10×10 New Play Festival 2018 2018-02-22T10:51:04+00:00

BSC’s 2018 10X10 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

10 TEN MINUTE PLAYS + 10 PLAYWRIGHTS + 6 ACTORS = 100 MINUTES OF PURE JOY

FEBRUARY 15 – MARCH 4
FIRST & SECOND WEEKS SOLD OUT

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.

TITLES & PLAYWRIGHTS

The Fly
By Brad Systma
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Everyone has had one of “those” days. Days where you just want to relax in the park and enjoy a sandwich, but with the buzz of one tiny fly, your dreams of a peaceful lunch are ruined.

Run-On Sentence
By Cathy Tempelsman
Directed by Julianne Boyd
A woman visits her aging father in prison and finds that, despite his penchant for telling jokes, coming home is no laughing matter.

Joy Ride
By Christine Foster
Directed by Julianne Boyd
An estranged daughter brings her father’s ashes home for a dignified send off only to find her free-spirited mother has loftier plans.

Fargo 3D
By Eric Wade Fritzius
Directed by Matthew Penn
Security is at an all time high these days and the movie theater is no exception. For the would be patrons of Fargo 3D, sneaking in food to avoid inflated snack bar prices is a serious business requiring serious counter-measures.

Seven Minutes in Heaven
By Eugenie Carabatsos
Directed by Matthew Penn
Fredi and Martin have been thrown into a closet for a game of “seven minutes in heaven.” Intimacy, nerves, and hormones lead to some bizarre truth telling in this sweet comedy.

 

Perspective
By James McLindon
Directed by Julianne Boyd
When their painting moved to a new room at the Louvre, Mary and the Archangel Gabriel find their relationship threatened by a certain woman with an inscrutable smile.

The Secret to a Healthy Relationship
By Jamie Roach
Directed by Matthew Penn
Couples therapy can lead to some revealing truths…and as one couple learns, to a truly terrible date night.

Beatrix Potter Must Die!
By Patrick Gabridge
Directed by Julianne Boyd
A desperate American farmer travels back in time for an unusual solution to his plague of rabbits.

Old Aquatics
By Steven Korbar
Directed by Matthew Penn
A volunteer driver must summon all his patience as he tries to shepherd home a very unruly reveler on New Year’s Eve.

Kamasutra
By Tom Coash
Directed by Matthew Penn
When Doris and Harold of Hackensack visit the Chandela Temples in India, they reexamine their love and marriage amidst the famous erotic carvings.

 

Lucky Gretzinger is ecstatic to be back at BSC for his second 10×10. An NYC-based actor, singer and songwriter, Lucky’s favorite roles include Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Nick in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at North Carolina Stage Company, and Abram in Everything is Wonderful at Contemporary American Theatre Festival.  He has appeared in the feature film The Penny Dreadful Picture Show and can be seen later this year in the short film The Right One.  He also performs monthly with A Drinking Game NYC, a sold-out series of staged readings of film classics in Brooklyn.  www.luckygretzinger.com

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Matt Neely is delighted to return to Barrington Stage! At BSC: 10×10 New Play Festival (7th 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 Theater from Skidmore College. Love to Margo, Allie and the baby bump!

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Peggy Pharr Wilson At BSC: GaslightHis Girl FridayGuys and Dolls, The Crucible, To Kill A Mockingbird, Carousel, Laramie Project: Epilogue, 10×10 Festival (’12–‘18); BAT: Doubt; SHAKES & CO: Leap Year; New York: Six Women with Brain Death (co-author, and performed it also in Chicago, Dallas & Kansas City). Regional: 10 seasons with Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado performing over 50 roles, including Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd (best actress Ovation Award Denver Post), Shirley ValentineMoon 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.

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Keri Safran is thrilled to be performing at BSC! Theatre: Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain (Zach Theatre), the new musical City of Light (SheNYC, directed by Cady Huffman, opposite Valarie Pettiford), As You Like It and Hamlet (Montana Shakes), Speakeasy (Transcendence), The Curse of Oedipus (Antaeus Theatre, directed by Casey Stangl),  Moon Over Buffalo (GTC), Spring Storm (Actors Rep of TX, directed by Michael Bloom). TV/Film:  $5.15/hr (directed by Richard Linklater), The BlacklistThe Real O’NealsHIMYMRay DonovanNUMB3RSBefore the Sun Explodes, Dollhouse, et al. Proud alum of The Groundlings Sunday Company. Secret Weapons: Dialect Coaching & Mouth Trumpeting. Fun Things: www.kerisafran.com. IG: @kerisafran.

