Great Barrington Public Theater producing new David Mamet play this summer

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GREAT BARRINGTON — The East Coast premiere of a new play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, and a festival of solo performances of new works are on tap this summer for Great Barrington Public Theater's 2020 season.

The productions will be mounted at Bard College at Simon's Rock's Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road.

The season begins May 28-June 7 with Bear Tales, a solo performance festival of new works.

In a news release, Great Barrington Public Theater artistic director Jim Frangione says Bear Tales will feature "the best of area talent and ... showcase new and established local playwrights, performers, storytellers, musicians, singers and puppeteers."

The full list of Bear Tales titles, playwrights and performers will be announced at a later date.

Bear Tales will be followed June 17-July 5 by the East Coast premiere of David Mamet's "The Christopher Boy's Communion."

"This new play touches on themes Mamet has grappled with many times over his storied career — persecution, prosecution, guilt, innocence and absolution," says Frangione, who will be directing the production. Casting and ticket information will be released soon.

"We invite audiences from every community and corner in the Berkshires and beyond to join us for what promises to be a boundary-pushing season," Frangione says in the news release.

"We want to present top-line creativity to all audiences at affordable ticket prices," the Public's executive director, Deann Simmons Halper, added.

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