Sponsored by Hildi and Walter Black & Anne and Larry Frisman
BSC’s 2020 10×10 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
10 TEN-MINUTE PLAYS x 10 PLAYWRIGHTS = 100 MINUTES OF PURE JOY
A reprise of the sold-out winter festival of new plays, this year’s witty and hilarious collection is ready for another outing this fall. It’s a whirlwind journey full of laughs and unexpected twists as ten 10-minute plays are performed by a dizzyingly talented cast of six. Be sure to get your tickets early for this limited run of “pure escapism fun!” (The Saratogian)
Sponsored in part by Dr. Richard Ziter and Eric Reimer
TITLES & PLAYWRIGHTS
By Connie Schindewolf
Directed by Matthew Penn
It’s audition day for the annual Five Second Play Festival, and everything is on the line.
By Erin Osgood
Directed by Matthew Penn
McNally’s wife was one in a million. After her untimely death, McNally looks for a caregiver for their children but struggles to find the right match. He eventually finds one, but the price is more than he anticipates.
By John Minigan
Directed by Matthew Penn
When a fourth grade teacher breaks protocol during an active shooter drill, her old friend and assistant principal must decide how they can protect both their students and their friendship.
By Cynthia Arsenault
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Can this marriage be saved? Digital Detox at Unplugged is a desperate last ditch effort for one couple.
By Jessica Provenz
Directed by Julianne Boyd
After Bruce becomes a widower, his neighbor Elaine comes to console him with lasagna… and an offer he cannot refuse.
Jill Takes a Leap
By Scott Mullen
Directed by Matthew Penn
A woman on the verge of getting married tries to decide if she’s doing the right thing — while on the edge of a bungee platform.
Are You One Of Those Robots?
By Deirdre Girard
Directed by Matthew Penn
Tele-Nurse Ruth is worn out by life, until one call pushes her out of her indifference into a world she never thought she’d embrace.
With Improvements by the Actors
By Ann Marie Shea
Directed by Julianne Boyd
At the first reading of the new “Danish play” at the Globe, some actors have just a few notes for the Bard.
By Rachel Bublitz
Directed by Julianne Boyd
In a world in which men are no longer trusted to make decisions concerning their own bodies, women hold all of the cards.
Oy Vey Maria
By Mark Harvey Levine
Directed by Julianne Boyd
It was supposed to be a silent night.
“Gets better each year. It is a highlight of the winter theater season.”
“pure escapism fun…In February it’s a gift to be treasured.”
“an absolute treat of bang-up comedy and sensitive dramas beautifully performed and directed.”
—Berkshire On Stage
“The evening has something for everyone and someone for everything. You can easily fight off the cold weather by journeying into this lively collection of new plays you’ll think about for quite a while.”
—Berkshire Bright Focus
“insightful; feeling; funny”
—The Berkshire Eagle
“one of the winter’s most eagerly awaited theatre offerings.”
—The Westfield News
“offers a little something for everyone”
“has laughs aplenty as well as moving and thought-provoking moments”
|DOUG HARRIS* was most recently seen as Lt. (j.g.) Daniel Kaffee in A Few Good Men at The Pittsburgh Public. NYC Credits: Disco Pigs (Drama League), The Rape of The Sabine Women by Grace B. Matthias (Playwrights Realm), The Glass Menagerie (Masterworks Theater Company), Unity: 1918 (Project: Theater). Regional Theatre: We’re Gonna Be Okay (B Street Theater), The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Oh, Gastronomy! (Humana Festival). Doug has developed new works with Playwrights Realm, NYTW, The Lark, Less Than Rent, Ensemble Studio Theater, CTG, Pipeline and more. Films: December 1, 1969; The Wait; Viking Funeral. dougharrisactor.com|
|MAYA LOREN JACKSON* is thrilled to be performing for the first time with BSC. Recent credits include: Kid Prince and Pablo (Kennedy Center); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Shipwrecked, Comedy of Errors (Great River Shakespeare Festival); Jar the Floor (Arkansas Repertory Theatre). Next Up: Big Love with Round House Theatre. Maya holds a BA in Theatre from The University of Maryland, College Park and an MFA in Acting from The University of Missouri, Kansas City. Special thanks to her family and the great folks at the Luedtke Agency.|
