The comic drama, Melissa’s Choice, will be presented as a staged reading on Saturday, September 2, at 7:00 PM, at the Unicorn Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group, in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The presentation is a fund-raiser for Multicultural BRIDGE, a Lee based not-for-profit organization that works to bridge gaps between ethnic, racial and economic groups in the Berkshires.
The play, written by Lenox-based playwright Steven Somkin, is set in the Oregon woods. It deals with the unintended pregnancy of a young lawyer, a women’s rights advocate, whose two boy-friends have diametrically opposed views on abortion. Her increasing bizarre fantasies dramatize her dilemma, which is ultimately resolved through the spiritual midwifery of a randy cowboy and an African American park ranger.
The play premiered in New York City 2015 at the Lion Theatre and most recently was produced by the University of North Texas with a panel supported by the ACLU, featuring Wendy Davis, the gubernatorial candidate and legislative activist who filibustered for women’s health clinics.
Women’s rights will be discussed at a post-performance panel by diverse religious leaders, feminists, and human rights activists. The panel will include: Gwendolyn VanSant, Executive Director, Multicultural BRIDGE; Dr. Steven Somkin, playwright; Pastor Sheila Sholes-Ross, First Baptist Church of Pittsfield; Msgr. John Bonzagni, St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Lenox; TBA a speaker from the Massachusetts Women Commission and the ACLU.
The play’s director is Andrew Joffe, and features Eddie Allen, Mel Cobb, Lora Lee Ecobelli, David Smilow, and Majestic Tillman.
Tickets are $35 on line or at the box office from the Unicorn (Berkshire Theatre Group); the full amount is tax deductible and will be applied to a Summer Challenge matching grant. Tickets are now on sale at Berkshire Theatre Group box office (413) 997-4444, or on the web at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.