The 10 10-minute plays, divided by one intermission, feature 10 playwrights who, each with remarkable economy, illuminate some aspect of life—in the everyday, in the home or in the news—as we are living it, like it or not, in this 2019 winter of discontent.
The play that ends the first half of the program, ‘Pipeline’ written by Michael Brady and directed by Julianne Boyd, is utterly moving and effective as three exuberant protestors on the edge of a mountain forest in south Berkshire County are confronted by an actual moment of disaster.
Tina Packer is moving in the role of Joan of Arc’s mother, Isabelle, a role for which she was seemingly destined. There is an honesty in her acting. Her performance in this play is nothing short of brilliant.