Berkshire Playwrights Lab 3rd Annual Radius Playwrights Festival Call for Submissions

Winter festival shares new, short, locally-sourced plays selected through blind submission process

(For immediate release) Great Barrington, Mass. – Berkshire Playwrights Lab (BPL) is calling for submissions to its third annual Radius Playwrights Festival, dedicated to the cultivation and celebration of local theater talent. The festival features five or six new short plays created by playwrights who live within a 50-mile radius of Great Barrington. BPL invites to submit short, original plays that are 10 to 15 minutes long and with a maximum cast size of six actors by November 1, 2018. BPL will present fully staged readings of the plays at Saint James Place located in downtown Great Barrington on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2. The festival also includes directors and actors from the same 50-mile radius. Berkshire Playwrights Lab is the region’s only professional theater exclusively dedicated to the development of new plays.

To keep the festival as open and accessible as possible, there is a blind submission process and no fee to submit. A panel of experts reads all submissions and chooses the plays to be presented and performed by local directors and actors. Playwrights should send their play(s) in pdf format to submit@berkshireplaywrightslab.org prior to November 1, 2018. Playwrights selected to participate will be notified in mid-December.

About Berkshire Playwright Lab

Berkshire Playwrights Lab (BPL) is a 501(c)(3) theater company headquartered in Great Barrington in western Massachusetts. Founded in 2007, BPL is led by Co-Artistic Directors Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione and Matthew Penn. They are joined by Managing Director Tristan Wilson. Each of the leadership team have each worked in theater for at least thirty years as directors, playwrights, actors and producers. They came together out of a recognized need for more theater companies that give writers support and guidance as they develop new work, and for affordable opportunities for audiences to engage with theater. BPL is the only theater company in Berkshire County that focuses exclusively on new play development. several BPL plays have gone on to full productions at other companies, including “Mother of the Maid,” in New York City at the Public Theater in fall 2018, and “Some Old Black Man,” headed to Los Angeles and Brooklyn in January and February 2019, respectively.

For more information, please visit berkshireplaywrightslab.org or call 413.528.2544.

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