Pittsfield’s annual 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival is back and with it comes Barrington Stage Company’s 10X10 New Play Festival. This fast-paced event sees ten new plays performed in just over an hour and a half! February 15th through March 4th, 2018.
The 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival in Pittsfield, MA is an annual showcase of music, film, visual art, spoken word, comedy, dance, theater, and more. The festival sees 66 events at 12 different venues, and all based around the number 10. The diverse roster of local and regional participants includes the Berkshire Museum, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Hancock Shaker Village.
The 10X10 New Play Festival, presented by Barrington Stage Company, is one of the more popular events of the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival. It features ten new plays, chosen from hundreds of submissions, and performed by an ensemble cast of six actors. More than that, these ten plays are performed in just over an hour and a half!
You can imagine the sheer energy of the actors to get through so much material, so many characters, so quickly. The annual 10X10 New Play Festival is always quite the experience, with plenty of humour and thought provocation.
The lineup for 2018’s 10X10 New Play Festival includes a wide variety of stories:
The Fly – Time to relax in the park and enjoy a sandwich – but a pesky fly has other ideas.
Run-On Sentence – A woman visits her aging father in prison and finds that coming home is no laughing matter.
Joy Ride – An estranged daughter brings her father’s ashes home for a dignified send off only to find her free-spirited mother has loftier plans.
Fargo 3D – For the would be patrons of the Fargo 3D theater, sneaking food in is a serious business.
Seven Minutes in Heaven – What happens hen two teens are thrown into a closet for a game of “seven minutes in heaven?”
Perspective – A couple finds their relationship threatened by a certain woman with an inscrutable smile when their favorite painting is moved to a new room at the Louvre.
The Secret to a Healthy Relationship – Couples therapy can lead to some revealing truths and, as one couple learns, a truly terrible date night.
Beatrix Potter Must Die! – A desperate American farmer travels back in time for an unusual solution to his plague of rabbits.
Old Aquatics – A volunteer driver must summon all his patience as he tries to shepherd home a very unruly reveler on New Year’s Eve.
Kamasutra – A Hackensack couple reexamine their love and marriage amidst the erotic carvings of the Chandela Temples in India.
10X10 New Play Festival 2018
Thursdays through Sundays, February 14th to March 5th, 2018
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays – 7:30pm | Saturdays and Sundays – 3pm
Barrington Stage Company’s Germain Stage
at Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center
36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA
Visit barringtonstageco.org for tickets and more information.
10X10 New Play Festival Lodging
Applegate Inn is just 20 minutes drive from the 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival festivities in Pittsfield, MA. In fact, thanks to our convenient location in Lee, MA virtually all of the best of the Berkshires are at your feet when you stay with us. Further, you will enjoy unrivaled comfort and style in the 11 beautifully appointed guestrooms of our historic Berkshires B&B. Enjoy all the best modern conveniences in an old-world setting with a stay at Applegate Inn!