BSC’s 2019 10×10 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

THANKS FOR JOINING US!

10 TEN MINUTE PLAYS x 10 PLAYWRIGHTS = 100 MINUTES OF PURE JOY

FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 10

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

Double Entendre
By L.H. Grant
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Did he say what she thinks he said – and what exactly did she just say? This is all so confusing.

172 Push-Ups
By Scott Mullen
Directed by Matthew Penn
Two veterans – one an old man, one a young woman – meet outside a bus station on a snowy night. There they discover their differences – and their similarities.

Charlottesville
By Suzanne Bradbeer
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Dani loves her children, she really does. But sometimes you just want to fish by the lake and let the world spin without you. Unfortunately, the world – and your children – may have other ideas.

The Chapel Play
By Lila Rose Kaplan
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Two strangers collide in a small Chapel. After a prickly start, they help each other in the most surprising of ways.

Pipeline
By Michael Brady
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Three activists prepare to guard the approach to a forest targeted for a controversial pipeline. When dawn comes with an unexpected encounter, each must decide – take a stand or step aside.

Twas the Day After Christmas
By Steven Korbar
Directed by Matthew Penn
On December 26, a world-class cheapskate tries to return his artificial Christmas tree to a department store.

Kid Stuff
By Chris Shaw Swanson
Directed by Matthew Penn
When their son’s school art project provokes an unexpected reaction, two parents are forced to examine the boundaries of social responsibility and creative expression.

Organic Seed
By Patrick Gabridge
Directed by Matthew Penn
Conflict erupts at the farmer’s market between a young woman farmer and an older conventional farmer as they battle for customers.

Eddie and Edna
By Donald Loftus
Directed by Matthew Penn
Sometimes it becomes a struggle to sort out the real from the imagined. Sometimes, even those closest cannot help.

Cold Feet
By Brad Sytsma
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Gathering loved ones together to celebrate the joining of two lives can get complicated, especially when everything seems to be going very wrong.

“Richly entertaining…Good things do, indeed, come in small packages.”
—The Berkshire Eagle

“Ten satisfying ten-minute plays with a value-added opening, courtesy of Matt Neely, six actors playing thirty one characters, two fine directors, and a great design team add up to 100% entertainment…for the price of one ticket!”
—The Westfield News

“The six players, two directors and ten (eleven) authors deliver a perfect mid-winter offering, deep in the heart of Berkshire County. Always fascinating as an experience with unfamiliar authors this year may rank as one of the best.”
—Berkshire Bright Focus

“Kudos to Barrington Stage Company for bringing theatre back to the Berkshires in the dead of winter.”
—Berkshire Fine Arts

“The six very talented actors appear in different plays as completely different characters and yet, they capture the emotions that make us human and relate to the audience with energy and verve that highlight the human condition.”
—In the Spotlight

“There is something for everyone in this offering.”
—BroadwayWorld

“The brightest, freshest oasis in the bleakest, wettest Berkshire winter… BSC fluidly assembles the program, and links the plays with thematically appropriate interstitial song. Kudos to the seamless, invisible directorial hands of Julianne Boyd and Matthew Penn who divide the director’s job among the ten plays: You can’t tell who directed what. Casting is super.”
—Off Script with Dan Dwyer

CAST

MICHAEL FELL is an actor, improviser and voiceover artist working in New York City. His theatre credits include productions in New York, Louisville, Little Rock and Minneapolis with theatres such as The Guthrie, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Rep, Park Square, Project Y, Back Room Shakespeare and many more. He can be seen on Bull on CBS. He received his training from the Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprenticeship and the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. michael-fell.com

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SARAH GOEKE grew up in Cape Girardeau, MO and has a Vocal Performance degree from UMKC Conservatory and an MFA in Acting from Michigan State University. She recently moved to New York City and has been seen as Sally in Cabaret and traveling across the United States as Cynthia Weil in the National Broadway tour of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. She’s also excited to be performing her own one-woman show SORRY with NYTF’s Summerfest this August. She’s so grateful to be here at Barrington Stage for the first time! IG: @sgerk sarahgoeke.com

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DESHAWN MITCHELL  is originally from Denver. He graduated from UC Irvine California with a Masters in Fine Arts. He is a NY-based actor whose past credits include Blue Bloods, Orange is the New Black, Blindspot, The Leftovers. He would like to thank his amazing family and friends for their endless Love and uncompromising support, and Lesa for keeping him afloat on this journey. He is overjoyed to be able to share the 10×10 plays with you all. If you would like to know more please find him on IMDb.com.