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Dina Thomas NEW YORK: Off Broadway: TribesClever Little Lies; REGIONAL: Dina originated the role of Lisette is David Ives’ The Metromaniacs at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in DC and The Old Globe in SD and will be reprising her role in New York this Spring. Contemporary American Theater Festival: Everything You Touch; La Jolla Playhouse: Tribes; Barrington Stage: 10×10, See How They Run; Unicorn Theatre: I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard, Bad Jews, Distracted, Miss Witherspoon; Berkshire Playwrights Lab: Release Point, Washed Up. Dina is currently hard at work writing her one woman piece, Tales of a NONgénue, to be performed next year. EDUCATION: MFA from University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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Robert Zukerman BSC:  His Girl Friday, The Crucible, Ring Round the Moon, The Importance of Being Earnest, Thief River, 10×10.  Other regional work at Gretna Theatre (PA), Florida Studio Theatre, Firehouse Theatre (VA), Triad Stage (NC), Franklin (NY) Stage, Arena Stage, Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Two dozen plays Off Broadway at the Atlantic, CSC, TFANA, the Pearl, etc. Recent film: In Bed With Ulysses. TV: Renaissance Gardening (Rhode Island PBS). Narration: Talking Books (Library of Congress). Tour: USAF bases in Greenland for the USO. Dance: National Dance Institute.

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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.


Eric Andrew Mitchell (Lighting Designer) Based in New York City, Eric is happy to return to Barrington Stage after assistant designing last season’s productions of Ragtime and Company. A recent graduate of Ithaca College, his work as an assistant designer has brought him to regional theaters such as Barrington Stage Co, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, and the Hangar Theatre, as well as off-Broadway theaters including Classic Stage Company, 59E59, and Mint Theatre Company. www.EricMitchellDesign.com.


Alexander Sovronsky (Sound Designer) Barrington Stage: 10×10 (2017). As a composer/sound designer, credits include Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac (starring Kevin Kline). Off Broadway: Bottom Of The World (Atlantic); Women Beware Women (Red Bull Theatre); King Lear, Three Sisters (Classical Theatre of Harlem); As You Like It (Happy Few Theatre Co); Cyrano de Bergerac (Resonance Ensemble). Regional: multiple productions at Hartford Stage, Shakespeare & Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Wharton Salon, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Off-Square Theatre Co, WAM Theatre. So happy to be back home in the Berkshires with his amazing wife, Jessica. For a good time, check out www.AlexanderSovronsky.com


Jessica Sovronsky (Costume Designer) is a multi-medium Theatre Artist, specializing in Management and Props. She has designed and built costumes for dozens of educational productions in schools across NY for over 10 years. Costume Shop Management: Barrington Stage (Gaslight); American Shakespeare Center (2016 Summer/Fall Season). Other Barrington Stage work: Props Master (Veils); Properties Artisan (2017 Summer Season). Other select props work includes: St. Clements (Cyrano, Burning); WAM Theatre (The Last Wife); Princeton Triangle (Spy School Musical); Williams College (Hamlet, Princess Ivona, Hour of Feeling, Blood Wedding, Tempest, Endgame, Waxworks, The People’s History of Performance Art,The Wolves). Proud Member of AEA. www.jessicasovronsky.com


Leslie Sears (Production Stage Manager)  BSC: Taking StepsGeorgieKunstler. Off Broadway: Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout). Regional: Albatross (Michael Seiden/The Poets’ Theatre), Private Lives (Shakespeare Theatre Co.), A Raisin in the Sun, Invisible Man, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Private Lives, Sons of the Prophet, Ruined, Fences, A Civil War Christmas, The Miracle at Naples, The Corn is Green (Huntington Theatre Co.), The Four of Us (Old Globe). Opera: Ariadne auf Naxos, Don Giovanni, Così fan tutte (Tanglewood Music Center), as well as three seasons with Boston Lyric Opera and several productions with Boston Early Music Festival. Ms. Sears is a graduate of Boston University.


Rebecca Weiss (Producer) is the Literary Associate/Executive Assistant to the Artistic Director at BSC. This her second season as the producer of 10×10 at BSC. Previously she worked as a Producer and Director in NYC, where she is the founding Artistic Director of Spicy Witch Productions. She is a graduate of The University of Rochester.

Wil Deleguardia (Scenic Designer2018 will be Wil’s second season with the Barrington Stage Company. This is Wil’s first ever scenic design. Before working with BSC, Wil was the Assistant Technical Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a Freelance Technical Director based out of Chicago. Wil graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a BFA in Theatre Technology in 2014. His largest production of note was Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale, a world premiere as part of Broadway In Chicago.


Playwrights

Eugenie Carabatsos (Seven Minutes in Heaven) Eugenie’s plays have won the Kennedy Center Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award, the Trustus Theatre Playwrights Contest, the Mountain Playhouse Comedy Writing Competition, the Venus Theatre Festival, and the University of Tulsa’s WomenWorks Competition. They have been produced by Trustus Theatre, Stages Theatre, 2cents Theatre, iDiOM Theatre, and South Park Theatre, as well as in a number of festivals and development programs including the Great Plains Theater Conference. She graduated with her MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016, and received her BA from Wesleyan University in 2010.


