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BSC Press Director Charlie Siedenburg
BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR 2015 10X10 NEW PLAY FESTIVAL
February 12-March 1
Performances at St. Germain Stage
(PITTSFIELD, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, has announced casting for the 10-minute plays for the 4th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival, with performances February 12 through March 1, as part of the 2015 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival.
Returning to the 10X10 New Play Festival are actors Matt Neely, Peggy Pharr Wilson and Robert Zukerman. Making their BSC debuts are Christina Norris, Jessie Shelton, and Zach Wymore.
The 10X10 New Play Festival productions:
- Visiting Dad by Emily Taplin Boyd, directed by Stephanie Yankwitt.
- Cuddle by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Stephanie Yankwitt.
- Stat! by Ron Burch, directed by Julianne Boyd.
- A Wish by John Cariani, directed by Julianne Boyd.
- Wedding Belles by Brett Hursey, directed by Julianne Boyd.
- Exhilaration by Christopher Innvar, directed by Julianne Boyd.
- For Unto Us by Stephen Kaplan, directed by Julianne Boyd.
- Broken by James McLindon, directed by Stephanie Yankwitt.
- Just Friends by Chris Newbound, directed by Stephanie Yankwitt.
- Mandate by Kelly Younger, directed by Stephanie Yankwitt.
Matt Neely – at BSC: 10×10 New Play Festival (4th 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. MFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University and the Moscow Art Theater, BS in Theater from Skidmore College.
Christina Norris – Barrington Stage Company debut. Her theatre credits include how i learned to become a superhero! (Apothecary Theatre Company), Mountain Song (Samuel French Festival), Intimate Apparel, A Taste of Honey, Machinal, Statements after an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, boom! (Rutgers Theater Company), Our Lady of 121st Street (Richmond Shepard Theater), and Measure for Measure (Riverside Park). Film & web series credits: Movement + Location, Now That’s Cute & What to Expect….Voiceover credits: Misterman (Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts). She received her MFA from Rutgers University and her BA from Barnard College.
Jessie Shelton – is an actor/singer/dancer/creator based in NYC. Some highlights include The Power of Emotion (La MaMa/Under the Radar), Party in the USA (Edinburgh Fringe/JV Squad), A Christmas Carol (Off-Broadway) and Diablo (In The Basement Theatre Co.). Jessie received her BFA in musical theatre from Carnegie Mellon University and is a founding member of The Astorian Workshop and In The Basement Theatre Co. She is also a proud member of Actor’s Equity/SAG-AFTRA. This is her Barrington Stage debut.
Peggy Pharr Wilson – at BSC: Guys and Dolls, The Crucible, To Kill a Mockingbird, Carousel, Laramie Project: Epilogue, 10×10 Festival (’12,’13,’14) 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: 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.
Zach Wymore – BSC debut. Regional Theatre: Remix: 38, Our Town, A Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Other Theatre: Mariposa and the Saint (BAX), Shimmer, The Family Project, and Hello, My Name is You (Kuntz and Company in Bellingham, WA). Member of the 2013-2014 Acting Apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Company member of The Associates Theatre Ensemble. BA in Theatre from Western Washington University.
Robert Zukerman – at BSC, 10X10 New Play Festival (2012 & 2014), The Crucible, Ring Round the Moon, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Collyer Brothers at Home, and Thief River. Other credits include Stageworks Hudson (The Puppetmaster of Lodz), Potomac Theatre Project (4 plays by Howard Barker), Arena Stage, Provincetown Playhouse, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and two dozen plays Off Broadway. Recent film: In Bed with Ulysses. Radio: Coriolanus (WBAI-FM). Television: Renaissance Gardening (pilot). Tours: USO (Greenland); Murder à la Carte (Singapore). Industrials: Bayer Aspirin; Picker Medical Equipment. Talking Books: Library of Congress; American Federation for the Blind. Santa Claus: B. Altman & Co.
Performances of BSC’s New Play Festival are February 12-March 1, 2015, at BSC’s St. Germain Stage, located at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street. The press opening will be Sunday, February 15 at 3pm. Tickets go on sale January 8.
The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the fourth year from February 12-22, 2014, and features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more, including BSC’s 10X10 New Play Festival.
Megan Dieterle is Producer, Dylan Uremovich is lighting designer, Emily King is costume designer, Beth Lake is sound designer and Renee Lutz is production stage manager.
Tickets to the 10X10 New Play Festival are now on sale. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $25 Thursday evening and Saturday/Sunday matinees; $30 Friday and Saturday evening. Added performance Sunday evening March 1 at 7:30pm. The first two low-priced preview performances on February 12 and 13 at 7:30pm are $15 for all tickets. Reserved seating. For more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.
About 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival
The festival is a collaborative effort spearheaded by Barrington Stage Company and the City of Pittsfield and coordinated through a steering committee that includes the Beacon Cinema, Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF), Berkshire Museum, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and the City of Pittsfield.
Berkshire Gas is the lead sponsor of the 2015 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival.
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