(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will offer a Playwriting Workshop for Veterans under the direction of Barrington Stage Associate Artist and Award-Winning Playwright Mark St. Germain.
Classes will be held December 4-5 and 11-12 from 11:00am – 3:00pm at Barrington Stage Company’s Administrative Offices, 122 North Street, Pittsfield.
Workshop registration for Veterans interested is open through November 8. The program is free and open to 12 veterans. No writing experience necessary. https://forms.gle/sQ9RG2sc82bBJwsq9.
Mark St. Germain is resident playwright and founding Board Member of the Barrington Stage Company. At BSC, he has written the plays Eleanor, Freud’s Last Session, The Best of Enemies, Dancing Lessons, among others and co-conceived and created the story for A Crossing. He’s written for television and film and taught at many schools and play conferences.
In this 4-class seminar, students will explore the fundamental craft of playwriting with the goal of every student completing a ten-minute play. The culmination on the fourth and final day of class will be a rehearsal and performance by professional actors. To understand the mechanics of drama, participants will learn to create three dimensional characters and play structure. Classes will include lecture, group discussion and writing exercises.
Casey DiCicco of Soldier On, based in Pittsfield, MA, will serve as a liaison within her agency to recruit local veterans. BSC has commenced further outreach with the City’s Office of Veteran Services.
“Writing is therapeutic, putting you in touch with emotions that, sometimes surprisingly, emerge while trying to express yourself on paper. Telling stories can be cathartic for both storytellers and their listeners,” said Mark St. Germain. “By its nature, theater offers a sense of community; it succeeds only with collaboration of all involved. Creativity is nurtured from this partnership. Playwriting will encourage veterans to raise their voices, too often silent or ignored. For Barrington Stage, it’s another important outreach into our community.”
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC’s mission is to produce top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to engage our community with vibrant, inclusive educational outreach programs. BSC attracts over 60,000 patrons annually and has gained national recognition for its superior-quality productions and comprehensive educational programming, including the award-winning Playwright Mentoring Project, the Musical Theatre Conservatory, Youth Theatre, KidsAct! and other initiatives. The company has become integral to the economic revitalization of downtown Pittsfield. BSC’s reputation for excellence began with a smash revival of Cabaret that moved to Boston in 1997 for an extended run. The theatre’s prominence grew with the world premiere of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin (BSC 2004; Broadway 2005-2008, winner of two Tony Awards). Other notable productions include the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son (BSC 2016; Broadway 2018); Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session (BSC 2009; Off-Broadway 2010-2012); Leonard Bernstein, Comden & Green’s On the Town (BSC 2013; Broadway 2014, four Tony Award nominations); Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit(BSC 2017); and West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ centenaries (BSC 2018). BSC develops and commissions new work with two programs: PlayWorks, which supports the creation of new plays, and the Musical Theatre Lab, which develops new musicals. Since 1995, BSC has produced 38 new works, 19 of which have moved to New York and major US regional theatres. Following the industry-wide shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, BSC was the first Equity theatre in the US to return to live performance with its critically acclaimed production of Harry Clarke, starring BSC Associate Artist Mark H. Dold and directed by Ms. Boyd.
The 2021 season, featuring a series of critically acclaimed indoor and outdoor productions, has included Chester Bailey by Joseph Dougherty starring father and son Reed and Ephraim Birney, Eleanor by Mark St. Germain and starring Tony Award winner Harriet Harris, the world premiere of Sister Sorry by Alec Wilkinson, the revue Who Could Ask for Anything More? The Songs of George Gershwin and the world premiere of Boca, a collection of short comedies by Jessica Provenz. The season concludes with the world premiere of A Crossing: A Dance Musical, created in association with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and Alberto Lopez and directed by Bergasse.