A 10×10 Upstreet Primer for the New Play Festival at Barrington Stage

Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Emily Taplin Boyd and Dustin Charles. Photo by Scott Barrow.

Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Emily Taplin Boyd and Dustin Charles. Photo by Scott Barrow.

The hottest ticket in town right now is BSC’s New Play Festival running through March 3 at Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage, located at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street in Pittsfield, MA.

“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.”

 
The Ten Plays in Brief
 

“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.
Peggy Pharr Wilson. Photo by Scott Barrow.

Peggy Pharr Wilson. Photo by Scott Barrow.

“Camberwell House” by Amelia Roper.  Annie, a tenant of Camberwell House, tells a tale of old age, murder and gingernut biscuits.  Julianne Boyd directs.
Matt Neely and Scott Drummond. Photo by Scott Barrow.

Matt Neely and Scott Drummond. Photo by Scott Barrow.

“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.

 

Shea McIlquham and Scott Drummond. Photo by Scott Barrow.

Shea McIlquham and Scott Drummond. Photo by Scott Barrow.

“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. 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
 

The 10X10 New Play Festival Acting Company:

 
Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Elizabeth Aspenlieder - BSC debut. A long-time member of Shakespeare & Company selected credits include Parasite Drag (Joellen), The Winter’s Tale (Hermione), Les Liaisons Dangereuses(Marquise de Merteuil), Bad Dates(Elliot Norton Award for Best Solo Performance); Rough Crossing (Natasha), Ice Glen by Joan Ackermann; King Lear (Regan), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Richard III (Anne),Wit (Susie). Regional: Merrimack Rep: Bad Dates; Boston Theatre Works: Angels in America (Angel/multiple roles), Othello (Emelia). Canada: Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Alma), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nora). Indy Films: Trigger FingerSeriously Twisted. Upcoming: The Beauty Queen of Leenane at S&Co. this summer.

Emily Taplin Boyd

Emily Taplin Boyd

Emily Taplin Boyd – BSC: 10×10 New Play Festival (2012) and A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as readings including The Real Thing and Mrs. Lincoln’s Seance. In New York she has worked at Marvell Repertory, and several off-off-Broadway theatres. She is currently starring in an independent feature Brooklyn, which is in production. She is also the Artistic Director of The Tinkers’ Collective, whose award-winning production Andromache will be remounted in Manhattan this March. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, LAMDA, and Bill Esper’s class at his Studio.www.emilytaplinboyd.com

Dustin Charles
Dustin Charles

Dustin Charles – BSC debut. Regional: Dial M for Murder (John W. Engeman Theater), ProofBarefoot in the ParkA Christmas Carol (One Man Show), Our Town (Skyline Theatre Co.), The 39 StepsDracula (New Stage Theatre), Boeing, Boeing (Penobscot Theatre), The 39 Steps (Allenberry Playhouse), Almost MaineI Hate Hamlet (Cortland Rep.), The Drawer Boy, for which he earned a Broadway World Central NY Award for Best Actor in a Play, and Unnecessary Farce, for which he was nominated for a Syracuse Area Live Theatre Award for Best Actor.  Film: ForgedGentleman JackBlack Forest, and “…The Making of…”. BFA: Acting, Wright State University.

Scott Drummond
Scott Drummond

Scott Drummond - BSC debut. Off-Broadway: A Perfect Future (Cherry Lane), Hamlet (Theatre for a New Audience). Other New York credits: Roundabout, The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Play Company.  Regional: George Street Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Film: Not Fade Away (Dir. David Chase). Television: Black Jack (pilot, Comedy Central), All My Children. Training: M.F.A., UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse; BFA, Southern Methodist University/Meadows School of the Arts.

Shea McIlquham
Shea McIlquham

Shea McIlquham - BSC debut. He appeared in last summer’s Berkshire Children’s Theatre production of Cinderella and was part of the Craneville Children’s Chorus who sang in this year’s Christmas at The Colonial with Mary Verdi concerts at The Colonial Theatre and Red Lion Inn. A resident of Hinsdale, Shea loves to play sports and video games and is always singing and dancing to his favorite music. This fifth-grader at Craneville would like to thank his Mom for supporting his dreams to be an actor.

Matt Neely
Matt Neely

Matt Neely - BSC: 10×10 New Play Festival (2012), The Crucible. Off-Broadway: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Hospital. Off-Off-Broadway: The TrialThe Heart of a DogA Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), The FuriesTwelfth Night (Sebastian), Sex and Other CollisionsMarriageUnreal City. Matt was the Associate Producer of the Emmy Award winning second season of Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab. Education: MFA in Acting, Carnegie Mellon University and The Moscow Art Theater, BS in Theater, Skidmore College. Why not check outwww.neelyair.com?

Peggy Pharr Wilson
Peggy Pharr Wilson

Peggy Pharr Wilson - BSC: 10X10 New Play Festival (2012), Guys and DollsThe CrucibleTo Kill A Mockingbird,CarouselLaramie Project: Epilogue. BAT: Doubt. New York: Six Women with Brain Death (coauthor, and performed it also in Chicago, Dallas & Kansas City). Regional: Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado performing over 50 roles, including Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (Best Actress Ovation Award Denver Post), Shirley ValentineA Moon for the Misbegotten and 3 Viewings. Other regional: Dallas Theatre Center, Theatre 3, Kansas City Rep, Unicorn, KC Lyric Opera, and Rose Theatre in Chicago.

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