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Join Us for Our Next Reading August 24th!




Written by Richard Dresser

Directed by Joe Cacaci

“The absolute latest from Richard Dresser (2014’s 100 Years and the 2016 Gala), War Stories was inspired by Major David Tucker II, a 22-year veteran of the US Army and Special Operations community.

Richard Dresser

Master Sergeant Boyd Cassidy, a Vietnam vet, is put up in a five-star Phoenix hotel to receive long-awaited recognition. His construction company is thriving, his son wins the Ohio state basketball championship, he loves his wife, and a dazzling political career beckons. Life is starting to make sense after years of turmoil. Until a knock at the door sends him into a horror more profound than anything he faced on the battlefield.

About the Playwright:

Richard Dresser’s plays have been produced in New York, regional theater and throughout Europe. They include: Rounding Third, Below the Belt, Gun-Shy, The Pursuit of Happiness and many others. At BPL he developed Closure which ran at NJ Rep last summer and will be at the Falcon Theater in LA next spring. He also wrote three monologues for BPL which were filmed with Treat Williams under the title Public Speaking. A film from his play Rounding Third will be released this year starring John C. McGinley and Garret Dillahunt. He wrote the book for a musical, Johnny Baseball,  which played at ART in Cambridge and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and a new bluegrass ghost musical, The Holler, also at Williamstown. He is on the board of the Writers Guild Initiative, which does writing workshops with veterans, wounded warriors and caregivers among other groups.


WHEN: Wednesday August 24th, 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.


Mark your calendar for the entire Staged Reading Series!

July 13 – Jennifer’s Birth by Rich OrloffDirected by Matthew Penn.

July 27 – Dolphins and Sharks by James A. Tyler. Directed by Nelson T. Eusebio.

August 10 – Intentions by Abbey Fenbert. Directed by Tom Bloom.

August 24 – War Stories by Richard Dresser (author of 2014′s 100 Years). Directed by Joe Cacaci.

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About Us

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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