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Join Us for Our Next Reading July 27th!




Written by James A. Tyler, author of 2015′s Some Old Black Man

Directed by Nelson T. Eusebio III

Dolphins swim in groups to avoid shark attacks…

James A. Tyler

Isabel, Yusuf and Xiomara work at a knock-off version of Kinko’s in Harlem. Promotions are rare. Raises are rarer. But when Yusuf is given the chance to work his way up by spying on his co-worker, friendships are tested and loyalty turns out to be less valuable than cold hard cash in this searing new play about disadvantaged people colliding in a capitalistic society.

About the Playwright:

James A. Tyler is an award-winning playwright who holds a MFA in Film from Howard University and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University where his concentration was Playwriting. His work has been presented by OBIE Award-winning playwright Israel Horovitz at The Cherry Lane Theatre (Hand Held Out), The Sixth Annual Fire This Time Festival (Dolphins and Sharks), and the 4th Annual Beer-Battered New Play Festival (Loveeeeeee Play). His play The Drop Off was featured in The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Playwrights Playground and their Future Classics Series. You’re Sitting in the Dark and hop tha A were semi-finalists for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and hop tha A was featured in Asolo Rep’s 2016 Unplugged New Play Festival. James is one of the first recipients of the 2015 First Round Fellowship presented by Open Bar Theatricals to expand Dolphins and Sharks from a ten-minute play to a full-length play. His play Some Old Black Man was presented at La MaMa Theatre as part of the Shadow Festival, where it starred Arthur French. It also received a reading at BPL in 2015 starring Peter Jay Fernandez and Tony Award-winning actor Roger Robinson. His honors include being selected by the OBIE Award-winning 48 Hours in Harlem Festival as one of their 2015 Playwrights, the Paul Robeson Award, and a John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting from NYU. He is a proud member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group, a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2016-2017 Ars Nova Play Group Resident, a 2016 Working Farm Playwrights Group Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm. He was awarded The Playwrights Center’s 2015-2016 Many Voices Fellowship, a 2016 Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award and is currently a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellow at The Juilliard School.

WHEN: Wednesday July 27, 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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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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