Franz, Ambrose, Williams, Johnston, Lauria and Thomas Set for Berkshire Playwrights Gala

News   Franz, Ambrose, Williams, Johnston, Lauria and Thomas Set for Berkshire Playwrights Gala Tony Award-winning actress Elizabeth Franz, Lauren Ambrose and Treat Williams will perform short plays by contemporary playwrights for the May 21 Berkshire Playwrights Lab Gala at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

The 8 PM gala will showcase plays by Gina Barnett (After All), Joe Cacaci (Self Defense, Old Business), Dean Imperial, Kelly Masterson ("Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"), Tom Minter (The Orion), Carol Schneider (Rocks Under the House) and Anna Zeigler (Dov and Ali, Photograph 51). Cacaci, Jim Frangione, Bob Jafe and Matthew Penn will direct. Joining Ambrose (Romeo and Juliet), Franz (Death of a Salesman) and Williams (Follies) will be Kristen Johnston (So Help Me God), Dan Lauria (Lombardi) and Jay Thomas ("Murphy Brown").

All proceeds from the event benefit the Berkshire Playwrights Lab reading series that will run June 16-Aug. 25. Plays will be announced shortly.

For tickets, priced $35-$100, phone (413) 528-0100 or visit Mahaiwe. The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, MA.

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