(Updated 6/4/12) Most organizations would count themselves lucky to land just one of the half dozen stars that will shine on the evening of June 9, 2012 as the Berkshire Playwright’s Lab celebrates the beginning of its 5th season of dramatic readings at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, MA. The company will follow the gala opening with additional readings on July 11, July 23, August 8, and August 22 at 7:30pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, Mass.). The company will also co-present with Bard College at Simon’s Rock the New York University Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program’s Berkshire Musical Theatre Lab on June 24 at 2:00pm at the McConnell Theatre (Bard College at Simon’s Rock Daniel Arts Center, 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.).
David Mamet, Jay Thomas, Elizabeth Franz and Treat Williams
“We’ve decided to mix things up this year by turning the Gala into a multi-media, multi-genre extravaganza,” said Berkshire Playwrights Lab Co-Artistic Director Bob Jaffe. “The artistic directors are excited about this new take on our annual fundraising event.”
The Gala will feature new short pieces by Richard Dresser, Dipika Guha, David Mamet, Tom Minter, and Kevin Christopher Snipes and performances by actors Elizabeth Franz (newly announced) , Charlie Socarides, Jay Thomas, Amy Van Nostrand, and Treat Williams, as well as the premiere of Food for Thought, a short film written and directed by Berkshire Playwrights Lab Co-Artistic Director Joe Cacaci that stars Minnie Driver, Tony Shalhoub, and Berkshire-based actress Meeghan Holoway.