|PETER MACKLIN* is thrilled to be back in The Berkshires where he was Edmund in King Lear and in The Tempest at Shakespeare & Co. He’s also performed at Baltimore Center Stage, Bard Summerscape, Glimmerglass Festival, The Acting Company, Law & Order: SVU and many more. As a playwright, his play The Right Here, Right Now will be part of Bay Street Theater’s New Play Festival in May. Other plays include: Someplace Warm (Sam French, publisher), Oliver and Me (workshop production, New Circle Theater Company), A Beautiful Building (staged reading, TAC, Francesca Zambello, dir.), Prideful (workshop, the PGE), residency at Pawling Theater Exchange and more. Screenwriter: award-winning short Dinner at 40. petermacklin.com|
|KERI SAFRAN* BSC: third year in a row of 10×10, Dr. Saltzer/Typhoid Mary (dir. Matt Penn) and Dialect Coach for The Cake. Recent credits: Forbidden Broadway (dir. Gerard Alessandrini); titular canine in Sylvia (Flat Rock Playhouse); It’s a Wonderful Life (Gulfshore Playhouse, dir. Peter Amster); Lina Lamont/Singin’ in the Rain (Zach Theatre); City of Light (Connelly Theatre, dir. Cady Huffman, opposite Val Pettiford); multiple workshops of Stu for Silverton (dir. Andrew Russell), a new musical about the first transgender mayor elected in America. TV/Film: Blush (Sundance 2019); Netflix’s Soundtrack; Ray Donovan; Richard Linklater’s $5.15/hr.; The Blacklist; The Real O’Neals; HIMYM et al. Groundlings Sunday Company Alum, Antaeus Classical Theater Member, Dialect & Acting Coach: kerisafran.com; @kerisafran|
|KENNETH TIGAR* Theatre: BSC: Uncle Vanya; Broadway: Fish in the Dark, Translations; Vienna: Wir Spielen Frieden (in German), Old Wicked Songs. Regional: Alley Theatre; Cleveland Play House; Syracuse Stage; co-founder Chester Theatre; four productions of Freud’s Last Session (Geva, Hartford Theaterworks, Le Petit of New Orleans, Cape Playhouse); winner of LA Drama Critics Circle, Dramalogue and South Florida’s Carbonell awards. Film: The Avengers; Lethal Weapon 2&3; Primal Fear; 1000 Acres; Phantasm 2. Television: The Man in the High Castle; Hunters; House of Cards; The Good Wife; Bull; Blacklist; Blindspot; Barney Miller. Director: Tosca; Don Giovanni; La Bohème; Threepenny Opera. Published translations of Wedekind, and Büchner.|
|PEGGY PHARR WILSON* BSC: Associate Artist; America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro, Gaslight, His Girl Friday, The Crucible, To Kill a Mockingbird, Guys & Dolls, Carousel, Laramie Project: Epilogue and 10×10 New Play Festival (all nine years!). BAT: Doubt (Best Actress nominee BroadwayWorld). Shakespeare & Co: Leap Year. New York: Six Women With Brain Death (co-author, and performed it also in Chicago, Dallas and 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, Josie in A Moon for the Misbegotten and Mac in 3 Viewings. Many other regional including: Dallas Theatre Center, Theatre 3, Kansas City Rep, Unicorn, KC Lyric Opera, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, White River in Vermont and Rose Theatre in Chicago. Best role ever: Mrs. Tristan Wilson.|
JULIANNE BOYD† (Director) is the Founder (1995) and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company (BSC) where she has directed many productions, including the critically acclaimed West Side Story (2018) and the 2017 hit production of Company, starring Aaron Tveit. She also directed the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, which won the Laurents-Hatcher Award for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright in 2016. Other productions include the world premieres of Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons, The Best of Enemies and Dr. Ruth, All the Way 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 Theater 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, 10×10 2017–19. Penn most recently directed Glenn Close in the Public Theater’s production of Mother of the Maid. Ben Brantley praised the production and said: “under Penn’s lucid direction…Close offers dazzling evidence of a bona fide stage star at the height of her powers.” Penn is also an Emmy-nominated director who has directed and/or produced over 200 hour-long dramatic television shows. Penn’s credits include some of TV’s most iconic dramas: Law & Order, The Sopranos, NYPD Blue, Orange Is the New Black. Other credits include: The Mist, Queen of the South (Co-Executive Producer/Director), Blue Bloods, Damages, Royal Pains, Secrets and Lies. Penn began his television career at Law & Order where he earned an Emmy nomination for his direction of the episode “Empire” starring Julia Roberts. Berkshire theatre audiences also know Penn from his work at many of the region’s most significant theatres: Shakespeare & Co.: The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike and Mother of the Maid by Jane Anderson. Berkshire Theatre Group: Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You and The Actor’s Nightmare. Penn has been co-Artistic Director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab for the last 12 seasons.
