Great Barrington Public Theater to Host Play Readings

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Great Barrington Public Theater will present four new play readings at The Foundry, the first look at new work by area playwrights with Berkshire Voices playwrighting collaborative.

On four Monday evenings, Oct. 3 to Nov. 21, at The Foundry in West Stockbridge, GBPT will present four readings of new plays written by members of Berkshire Voices. The readings will give audiences a first look at brand-new plays currently in the works.

Tickets are free, but capacity is limited. Seats can be reserved now by emailing

Readings take place Oct. 3 & 17; Nov. 7 & 21, 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 3rd to 7:00 p.m.

THE GROUP by Michael Brady – They have paid their dues, these writers. Each one hopes to write that perfect play, so they meet, read each other’s work, spilling into each other’s lives and sharing joy, pain, and the hunt for that elusive production.  As the saying goes, “No happy playwrights.” 


Oct. 17 to 7:00 p.m.

Dog Play by Leigh Strimbeck

A reunion in a park brings surprises for a couple who called it quits over a year ago. Who do we love and what do we miss most when they go?

Nov. 7 to 7:00 p.m.

All I Had by Ellen Clarkson

“You are what you have.” Is it possible to change a man’s stubborn belief in a premise that is so prevalent yet causes so much pain? That is the subject of All I Had, a story of revelation and redemption, where each disclosure takes the audience by surprise and leads the four characters to insights they never imagined.  

Nov. 21 – 7:00 p.m.

Not Dark Yet by Billie Murray

Follows the intermingled lives of three people who struggle to come to terms with life, loss, love, and redemption in a small town.

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Dream Away Lodge Reopening in 2023 Under New Ownership

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BECKET, Mass. — The historic Dream Away Lodge is expected to reopen in the spring under new ownership.

It was announced on Sunday that former owner Daniel Osman sold the restaurant to The Dreamaway Lodge RE LLC. 

The plan is to bring back everything that the Dream Away is known for and make it even better.

"The intention is to return the Dream Away to service and to offer all the things we did before but even better — great food, great music, a beautiful place to make a wedding, retreat, or private event, an awesome outing for you and your friends, your partner, your lover, your grandma or your kids," according to a press release from the new owner.

"The Dream Away will once again be the Berkshire's magical spot — so close and yet so far, the secret place your either know about or don't!"

The new ownership group is reportedly comprised of Scott Levy, Sheryl Victor Levy, Daniel Giddings and April Wilson, with Scott Levy the signatory on the limited liability corporation's registration. The purchase closed last Tuesday for $615,000 according to documents on file with the Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds. 

The storied Dream Away Lodge featured numerous folksingers and songwriters in its nearly 100-year history, including Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan.

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