Dial it Back


by Nicki Wilson

A staged reading of a zany farce about a divorcing couple's rivalry to win control of their failing theatre. Pandemonium ensues when an aspiring actor and a saucy ex-stripper want a piece of the action too! The reading is part of TheatreFest being held at Saint James Place in Great Barrington May 2 -4, 2019.     

DIAL IT BACK will be presented on May 3rd at 7 pm.

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Creative Team


NICKI WILSON (Playwright) has worked in all phases of the theatre; having acted, directed, written, produced and taught acting. Her play "The Chameleon Echo" was produced at the 92 Street Y in New York City. Other plays of hers have been produced throughout the Tri-State area. Ms. Wilson was formerly the Artistic Director  of Castle Hill Theatre Company and is currently the Artistic Director of New Stage Performing Arts.

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DEANN SIMMONS HALPER works as an actor, director, and producer. She has appeared in many Berkshire and New York-based productions, including QWERTY, Death and the Maiden, Four Dogs and a Bone, Plaza Suite, The Belle of Amherst and The Amish Project among others. Deann has also produced several productions including the OBIE nominated Incommunicado. She has served on the Boards of Directors for Circle Rep, New York Stage and Film, TriArts' Sharon Playhouse and Barrington Stage Company and is currently on the Board of Directors of Berkshire Playwrights Lab and the Board of Visitors at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.


GRAY SIMONS began his professional acting career at Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, MA, where he spent fifteen years as an Artist-in-Residence from 1996-2011. His debut on BTFMain Stage, Moby Dick – Rehearsed (1999). Followed by performances in Peter Pan(2003), Miracle Worker(2004), One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest(2007). Some other regional credits include Wilder, Wilder / BTF Unicorn Stage (1997),Hamlet / Connecticut Reparatory (2001), Taking Steps /Mixed Company (2011), Table Manners / Mixed Company (2014). Macbeth/ CORE Theatre Ensemble (2014), Man’s Best Friend / Mixed Company (2016), Season By Season / Mixed Company (2016), QWERTY – The Typewriter Plays/ Mixed Company (2013, 2017), A Christmas Carol/The Colonial Theatre (2013-18)


JULIE WEBSTER A native of the Berkshires, MA, Julie earned her BA in Theater & Dance from Bard College and was the recipient of the prestigious Excellence in Performance Award. Most recently she has appeared in a series of Mixed Company productions by writer and director Joan Ackermann. Other recent credits include: Co-producer “The River," and appearance in "I'm Coming Over," short films by director Sam Handel, Celia in As You Like It at Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Zara Spook and other Lures, by writer and director Joan Ackermann at Mixed Company, Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Yvonne in The Ladies Man at Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA.  Julie is also the Associate Director at the Olga Dunn Dance Company and School of Dance. She lives locally with her husband and two young children.


GREGORY BOOVER is an actor, musician, educator and artist. He has performed in many venues across the northeast, including Berkshire Playwrights Lab, WAM Theatre, Emergent Ensemble Theatre, The Theater at Monmouth, Hampshire Shakespeare Company and Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, where he has trained and taught in the education program. Greg holds a BA in Theatre from UMass Amherst and studied at the University of Kent in Canterbury. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association. Find out more at www.gregoryboover.com.

ALEX RECZKOWSKI (O.S. Fineman, Stage Directions) is the Director of the Berkshire Athenaeum and has recently started exploring Performance Art and working on his new radio show. He's excited to be back on stage.