E. Gray Simons III — AUTHOR

E. Gray Simons III – Since 1997 Mr. Simons has written numerous original plays and adaptations. His original plays include Play Ball!, Virginia’s History – Part I: Jamestown, The Mummy’s Tale and Other Voices from the Great Beyond, Aesop’s Network: Broadcasting Theatrical Fables, Nursery Rhyme Café, The Riddle of the Sphinx and More of History’s Mysteries Revealed!, Atlantis Lost! and Other Legends from the Strange Waves, Way Out West: The Expedition of Lewis and Clark and Further Journeys. In 2000 Berkshire Theatre Group produced his adaptation of Wind in the Willows. Since then he has written many other adaptations including The Emperor’s New Clothes, Pinocchio, Cinderella, King Midas and the Golden Touch, Arabian Nights, The Odyssey, Just So Stories, Alice in Wonderland, Hansel and Gretel’s Grimm Tale and A Tour of Mount Olympus (Co-adapted with Tara M. Franklin), Robin Hood (Co-adapted with Foster Durgin), and Monkey (Originally, a 1997 collaboration with Eric Hill’s Blue Hill Performance Ensemble). In addition to Berkshire Theatre Group, his plays and adaptations for young audiences have been produced by professional theaters across the country including Barter Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company and Infinity Theatre Company. His work has been enjoyed by thousands of school children and families throughout New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Pacific Northwest.

– PRODUCED PLAYS

HISTORY MYSTERY SIDESHOW THEATRE SERIES

Atlantis Lost and Other Legends from the Strange Waves (History-Mystery Sideshow Series) – (NOW with LBT)

  • 2004 (Berkshire South Regional Community Center)
  • 2004-05 (Berkshire Theatre Festival(BTF) PLAYS! Tour)

Way Out West: The Journey of Lewis and Clark and Other Tales  (History-Mystery Sideshow Series) – (NOW with LBT)

  • 2005 (Berkshire South Regional Community Center)
  • 2005 (BTF PLAYS! Tour)
  • 2011 (BTF PLAYS! Tour)

The Mummy’s Tale and Other Voices from the Great Beyond (Mystery Sideshow Series) – (NOW with LBT)

  • 2010 (BTF PLAYS! at Berkshire Museum)

The Riddle of the Sphinx and More of History’s Mysteries Revealed (History-Mystery Sideshow Series) – (NOW with LBT)

  • 2002 (BTF PLAYS! Tour)
  • 2010 (BTF PLAYS! Tour)
  • 2010 (Virginia Stage Company Tour)

 

OTHER PLAYS

Aesop’s Network: Broadcasting Theatrical Fables (Inspired by Aesop’s Fables) –(NOW with LBT)

  • 2007 (Unicorn) & (BTF PLAYS! Tour)
  • 2010 Idaho Shakespeare Festival
  • 2011 (Virginia Stage Company Tour)

Play Ball! (Reflections on the Origins  of baseball) –

  • 2015-16 (BTG PLAYS! Tour)

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Alice in Wonderland (Adapted from Lewis Carroll’s novel) –

  • 2001(BTF PLAYS! at Berkshire Museum)

Arabian Nights (Adapted from stories in “The Book of One Thousand and One Nights”) –

  • 2003 (BTF PLAYS! at Berkshire Museum)

Cinderella (Adapted from the Grimm’s fairytale) –

  • 2007 (BTF PLAYS! at Berkshire Museum)

The Emperor’s New Clothes (Adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen) –

  • 2013-14 (BTG PLAYS! Tour)
  • 2014 (Infinity Theatre Company) and (Arts-for-All Tour, 2014)

Hansel and Gretel’s Grimm Tale (Adapted from Grimm’s fairytales and based on earlier works co-written with Tara Franklin) –

  • 2009 (BTF PLAYS! Tour)
  • 2011 (Berkshire Museum)
  • 2009 (Virginia Stage Company Tour)
  • 2011 (Idaho Shakespeare Festival)

Hercules (Based on stories from Greek Mythology) –

  • 2008 (BTF PLAYS! at Berkshire Museum)

Just So Stories (Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s stories) –

  • 2001(Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Theatre)
  • 2003 (BTF PLAYS! Tour)
  • 2013 (Berkshire Theatre Group on the Neil Ellenoff Stage)

King Midas and the Golden Touch (Based on stories from Greek Mythology) –

  • 2006 (BTF PLAYS! Tour)

The Magic Flute (Based on Emanuel Schikaneder’s libretto from Mozart’s opera) –

  • 2002 (BTF PLAYS! at Berkshire Museum)

Monkey (Based on the Chinese Folktale “Journey to the West” and written in collaboration with Blue Hill Performance Ensemble) –

  • 2002 (Berkshire Theatre Festival’s Unicorn Theatre)

Nursery Rhyme Café (Inspired by a variety of classic nursery rhymes) –

  • 2005 (BTF PLAYS! at Berkshire Museum)

The Odyssey (Based on Homer’s epic poem) –

  • 2001(BTF PLAYS! Tour)

Pinocchio (Adapted from the story by Carlo Collodi) –

  • 2012 (Berkshire Theatre Group on The Neil Ellenoff Stage)
  • 2012-13 (BTG PLAYS! Tour)
  • 2013 (Infinity Theatre Company) and (Arts-for-All Tour)

Robin Hood (Based on the various ballads and legends of Robin Hood and co-written with Foster Durgin) –

  • 2004 (BTF PLAYS! at Berkshire Museum)
  • 2006 (Barter Theatre)

A Tour of Mount Olympus (Based on stories from Greek mythology and co-written with Tara Franklin) –

  • 2000 (BTF PLAYS! Tour)
  • 2008 (BTF PLAYS! Tour)

Virginia’s History – Part I: Jamestown (Based on events from the history of Virginia) –

  • 2012 (Virginia Stage Company Tour)

Wind in the Willows (Adapted from Kenneth Graham’s novel) –

  • 2000 (BTF PLAYS! at Berkshire Museum)
  • 2009 (BTF PLAYS! at Berkshire Museum)

 

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Sleeping Beauty’s Dream (Adapted from several Grimm’s fairytales)
Virginia’s History – Part II: The Revolutionary War (Based on events from the history of Virginia)
Virginia’s History – Part III: The Civil War (Based on events from the history of Virginia)
Funny, Ha-Ha: The Origin of Laughter (History Mystery Sideshow Series)
The Music of the Spheres: Creation and the Universe (History Mystery Sideshow Series)
A Tour of Mount Olympus 2 – The Hall of Heroes (Based on stories from Greek mythology)
A Tour of Mount Olympus 3 – The Underworld (Based on stories from Greek mythology)

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