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Mahaiwe Tent




Parties & Openings

Nov. 11 - Chatham
PS21 Gala

Nov. 4 - Pittsfield
NAACP Awards Dinner

Oct. 29 - G. Barrington
Halloween At L'Atelier

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The Wright Stuff: Berkshire Playwrights Lab Gala Celebration Of New Works

Rachel Louchen reports from Great Barrington. The Berkshire Playwrights Lab summer season kicked off at The Mahaiwe on Friday, June 7, with a 90-minute performance showcasing new works (and newcomers) as well as notable talents. Entering its sixth season, BPL began as a way for local playwrights to develop and present new plays. (This summer it will present its first-ever workshop performance, Anna Ziegler’s Life Science, at Simon’s Rock.) The evening began with a short film, starring Treat Williams, written by Richard Dresser and directed by Co-Artistic Director Joe Cacaci, and shot on location at Berkshire School, and continued with live performances by actors including Ned Eisenberg and Amy van Nostrand and a preview of Life Science. The night’s big laughs came from Tony Shalhoub, who, in a playlet written for the gala by Joe Cacaci, played a politically incorrect presidential hopeful butting heads with his more reserved campaign manager. Following the performances, guests gathered next door at Castle Street Cafe for wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a chance to meet the performers, including the affable Shalhoub. With performances and a Staged Reading Series beginning in the coming weeks and running through August, the evening served as an exciting taste of what’s to come. At left, Dr.Michael Lee, Tony Shalhoub, and Berkshire Playwright Lab’s General Manager, Lori Bashour.

The cast of Life Science: Julian Leong, Arielle Lever, Jess Jacobs, and David Kremenitzer.

Treat Williams, with wife, Pam Van Sant, opened and closed the evening with performances; Mahaiwe founder Lola Jaffe and Don Buchwald.

Gala Co-Chair Tracy Foster, Henry Strozier, and Mona Kanin; Berkshire Playwright interns Evelyn Dumont and PJ Grisar, with actor Ned Eisenberg, and intern Elise Lockwood.

Barbara Bonner with her son, Charles Socarides, who performed with Tony Shalhoub in Hat In The Ringer.

Artist Gil Eisner with David Warmflash and wife, Andrea Marks; Jonathan Hankin, board member Chris Blair, and Berkshire Grown’s Barbara Zheutlin.

Co-Artistic Director Jim Frangione, Sandy Cleary-Wade, and Founding Artistic Director of Berkshire Actors Theatre, Clover Bell-Devaney; Anne Cathcart and Ellen Ring.

Author Kate Wenner, Co-Artistic Director Michael Penn, and wife, actress Candace Brecker.

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Posted by Rachel Louchen on 06/09/13 at 09:21 PM • Permalink