TRINITY MELISSA KOCH (Costume Designer) is a freelance costume designer and costume technician. 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.
JOSEPH MARTIN (Scenic Design) is starting his fourth season as BSC’s Director of Production and Operations. Before joining Barrington Stage he worked as a Production Manager at Arizona Theatre Company, Cleveland Play House, La Jolla Playhouse and Northwestern University. Joe has also worked as an Equity Stage Manager with the Denver Center Theatre Company, Resident 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.
LUCAS PAWELSKI (Lighting Designer) BSC: Love Letters. Lucas is a local lighting designer best known for his work at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield as the staff lighting designer from 2016 to 2019 and currently for his designs at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington where he serves as the Associate Production Manager and the Resident Lighting Supervisor and Designer. Other design credits include the lighting design of Ghostlit Theatre’s Production of The Tempest. Lucas would like to thank his wife Lila for her love and commitment.
BRIAN PRATHER (Scenic Design) BSC Associate Artist and designer of BSC productions: Time Flies and Other Comedies; Into the Woods; The Glass Menagerie; A Doll’s House, Part 2; Typhoid Mary; Ragtime; American Son; Breaking the Code; Engagements; Dr. Ruth, All the Way; The Memory Show; Freud’s Last Session; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Burnt Part Boys and many others. Recent Off Broadway: Daniel’s Husband, Widowers’ Houses, A Christmas Carol, Becoming Dr. Ruth, The Memory Show, Freud’s Last Session, Nymph Errant, The Burnt Part Boys. International: Chung-mu Hall (South Korea). Regional and other: Alley Theatre, Goodspeed Musicals, TheaterWorks Hartford, Virginia Rep., Broad Stage, Mercury Theatre, Delaware Theatre Co., Shakespeare on the Sound, Capitol Rep. Regional Emmy nominee, Jeff Award and BTCA Award winner. brianprather.com
ALEXANDER SOVRONSKY (Sound Designer) BSC: The Glass Menagerie, The Cake, Typhoid Mary, 10×10 New Play Festival (2017–2019). 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, Seattle Rep, Shakespeare & Co., Berkshire Theatre Group, Hartford Stage, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Wharton Salon, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theater of NJ, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Off-Square Theatre Co., WAM Theatre. AlexanderSovronsky.com
RACHEL LYNNE HARPER* (Production Stage Manager) Back again at BSC, Rachel is excited to be a part of this year’s 10×10 New Play Festival. Her previous credits include A Crossing (NYC Workshop), American Underground; Fall Springs; Ragtag Theatre’s Hansel & Gretel; The Glass Menagerie; West Side Story; A Doll’s House, Part 2; Typhoid Mary and BSC’s Musical Theatre Conservatory. She has also worked with The National Jewish Theater Foundation’s reading of A Shayna Maidel, The York Theatre’s Winter Intensive and other regional productions including Godspell, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Imagine Productions of Columbus) and Christmas in Columbus: Return of the Elf (Short North Stage).
NORA ZAHN (Producer) is a dramaturg, producer and arts administrator from San Diego, California. Prior to joining BSC, she was the Community Development Manager at Diversionary Theatre in San Diego. Nora held the 2017–2018 Artistic Fellowship at American Conservatory Theater (ACT), and she has also worked in education and administration at the American Shakespeare Center and The Wooster Group. As a dramaturg and script reader, Nora has worked with Diversionary, Z Space, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, ACT, Playwrights Realm and the Playwrights’ Center. She is a proud graduate of the University of Virginia, where she earned a B.A. in Spanish & Global Development Studies.
