Parties & Openings
June 20 - Lenox
Gina Hyams' Book Launch
June 20 - Becket
Jacob's Pillow Opening Gala
June 13 - Kinderhook
First Columbians Gala
Berkshire Playwright’s Lab Benefit Features World Premiere One-Acts
Cultural correspondent Bess J.M. Hochstein reports from Great Barrington.
For the fourth-consecutive summer, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is playing host to the Berkshire Playwright’s Lab (BPL), which presents free staged readings of new plays, performed by casts that usually include some high-wattage stars of stage and screen. In keeping with BPL’s relatively new tradition, the season kicked off last Friday, July 15, with an evening of new one-act plays, followed by a reception on the Mahaiwe stage, to benefit BPL. The party is always a great equalizer, giving audience members the chance to interact with actors, directors, playwrights, and the four founding directors of BPL: Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione, Matthew Penn, and Bob Jaffe (in photo, with actor Peter Riegert, left).
Production/stage manager Valerie Carlson with actor Margot White; Jill Jaffe with BPL’s Joe Cacaci.
BPL intern Colin Gold and advisory board member Steve Picheny; Adele Lee and playwright Alexis Perkins Parry.