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PEGGY PHARR WILSON BSC: Gaslight, His Girl Friday, Guys and Dolls, The Crucible, To Kill A Mockingbird, Carousel, Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, 10×10 Festival (all 8 years!); 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 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.

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KERI SAFRAN BSC: Typhoid Mary, 2018’s 10×10. Sundance Film Festival 2019 Grand Jury Prize Nominee Imaginary Order, dir. Debra Eisenstadt. Theatre: Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain (Zach Theatre); the new musical City of Light (Connelly Theatre, dir. Cady Huffman, opposite Valarie Pettiford); As You Like It, Hamlet (Montana Shakes); Speakeasy (Transcendence); The Curse of Oedipus (Antaeus Theatre, dir. Casey Stangl); Moon Over Buffalo (GTC); Spring Storm (Actors Rep of TX, directed by Michael Bloom); multiple workshops of Stu For Silverton, a new musical about the first transgender mayor elected in America. TV/Film: Richard Linklater’s $5.15/hr, The Blacklist, The Real O’Neals, HIMYM, Ray Donovan, NUMB3RS, Before the Sun Explodes (SXSW), Dollhouse, et al. Alum of The Groundlings Sunday Company; Dialect Coach. kerisafran.com. IG: @kerisafran. Next Role: the titular canine in Sylvia!

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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 (‘12, ‘14, ‘15, ‘18). Other regional work includes Gretna Theatre (PA), Florida Studio Theatre, Firehouse Theatre (VA), Triad Stage (NC), Franklin (NY) Stage, Penguin Rep, Hubbard Hall, Arena Stage, Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Two dozen plays Off Broadway at the Atlantic, CSC, TFANA, the Pearl, etc. Narration: Talking Books (Library of Congress). Tour: USAF bases in Greenland for the USO. Former Theatre Program Director at the NY State Council on the Arts. Last Santa Claus at B. Altman & Co.

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CREATIVE TEAM

JULIANNE BOYD (Director) Julianne Boyd is the founder (1995) and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company (BSC) in the Berkshires (MA) where she has directed many productions, including this past season’s critically acclaimed productions of West Side Story and The Glass Menagerie. She also directed the 2017 hit production of Company, starring Aaron Tveit and the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, which won the Laurents-Hatcher Award for Best New Play of 2016. Other productions include the world premieres of Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons, Dr. Ruth, All The Way and Best of Enemies, and the critically acclaimed revival of Goldman and Sondheim’s Follies. In 1997 she directed BSC’s smash hit production of Cabaret, which won six Boston Theatre Critics Awards and transferred to the Hasty Pudding Theatre in Cambridge for an extended run. Boyd conceived and directed the Broadway musical Eubie!, a show based on the music of Eubie Blake which starred Gregory Hines and garnered three 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. In 2000 Ms. Boyd created the Playwright Mentoring Project, BSC’s underserved-youth program that won the prestigious Coming Up Taller Award in 2007. In 2015, the Playwright Mentoring Project also won the Commonwealth Award for Creative Youth Development. 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 and her husband Norman have three grown children.


MATTHEW PENN (Director) BSC: Typhoid Mary, ‘17 and ‘18 10×10. Matt recently directed the three-month sold-out run of Mother of the Maid at the Public Theater starring Glenn Close. His recent Berkshire credits include: Beauty Queen of Leenane, Vanya and Sonya…, Mother of the Maid at Shakespeare and Company, The Actor’s Nightmare, Sister Mary Ignatius… at Berkshire Theatre Group. He is also co-Artistic director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab. BPL has premiered over 60 American plays over the last 12 years. In television, Penn has produced and/or directed nearly 200 prime time episodes. Penn began his TV career at Law & Order. He was nominated for an Emmy for his directorial achievement for the 200th episode of Law & Order starring Julia Roberts. In addition to L&O, Penn’s other credits include: The Sopranos, Orange is the New Black, Damages, NYPD Blue, House, Blue Bloods, Royal Pains, The Closer, Big Apple and many others.


