Joan Ackermann – Playwright

Starting  March 17 and going through March 19, Shakespeare and Company is presenting readings of plays by Joan Ackerman. Joan lives in the Berkshires. Thirty-five years ago she and Gillian Seidl co-founded  Mixed Company,  a theatre in Great Barrington.  Mixed Company  not only produces Joan’s plays, but also the work of contemporary British and American playwrights.   


Joan has written for magazines and   television. When her play Off the Map  was made into a movie, she wrote the script. We had the pleasure of talking with Joan and  look forward to a first reading of her new play, Out of the Blue  Sunday, March 19. For a complete schedule of the readings of Joan’s plays, go to Shakespeare and Company’s website by clicking below after listening to the interview with Joan.

Interview with Joan Ackermann

Shakespeare and Company website


Berkshire Playwrights Lab – Radius Playwrights Festival

Jim Frangione with early poster
Jim Frangione with early poster

There are many theatrical treasures in our area, some not as well known as others. We discovered one of these when we were told about the Berkshire Playwrights Lab. This is a group dedicated to the development of new plays. Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with Jim Frangione, one of the three  Co-Artistic Directors and Ann Garner, the Managing Director in their new home at St. James Place in Great Barrington. This the tenth year for the lab, but the first year for the Radius Festival which features plays written by local playwrights who live within a fifty mile radius of the Lab.

St James Place

After the interview, we were treated to a tour of the newly renovated St James Place with different spaces for different types of cultural activities. We saw where the Radius Playwrights readings will take place as well as other spaces for different types of readings and   performances.

These ten-minute plays are given staged readings with local actors and directed by local directors. There will be talkbacks  after each play. There are three performances this coming weekend, Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 3 pm and Saturday at 7 pm.

Listen to our interview with Jim and Ann below.

Berkshire Playwrights Lab Interview

Then buy your tickets for the Radius Playwrights Festival by clicking on

the company’s website

Berkshire Playwrights Lab website 

Co-Artistic Directors, Joe Cacaci, Jim                                    Frangione, Matthew Penn