BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES PLAYS FOR 10×10 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
Tickets on Sale NOW for February 14-March 3 Performances at St. Germain Stage
New Play Festival Announced as part of 2013 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival
Julianne Boyd, Christopher Innvar, Frank LaFrazia and Kristen van Ginhoven to direct
When the 10×10 New Play Festival made its debut lasts winter, it sold out most performnaces to the wall, and some people were even turned away. So it is fair to call this fun snippet fest of ten minute plays last winter’s most popular event. Because it was Barrington Stage putting out the call for new works and open to all, locals and Broadway types alike, the response was impressive. From almost a hundred submissions, just ten were selected. This year there have been twice as many to choose from, and the supporting actors and directors are being drawn from both local and national talent pools. The selection was announced by the Barrington Stage Company (BSC) artistic director Julianne Boyd, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director.
What I like about the festival is the choice of directors who will bring life to these new works. Of course Julianne Boyd has signed on for several, as have actors and directors Christopher Innvar, Frank LaFrazia and WAM’s Kristen van Ginhoven, all well known around the Berkshire Theatre Community.
Performances of BSC’s New Play Festival are February 14 through March 3 at BSC’s St. Germain Stage, located at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street. The press opening will be Sunday, February 17 at 3pm. Tickets are on sale now.
The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the second year from February 14-24, 2013, and features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more, including BSC’s 10×10 New Play Festival.
“We’re thrilled to introduce the work of ten early-career playwrights to our audience,” said BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. “Our hope is to enliven the Berkshire winter arts scene.”
“There’s No Here Here” by Craig Pospisil. At a Parisian café, a writer confronts his girlfriend when an unexpected guest butts into their conversation. Christopher Innvar directs.
“You Haven’t Changed A Bit” by Donna Hoke. Len hopes that Lottie will finally show up at their 70th high school reunion. Kristen van Ginhoven directs.
“Christmas Eve, Many Years From Now” by Martha Patterson. Two-and-a-half thousand years after the Apocalypse, three cave people celebrate Christmas Eve. Frank LaFrazia directs.
“Freefalling” by Aurin Squire. Two passengers and a flight attendant give their moment-by-moment accounts of what happens when tomorrow is no longer certain. Julianne Boyd directs.
“Camberwell House” by Amelia Roper. Annie, a tenant of Camberwell House, tells a tale of old age, murder and gingernut biscuits. Julianne Boyd directs.
“The Wilderness” by James McLindon. A wounded Yankee and a wounded Confederate soldier are trapped in no-man’s land in a desperate struggle to survive their circumstances – and each other. Christopher Innvar directs.
“Context” by John C. Davenport. The characters involved in a breakup say what’s on their minds – but not to each other. Kristen van Ginhoven directs.
“The Bounce” by Jacqueline Goldfinger. Sula Lee recounts a tragic love story and what’s important in life. Frank LaFrazia directs.
“The Stand-In” by Brett Hursey. At an audition, a young actress finds herself being outshined by an unexpected character. Julianne Boyd directs.
“Higher Ground” by Christopher Innvar. A father and son venture in search of gas after the devastation of a major hurricane. Christopher Innvar directs.
Directors include BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC Associate Artist and 10×10 playwright Christopher Innvar, BSC’s Director of the Playwright Mentoring Project Frank La Frazia, and WAM Theatre Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven.
Christopher Donovan is Associate Producer, Tracy Wertheimer is lighting designer, Allison Smartt is sound designer and Olivia O’Brien is production stage manager.
Tickets to the 10×10 New Play Festival are on sale now. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $20 Thursday evening and Saturday/Sunday matinees; $25 Friday and Saturday evening. The first two Low Priced Preview performances on February 14 and 15 at 7:30pm are $15 for all tickets. Reserved seating. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 (or toll-free at 855-TIX-2BSC) or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.
About 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival
The festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield and coordinated through a steering committee that includes the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Berkshire Museum, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and the City of Pittsfield, Mission Bar + Tapas, and y bar.Berkshire Gas is the lead sponsor of the 2013 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Additional support is generously provided by the following sponsors: Greylock Federal Credit Union, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Berkshire Magazine, The Berkshire Eagle,Lamar Advertising, Barrington Stage Company, and the City of Pittsfield. For more information, visit discoverpittsfield.com/10×10, find 10×10 Upstreet on Facebook, or contact the City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development at 413-499-9348.