JOSEPH MARTIN (Scenic Designer) is BSC’s Director of Production and Operations. Joe came to Barrington Stage Company after 18 seasons as Director of Production for Cleveland Play House. He also served as Production Manager at La Jolla Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company and Northwestern University. Before becoming a Production Manager, Joe worked as an Equity Stage Manager with the Denver Center Theatre Company, Sound Designer for Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival and Technical Director at the University of Notre Dame. He has toured productions nationally and internationally, performing in over 200 venues around the world. He enjoys skiing and juggling but not at the same time.


DEREK KEIFER (Lighting Designer) is excited to return to BSC after being the Lighting Intern during the 2018 season. He recently graduated from Ohio University with a MFA in Lighting Design and is currently the Production Fellow at Jacob’s Pillow. In addition to BSC, Derek has designed or assisted in Athens, Ohio; Toledo; Indianapolis; Cincinnati; Northern Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.


TRINITY MELISSA KOCH (Costume Coordinator) is a freelance costume designer and technician as well as a costume shop manager. Her most recent work was to design and build several costumes for the Albany Berkshire Ballet, with whom she also served as Wardrobe Supervisor for their 2018 Nutcracker tour. Trinity is a year-round resident of the beautiful Berkshires and confesses to owning eight sewing machines — the oldest is a Singer built in 1916 and sews as beautifully as the day it was made.


ALEXANDER SOVRONSKY (Sound Designer) BSC: The Glass Menagerie, The Cake, Typhoid Mary, 10×10 New Play Festival (2017, 2018). Original Music/Sound Design credits include: Broadway: Cyrano de Bergerac (starring Kevin Kline). Off Broadway: Mother of the Maid (The Public); 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: Arena Stage, KC Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Shakespeare & Co., Berkshire Theatre Group, Hartford Stage, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Wharton Salon, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Off-Square Theatre Co., WAM Theatre. AlexanderSovronsky.com


RENÉE LUTZ (Production Stage Manager) BSC Associate Artist. 25 years with BSC, over 55 shows including West Side Story, The Royal Family of Broadway, Gaslight, Company, Ragtime, American Son, Tribes, Sweeney Todd, Man of La Mancha, Cabaret, Follies, etc. Recent credits: Skin of Our Teeth (directed by Arin Arbus) and Pericles (directed by Trevor Nunn; Theatre for a New Audience). Credits include: Merchant of Venice (directed by Darko Tresnjak—both national tour and the Royal Shakespeare Company), Hamlet (directed by Darko; Hartford Stage), ART, New York Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature, Classic Stage, Vienna Festwochen, BTF, Yale Rep., Coconut Grove, etc. Her very best credit and longest run is her husband, actor Gordon Stanley.


LEILA TEITELMAN (Producer) is an administrator, playwright and artist from New Hampshire. She holds a degree from Connecticut College where she majored in theater with a concentration in playwriting. Her plays include: Sex Without Energy (The National Theater Institute), Awful People Pray (National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist, Princess Grace Fellowship Semi-Finalist, Breaking Through the Box Theater, Fresh Fruit Festival, Working Title Productions) and Baby Cakes (B-Street Theater Inaugural Comedy Festival, The Hearth Theater Co.) Leila was a 2017/2018 resident playwright at Athena Theater and was on playwriting faculty at The National Theater Institute. Leila has worked in Education and Literary offices at Manhattan Theatre Club, New Dramatists and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.


