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ELYSE HARNEY

Mahaiwe Tent

BERKSHIRE GROWN

STAIR GALLERIES

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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Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s Annual Celebration of New Works

Rural Intelligence Parties and OpeningsBess Hochstein reports from Great Barrington.
Berkshire Playwrights Lab mixed things up a bit at the Mahaiwe on Saturday, June 9 during the kick-off to its fifth season; the traditional evening program of new works went multimedia. In place of the expected, gently self-mocking opening number by founders Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione, Bob Jaffe, and Matthew Penn, there was a gently mocking video welcome by actor Joe Mantegna, followed by Cacaci’s film Food for Thought, starring Minnie Driver, Tony Shalhoub, and Meeghan Holaway. The evening proceeded with a series of short new plays, including Smith & Jones, by Kevin Christopher Snipes, with Andrea Cirie, Jay Thomas, and David Adkins, at left, in the cast, plus a new element: songs from plays rooted in the Graduate Musical Theatre Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, which will hold a writing intensive this summer in South Egremont. After Treat Williams delivered Richard Dresser’s sidesplitting monologue, Halftime, gala ticket holders reassembled for a party next door at Castle Street Café , in yet another departure from years past, when the festivities were held onstage at the Mahaiwe. Celebrants spilled into the street, enjoying the warm evening and good company.

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Mahaiwe development director Dave Barrett and PR consultant Gina Hyams; Mahaiwe board chair and president Lola Jaffe with executive director Beryl Jolly.

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Jewelry designer Margo Morrison with actor and knitwear designer Karen Allen; Berkshire Museum executive director Van Shields with artist Peggy Rivers.

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NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program graduates Jennifer Stafford, lyricist, and Willem Oosthuysen, composer/pianist; arts programmer and booking agent Simon Shaw with John Whalan, who produced the event’s opening film, Food for Thought.

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Dan Kabat with Katie O’Dwyer and her sister, Anne O’Dwyer, Dean of Academic Affairs at Simon’s Rock; gallerist Lauren Clark with Renaissance man David Boag.

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Filmmaker Ben Hillman, party planner Amy Rudnick, BPL general manager Lori Bashour, and actor Kaaron Briscoe, who performed in the evening’s program.

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Producer Avram Ludwig with author and social activist Naomi Wolf; Shakespeare & Company actor Casey McShain and sound engineer Tyler Kieffer.

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Mahaiwe general manager Karen Watkins with Castle Street Cafe’s Michael Ballon; Berskshire Playwrights Lab co-founder Joe Cacaci with Jess Jacobs.

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Actor Deann Halper with singer Margo Seibert, who performed during the evening; actor Elizabeth Franz, who performed a monologue written for her by David Mamet, with playwright Tom Minter, represented in the evening by the short play Strawberry dwarfs and other lies.

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BPL Board members Jonathan Hankin and Chris Blair flank Berkshire Grown’s Barbara Zheutlin.

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Director Stephen Rothman with actor Elizabeth Aspenlieder, whom he will direct at Shakespeare & Company’s upcoming production, Parasite Drag, and who performed in the BPL benefit with Jay Thomas; actor Treat Williams with his daughter Ellie Williams and wife Pam Williams.

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Brothers Dylan and Aidan Penn; Maddy Bennett, Rachel Flynn, and actor Jack Cutmore-Scott, who performed during the evening.

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