Evening of Short Plays at BCC to Feature Works by Mamet, Pinter, Shel Silverstein

Clover Bell-Devaney

(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Works by David Mamet, Harold Pinter and Shel Silverstein will be featured in an evening of short plays and sketches featuring the Berkshire Community College (BCC) Players and edited and directed by Berkshire Playwrights Lab founder and co-artistic director Jim Frangione from February 24 to March 3 at the Koussevitzky Arts Center at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street in Pittsfield.

The evening will feature such well-known Berkshire actors as Andrew Joffe and Clover Bell-Devaney and BCC alumni and students Jacob Gold, Lindsay DeWinkeleer, Cody Lee Miller, Will Demick and Rebecca Sterpka.

The evening will feature some of the playwright’s early and infrequently produced comic work and sketches. Included in the program is Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet’s hilarious one-act play, School, written specifically for the Berkshire Playwrights Lab in 2008.

Also several pieces from Harold Pinter’s 1964 collection, The Revue Sketches and an assortment of funny shorts from Shel Silverstein (The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends) will be performed. Newcomer Dean Imperial’s The Woman From 43 and Cindy Lou Johnson’s (Brilliant Traces) lovely short play, Home For Christmas, will round out the program.

Andrew Joffe

“I’ve had the pleasure of working on most of this material over the years and audiences will find it extremely satisfying,” says director Jim Frangione. “It’s a rarely seen perspective on all of these formidable writers and I am just thrilled with the writing and acting talent in this production.”

Jim Frangione is a founder and co-artistic director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington, where he directed Mike Dowling’s play Tamarack House and Jaene Leonard’s As Is, No Warranty. Frangione directed Mamet’s comedy Romance at The Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theater and an earlier version of Seriously Funny at the American Repertory Theater. Frangione has also directed at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and at HERE.

As an actor, Frangione has performed for 30 years on and off Broadway and in many theaters across the country, including the Berkshire Theater Festival (American Buffalo), the Alley Theater, Long Wharf, Mark Taper Forum, McCarter Theater, Stage Company of Boston and in the National Tour of Mamet’s play Oleanna.

Jim Frangione

With the Atlantic Theater Company; The Night Heron, Hobson’s Choice, Hellhound On My Trail, Sea of Tranquility and Edmond.

Frangione has appeared in the films Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner, Homicide, Suits, Claire Dolan, Maryam, and Frozen Impact.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, BCC staff and senior citizens. Performances are Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25 at 8pm, and Sunday, February 26 at 2pm. and Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3 at 8pm.

Reservations may be made by calling the BCC Players box office at 413.499.0886.



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