PLAYWRIGHTS

SUZANNE BRADBEER (Charlottesville) BSC: Four 10×10 Festivals: Broken Window Theorem, 2017; Man the Torpedoes, 2014; God in the Goat, 2012; and the world premiere of Full Bloom. Other productions include: Confederates (TheatreWorks – Silicon Valley, Kilroy’s Honorable Mention); The God Game (Pulitzer nomination and a dozen productions including the Gulfshore Playhouse/Capital Rep co-premiere); Naked Influence (Capital Rep). Suzanne is a regular moderator at the Actors Studio Playwright/Director Workshop, a member of the EST Playwrights Unit, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. This play is dedicated to my hometown.


MICHAEL BRADY (Pipeline) To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday was developed by The Ensemble Studio Theatre and produced as a film by Sony Pictures. Other stage works include: Sara, Equity Library Theatre at Lincoln Center; Semper Fi, Gloucester Stage Company; Hard Time, Main Street Stage, North Adams, Massachusetts; Two Bears Blinking, New Theatre, Miami. Michael manages Berkshire Voices, the writers support group for Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington. He served as a playwright mentor for BSC, helping local students find their own voices in the theatre.  Michael is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Ensemble Studio Theatre.


PATRICK GABRIDGE (Organic Seed) BSC: Beatrix Potter Must Die! (10×10 2018). Other plays include Mox Nox, Drift, Blood on the Snow, Chore Monkeys and Blinders, and have been staged around the world. He’s been a Playwriting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company and is the artist-in-residence at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. He’s authored four novels, including The Secret of Spirit Lake. He is producing artistic director of Plays in Place, which creates site-specific work for museums and historic sites. gabridge.com


L.H. GRANT (Double Entendre) has authored many full-length and one-act plays with productions in numerous venues both in the United States and internationally including New York, London, San Francisco and Vienna. Most recently his one-act, Maximilian the Magnificent, was performed at the New Jersey Repertory Company as part of the Theatre Brut Festival and was also published by Smith and Kraus in an anthology of the plays from the very same festival.


LILA ROSE KAPLAN (The Chapel Play) Her plays shine light on the stories we don’t tell about women. Her heroines live in heartfelt zany comedies, bittersweet comic dramas and imaginative musicals for young audiences. Her plays have been seen at the A.R.T., South Coast Rep, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, New Victory Theater, Second Stage, San Francisco Playhouse, Huntington Theatre, Arena Stage, Kennedy Center and EST. Lila Rose lives in Somerville, MA with her marine biologist and her curious daughter. lilarose.org


STEVEN KORBAR (Twas the Day After Christmas) BSC: Old Aquatics (10×10 2018), When Babies Fly (10×10 2016). 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.


DONALD LOFTUS (Eddie and Edna) is an American playwright, librettist and lyricist living in NYC. His work includes dramas, comedies and the book and lyrics for several musicals. Donald serves on the Board of Directors for The Dramatist Guild Foundation. He is also an active member of two NYC playwrights’ development groups: The DGPG (Dramatist Guild Playwriting Group) and TSP (Times Square Playwrights). Donald is thrilled to have Eddie and Edna included in Barrington Stage Company’s Annual 10×10 Festival.


SCOTT MULLEN (172 Push-Ups) BSC: Sandbox (10×10 2017). Scott is a longtime Hollywood screenplay analyst and screenwriter, a two-time winner of Amazon Studios’ screenwriting contest, whose thriller The Summoning aired on TV One. His short plays have been performed around the world. An evening of his comic plays, A Night of S.M., recently had a two-week run in Hollywood.


CHRIS SHAW SWANSON (Kid Stuff) Her award-winning comedies and dramas have been seen on more than 100 stages throughout the United States and abroad. Publishers of her work include Smith and Kraus, Meriwether and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. Chris is member of the ICWP as well as the Dramatists Guild of America and the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and Fellowship for playwriting. chrisshawswanson.com


BRAD SYTSMA (Cold Feet) BSC: The Fly (10×10 2018). Brad is a playwright and actor living in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Brad’s work has been produced in New York City, across the United States, Canada and the US Army Garrison in Germany. Brad is thrilled to again be part of BSC’s 10×10, his play The Fly having been produced in last year’s festival. When he’s not writing, Brad can be found working with West Michigan’s Shadblow Theatre or performing with Pigeon Creek Shakespeare’s repertory company.