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"PTERODACTYLS"- THEATREFEST AT SAINT JAMES PLACE
Great Barrington, 7 p.m.

Ghostlit Repertory Theatre proudly presents a one night only staged reading of Nicky Silver's absurdist black comedy, "Pterodactyls", directed by GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company Co-Artistic Director, Harrison Lang.

“Prerodactyls” is a play that examines the demise of the Duncan family, and, by extension, the species. Emma Duncan, a hypochondriac with memory problems, and her orphaned fiancé, Tommy, confront her mother, Grace, with the news of their intended marriage. Disapproving at first, Grace acquiesces and puts Tommy to work as a maid. Shortly after, Grace's son, Todd, returns home and announces he has AIDS which sets off a frenzy of denial-spurred activity. The father, Arthur Duncan, reaches out to his son who is more interested in assembling the dinosaur bones he discovers in the back yard. As the wedding approaches, Tommy falls in love with Todd and when confronted with this news, Emma goes quite spontaneously deaf. It is only during a frenzied wedding rehearsal, after Tommy is informed he's HIV positive and Emma shoots herself with a gun given to her by her brother as a wedding gift, does the possibility that Todd is destroying his family rear its head. As winter descends, the bottom falls out of the farce and the tone is replaced with a more ironic one. Tommy has died (although he's not been buried as "the ground is too hard"), Grace's glamour has been replaced with an alcoholic haze, and Arthur cannot remember that Emma has died. Only Todd remains unchanged. In a final manipulation, Todd accuses Arthur of being responsible for Emma's death, and provokes his father into attacking him. Grace has no choice but to banish Arthur from the house and into what now seems a lifeless tundra outdoors. Left alone with his mother, Todd pours her drink after drink as the months pass, until she too, at last, is dead. Finally, as Todd embraces his sister's ghost, we see the dinosaur skeleton, now complete. No one knows why the dinosaurs lived, or died, Todd told his mother. He suggests the possibility that their end was the natural order of things "and no tragedy.”

The Cast:
Grace Duncan: Dana Harrison
Arthur Duncan: David Joseph
Emma Duncan: Caitlin Teeley
Todd Duncan: Corey Bryant
Tommy McKorckle: David Bertoldi

Tickets are FREE with a suggested donation of $10

Original poster design by Jackson Teeley


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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Great Barrington, 8 p.m.

Closing out GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company's season will be the regional premiere of the Tony Award®-winning play Peter and the Starcatcher! Peter and the Starcatcher is a play by Rick Elice, with Music by Wayne Barker, that is based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. It was originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions.  Based on the book Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this play, with a book by Rick Elice and music by Wayne Barker, upends the century old story of how a miserable orphan boy becomes Peter Pan. Saint James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01201. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at ghostlitrep.com   Peter and the Starcatcher is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 


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PETER AND THE STARCATCHER
Great Barrington, 8 p.m.

Closing out GhostLit Repertory Theatre Company's season will be the regional premiere of the Tony Award®-winning play Peter and the Starcatcher! Peter and the Starcatcher is a play by Rick Elice, with Music by Wayne Barker, that is based on the Novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. It was originally produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions. Saint James Place, 352 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01201. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at ghostlitrep.com    Peter and the Starcatcher is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). 


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