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Barrington Stage Company Announces Plays for 10X10 New Play Festival

 

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, and Tristan Wilson, Managing Director, announces ten 10-minute plays for its 10×10 New Play Festival, part of the 2013 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival.

Performances of BSC’s New Play Festival—directed by Julianne Boyd, Christopher Innvar, Frank LaFrazia and Kristen van Ginhoven—are February 14 through March 3 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 17, at 3pm. Tickets are on sale now.

The 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival returns to downtown Pittsfield for the second year from February 14-24, 2013, and features music, theatre, dance, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy and more, including BSC’s 10×10 New Play Festival.

“We’re thrilled to introduce the work of ten early-career playwrights to our audience,” said BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. “Our hope is to enliven the Berkshire winter arts scene.”

The lineup is as follows:

 

There’s No Here Here 

Written by Craig Pospisil

Directed by Christopher Innvar

At a Parisian café, a writer confronts his girlfriend when an unexpected guest butts into their conversation

 

You Haven’t Changed A Bit 

Written by Donna Hoke

Directed by Kristen van Ginhoven

Len hopes that Lottie will finally show up at their 70th high school reunion

 

Christmas Eve, Many Years From Now 

Written by Martha Patterson

Directed by Frank LaFrazia

Two-and-a-half thousand years after the Apocalypse, three cave people celebrate Christmas Eve

 

Freefalling

Written by Aurin Squire

Directed by Julianne Boyd

Two passengers and a flight attendant give their moment-by-moment accounts of what happens when tomorrow is no longer certain

 

Camberwell House 

Written by Amelia Roper

Directed by Julianne Boyd

Annie, a tenant of Camberwell House, tells a tale of old age, murder and gingernut biscuits

 

The Wilderness 

Written by James McLindon

Directed by Christopher Innvar

A wounded Yankee and a wounded Confederate soldier are trapped in no-man’s land in a desperate struggle to survive their circumstances – and each other

 

Context 

Written by John C. Davenport

Directed by Kristen van Ginhoven

The characters involved in a breakup say what’s on their minds – but not to each other

 

The Bounce 

Written by Jacqueline Goldfinger

Directed by Frank LaFrazia

Sula Lee recounts a tragic love story and what’s important in life

 

The Stand-In 

Written by Brett Hursey

Directed by Julianne Boyd

At an audition, a young actress finds herself being outshined by an unexpected character

 

Higher Ground 

Written by Christopher Innvar

Directed by Christopher Innvar

A father and son venture in search of gas after the devastation of a major hurricane

 

Christopher Donovan is Associate Producer, Tracy Wertheimer is lighting designer, Allison Smartt is sound designer and Olivia O’Brien is production stage manager.

Tickets to the 10×10 New Play Festival are on sale now. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $20 Thursday evening and Saturday/Sunday matinees; $25 Friday and Saturday evening. The first two Low Priced Preview performances on February 14 and 15 at 7:30pm are $15 for all tickets. Reserved seating. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 (or toll-free at 855-TIX-2BSC) 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, Mission Bar + Tapas, and y bar.Berkshire Gas is the lead sponsor of the 2013 10×10 Upstreet Arts Festival. Additional support is generously provided by the following sponsors: Greylock Federal Credit UnionMassachusetts Cultural CouncilBerkshire MagazineThe Berkshire Eagle,Lamar AdvertisingBarrington Stage Company, and the City of Pittsfield. For more information, visit discoverpittsfield.com/10×10, find 10×10 Upstreet on Facebook, or contact the City of Pittsfield’s Office of Cultural Development at 413-499-9348.

 

About Barrington Stage Company

Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it workshopped, and premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway, where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009/2010 Barrington Stage produced the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off-Broadway and played for two years. Barrington Stage was voted “Best Live Theatre” by The Berkshire Eagle readers in 2011 and 2012 and was named “Best Theatre Company” in Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region 2009-2012.

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