“..at it’s heart, a plain, old-fashioned, entertaining, psychological melodrama”
– The Berkshire Eagle
“…there are memorable moments, excellent interpretations and one big surprise…provides much pleasure and more than a few thrills.”
– Berkshire Bright Focus
“…carefully crafted and winningly performed...not to be missed…Barrington Stage may have saved its best for last.”
– Westfield News
“…a superb production of an old-fashioned mystery.”
– Berkshire On Stage
“Gaslight, in its excellent incarnation…a wonderful window into the past with a contemporary relevancy.”
Gaslighting: Psychological Manipulation and Bullying-The Disturbing Trend in Relationships Today
12:30 – 2:00 PM, Sunday, October 15, 2017
With a suspenseful story centering on a seemingly devoted husband who is slowly driving his wife to the brink of insanity by sowing seeds of doubt as to her memory and perceptions, our production of Gaslight will serve as a perfect backdrop for a discussion about realistic strategies for combating psychological manipulation and bullying.
Nathaniel Beaupre, Taconic High School senior
Michelle Bienvenue, School Adjustment Counselor, Taconic HS
Mike Dreiblatt, President, standuptobullying.net
Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, Medical Director/CEO of Austen Riggs Center
Laura Pfeiffer, Taconic High School senior
FREE – Call Box Office to make reservations: (413) 236-8888
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Michelle Bienvenue, MSW, LICSW. As a School Adjustment Counselor in the Pittsfield Public Schools for 26 years, Michelle has had the privilege of knowing hundreds of children and families from all walks of life. She is passionate about human rights and school safety and has been a district trainer in the area of trauma sensitivity; bullying prevention; gender equality; positive behavior supports and restorative practices.
Mike Dreiblatt is the president of standuptobullying.net, an organization that provides specific and helpful information on all types of bullying prevention to students, teachers, and parents. He is also the co-author of two books on the subject of bullying prevention: The Wallop Story: How I Learned to Stop the Bullying and How to Stop Bullying and Social Aggression – Activities and Lessons to Teach Empathy, Friendship and Respect.
Dr. Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, is medical director/CEO of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, associate clinical professor at the Child Study Center at Yale University, adjunct associate professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences in the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and associate clinical professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. In addition, he is the leader of the Neural Mediators of Psychotherapeutic Change Strategic Initiative at Riggs and serves on the board of the Berkshire County chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI).
He has published and received grants in the areas of developmental psychopathology, attachment, and functional neuroimaging of dynamic processes, including social cognition and transference. He has also been involved in planning and teaching psychoanalytic research as head of the Science Department at the American Psychoanalytic Association and chair of the Committee on Scientific Activities, secretary of the Psychoanalytic Psychodynamic Research Society, and a member of the psychotherapy research committees of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Nathaniel Beaupre is a senior at Taconic High School, he participates in National Honors Society, Latin Club, Fall Festival of Shakespeare, the school musical, and track and field in the spring as a thrower. He is currently hoping to graduate to go to college in order to obtain a degree in mechanical engineering.
Laura Pfeiffer is a senior at Taconic High School. She participates in a variety of activities in and out of school. She is in honors chorus and theatre, and she loves both! Her favorite class this year is A.P. psychology. In addition to a rigorous course load for senior year, she participates in many extracurriculars. She has been involved in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, as well as Taconic High School’s spring musical. She is also involved in student council and Taconic’s student ambassadors, where upperclassmen mentor freshmen to make high school a bit less intimidating. Her favorite after school activity is BYU, or Berkshire Youth United. They volunteer all around the Berkshires, from taking care of Hancock Shaker Village’s baby animals to the post office food drive. In the future, she is hoping to become a teacher, as well as continuing her passion for singing and acting.