4 — "Our Lady of Broad Street" by Jane Denitz Smith.

Berkshire Voices. On the eve of an iconic NYC hotel's grand re-opening, an ambitious young architect discovers what happens when pragmatism collides with blind faith

- 7 p.m., Saturday, May 4 — "Lunch With Dad" by Michael Brady. Berkshire Voices.

A trip home threatens painful and unexpected consequences for an aspiring singer and her devoted high school music teacher.

- 7 p.m., Saturday, May 4 — "The Sixth" by Joshua Briggs. Berkshire Voices.

An idealistic, young congressional candidate collides with the calculating, opportunistic, and downright idiotic world of the political establishment.

- 7 p.m., Saturday, May 4 — "Red Date, Blue Date" by Jessica Provenz. Berkshire Voices.

It's love at first meet for Hannah and Steve. These savvy young daters are in sync on everything from the moment they meet — until they get to their voting records.

- 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4 — "It's Not Funny Anymore" by Jessica Provenz. Berkshire Voices.

A young couple is thoroughly enjoying one another's company on a first date. But their brand new relationship is tested when one of them shares the news of a recent medical diagnosis.


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