Pittsfield, MA: In conjunction with The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, Made in the Berkshires presents Exquisite Dilemmas: Women and Choices at The Unicorn Theatre on March 2 at 7:30pm, featuring performers and pieces from previous Made in the Berkshires Festivals.
Tickets to Exquisite Dilemmas: Women and Choices are $20 to benefit Made in the Berkshires. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets may be purchased in person one hour prior to curtain at The Unicorn Theatre, 6 East St., Stockbridge. Tickets can also be bought online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.
Join us as we eavesdrop on women who are exploring the exquisite dilemma of choosing how to live their lives. Go from glee to sorrow and back again with Before I Forget, written and performed by Sally-Jane Heit with music by Uel Wade. Enjoy the reprisal of the 2012 Made in the Berkshires audience favorite The Rabbi Auditions, by Joy Spivak, in which the temple’s three-person search committee kvells, kvetches, and finally chooses a new rabbi. Finally, conclude the evening with humor, insight and personal recollections from Susan Merrill, the Berkshires’ favorite storyteller.
Hilary Somers Deely (host) is co-curator of Made in the Berkshires. An actress, director, and producer, Hilary has headed three academic theater programs in independent schools and is an emeritus member of the Berkshire Theatre Festival board and a member of the advisory board for the Berkshire Fringe. Most recently, she joined the Fringe in its artists’ residency at Mass MOCA in a world premiere production of The Waypoint. She has voiced three roles in Gregory Whitehead’s BBC 4 radio plays; stage managed and acted in several productions at Joan Ackerman’s Mixed Company; coproduced the third year of Ten Minutes in the Berkshires; directed an Equity touring Company of My Children, My Africa; and has appeared in staged productions at the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Runway Theatre in Grapevine, TX.
Barbara Sims (host) is co-curator of Made in the Berkshires and was a co-producer for the Free Concerts in Lilac Park series in 2010 and 2011. Her theater credits include A Streetcar Named Desire with Natasha Richardson and Noises Off with Patti LuPone on Broadway. Her Off-Broadway roles include the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Entertaining Mr. Sloane, with Alec Baldwin; Juno and the Paycock; Arms and the Man, directed by Roger Rees at Circle in the Square Theatre; The Hope Zone, with Olympia Dukakis; and Trip to Bountiful, with Ellen Burstyn. She has also performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company, Stages Repertory Theatre, and the Houston Shakespeare Festival. Her film and TV credits include Law & Order: SVU; Guiding Light; PBS’s End of the Line; and Cornflower Blue.
Sally-Jane Heit (author and performer) grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and trained at the High School of Performing Arts, Hunter College, and Yale Drama School. After raising three daughters in Washington, DC, she moved to New York and was cast in Michael Bennett’s Broadway musical Ballroom. Her impressive list of professional credits includes theater, television, and film. It was an inspired encounter with Lily Tomlin that ignited the passion that has evolved into her latest production, Before I Forget…A Musical Memoir. Sally-Jane is a part time resident of the Berkshires, residing in Great Barrington.
Susan Merrill (author and performer) has exhibited her paintings in numerous local venues, including, for the past five years, an annual solo show of farm animal paintings at Hancock Shaker Village. Over the years she has written and read aloud many short stories at many different events. In 2011 she published a novel, Warm Morning, about growing up in a magic house on a Maryland farm. A companion piece, Cool Evening, about a house in Massachusetts, is in the works. She lives in Stockbridge, MA, with her husband, set designer and art director Carl Sprague, and their two children.
Joy Spivak (playwright) prior to playwriting, Joy made records and performed in Las Vegas, writing her own shows and comedy. She later changed careers, becoming the second female police officer in New Jersey. She and her husband, Jerry, reside in Naples, FL, and West Stockbridge, MA.
Ariel Bock (director) is an actress, teacher, director and development manager locally at Shakespeare & Co, Mixed Company, The Mount, and Berkshire Theatre Festival and with Ensemble for the Romantic Century and others in NYC. She recently appeared in ‘Zara Spook and Other Lures’ at Mixed Company. Ariel is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. She has lived in The Berkshires for over 30 years and is married to actor Jonathan Epstein.
Andrew Joffe (actor) Director, playwright, actor, award-winning poet and opera librettist. Librettist: Beast and Superbeast (Jorge Martin); The Awakening, (James Stepleton); The Song of Eddie and Diamond Street (Harold Farberman); Wonderfields and Simon Says (Liv Cummins); Krafft Ebbing Music Hall (Christopher Vassiliades). Playwright: adaptations of fairy tales for Castle Hill Theater Company (with Nicki Wilson); adaptations of Gift of the Magi and The Blue Carbuncle; The Case of the Missing Mummy; Radio series: Visit New Grimston, Anyway and Jazzplay.
Walton Wilson (actor) New York: BAM, Culture Project, La Mama, Lincoln Center/Clark Theatre, PS 122, Public Theatre/NYSF, Vineyard Theatre. Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, A.R.T., Dallas Theatre Center, Empty Space, Shakespeare & Co., Shakespeare Festivals of Dallas, Houston, and St. Louis, Stages Repertory Theatre, Swine Palace, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Faculty, Yale School of Drama.
Rachel Siegel (actor) Playwright, I Heart Cory Booker; filmmaker, The Von Trapp Family Inn, The Rabbi Auditions; Acting: Amish Project (Stageworks); Enchanted April (Shakespeare & Co.); Under Milkwood, Threepenny Opera (WTF); Zorba!, Miss Julie (BTF). TV: Chappelle’s Show (3 episodes), Wit (HBO), Baddiel’s Syndrome (SKY UK), Whistleblower (BBC). Film: Heights, Book of Kings. Writing: So Sing Already! (New End, London); Callback (10 Minutes in Berkshires); Von Trapp Family Inn, I Heart Cory Booker (WAM/MOPCO 24-hour festival).