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Barrington Stage — 10×10 New Play Festival

February 24 @ 7:30 pm

Skyler Gallun and Sky Marie hold hands laughing in Barrington Stage's 10x10 Festival of New Plays. Press photo courtesy of the theater
Photo by David Dashiell

Barrington Stage Company’s annual 10×10 New Play Festival returns for its 13th Year with ten more 10-minute plays — a compact cast of actors perform 10 plays by 10 playwrights in one show, for 100 minutes of joy.

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Meet the Playwrights

Glenn Alterman (A Doubt My Play) BSC: 10×10 2022. He is the author of 32 theater related books, including 13 books of original monologues. He’s listed on Recordsetter.com as “The Author of the Most Published Original Monologues for Actors”. His plays have won over 50 playwriting awards, including The Arts and Letters Award in Drama and the Reva Shiner Award. His plays have received productions at EST, Circle Rep, Santa Cruz Theatre, HERE, and Nylon Fusion among many other theaters, nationally and internationally. He’s been awarded two international arts grants. His plays and monologues have appeared in over 45 “Best Plays” and “Best Monologues” Anthologies.

Brent Askari (The Consultant) BSC: Andy Warhol in Iran, American Underground, 10×10 2023. Brent is thrilled to be working with Barrington Stage Company once again! His past credits at BSC include the world premiere of Andy Warhol In Iran, which had a subsequent production at Northlight Stage in Chicago and will appear at City Theatre of Pittsburgh this spring. BSC also produced the world premiere of his play American Underground, which was a runner-up for the Burman New Play award. Gulfshore Playhouse recently presented the world premiere of his play The Refugees, which was the winner of National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Theatre. He was part of HBO’s New Writers Project and is an affiliate artist of the NNPN and a company member of Mad Horse Theatre.

Mark Evan Chimsky (Meeting Fingerman) BSC Debut. Mark’s musical The Pledge received a staged reading as part of James Madison University’s Madison New Works Lab. His short musical Albert was presented by the Boston Conservatory at Berklee as part of the Boston Theater Marathon XXIII and by the Left Coast Theatre Co. in San Francisco as part of “Queerstory: Forgotten Figures from Queer History.” Mark’s short play Meeting Fingerman was presented at the Seventh Annual 5-Minute Play Festival in La Jolla, California, and was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Maine Playwrights Festival. Recently, Mark’s 10-minute monologue The Death of Juliet was broadcast as part of The Open Eye Theater Playtime series on WXIO radio.

Matt Neely and Camille Upshaw look for adventure in Shakespearean garb in Barrington Stage's 10x10 Festival of New Plays. Press photo courtesy of the theater.
Photo by David Dashiell

Matt Neely and Camille Upshaw look for adventure in Shakespearean garb in Barrington Stage's 10x10 Festival of New Plays. Press photo courtesy of the theater.

Jordan Ealey (I Don’t) BSC Debut. Jordan is a playwright, dramaturg, and scholar currently based in upstate NY. Their plays and musicals include: Jeannette (co-bookwriter with Lauren Gunderson, music and lyrics by Ari Afsar); Silhouettes (bookwriter/co-lyricist with Ari Afsar); Women Without Virtue (Single Carrot Theatre Company); Lift Every Voice (Out of Hand Theatre); and Self Portrait with Dirty Hair (The Keegan Theatre). A dramaturg specializing in new play and musical development, Jordan has worked with institutions such as Round House Theatre, Latiné Musical Theatre Lab, Mosaic Theatre Company, and Hush Harbor Lab, among others. Currently, Jordan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Black Studies at the University of Rochester.

John Mabey (The Mount Greylock Fish Hawk Squawk) BSC Debut. John’s plays have been produced on stage in seven countries and throughout the United States, exploring themes of sexual identity and spirituality across the lifespan. Recent honors include the Panowski Playwriting Award, the Essential Theatre Playwriting Award and the Getchell New Play Award. In each of the past three years, they also had plays published in Smith & Kraus’ Best 10-Minute Plays, Best Women’s Monologues and Best Men’s Monologues. Their award-winning full-length play A Complicated Hope will be published by Dramatic Publishing in 2024. When not writing, John enjoys teaching and performing improvised comedy and true storytelling around the world. Mabeyplays.com.

