BPL hires Tristan Wilson as Managing Director. Tristan comes to Berkshire Playwrights Lab from Barrington Stage Company where he served as the Managing Director from 2010 – 2017. During his career he has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, opera, dance, concerts, live television and event production. Clients/projects include: Broadway – 42nd Street, Invention of Love, Lincoln Center Theater; Chaucer in Rome, Ten Unknowns, Off-Broadway – Urinetown and Three Hotels, NY City Opera, NY City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Atlantic Theater and PBS – Live From Lincoln Center. He has been on staff at The Juilliard School, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, The Dallas Theatre Center and Theatre Three in Dallas. He is married to Berkshire actress Peggy Pharr Wilson.
Some Old Black Man is being presented at 59E59 in NYC. From Feb. 8 to March 4, Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”) and Roger Robinson (a Tony winner for “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”) will play son and father in Some Old Black Man, written by James Anthony Tyler. The two-hander focuses on the generational and cultural gap between a worldly college professor (Pierce) who moves his ailing, blue-collar father from Mississippi (Robinson) into his Harlem penthouse and began as a Staged Reading at BPL in 2015. The playwright just won the third annual Dramatists Guild Horton Foote Award for Playwrighting; the two previous recipients are Pulitzer and Tony winners.
(Read Macey Levin’s BerkshireOnStage.com review of BPL’s 2017 production of Some Old Black Man HERE.)
About Berkshire Playwrights Lab
Berkshire Playwrights Lab (BPL) is a 501(c)(3) theater company headquartered in Great Barrington in western Massachusetts. Founded in 2007, BPL is led by theater professionals Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione and Matthew Penn. Each founding Artistic Director has worked in theater for at least thirty years as directors, playwrights, actors and producers. They came together out of a recognized need for more theater companies that give writers support and guidance as they develop new work, and for affordable opportunities for audiences to engage with theater. BPL is the only theater company in Berkshire County that focuses exclusively on new play development. It provides emerging and established playwrights with a supportive environment to develop their work while offering local audiences high-quality theater experiences at little or no cost.
The Summer Staged Reading Series, BPL’s signature program, offers staged readings of new plays that are developed in an intense rehearsal process that provides playwrights an opportunity to work closely with a director and professional actors to refine their script through rehearsal, performance and the post-reading audience talkback session. Over the years, BPL has developed a strong following and reputation for excellence. Many of the readings have subsequently been produced at local and regional theaters. In 2017, BPL produced the Fully Staged Production and premiere of Some Old Black Man by James A. Tyler, a play featured in our 2015 series that is now being produced in New York City. The Radius Playwrights Festival, launched in January 2017, features fully staged readings of new, short plays selected through a blind submission process and written by playwrights of all ages and experience levels who have a residence within a 50-mile radius of Great Barrington; the festival utilizes local actors and directors. Writer’s Group/Berkshire Voices was created by and for local residents to provide key support and resources for writers at every stage of their careers; ten to twelve playwrights meet once a week for eight weeks (in three sessions per year) to share new work and offer constructive criticism in a supportive community environment. At the end of each session, Berkshire Voices, a free performance of work created during the session, is shared with the public. For more information, please visit berkshireplaywrightslab.org or call 413.528.2544.