Curtain going up on Berkshire Playwrights Lab festival


GREAT BARRINGTON — Berkshire Playwrights Lab (BPL) is launching its inaugural Radius Playwrights Festival this weekend in its new home at Saint James Place, 352 Main St.

Radius Playwrights Festival will present fully staged readings of six new short plays by regional writers beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday with additional performances at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

The writers are Katherine Burger (Kingston, N.Y.), James McLindon (Northampton), Steven Otfinoski (Sandisfield), Andy Reynolds (Great Barrington), Maizy Broderick Scarpa (Canaan, N.Y.) and Rachel Schroeder (Great Barrington).

The directors are David Adkins (Berkshires), Michael Brady (Southfield), Ann Garner (Stockbridge), Jesse Howard (Sheffield), Macey Levin (Taconic, Conn.) and Kristen Van Ginhoven (Berkshires).

According to BPL general manager Ann Garner, the six plays were chosen by a panel of stage and screen professionals from the Berkshires and New York from 109 submissions.

"These plays were selected via a blind submission process, guaranteeing a level playing field for all, regardless of the level of experience or notoriety," BPL co-artistic director Jim Frangione says in a news release.

Garner noted in the new release that a theme has emerged among the selected shorts: "small moments with huge consequences — the stakes are really high for the characters."

Tickets are available online at or at the door.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab is marking its 10th season this year. It is under the artistic direction of Frangione, Joe Cacaci and Matthew Penn.

Additional information is available online at or by phone at 413-528-2544.


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