MCCORKLE CASTING LTD; PAT MCCORKLE (Casting) (C.S.A.) Casting actors for Barrington Stage for 18 years. Pat McCorkle is pleased to be an Associate Artist at BSC. Broadway: Over 50 productions including On the Town, Amazing Grace, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, A Few Good Men. Off Broadway: highlights — Clever Little Lies; Sheer Madness; Tribes; Our Town (Barrow Street); Freud’s Last Session; Toxic Avenger; Almost, Maine; Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film: Premium Rush, Ghost Town, The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. Television: Twisted, St. George, Sesame Street, Hack, Californication, Max Bickford, Chappelle’s Show, Strangers with Candy, Barbershop, etc. mccorklecasting.com
CHARLIE SIEDENBURG (Berkshire Press Representative/Associate Artist) (16th Season) joined the BSC family in 2005 and has represented over 130 BSC productions. His work has led to features in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, USA Today and American Theatre Magazine. His many PR credits include the Metropolitan Opera (Live in HD), Paper Mill Playhouse (1999-2004), George Street Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre, Surflight Theatre and Two River Theater Company. He serves as Press Rep for Wagner College Theatre, The Minty Awards, Ghostlight Productions and In The Wings Productions. Charlie is a 1995 Theatre/Arts Administration graduate of Wagner College on Staten Island, where he currently teaches Theatre Appreciation. Last year he was appointed Director of Alumni Relations for his alma mater, Moore Catholic High School.
THE PRESS ROOM (National Press Representatives) Broadway: Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, and upcoming productions of The Brothers Size, Chasing Rainbows, Born for This, Paradise Square and Working Girl: The Musical. Recent Broadway credits: The Waverly Gallery, Three Tall Women, Farinelli and the King. Off-Broadway: Gloria: A Life, Beyond Babel. Other clients include: Vineyard Theatre, The Wooster Group, Shakespeare’s Globe, Theatre Row, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Hunter Theater Project, NY Classical Theatre, Southern California’s 3-D Theatricals, the award-winning web series “Indoor Boys,” actor/pianist Hershey Felder, Why Not Theatre’s Mahabharata for the Shaw Festival, and Miami New Drama’s world premiere musical, A Wonderful World.
CYNTHIA ARSENAULT (Digital Detox), psychologist by day, writer by night, is a long-time director, who 12 years ago co-founded a playwriting group, aptly named Group. They encouraged her to take up the pen. Six years later, she is published in Best 5 Minute Plays for Teens, Best 10 Minute Plays of 2017, A Solitary Voice, Best Women’s Monologues of 2019, on Monologuebank.com and in Limelight/Applause’s upcoming 2020 ten minute play anthology. There have been over 100 productions of her plays in most of the U.S. states, Canada, London and Australia.
RACHEL BUBLITZ (My Body) is an award-winning and internationally produced playwright. Her plays include: Ripped (produced by Z Space and Good Company Theatre), Of Serpents & Sea Spray (produced by Custom Made Theatre and This Is Water), Burst (developed with REACH at Utah Shakespeare Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, Keegan Theatre, Theatre 33, Ground & Field Theatre Festival, PlayGround and soon to be featured in Pasadena Playhouse and Caltech’s MACH 33 Festival this Spring) and The Night Witches (commissioned and produced by Egyptian YouTheatre). When she isn’t writing, she’s chasing after her two viking-like kids. For more: RachelBublitz.com
DEIRDRE GIRARD (Are You One Of Those Robots?), who tells women’s stories, received her Playwriting MFA at Boston University. She has had dozens of one-act plays and two full-length plays produced. Deirdre was named a 2012/13 and 2013/14 Playwriting Fellow at New Repertory Theater, and was selected for the Company One Play Labs and Central Square Theater’s TWSS program. Most recently, she completed a commission from Peabody Essex Museum and won a national award for her one-act play In the Buff. She is an instructor/mentor for several organizations including the Massachusetts Young Playwrights Project and Northeastern University’s Silver Masque, and an editor for Stage Source’s New Play Alliance Newsletter.
