Barington Stage Company Winter Program

11th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival

By: - Jan 12, 2022

Barrington Stage Company announces the 10-minute plays and casting for the 11th Annual 10X10 New Play Festival, part of the 2022 10X10 Upstreet Arts Festival. 

BSC’s 10X10 New Play Festival will be presented at the Boyd-Quinson Stage (30 Union Street) with performances February 24 through March 13, 2022. Tickets are $35 - $45 and are available at

“We’re so excited to be performing 10X10 in person this year,” said Julianne Boyd.  "I can't wait to hear laughter in the theater again during these plays. It will be music to my ears.” 

The 10X10 New Play Festival cast features 10X10 veterans Doug Harris (10×10 ’20, ’21), Matt Neely (10×10 ’12–’18, ’21), Peggy Pharr Wilson (all 11 years of 10×10!) and Robert Zukerman (10×10 ’12, ’14, ’15, ’18, ’19, ’21). Additional cast members to be announced at a later date.

 Directors for the 10X10 New Play Festival are BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and returning for his sixth year, Matthew Penn (BSC’s Judgment Day, Typhoid Mary). An Emmy-nominated director (Law & Order), Penn has been co-Artistic Director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab for the last 14 seasons in Great Barrington and directed the Off Broadway play Mother of the Maid starring Glenn Close.

The creative team includes Nicole Slaven (costume design), Lucas Pawelski (lighting design) and Alex Sovronsky (sound design). Renee Lutz is the production stage manager. Hannah Katz is the 10X10 New Play Festival Line Producer.

The 2022 10X10 New Play Festival is sponsored in part by Dr. Stephanie Beling, Jadwiga and Donald Brown, Janet and John Egelhofer, Mike and David Faust, Olivia Georgia and Steve Oakes, Colin Mathews, Linda and Robert Noonan, Linda and Frank Russell, Sagner Family Foundation, Wendy and Eric Federer, Judy and Bruce Grinnell, Nancy McIntire, Jane and Win Stuebner.

BSC’s 2022 10X10 New Play Festival:

Liars Anonymous

By Ellen Abrams

Directed by Matthew Penn

Max and Charlotte clean up after a Liars Anonymous meeting and regale each other with creative renditions of their lives that sound suspiciously familiar. 


Stealing A Kiss

By Laurie Allen

Directed by Julianne Boyd

Two elderly citizens meet at a bus stop where raindrops, turn to rain, turn to love.


Love Me, Love My Work

By Glenn Alterman

Directed by Julianne Boyd

Jane is furious because she believes that Ned told Sarah that he hated her new play. Soon we discover the truth about this, and the unique relationship between Ned, Jane and Sarah.


Escape from Faux Pas

By Cynthia Faith Arsenault

Directed by Matthew Penn

Newcomers to a prestigious condo community find themselves in a precarious social situation, having inadvertently opened their neighbor's Amazon delivery of - well, that's the fun part!


An Awkward Conversation in the Shadow of Mount Moriah

By John Bavaso

Directed by Matthew Penn

Things are a little tense between Abraham and Isaac after the almost-sacrifice. The bond between the Old Testament's most famous father-son duo is on thin ice. 



By Steven Korbar

Directed by Matthew Penn

A young man and woman end their short romantic relationship and find they can speak to each other with complete honesty for the first time.



By Mark Henry Levine

Directed by Julianne Boyd

A couple gets some disturbing news from a fortune cookie.



By Chelsea Marcantel

Directed by Matthew Penn

The violins swell, the perfect-for-each-other lovers kiss, and you just know that everyone is going to live happily ever after... or will they? For Sam and Teddy, the long-awaited kiss proves to be the easy part.


The Voice of the People

By Cary Pepper

Directed by Julianne Boyd

Who'll be HomeHaven's new mayor — the candidate with impeccable qualifications, or the one with no experience, no platform and no agenda? Sounds like a slam dunk.



By Robert Weibezahl

Directed by Julianne Boyd

Lynn and Annie embark on that treasured mother-daughter rite of passage: shopping for the perfect wedding gown. But saying yes to the dress proves not so straightforward as their afternoon in the bridal shop reveals an unforeseen agenda.



In order to offer patrons the safest and most enjoyable experience possible, the following standards will be in effect at all venues and applicable to all patrons, staff and volunteers throughout 2022 until further notice.

  • All patrons must provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative Covid test (PCR test within 72 hours or an antigen test within 6 hours) and a form of identification prior to entering the theatre.  Booster shots are highly recommended for all patrons, but not currently required.  
  • All parties will be required to sign a waiver in order to enter the venue.
  • No food or beverages will be permitted. Concessions will not be available.
  • Electronic tickets are highly encouraged, but not required. Printed tickets are available at box office will-call.
  • Patrons will be asked to sanitize their hands with the provided hand sanitizer prior to being seated.


The following changes remain in effect at the Boyd-Quinson Stage:

  • There will be 2 vacant seats between each party. No actor will come within 10 feet of the first row of the audience.
  • The entire theatre will be sanitized just prior to each performance using a combination of hi-tech electrostatic sprayers, disinfectant sprays and wipes.
  • The Boyd-Quinson now uses MERV-13 filters that will be replaced monthly. Every night the entire theatre will have 100% of the air inside purged and swapped with 100% fresh air from outside. During performances, the ratio to fresh outside air to recirculated air will go from 20:80 to 50:50.


Tickets to the 10X10 New Play Festival are on sale now. For more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit