upstreet_logosBSC’s 2017 10X10 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

February 16-March 5

ThursdayFriday, & Saturday at 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday at 3:00pm

BSC’s St. Germain Stage, located at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.

Tickets

TITLES & PLAYWRIGHTS

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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?

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.

Broken Window Theorem
By Suzanne Bradbeer
Directed by Matthew Penn
Desperate for a friend, a young PhD candidate employs an unusual tactic to meet one of her classmates.

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.

 

Lucky Gretzinger is a NYC-based actor, singer and songwriter. He has performed at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, where his favorite roles include Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors and Guildenstern in Hamlet. This past year, Lucky played Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at North Carolina Stage Company in Asheville, and has appeared in the feature film The Penny Dreadful Picture Show and Seeking Sublet, a comedy web series. You can also catch him monthly in A Drinking Game NYC, a sold-out series of staged readings of classic cult films in Brooklyn. www.luckygretzinger.com

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Matt Neely is delighted to be back at Barrington Stage! At BSC: 10×10 New Play Festival (6th year!), The Crucible. Off Broadway: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Hospital. Off Off Broadway: The Trial, The Heart of a Dog, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), The Furies, Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Sex and Other Collisions, Spare Change, Marriage, Unreal City. When not acting, Matt is a Financial Advisor at Neely Financial Advisors in Williamstown, MA and teaches yoga (yoga-matt.co). MFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and The Moscow Art Theater, BS in Theatre from Skidmore College. Love to Margo, Allie and the fam!

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Jane Pfitsch is thrilled to be back at Barrington Stage after playing Hildy in His Girl Friday in the summer of 2015. Broadway: Cabaret (2014 Revival), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Roundabout), Company (2007 Revival). Off Broadway: Peer Gynt and Allegro (CSC), The 39 Steps (New World Stages), Pumpgirl (Manhattan Theatre Club). Regional credits include: Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arena Stage, McCarter Theatre Center, Huntington Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, Capital Repertory Theater. Film/TV: 27 Dresses and Elementary. Awards: Helen Hayes Nomination; IRNE Nomination. Member of Ensemble Studio Theater. Brown/Trinity MFA Program.

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Peggy Pharr Wilson At BSC: His Girl Friday, Guys and Dolls, The Crucible, To Kill A Mockingbird, Carousel, Laramie Project: Epilogue, 10×10 Festival (’12, ’13, ’14, ’15, ’16); BAT: Doubt; Shakespeare & Company: Leap Year; New York: Six Women with Brain Death (co-author, and performed it also in Chicago, Dallas & Kansas City). Regional: Ten seasons with Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado performing over 50 roles, including Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (best actress Ovation Award Denver Post), Shirley Valentine, Moon for the Misbegotten and 3 Viewings. Many regional including: Dallas Theatre Center, Theatre 3, Kansas City Rep, Unicorn, KC Lyric Opera, White River in Vermont and Rose Theatre in Chicago. Married to Managing Director Tristan Wilson.

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Douglas Rees Doug is delighted to be making his Barrington debut. Credits include the recent American premiere of Nick Dear’s adaptation of Frankenstein at Denver Center Theatre; Shakespeare Theater of DC; Pittsburgh Public Theater; City Theatre (Pittsburgh); Arden Theatre and The Wilma Theater (Philadelphia); Capital Rep (Albany); Madison Rep, and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others. New York appearances include several productions at the Mint Theatre Company, and the world and subsequent New York City premieres of Michael Hollinger’s acclaimed play Opus at Primary Stages. Television credits include 30 Rock.

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Dina Thomas Off Broadway: Tribes, Clever Little Lies; Regional: Shakespeare Theatre Company and The Old Globe: The Metromaniacs; Contemporary American Theater Festival: Everything You Touch; La Jolla Playhouse: Tribes; Barrington Stage: 10×10See How They Run; Unicorn Theatre: Bad Jews, Distracted, Miss Witherspoon, Hungry; Berkshire Playwrights Lab: Release Point; Other: Staged Readings For Red Bull Theater, Project Y, The Lark And National New Play Network. Education: MFA From University Of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Creative Team

Julianne Boyd (Director) is the founder (1995) and Artistic Director of the Barrington Stage Company (BSC) in the Berkshires (MA) where she has directed many productions. This past season she directed two world premieres: Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, which won the Laurents-Hatcher Award for Best New Play of 2016 by an emerging playwright, and the musical Broadway Bounty Hunter by Joe Iconis, Jason SweetTooth Williams and Lance Rubin. Other productions she has directed include the world premieres of Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons and Dr. Ruth, All The Way as well as the critically acclaimed revival of Goldman and Sondheim’s Follies. She has also produced the world premieres of William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Mark St Germain’s Freud’s Last Session as well as the recent Broadway revival of On The Town. In 2006, Boyd and William Finn created the Musical Theatre Lab where 17 new musicals have been developed since its inception. Boyd conceived and directed the Broadway musical Eubie!, a show based on the music of Eubie Blake which starred Gregory Hines and garnered 3 Tony nominations. She also co-conceived and directed (with Joan Micklin Silver) the award-winning Off-Broadway musical revue A…My Name Is Alice (Outer Critics’ Award) and its sequel A…My Name Is Still Alice. Over the past thirty-five years she has worked extensively in New York and regional theatres. In 2007 she served on Governor Deval Patrick’s transition team and was his advisor on the arts for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. From 1992 to 1998 Ms. Boyd served as President of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the national labor union representing professional directors and choreographers in the U.S.   She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Criticism from CUNY Graduate Center. She and her husband Norman have three grown children.


Matthew Penn (Director) is an Emmy nominated director and one of a select group of directors who has worked extensively in single camera film, multi-camera tape and on the American stage. Penn has directed and/or produced over 200 hour-long dramatic television shows. He has worked for every major network as well as most of the significant cable channels. Penn’s recent credits include: The Mist, Queen of the South (Co-Executive producer/director), Orange is the New Black, Blue Bloods, Damages, Royal Pains, Secrets and Lies as well as classic series like The Sopranos, NYPD Blue and Law and Order. Penn began his television career at Law and Order where he earned an Emmy nomination and became the show’s Executive Producer. Penn has also directed over 100 national commercials for some of America’s most significant and profitable Fortune 500 companies. In the theater Penn has distinguished himself in both drama and comedy. His recent credits include: The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang and Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson which is scheduled for a full production this year at New York’s Public Theater. Penn has collaborated with many of the generations most accomplished actors including Oscar winner/nominees: Richard Dreyfuss, Glenn Close, William Hurt, Sam Waterston and David Strathairn. Penn is a member of the Actors’ Studio and Ensemble Studio Theater where he has staged plays in both their Marathons and on the EST main stage. He is the co-Artistic director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. During the last 10 years BPL has premiered over 50 new American plays including those of David Mamet and Larry Gelbart. Penn is currently developing two television series: Rose and Berlin with Richard Dreyfuss and David Black and The Enemy Within.


Jeff Davis (Lighting Designer) For Barrington Stage: Fiddler on the Roof, Fully Committed, Sleuth, 20th Annual … Spelling Bee, The Fantasticks, The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, and many Stage 2 productions. Locally: American Buffalo, Night of the Iguana, Waiting for Godot and 61 others for Berkshire Theatre Festival. Broadway and National Tours: 20+ Productions including Play On!, Death of A Salesman, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Born Yesterday, I Never Sang for My Father. New York City Opera: 26 new productions (5 World Premieres). Television: One Life to Live, All My Children, Great Performances, Live From Lincoln Center. Awards: 3 Emmy Award Nominations, LA Dramalogue Award.


