Berkshire Playwrights Lab has been planning to present a staged reading of James DeMarse’s new play, Ceasefire, for some time now. Recently rescheduled, now we know why: a superb cast of players which includes Tony-winning actors Roger Robinson and Ron Holgate.
The play’s title is Ceasefire (originally titled Existing Privilege) and had been scheduled for an earlier date, but considering the cast, it may have been the availability of the actors that influenced the decision to wait a bit. Certainly, given the bona fides of the actors involved, it was a good choice.
The date is now Wednesday, August 22 at 7:30pm at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, Mass.). Directed by Joe Cacaci, the production will feature not only Holgate and Robinson, but also Kofi Boakye, Mickey Solis, and two more actors yet to be announced. There is no charge for admission, however, Berkshire Playwrights Lab suggests a $10.00 donation to help offset its programming costs. For reservations, call 413.528.0100 or visit the Mahaiwe box office in person. For more information, see www.berkshireplaywrightslab.org.
James DeMarse’s Ceasefire is the story of an American diplomat who tries to negotiate peace in an African republic while he simultaneously tries to negotiate the travails of his troubled marriage. “The play excites us because it is the story of a man who is trying to juggle both the public and the personal. In the process he discovers that his own government is playing a complex game of ‘cat and mouse’ intelligence,” said Berkshire Playwrights Lab Co-Artistic Director Matthew Penn. “Espionage, marital challenge—what could be better?”