All photos by Kevin Sprague
The newest play at Barrington Stage Company is the sexy, millennial world premiere comedy Engagements by Lucy Teitler, with the official press opening Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30pm. It has a two week run from August 13-30, 2015.
Engagements tells the story of Lauren, a very bright but slightly confused millennial who is spending her summer attending picture-perfect engagement parties. Lauren has no qualms when facing love’s trials, but may have met her match in her best friend’s boyfriend As the unforgettable heroine of this pitch-black anti-romantic comedy, Lauren navigates this midsummer nightmare as she weighs the value of her romantic life against the real significant other in her life, her best friend.
Everyone is getting married, and Lauren wants it to stop. In a season of engagement parties, she tries to be supportive, but ends up being subversive — and the summer takes off like a mad, broken roller coaster that no one can control.” – Lucy Teitler
Engagements contains mature language and adult themes.
Directed by Louisa Proske (BSC debut), Engagements stars (in their BSC debuts) Amanda Quaid (Irish Rep’s The Weir) as Lauren, Kate Loprest (First Date) as Allison, Adam Gerber (George Street Playhouse The Whipping Man) as Ryan, Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening) as Catherine, and Robert David Grant (Yale Rep Hamlet) as Mark.
The production is designed by Brian Prather (sets), Beth Goldenberg (costumes), Yi Zhao (lights) and Kenneth Goodwin (sound). Paul Vella is the production stage manager.
About the creative team
Lucy Teitler (Playwright) BSC debut. Engagements received a workshop production at the Ensemble Studio Theatre March 2015, and is the first in an in-progress trilogy about Love in the Age of Optimization. Lucy’s work has been produced Off-Off Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Atlantic Theater, and the Gene Frankel Theatre. She was a staff writer on NBC’s series quarterlife, and her prose has been published in VICE, the New York Observer, New York Magazine and elsewhere. A graduate of Yale and Boston Universities, Lucy is represented by CAA.
Louisa Proske (Director) Theatre: One Day When We Were Young, The Winstons, Balm in Gilead, The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Rum ‘n Coca Cola, Pinkalicious the Musical, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, Cymbeline, As You Like It, Macbeth, A Servant To Two Masters, The Barber Shop. Opera: Daphnis & Chloé, Falstaff, Lucia Di Lammermoor, La Voix Humaine, Invisible Cities. Co-Artistic Director of critically acclaimed Heartbeat Opera, alumna of the Drama League Director’s Project. Member of faculty at Maggie Flanigan Studio teaching Shakespeare Acting and Script Analysis.
Engagements will be presented at the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Performances Tuesday-Saturday at 7:30pm, Thursdays and Saturdays at 4pm (excluding August 13, 15 and 20), and Sunday at 3pm. Press Opening: Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $40. Low priced previews August 13 and 14 are $15. Youth ages 6-18, tickets $15 all performances (subject to availability). For ticket and performance information, call the BSC Box Office at (413) 236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.