Alexander Sovronsky (Sound Designer) is an actor/musician/composer/sound designer whose NYC credits include Cyrano de Bergerac (Broadway with Kevin Kline), multiple productions with Red Bull Theater, Theater for a New Audience, The Public, Atlantic Theater Co and the Classical Theater of Harlem. Regional credits include Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Walnut Street Theater, Shakespeare Theater of NJ, American Shakespeare Center, Hartford Stage, Connecticut Repertory Theater, Shakespeare Theater Company, Fords’ Theater and many seasons with Shakespeare & Company. Alexander’s specialty is the music and sounds of Shakespeare’s plays and he teaches workshops on the subject at various theaters and universities around the country. www.AlexanderSovronsky.com


Fran Rubenstein (Production Stage Manager) Fran is excited to be back at BSC after working on the remount of American Son this fall.  NYC credits include: God of Carnage, Se Llama Cristina, 17 Orchard PointThe Preacher & The Preacher & the ShrinkBranchedScrambled Eggs, Lawnpeople7th MonarchThe FartisteReading Under the Influence. Four seasons at The New Group including: Hurlyburly, Abigail’s Party and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Regional: Shakespeare & Company 2013-16: Sotto Voce, The Taming, An Iliad, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Heroes.  Dorset Theatre Festival 2010-11: Dial M for Murder, MauritiusFallen AngelsThe Novelist. Member AEA. Much love to Mom & Ziggy.


Rebecca Weiss (Producer) is the Literary Associate/Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director at BSC and is thrilled to kick off her first season at Barrington with 10×10! Previously she worked as a Producer, Director and Performer in NYC, where she is the founding Artistic Director of Spicy Witch Productions. She is a graduate of The University of Rochester.


Tristan Wilson (Scenic Designer) Tristan has been Managing Director of BSC for the past six Seasons. Over the last 35 years he has worked on hundreds of productions with performing arts companies ranging from Broadway to regional theatre to opera, dance, and live television. Broadway credits include 42nd Street, The Invention of Love and Ten Unknowns. Other NY credits include seven years with the Juilliard School, a tour with the Susan Marshall Dance Co and working at Centerline Studios managing the construction of scenery for numerous NYC productions. Regional theatre credits include Dallas Theatre Center, Missouri Rep, Creede Repertory Theatre and Theatre Three. Tristan is married to actress Peggy Pharr Wilson.


Playwrights

Suzanne Bradbeer (Broken Window Theorem) At BSC: Full Bloom and three 10×10 Festivals. Recent plays: Confederates (Kilroy’s Honorable Mention) opened the 2016-17 season at TheatreWorks – Silicon Valley. Naked Influence was premiered by Capital Rep in January, 2016. The God Game has had ten productions (so far) including the co-premiere at Gulfshore Playhouse/Capital Rep. Suzanne was a Fellow of the Lark’s Playwright Workshop. Other residencies include: PlayPenn, The New Harmony Project, the LAByrinth Theatre’s Summer Intensive, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Southern Writers’ Project. Suzanne is a regular moderator at the Actors Studio Playwright/Director Workshop and is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Dramatists Guild.


Tom Coash (Raghead) is a New Haven, Ct. playwright, director, and teacher. The author of Veils (produced at BSC in 2015 and Winner of the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, the Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights, and a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation National New Play Award) and Thin Air, produced at BSC in last year’s 10×10 Festival. Prior to New Haven, he taught playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt and currently teaches playwriting in the University of S. Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Writing Program. He is delighted to return to Pittsfield and BSC!


Allie Costa (Don’t Shoot the Messenger Pigeon) is an actress, screenwriter, playwright, director, and singer. Her original works have been produced internationally, including Femme Noir, A Taste of the Future, Two Girls, and Tofurkey Day. Her on-screen and onstage credits include 90210, Spring Awakening, Hamlet, You Me & Her, Wake, and Alien vs. Musical. She’s also appeared in commercials, narrated audio books, and lent her voice to video games. Occasionally, she sleeps. Don’t Shoot the Messenger Pigeon was inspired by a PlayGround-LA prompt. Listen closely and see if you can catch all of the North by Northwest references. www.alliecosta.com


James Mclindon (I Don’t Know) is thrilled to be working with Barrington Stage again. He is a member of the Nylon Fusion Theatre Company in New York. His plays have been produced or developed at theaters across America including the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Lark, PlayPenn, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, CAP21, Samuel French Festival, Victory Gardens, Hudson Stage Company, Abingdon, New Repertory, Lyric Stage, Detroit Rep, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Seven Devils, Telluride Playwrights Festival, Ashland New Plays Festival, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Colony Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Circus Theatricals, and Arkansas Rep. They have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus and Original Works Publishing.


