Race Comedy Gets Staged Reading at Simon’s Rock

Playwright Andrew Dolan

Playwright Andrew Dolan

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Berkshire Playwrights Lab will present a staged reading of Andrew Dolan’s The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King directed by Rod Menzies on Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Bard College at Simon’s Rock Daniel Arts Center McConnell Theater (84 Alford Road, Great Barrington, Mass.). The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King is a darkly humorous play about a modern American family of second marriages and mixed races set in a university town. The politics of academia weave through the narrative as egos collide, relationships buckle, and the content of character is put to the test. The cast includes Peter Jay Fernandez, Brandon Gill, Tracey A. Leigh, Judith Moreland, and another actor.

“Andrew Dolan, a seasoned actor, is a new playwriting voice with whom we are excited to work,” said Bob Jaffe. “We think this play is as provocative as its title.” As with all Berkshire Playwrights Lab readings,admission is free. For reservations, call 413.528.0100 or visit the Mahaiwe Box Office (14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, Mass.).

Playwright Andrew Dolan is an actor who, aside from his many television and film roles, has performed On and Off Broadway, at the National Theatre in London, and in many regional theaters.  His first play, That Good Night, was read at New York Stage & Film with a cast that included Reg Rogers, Marin Ireland, and Mary Beth Peil. His baseball play ‘04: A Muse of Fire premiered last March at Mile Square Theatre’s 7th Inning Stretch Festival.  He has sold two screenplays and is presently developing several television projects.  He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the American Conservatory Theater.

Director Rod Menzies is celebrating his 40th year in professional theater as a director, actor, playwright, and coach. He is currently Associate Artistic Director of Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, where he directed a Fuel Workshop of Andrew Dolan’s That Good Night in 2010, and where he will direct the premiere production of The Many Mistresses of Martin Luther King in 2012. He has developed and directed more than a dozen solo shows in Los Angeles, including Alice Johnson’s acclaimed hit” at The Elephant Theatre and Elisa Donovan’s Sweet Dreams, which is currently in development at the Geffen Playhouse.

For more information, call 413.528.2544 or visit Berkshire Playwrights Lab.




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