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Join Us for Our First Reading on July 13th!




by Rich Orloff

If you could go back in time and observe your parents at the time of your birth, what would you discover?

Jennifer's Birth

JENNIFER’S BIRTH is about a 57-year-old woman from 2010 who goes back to the time of her birth, and who witnesses events – some comedic, some deeply disturbing – that shake up her views about her parents and about herself. She observes her parents as young marrieds struggling with how to be an adult – as defined by 1953 values. The conflict between ideals and reality pushes all of the characters out of their comfort zones and into problems they’re not the least prepared to face.  JENNIFER’S BIRTH is “a heart-wrenching comedy” about the challenge of clearly seeing one’s parents… and one’s self.

About the Playwright: Rich Orloff is the author of fifteen award-winning full-length plays (mostly comedies).  The New York Times called his comedy BIG BOYS “rip-roaringly funny” and named FUNNY AS A CRUTCH a Critic’s Pick.  His documentary-style play CHATTING WITH THE TEA PARTY, based on interviews with leaders of Tea Party groups around the country, has had readings at 15 theaters around the country and premiered in New York City in early 2016.  His two-person comic revue ROMANTIC FOOLS has had over 90 productions on four continents and is currently touring in Greece.  Rich’s 80 short plays have received over 1200 productions on six continents (and a staged reading in Antarctica).  His short comedies have been published seven times in the annual Best American Short Plays anthology series and three times in the annual Best Ten-Minute Plays anthology.

WHEN: Wednesday July 13, 7:30pm

WHERE: Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230

TICKETS: FREE, but reservations are recommended.

Mahaiwe Box Office: 413-528-0100 or go online.



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Because of your generosity, our 9th season is already off to a great start. Our sincerest thanks to all those who came and supported the Lab this past weekend, and for those who couldn’t make it, we hope you’ll join us for one of our upcoming staged readings this summer!

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Our mission is to provide the playwright with space to create. The Berkshire Playwrights Lab provides an opportunity for emerging and established playwrights to find a secure berth where they can develop new work and/or explore new avenues of creativity. Without a commitment to nurturing new voices and new talent, the American theater is losing promising playwrights. The Lab was created to provide playwrights the opportunity to develop their work and more than 30 short and 35 full-length plays have been presented under the BPL banner since its inception in 2007.

Founded in 2007, and under the artistic direction of Joe Cacaci, Jim Frangione, and Matthew Penn, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab is the area’s only theater dedicated exclusively to encouraging, developing, and presenting new plays. Through readings, workshops and fully-staged productions, the Lab provides emerging and established writers with a professional and creative environment, while offering audiences the engaging and provocative opportunity to share in the dramatic evolution of premiere works.

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