Susan Middaugh (When I Fall in Love) Theatrical Mining Company has produced two of Susan Middaugh’s full-length plays, Black Widows and A Modern Pas De Deux, as part of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival. One Act Play Depot in Canada has published her short play, Such Good Neighbors, and Lazy Bee Scripts has published her short plays, Table for Two and Just a Bus Driver. Fourteen of her short plays have had productions by 26 community theaters in the U.S., England and Canada; they include the Source Theatre, Shelterbelt Theatre, the Arts Center Carrboro, NC (10×10 in the Triangle); Fells Point Corner Theatre; and Stone Soup Theatre. Susan is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild and the Playwrights Group of Baltimore.


Marilyn Millstone (Compos Mentis) Marilyn’s first play – the semi-historical drama The Sculptress – was selected for a month-long production at Baltimore’s Fells Point Corner Theatre and won two awards from the 2011 Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Her second play – the full-length contemporary drama The Hope Slope – was selected for the 2015 “Many Faces of Love” Monologue Festival produced by Hudson Warehouse in New York City and a staged reading at the 2016 Baltimore Playwrights Festival. Compos Mentis is Marilyn’s first comedy and first ten-minute play, and this Barrington Stage production marks the first time she has the honor of seeing her work performed by an Equity theatre company. Deepest thanks to Bill Apter…for everything.


Scott Mullen (Sandbox) is a longtime Hollywood screenplay analyst and screenwriter, a two-time winner of Amazon Studios’ screenwriting contest, whose thriller The Summoning recently aired on TV One. His short plays have been performed around the world.


Gwendolyn Rice (Pockets) is a professional writer and playwright based in Madison, Wisconsin. Gwen has worked in marketing, communications, and fundraising for a variety of corporations and non-profit organizations over the course of her career. Among other freelance projects, she currently reviews restaurants and performing arts events for area newspapers, and teaches playwriting workshops for Children’s Theater of Madison, Renaissance Theaterworks and the Milwaukee Rep. She is a member of Chicago Dramatists, the American Theater Critics Association, and the Dramatists Guild.


Ann Marie Shea (The Dirty Irish) A. M. Shea’s plays have been produced at Torrent Theatre (NYC) Southeastern Regional Technical High School, Boston Theatre Marathon, Shakespeare and Company, Worcester Children’s Theatre, Boston Actors’ Theatre, Redfeather Theatre, Turtle Lane Theatre, Newburyport’s Firehouse Center for the Arts, and, last year, at Barrington Stage (Best in Class). She performs her one-woman play, Madame Secretary, Frances Perkins, at venues throughout New England. Both as writer and performer, she has participated in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Valdez, AK. She has acted at Stoneham Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Redfeather Theatre, Apollinaire Theatre, and Boston’s Huntington Theatre. The film, The Last Poker Game, where she plays the role of Martin Landau’s wife, is due for release in 2017. She is a member of Dramatists Guild, AEA and SAG-AFTRA.


Annette Storckman (Desk Fort) Annette Storckman is a New York based playwright and dramaturg. Her most recent play Bonesetter: A Tragislasher premiered with Spicy Witch Productions in May 2016 as their Writer in Residence. Other credits include: The Death Of Skankin Pete (Double Feature Reading Series), Assumptions (NY Icon Plays: Love in an Irish Pub), 100 Days Of 1 Minute Plays (Blog Project), Hums And Flutters (New Paltz Players). Ms. Storckman is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and is published with Indie Theater Now. www.annettestorckman.com

10x10 New Play Festival - 2017