Tom Coash (Kamasutra) is a New Haven, Ct. playwright, director, and teacher. This is Tom’s fourth play produced at BSC. Hurrah! Previous BSC productions include: Veils (Winner of the M. Elizabeth Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association), Thin Air, and Raghead (both produced in previous 10×10 Festivals). Prior to New Haven, he taught playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt and currently teaches scriptwriting in the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA Writing Program. He is delighted to return to Pittsfield and BSC!


Christine Foster (Joy Ride) Christine’s work has been produced in the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Mexico, Korea and the US. She co-founded the award winning Cliffhanger Productions in Toronto and wrote many scripts for CBS, CTV, CBC, History and Disney’s Family Channel.. She was also the first artistic director of the Diez Minutos Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where she directed several mainstage productions. Most recently she has had several plays produced in Brighton, UK and her full length “Four Thieves’ Vinegar” (about the Black Death) had a successful run in London in 2017.


Eric Wade Fritzius (Fargo 3D) is a writer, performer and director whose short plays have been produced across the West Virginia/Virginia/Ohio tri-state region. Fargo 3D debuted at the Greenbrier Valley Theatre’s 2014 New Voices Play Festival in his home town of Lewisburg, W.Va. It has since been produced for Longwood University’s 0 to 60 Ten Minute Play Festival, Madlab Theatre’s Theatre Roulette Festival, and has had staged readings at the M.T. Pockets Theatre of Morgantown, W.Va., and–along with two of his other plays–for the Vintage Theatre Company’s inaugural West Virginia Playwright’s Festival in Clarksburg. His first collection of short fiction, A Consternation of Monsters, was published in 2015 and has now been released as an audiobook. Visit him online at MrHerman.com.


Patrick Gabridge (Beatrix Potter Must Die!) Patrick Gabridge’s plays include Drift, Lab Rats, Distant Neighbors, Blood on the Snow, and Blinders, and have been staged around the world. He’s written three novels: Steering to Freedom, Moving [a life in boxes] and Tornado Siren. He co-founded Boston’s Rhombus playwright’s group, the Playwrights’ Submission Binge, and the New England New Play Alliance. He’s the Dramatists Guild’s New England Regional Rep, has been a playwriting fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company, and has received fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Foundation. In his spare time, he likes to farm and fix up old houses. www.gabridge.com


Steven Korbar (Old Aquatics) Steven’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. His short plays, “Table for Four”, “Mrs. Jansen Isn’t Here Now” and “What are You Going to Be?” have all been published in Smith and Kraus’ “Best Short Plays” series. Other productions include “Hard” at Elephant Stageworks in LA, “Mrs. Jansen…” at The Barrow Group Theatre in NYC, “Yellow” at Pop Culture Theatre in Melbourne, “Mother and Child” at the Fury Theatre, Chicago and “The Disappearance of Small Objects” at the Odyssey Theatre in LA.


James Mclindon (Perspective) is thrilled to be working with Barrington Stage again. James 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 (selection and six-time semifinalist), Lark, PlayPenn, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 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.


Jamie Roach (The Secret to a Healthy Relationship) is an actor, playwright and theatre practitioner. A graduate of NYU & Circle In the Square, he has appeared onstage at The Public Theatre, Playwrights’ Horizons, New World Stages and The Metropolitan Opera. As a playwright, Jamie’s work was featured in Play/Date, an immersive production that was heralded by the New York Times as “thoughtful drama.” Also, The City, produced by Alive Worldwide, (aliveworldwide.org), an organization Jamie co-created to promote human connectivity through creativity, and Love Struck, produced by Purple Threads Ensemble. As a teaching artist and corporate coach, Jamie works with The New Victory Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, and Disney Theatricals, PwC, Astellas, and The Federal Reserve Bank. www.jamieroach.com


Brad Systma (The Fly) is a playwright and actor living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brad attended Olivet Nazarene University where he studied Theatre and Business, it was there he began writing plays. Brad’s work has been produced in New York City, and other cities across the United States and Canada. Most notably, Brad was recognized for his “Most Unique Style” at the 2015 Detroit Fringe Festival. When he’s not writing, Brad can frequently be found working onstage and off with Shadblow Theatre, performing with Pigeon Creek Shakespeare’s repertory company or with one of West Michigan’s other performance groups.


Cathy Tempelsman (Run-On Sentence) is drawn to hidden figures and events from history in her writing. Her first play, A Most Dangerous Woman (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Echo Theatre), was inspired by the life of George Eliot. A new script, The Eleventh Hour, is based on an investigation into the final day of combat during the First World War. Cathy has received support for her work through a residency at the Djerassi Foundation, a commission from NYSCA and two nominations for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. This is her first time working with Barrington Stage, and she’s delighted. Thank you, Julie and Rebecca.

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