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Playwrights David Mamet, Harold Pinter, Shel Silverstein and others presented in Seriously Funny: An Evening of Short Plays directed by Jim Frangione
Feb 10, 2012
The Berkshire Community College (BCC) Players present an evening of short plays and sketches by some of the world's most renowned comic writers. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, BCC staff and senior citizens. Performances are Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th at 8pm, and Sunday, February 26th at 2pm. and Friday and Saturday, March 2nd and 3rd at 8pm. Reservations may be made by calling the BCC Players box office at 413-499-0886. Performances will take place in the Koussevitzky Arts Center at Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street in Pittsfield.

Edited and directed by Berkshire Playwrights Lab founder and co-artistic director Jim Frangione, the evening will feature notable Berkshire actors Andrew Joffe, 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 these playwright's early and infrequently produced work and promises to be a fun night of short plays and sketches by these masters of American comedy. 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 howlingly funny shorts from Shel Silverstein (The Giving Tree, Where the Sidewalk Ends). Also in the lineup, newcomer Dean Imperial's very funny The Woman From 43, and from acclaimed playwright Cindy Lou Johnson (Brilliant Traces), the lovely short play, Home For Christmas. According to Frangione, "I've had the pleasure of working on most of this material over the years and audiences will find it extremely satisfying. 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. Jim directed Mamet's comedy Romance at The Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theater and an earlier version of Seriously Funny at the American Repertory Theater. He has also directed at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and at HERE. As an actor, Jim 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, The Mark Taper Forum, The McCarter Theater, The Stage Company of Boston and in the National Tour of Mamet's play Oleanna. With the Atlantic Theater Company; The Night Heron, Hobson's Choice, Hellhound On My Trail, Sea of Tranquility and Edmond. He has appeared in the films: Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner, Homicide, Suits, Claire Dolan, Maryam, and Frozen Impact.

For more information, contact at Ellen Shanahan at 413-236-4703.

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