Ten fresh new plays for midwinter’s 10×10 celebration at Barrington Stage Company

Newcomers Jane Pfitsch (l), Douglas Rees (c) and Lucky Gretzinger (r), join veteran BSC actors Matt Neely, Dina Thomas and Peggy Pharr Wilson.

Newcomers Jane Pfitsch (l), Douglas Rees (c) and Lucky Gretzinger (r), join veteran BSC actors Matt Neely, Dina Thomas and Peggy Pharr Wilson.

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, announces the lineup and casting for the 6th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival, part of the 2017 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.
 
Performances of BSC’s New Play Festival are February 16 – March 5, 2017 at BSC’s newly renovated St. Germain Stage, located at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street. Tickets go on sale January 17. The press opening will be Sunday, February 19 at 3pm.
 
“The 10-minute New Play Festival is one of our most joyful events of the year, bringing together the Berkshire community with 6 multi-talented actors and 10 very gifted playwrights.  It’s the perfect mid-winter treat,”  said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.  
The cast of the 10X10 New Play Festival features returnees Matt Neely, Dina Thomas and Peggy Pharr Wilson, along with newcomers Jane Pfitsch (BSC’s His Girl Friday), Lucky Gretzinger, and Douglas Rees.
 
The creative team includes lighting design by Jeff Davis, costume coordination by Kelsey VonderHaar and sound design by Alexander Sovronsky.  Fran Rubenstein is the production stage manager.
 
The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the sixth year and features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more, including BSC’s 10X10 New Play Festival.
 
Directors for the 10X10 New Play Festival are BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Matthew Penn.  An Emmy nominated director (Law & Order), Penn is the co-Artistic Director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington.
 
BSC’s 2017 10X10 New Play Festival
 
BROKEN WINDOW THEOREM by Suzanne Bradbeer; directed by Matthew Penn
Desperate for a friend, a young Ph.D candidate employs an unusual tactic to meet one of her classmates.  

COMPOS MENTIS by Marilyn Millstone; directed by Matthew Penn
Robert and Alese Langford interview for a coveted spot at Silver Glades Senior Living. But is Silver Glades Senior Living ready for Robert and Alese?

DESK FORT by Annette Storckman; directed by Julianne Boyd
When one employee escapes his desk job in an unconventional manner, his superior must find a way to smoke him out for Team Building Day.

DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER PIGEON by Allie Costa; directed by Julianne Boyd
A mafia messenger in a career crisis meets his match while out on assignment.

I DON’T KNOW by James McLindon; directed by Matthew Penn
An old-school drill sergeant takes his new recruits for a cadence-singing run … straight into a brave new world of political correctness.

POCKETS by Gwendolyn Rice; directed by Julianne Boyd
Two strangers make a startling discovery while rifling through the coat pockets of guests at a dinner party.

RAGHEAD by Tom Coash; directed by Matthew Penn
A blind date goes off the rails when a New York City firefighter meets with a veiled woman.

SANDBOX by Scott Mullen; directed by Julianne Boyd
A mother is miffed when she finds a group of adults playing in a sandbox in her local playground.

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE by Susan Middaugh; directed by Julianne Boyd
Two devoted spouses of dementia patients strike up an unlikely friendship when they discover what is going on behind the scenes at their partners’ assisted living facility.

THE DIRTY IRISH by Ann Marie Shea; directed by Matthew Penn
Hypocrisy reigns supreme in this Prohibition-era story of a Blue-Blooded bootlegging couple and the immigrant workers they exploit.
 
 
Tickets to the 10X10 New Play Festival go on sale January 17. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $28 Thursday evening and Saturday/Sunday matinees, $32 Friday and Saturday evenings.  Low-priced preview tickets are $20 on February 16 and 17 at 7:30pm. Reserved seating. For more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.
 
About 10X10 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.
 
Berkshire Gas is the lead sponsor of the 2017 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.
 
For more information, visit discoverpittsfield.com/10X10, find 10X10 Upstreet on Facebook, or contact the City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development at 413-499-9348.

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