Expanded Sixth Berkshire Fringe Festival July 26 – August 16

"It for Her" is a new play from Alena Smith.

Alena Smith's play, "It for Her" will play at the 2010 Berkshire Fringe Festival from August 5-9.

New York has its off-off-Broadway and the Berkshires has its own way-off-off-Broadway, The Berkshire Fringe Festival. It’s where the product of artistic ferment by young and developing artists meets an always curious audience.

Now in its sixth year, the 2010 Berkshire Fringe Festival offers more than 50 chances to savor mind-blowing original works of theater, dance and music by emerging artists from across the United States. They represent the gamut of human existence, with two plays in particular dealing with growing up gay and transgendered: Viva La Evolucion and Draw the Circle.

The fun runs from July 26 – August 16 in the Daniel Arts Center on the campus of Simon’s Rock. For the first time in history, the Fringe expands its programming to a second venue: the Mixed Company Theatre just a couple of blocks from downtown Great Barrington.

The 2010 season hosts eight innovative theater and dance artists from as far away as Los Angeles and as close to home as Stockbridge. The intensive three week festival also includes 30 Live!, a totally free music series; EarlyStages, a showcase of new plays by emerging local writers; and dozens of other special events including post-show artist discussions, free community workshops and a world-premiere benefit reading of Bird of Paradise, written by late Berkshire Fringe intern and collaborator, Tadd Gero.

2010 Season:

Monday, July 26
The 2010 Berkshire Fringe Gala

PRESCRIPTED! Use only as directed

Exploring artistic innovation and collaboration across disciplines, Prescriped! doses out an extraordinary evening of world premiere dance, film, theater and works of visual art all inspired by one identical script written by Berkshire Fringe co-Artistic Director Timothy Ryan Olson. Featuring cocktails, hor ‘d oeuvres, silent auction, DJ/Dancing. 7pm/8pm Tickets: $100, $50 or Pay Your Age.

Created and Choreographed by Rebecca Pappas

Monster weaves together theatrical, monstrous creatures, high energy dancing, and probing questions about what it means to be a victim and a victimizer.

Using four highly skilled dancers, haunting narration and an original score, Monster’s otherworldly nervous-tick creatures, high-energy choreography, and pseudo-folk dances collide to form a compelling portrait of the Jewish body.

Hailed as “compelling” and “mesmerizing” by the Los Angeles Times.

Wed Jul 28 at 8pm, Thu Jul 29 at 9pm, Fri Jul 30 at 7pm, Sat Jul 31 at 7pm, and Sun Aug 1 at 4pm.


This San Francisco based company of brilliant and quirky physical comedians delivers a giant wallop of buffoonery that will have audiences of all ages rolling on the floor.

With feats of incredible strength and acts of transcendental stupidity, the Pi Clowns take on the big questions of life (and death!) Using acrobatics, juggling, eccentric dance, live music, improvisation, and puppetry, these performers rely on the physical virtuosity of their bodies to tell their stories.

Thu Jul 29 at 7pm, Fri Jul 30 at 9pm, Sat Jul 31 at 4pm, Sun Aug 1 6:00, and Mon Aug 2 at 8pm

A new musical about love and earthquakes, and the similarities between them

Appearing in Quake, a Closet Love Story

Zuzka Sabata who will appear at the Berkshire Fringe Festival

Created and Performed by Tyler Olsen and Zuzka Sabata

Joe and Hannah just broke up.

Now they have to divide up years’ worth of collective belongings.

But when a huge earthquake hits, they find themselves trapped in a storage closet.

Can being confined to such a small space help mend the rift between them?

Part musical, part comedy and all high drama, Quake reveals the exhilaration and horror of being caught by something as powerful as love and as unpredictable as an earthquake.

Thu Jul 29 at 8pm, Fri Jul 30 at 4pm, Sat Jul 31 at 9pm, Sun Aug 1 at 8pm, and Mon Aug 2 at 6pm

Created and Performed by The Anthropologists, Directed by Melissa Fendell Moschitto

GIVE US BREAD Created and Performed by The Anthropologists, Directed by Melissa Fendell Moschitto.

"Give us Bread" recreates the food riots of 1917 New York City.

New York, February 1917: prices for basic food items rise dramatically.

Unable and unwilling to pay prices that have skyrocketed, six ordinary women band together to enforce neighborhood boycotts that soon erupt into full-scale riots.

Mixing elements of realism with stylized movement, New York based theater ensemble, The Anthropologists, presents a vivid portrait of immigrant families in the tenements of the Lower East Side.

Grounded in eyewitness accounts of the riots, Give Us Bread illuminates our contemporary global hunger crisis, through the lens of our not-too-distant past.

Wed Aug 4 at 8pm, Thu Aug 5 at 9pm, Fri Aug 6 at 7pm, Sat Aug 7 at 7pm, and Sun Aug 8 at 4pm.

Created and Performed by Diana Yanez, Directed by Marjorie Duffield

The outrageous comedy is written and performed by Diana Yanaz August 5-9.

Diana Yanaz in the comedy "Viva la Evolucion"

First generation Cuban performer/writer Diana Yanez (Margaret Cho’s The Sensuous Woman, Spanish For Your Nanny) makes ‘mojitos out of the limones’.

This epic story of her life is an outrageous comedy of chaos, love and growing up queer and Cuban in Miami. Yanez has an impressive roster of television and theatre credits to her name.

Yanez creates a myriad of characters, deftly portraying her mother, brother, and countless relatives, friends and neighbors.