MARK HARVEY LEVINE (Oy Vey Maria) has had over 1700 productions of his plays everywhere from Bangalore to Bucharest and from Lima to London. His plays have won over 45 awards and have been produced in more than ten languages. Full evenings of his plays, such as Didn’t See That Coming and A Very Special Holiday Special have been shown in New York, Amsterdam, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Sao Paulo, Sydney, Seoul, Mexico City and across the US. A Spanish-language movie version of his play The Kiss (El Beso) premiered at Cannes, showed at the Tribeca film festival and aired on HBO and DTV (Japan).
JOHN MINIGAN (Closing Doors) is a 2019–2020 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing. His plays have been developed with the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Portland Stage Company, New Repertory Theater and the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Queen of Sad Mischance was a 2019 Clauder Competition Gold Prize winner, and Noir Hamlet was an EDGEMedia Best of Boston Theater 2018 selection and 2019 Elliot Norton nominee for Outstanding New Script. His work has been included in the Best American Short Plays, Best Ten-Minute Short Plays and New England New Plays anthologies. John is a Dramatists Guild Ambassador for Eastern New England. johnminigan.com
SCOTT MULLEN (Jill Takes a Leap) BSC: 172 Push-Ups (10×10 2018), Sandbox (10×10 2017). Scott is a longtime Hollywood screenplay analyst and screenwriter, a two-time winner of Amazon Studios’ screenwriting contest, whose thrillers The Summoning and In Broad Daylight aired on TV One. His short plays have been performed around the world.
ERIN OSGOOD (Minor Deviations) is a playwright and local actress in Michigan. Her plays include Family Pains (2018 Concert Reading at Purple Rose Theatre, 2017 CTAM winner, 2017 Finalist Todd McNerney Playwriting Award, 2016 Finalist Henley Rose Playwright Competition for Women), Minor Deviations (2018 Best Play Sandbox Festival, 2019 Estrogenius Festival NYC, 2019 MadLab, 2018 staged reading Roustabout Theatre Troupe’s Route 23 Arts & Music Festival), Brightside and Passing the Buck (2015 Sandbox Festival). She has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan and is an active volunteer with the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan.
JESSICA PROVENZ (Stay, Please) A two-time recipient of the LeComte Du Noüy Award for Emerging Playwrights, Jessica was Playwright-in-Residence at the Juilliard School, where she studied with Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman. Her plays have been workshopped or produced around the country at Cape Cod Theatre Project, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Irish Rep and E.S.T, among others. Jessica is Director of Development at BSC, a marriage of her passion for theatre and fundraising. In June, her new one-woman show will be produced by Great Barrington Public Theatre. A Graduate of Northwestern University, she is a member of Berkshire Voices and a contributor to Berkshire Magazine. She lives in Lenox with her 8 year-old son.
CONNIE SCHINDEWOLF (Five Seconds) has won numerous short play festivals, most recently, The Grout Fairy was voted “Favorite Play” in Gulfport, Florida, and I’m Not You is a winner in the Naples Players 2020 One Act Competition. Theatre Odyssey of Sarasota, Florida has produced 13 of her short plays, and she has won 4 of their awards. In 2017 her full-length, Mammoth Bones, was produced by The Players Theatre in Sarasota, Florida and Gulfport Community Players just finished a ten-day run of Take The Couch. Since 2007 Connie has had productions across the United States, Canada, England, Australia and The United Arab Emirates. She’s published by Applause Books, JAC Publishing, Nigel Publishing, Pioneer Drama Service, and Smith & Kraus. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, and when she’s not writing, she’s saving sea turtles.
ANN MARIE SHEA (With Improvements by the Actors) BSC: The Dirty Irish (10×10 2017), Best in Class (10×10 2016). Her plays have been produced at Boston Theatre Marathon, Shakespeare & Company, Worcester Children’s Theatre, Newburyport’s Firehouse and Off Broadway venues in New York City. As a professor of theatre at Worcester State College, she directed over 50 productions, as well as staging numerous plays throughout Central Massachusetts. She has acted at Stoneham Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Redfeather Theatre, Apollinaire Theatre and Boston’s Huntington Theatre. In the film Abe and Phil’s Last Poker Game, she played Martin Landau’s wife. She is a member of Dramatists Guild, AEA and SAG-AFTRA.