Berkshire Playwrights Lab Celebrates a Decade of Original Plays

Celebration and Season Kick-Off June 9 at Saint James Place

Full Productions Begin This August

May 1, 2017, Great Barrington, Mass. – Berkshire Playwrights Lab (BPL) is celebrating its tenth anniversary and its new home at Saint James Place with a celebration on Friday, June 9, 2017. BPL kicked off the year with the Radius Playwrights Festival, which featured new short plays created by six local writers within a 50-mile radius of Great Barrington and filled the new performance space to capacity. BPL will continue its Staged Reading Series on June 28, July 12 and July 26, and will cap off the summer with a full three-week production of Some Old Black Man, a play that began its history with BPL as a Staged Reading in 2015.

The anniversary celebration takes place at Saint James Place at 352 Main Street, Great Barrington on Friday, June 9. The evening begins with a party at 7:00pm for Underwriter and Patron ticket holders that includes a silent auction, followed by a performance at 8:30pm (house opens for show-only ticket holders at 8:00pm), and a reconvening of the gathering for Underwriters and Patron ticket holders post-show. The performance will be a revue of some of the best short plays performed at BPL galas through the years, which have always featured professional stage and screen actors, many very well-known. The cost for the party and performance is $250 per Underwriter ticket, $150 per Patron ticket, and show-only tickets for $50 per person.

Historic St. James Episcopal Church Great Barrington, MA

Saint James Place at 352 Main Street (Rts. 7 & 41) in Great Barrington, MA. The new home of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary of the Staged Reading Series in 2017, Berkshire Playwrights Lab is the region’s only professional theater exclusively dedicated to the development of new plays. Led by Co-Artistic Directors Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione and Matthew Penn, BPL’s mission is to provide fledgling and established playwrights with a secure space in which they may develop new work and explore new avenues of creativity. More than 35 short and 50 full-length plays have been presented since 2007; several BPL plays have gone to full productions at other companies.

BPL will present a full production of “Some Old Black Man” by critically acclaimed playwright James A. Tyler August 5-20, 2017, starring Tony Award winner Roger Robinson and Broadway/Off-Broadway’s Peter Jay Fernandez.

June 9
Berkshire Playwrights Lab Tenth Anniversary Celebration
Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington
413.528.3544

Party and performance of some of the best BPL short plays. Party: 7:00 p.m. (Underwriter & Patron ticket holders); Show: 8:30 p.m. (Show-only tickets available). Underwriter ticket, $250 per person; Patron ticket, $150 per person; and Show-only ticket, $50 per person.

June 28
Berkshire Playwrights Lab Staged Reading Series
Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington
413.528.3544

Tenth annual Staged Reading Series of original plays with audience talk-back (play TBD), 7:30 p.m., $15/ticket.

July 12
Berkshire Playwrights Lab Staged Reading Series
Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington
413.528.3544

Tenth annual Staged Reading Series of original plays with audience talk-back (play TBD), 7:30 p.m., $15/ticket.

July 26
Berkshire Playwrights Lab Staged Reading Series
Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington
413.528.3544

Tenth annual Staged Reading Series of original plays with audience talk-back (play TBD), 7:30 p.m., $15/ticket.

August 5-20
Berkshire Playwrights Lab Presents “Some Old Black Man”
Saint James Place, 352 Main Street, Great Barrington
413.528.3544

Full production of Some Old Black Man by critically acclaimed playwright James A. Tyler, a play that began its history with BPL as a Staged Reading in 2015, starring Tony Award winner Roger Robinson and Broadway/Off-Broadway’s Peter Jay Fernandez. Show times: Matinee, 3 p.m., Evening, 8:00 p.m. $30-35/ticket.

About Berkshire Playwright Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab, celebrating its tenth season, is the region’s only professional theater exclusively dedicated to the development of new plays. BPL’s mission is to provide new and established playwrights with a secure space in which they may develop new work and explore new avenues of creativity. Berkshire Playwrights Lab Co-Artistic Directors are Joseph Cacaci, Jim Frangione and Matthew Penn, all with long professional careers as actors, directors and writers for both stage and screen. More than 35 short and 50 full-length plays have been presented since 2007. Several plays presented under the BPL banner in recent years went on to become full productions at other companies in New York and at regional theaters across the country. This August, BPL will mount a full production of “Some Old Black Man” by acclaimed playwright James A. Tyler. Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s summertime Staged Reading Series brings artists and audiences into conversation around new plays in development. Past writers and performers have included Tony Shalhoub, Treat Williams, Dan Lauria, Wendie Malick, Eric Bogosian, Elaine May and David Mamet. For more information, please visit berkshireplaywrightslab.org or call 413.528.2544.

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