berkshire playwrights lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

Settling into its new home at Saint James Place in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab is celebrating a decade of original plays. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Co-Artistic Director Joe Cacaci and James Anthony Tyler. Tyler is the playwright of “Some Old Black Man”– the group’s first full production at Saint James Place.  Tyler explains what it’s all about.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab

A two-person play being presented by the Berkshire Playwrights Lab at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington tonight explores a generational gap between an elderly African American father and the son he moves in with. Playwright James Tyler spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about the story, which includes dialogue of contemporary events impacting black people in America.

Reservations for the show are recommended by calling 413-528-0100. Click here for more information. 



  This year's Berkshire Playwright's Lab Opening Night Gala will take place on Friday, June 5th at 8 p.m. at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA.

It will be an evening of new short plays and new short films written by Chiara Atik, Joe Cacaci, Richard Dresser and Dean Imperial and featuring performances by Lauren Ambrose, Treat Williams, and our guest Jay Thomas.

    The final performance for the 2014 season at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab is The Season, and it looks at the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day in the Berkshires through the eyes of one summer home owning family.

The playwright, Michael Brady, most well known for the award-winning For Gillian on her 37th Birthday, which was made into a film starring Peter Gallagher and Michelle Pfeiffer, is a 30 year resident of the Berkshires and also well known to Great Barrington in his other life working in the local CVS.

We welcome Michael Brady and co-artistic director of Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Joe Cacaci.


  The Berkshire Playwrights Lab provides an opportunity for emerging and established playwrights to find a secure berth where they can develop new work and/or explore new avenues of creativity. Founded by Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione, Bob Jaffe, and Matthew Penn, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab is the area’s only theater dedicated exclusively to encouraging, developing, and presenting new plays.

    Emmy and Golden Globe award winner (and Tony nominee), Tony Shalhoub will participate in the Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s Sixth Annual Gala Celebration at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on June 7th. They will present staged readings of new short plays by a roster of playwrights including Joe Cacaci, Richard Dresser, Mark Malone, Maddy Meyers and Anna Ziegler.

The short film, Food for Thought, written and directed by Joe Cacaci and starring Minnie Driver, Meeghan Holoway, and Tony Shaloub will screen at BIFF this Thursday.