Thu Aug 5 at 7pm, Fri Aug 6 at 9pm, Sat Aug 7 at 4pm, Sun Aug 8 at 6pm, and Mon Aug 9 at 8pm

Written by Alena Smith, Directed by Jessi D. Hill
Featuring Brian McManamon

In the basement of a home somewhere in suburbia, Andrew has devoted himself unconditionally to his incredible collection of figurines. Suffering the loss of ‘the red one” he seeks to uncover “the ultimate arrangement”, before his hideout is invaded.

A provocative dark comedy about the personal reality of a man whose repression turns to total obsession, IT or HER unfolds to reveal Andrew’s darkest secret.

Thu Aug 5 at 8pm, Fri Aug 6 at 4pm, Sat Aug 7 at 9pm, Sun Aug 8 at 8pm, and Mon Aug 9 at 6pm

Written and Performed by Deen, Directed by Chay Yew.

Deen will "Draw the Circle" for us.

Writer and performer Deen. Photo by Joseph Moran

Draw The Circle is an intimate portrait of a traditional immigrant family’s struggle with a child who continually defies their most basic expectations of what it means to have a daughter…and one woman’s commitment to unconditional love.

This unique solo show is a heartbreaking and uplifting tale of the tenacity of love.

The story is told by Deen himself, but through the eyes of his family, friends and partner as they struggle to come to terms with the evolution of a transgendered child/friend/lover. This new work comes directly from The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group.

Wed Aug 11 at 8pm, Thu Aug 12 at 9pm, Fri Aug 13 at 7pm, Sat Aug 14 at 9pm, and Sun Aug 15 at 7pm

Created and Performed by Jo Firestone and Dylan Marron

Ridgefield Middle School Talent Nite offers a comedic tribute of pre-pubescent proportions to the time-honored tradition of intolerable amateur talent presentations. In these hilariously sketched talent ‘acts’, 17 brave Ridgefield citizens (all played by Jo Firestone and Dylan Marron) emerge from awkward obscurity to find their rightful place in the spotlight.

Anyone who has ever been a middle-schooler is sure to recognize their best friends and worst enemies in this wild cast of brashly rendered characters trying to make their lifelong dreams come true!

Thu Aug 12 at 7pm, Fri Aug 13 at 9pm, Sat Aug 14 at 7pm, Sun Aug 15 at 9pm, and Mon Aug 16 at 8pm.


BIRD OF PARADISE: A Staged Reading event to benefit the

Tadd Gero's Play Bird of Paradise will get a staged reading.

The 2010 Berkshire Fringe Festival will honor Tadd Gero.

Bird of Paradise is a full-length play written by Berkshire native Tadd Gero shortly before his death in August of 2009.

A small ensemble of his collaborators and friends from across the United States gather to bring his work to the stage for the first time.

All proceeds benefit the Tadd Gero Fund for Emerging writers, a scholarship established by Tadd’s family and The Berkshire Fringe dedicated to nurturing the talents of emerging playwrights in the Berkshire region.

1pm. Sliding scale admission. $10-$110. The Daniel Arts Center, Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Rd, Great Barrington. For more information, call (413) 320-4175 or visit www.berkshirefringe.org.



On Sunday, August 15th at 12, 1:30 and 3pm participants in the EarlyStages playwright mentorship program will present staged readings of new works. Be the first to hear these new American voices presented as three fresh, insightful and exciting world premiere staged readings. This is the culmination of a two-week residency where emerging local writers develop scripts under the guidance of Award winning writer Laura Maria Censabella. Readings directed by Keith Bulla. This event is free and will be followed by a discussion with the artists.

30 LIVE!

Free music series featuring an eclectic mix of new music, emerging composers and sonic innovators from throughout the North East. Please check website for a full line-up of bi-weekly events throughout the festival.


All workshops are FREE and take place on Saturday July 31, Monday, August 2, Saturday August 7 and Saturday August 14 at 1:30 pm in the Daniel Arts Center. Each workshop is taught by Berkshire Fringe festival artists and is open to participants of all backgrounds and levels of experience ages 16-96! Space is limited and early registration is strongly recommended. Please call 413-320-4175 for more information.


Since 2005, Bazaar Productions/The Berkshire Fringe has hosted more than 200 emerging artists including theater companies, dance ensembles and music groups from across the country and around the corner. Hailed as ’sassy and experimental’ by the New York Times, Bazaar Productions will once again present a diverse cross-section of original, high-quality, inter-disciplinary theater, dance and music—all at affordable prices.

In 2010, each show will once again kick off with the ragingly popular “pick your own price” opening nights. Make us an offer we can’t refuse or pay what you can for each of the eight opening night performances throughout the festival. This great offer provides affordable culture to all of Berkshire county.

For the adventurous Fringe connoisseur, a “Full Fix Season’s Pass” to all eight shows is available at a discounted rate of only $95. A “Mini-Fix See3 Pass” is also available for an unbelievable $39. Individual tickets are $15.

All performances, events and workshops take place at The Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Road in Great Barrington, MA unless otherwise noted. Performances of Quake and IT or HER will take place at Mixed Company, 37 Rossetter Street in Great Barrington. Tickets are $15 to all main events and $ Pick your Own Price for all opening night performances. Ask our box office about a Season’s Pass – See all eight shows for only $95 or choose any three shows for $39. All workshops, :30 Live! performances and EarlyStages readings are free. For directions, tickets, workshop registration, and all other information please call (413) 320-4175, e-mail us at info@berkshirefringe.org or visit www.berkshirefringe.org.

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