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From Page To Stage With Berkshire Playwright Lab’s Eighth Season
Rachel Louchen reports from Great Barrington. The opening night gala for the eighth season of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab (BPL) on Friday, June 5th at The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center was a night filled with uproarious live performances and short films by local playwrights featuring local actors. The 90-minute show began with the premiere of a hilarious short, Love, Dad starring Treat Williams as an oblivious father of the bride giving a deeply inappropriate and unwanted toast, which set the tone for the remainder of the night. After the Williams short, filmed on location at Windflower Inn with local extras, the rest of the entertainment for the evening were staged one-acts and equally comic. Highlights included Welcome, Parents with Great Barrington resident Lauren Ambrose as an overly enthusiastic teacher helming her first parent’s night, The Therapist and Happy Hour starring Jay Thomas as a unassuming coworker unwilling put in the middle of office “he said, she said.” Founded by artistic co-directors Jim Frangione, Matthew Penn, and Joe Cacaci (who directed the majority of the one-acts and Love, Dad), BPL is the region’s only theater dedicated to playwrights to develop new plays through productions, workshops and readings. Two staged readings from previous BPL seasons will be full productions this summer; Richard Dresser’s Closure, starring Wendie Malick and Gary Cole at New Jersey Repertory Company and Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid at Shakespeare & Company. Following the show, guests and performers gathered next door at Castle Street Cafe for drinks, hors d’oeuvres and jazz music. Audiences can get a peak a new productions to come when the staged reading series begins on June 24th and continues in August. Above, Michael Wolkowitz , co-artistic director Michael Penn, and his wife, Candace Penn.
Love, Dad producer John Whalan of Black Ice Entertainment with star Treat Williams as a perverse father of the bride and his son, Gill Williams who appeared in the short as the dumbfounded groom.
Mahaiwe board chair Maggie Buchwald with BPL board chair Stacey Gillis Weber; Robert Bruyr and actor Peter Bergman who had a hilariously memorable scene in Love, Dad as a guest unfairly ridiculed in the toast.
English Hideaway Bed & Breakfast owners Denise Forbes and Trevor Forbes flank co-artistic director Joe Cacaci.
Actress Jess Jacobs, who has performed with BPL in the past, here with Dane Hasse; longtime supporters and contributors Roberta Haas and Steven Haas.
Supporting gala cast members Tracy Foster and Andy Foster ; Berkshire Grown’s Barbara Zheutlin, filmmaker Erica Spizz and John Whalan.