Jennifer Maisel (The Welcome) BSC Debut. Plays produced nationally and internationally include Eight Nights, The Last Seder, Out of Orbit, There or Here and @thespeedofJake. The Last Seder premiered Off Broadway with Gaby Hoffmann and Greg Mullavey and the critically acclaimed Eight Nights was nominated for nine Ovation Awards, winning for Best Playwriting. Its recent production at Detroit Public Theatre received nightly standing ovations. Honored by PEN West, The Kennedy Center, the Woodward/Newman Award for Drama and The Kilroy List, Jennifer was tapped for the Humanitas PlayLA workshop, where she wrote Better, and the Travis Bogard Residency at Eugene O’Neill’s Tao House, where she wrote Yellow Wallpaper 2.0 2020. She also writes film and television.

Peggy Pharr Wilson and Skyler Gallun kick back on a bench in Barrington Stage's 10x10 Festival of New Plays. Press photo courtesy of the theater
Photo by David Dashiell

Peggy Pharr Wilson and Skyler Gallun kick back on a bench in Barrington Stage's 10x10 Festival of New Plays. Press photo courtesy of the theater

James McLindon (Shoveling) BSC: 10×10 2017 & 2018. James is a member of the Nylon Fusion Theatre Company in New York. His plays have been produced or developed at theaters across America and around the world including the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (selection and six-time semifinalist), Lark, PlayPenn, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, CAP21, Samuel French Festival, Victory Gardens, Hudson Stage, Abingdon, New Repertory, Lyric Stage, Detroit Rep, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Seven Devils, Telluride Playwrights Festival, Ashland New Plays Festival, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Colony Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Circus Theatricals and Arkansas Rep. They have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, Brooklyn Publishing, Applause Books, Next Stage Press, and Original Works Publishing.

Diana Metzger (High Time) BSC: 10×10 2023. Diana is a playwright, screenwriter, and fiction writer from Silver Spring, Maryland. This is Diana’s second year with a play in the 10×10 (last season featured her play “A Date”). Diana has been a teaching artist with Round House Theatre, Everyman Theatre Company and Art Stream. Round House commissioned and produced Diana’s play Beach Week with their teen performance company. Diana wrote for the MTV scripted series Faking It and worked on the ABC Family show Greek. Diana was a finalist for the Humanitas New Voices writing award two years in a row for both comedy and drama writing. Diana received her MFA in Creative Writing at American University and her BS in Communication (Theatre Major with a certificate in Creative Writing for the Media) from Northwestern University.

Christopher Oscar Peña (can i tell you a story?) BSC Debut. Christopher is a playwright, screenwriter, actor and educator who resides in New York City. His work has been commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Miami New Drama, and Center Theatre Group among many others. He is a three-time Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow, a Van Lier fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, and an alumni of New Dramatists. He has written shows for Netflix, the CW, ABC, Freeform, HBO and many others. He was the artistic associate at Arizona Theatre Company, and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.

Jessica Provenz (The Open Door) BSC: BOCA, 10×10 2020 & 2021. In the Berkshires, Jessica was Writer-in-Residence at The Mount and her comedies Andromeda and Better than Chocolate were workshopped at Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Her short film, Baker’s Revenge, was produced by Great Barrington Public Theater. Her plays have been workshopped and produced at Irish Rep, Pioneer Theatre, Cape Cod Theatre Project, New Georges, among others, and commissions include Killer Films, The Araca Group, and BOCA for BSC, which was published by Theatrical Rights Worldwide and produced at theaters around the country. She conducted research on Steven Speilberg and Tom Hanks’ Masters of the Air for executive producer John Orloff airing on Apple+ in 2024. Jessica is a two-time recipient of the Lecomte du Nouy award for emerging playwrights, a graduate of Northwestern, and was artist-in-residence at Juilliard. Jessica is the Director of Development at BSC.

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February 24
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Barrington Stage Company
30 Union St.
Pittsfield, MA
413 236-8888

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