(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – Berkshire Playwrights Lab will present a staged reading of Anna Ziegler’s An Incident, directed by Bob Jaffe on Wednesday, August 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. A family drama, An Incident follows the Nadelmans from New York City to Maine, as parents Philip and Lillian visit Joey, their puzzling, hard-to-handle son, at sleep-away camp. After greeting his parents with more hostility than usual, Joey disappears. In the search for their son, Philip and Lillian expose the truth of their own relationship, and the full Nadelman family portrait, complete with shades of regret, recrimination, humor, and loss, is developed before our eyes.
The cast for the staged reading, the last of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab free summer reading series, includes Tyler Gattoni, Sara Kapner, Cindy Katz, and John Rothman.
“The Berkshire Playwrights Lab, through both co-artistic director Jim Frangione and me, has been involved with the development of An Incident over the past year,” said Jaffe. “Anna is one of our steadfast ‘alums’ and one of our favorite playwrights, so naturally, we couldn’t be happier to be bringing her latest play to the Free Reading Series.”
Anna Ziegler’s full-length play, Variations on a Theme, was presented in Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s first season, and her two one-acts, If and Sunlight in a Cafeteria, were part of the Lab’s gala evenings in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Her play BFF premiered Off-Broadway (W.E.T. at the DR2) and is published in New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2007. Ziegler is the recipient of a 2011 Tribeca Film Institute/Sloan grant to adapt her play Photograph 51 into a film; Ari Handel, Darren Aronofsky, Audrey Rosenberg and Rachel Weisz are producers. She received her BA from Yale University and MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts. She is the winner of the 2010 Douglas T. Ward Playwrighting Prize, awarded by Tisch, which is given to an alum of the dramatic writing program in celebration of her/his work.
Admission is free, but reservations are suggested. For tickets, call 413.528.0100 or visit the Mahaiwe Box Office (14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, Mass.). For more information, call 413.528.2544 or visit Berkshire Playwrights Lab.