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40th Season Ruby Gala

Join us for an evening of cocktails and conversation celebrating Shakespeare & Company's vibrant 40-year history with special performances Sweet Honey in the Rock and Company Members.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Tina Packer Playhouse with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and will continue with a special performance honoring the impact Shakespeare & Company has had on the cultural landscape of Berkshire County through its public performances as well as its inspirational education programs in our local schools, and internationally renowned training programs for actors at every stage of their careers. 

Following the performances guests will be welcomed into our tented courtyard for an elegant dinner catered by Peter Platt of Old Inn on the Green.

After dinner, everyone is invited to join the entire Company for desserts and dancing with DJ BFG.

6:00 P.M..
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres

7:00 P.M.
Performance featuring special guests Sweet Honey in the Rock in the Tina Packer Playhouse

8:00 P.M.
Dinner catered by The Old Inn on the Green

9:30 P.M.
Dessert and dancing with DJ BFG

Tables for 8 guests:
Ruby Table at $20,000
Platinum Table at $10,000
Gold Table at $6,000
Silver Table at $4,000

Individual tickets
Gold Ticket at $750
Gala Ticket at $400

After Party Only $40

7/1/2017 6:00 PM
Via Dolorosa by David Hare, featuring Jonathan Epstein

Via Dolorosa is the story of British playwright David Hare’s 1997 visit to Israel and Gaza, told by a single actor in a virtuosic 90 minute dramatic whirlwind of people, places and events.

As Hare, Jonathan Epstein turns himself into more than 30 different characters, each an impassioned participant in the Arab-Israeli struggle, as the play ranges through London,Tel Aviv, the Settlements, Gaza and Jerusalem itself, in search of some kind of hope in a world where it seems that everyone can say, and with justice: “This land is ours.”

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 2 1/2 hours with an intermission

8/11/2017 8:30 PM
TS Eliot and His Love of Shakespeare: Allyn Burrows and Michi Wiancko

"Every poet would like, I fancy, to be able to think that he had some direct social utility . . . He would like to be something of a popular entertainer, and be able to think his own thoughts behind a tragic or acomic mask. He would like to convey the pleasures of poetry, not only to alarger audience, but to larger groups of people collectively; and the theatreis the best place in which to do it."

—TS Eliot


Allyn Burrows plays the poet, playwright, literary contrarian, Nobel Prize winner TS Eliot in an exploration of the great writer's fascination with Shakespeare. The words of the two great poets will be intertwined live with the sublime music of internationally acclaimed violinist Michi Wiancko.

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 2 1/2 hours with an intermission

8/12/2017 8:30 PM
Door of No Return

Partly autobiographical, but drawing primarily on historical research and present-day interviews, Door of No Return courageously excavates the rich, complex but often silenced multicultural legacies of New England.


Nehassaiu deGannes is a trickster/shaman figure voicing experiences of immigration, displacement, enslavement, and resistance from a brilliant multiplicity of perspectives. Drawing on her Caribbean heritage and Canadian upbringing, her visits to West Africa, and her arrival in Rhode Island, Nehassaiu criss-crosses time and space to bring us stories from the 18th century and the Triangle Trade, as well as unexpected contemporary narratives.  Here in one room are: Marie Angelique, enslaved in Montreal but very likely purchased in Rhode Island, a young Columbian man defying 21st century expectations, an Iraqi-American woman re-inventing herself post 9-11, indentured Wampanoag, and the slave dungeons of Cape Coast. Door of No Return defies the segregation of American histories and invites us all to stand at the crossroads.


“Nehassaiu deGannes is tremendous. At times, she’s from Jamaica, then Ghana, then Cape Verde, or Senegal. Or else she’s a Native American, or a hyphenated modern American: Puerto Rican, Laotian, French,Irish, Scotch or Arabic. She’s rich; she’s poor. She’s young; she’s old.  She’s woman; she’s man…. But the reason you watch or listen…is for an emotional connection, which deGannes amply provides.”

—Providence Journal

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 2 1/2 hours with an intermission

8/18/2017 8:30 PM
In Light of Jane with Tod Randolph; and special concert by Kris Delmhorst

In Light of Jane, a lighting designer visits an empty theatre space two years after a devastating loss, and as she sorts through her memories, the way forward is illuminated in unexpected ways. This funny and moving piece features Shakespeare & Company actor Tod Randolph with Kris Delmhorst.


The second part of the evening singer and songwriter Kris Delmhorst takes the stage for an intimate concert. "Bold and brilliant..." —Boston Globe.

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 2 1/2 hours with an intermission

8/19/2017 8:30 PM
Bad Dates featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder with special guest Vikki True
Bad Dates featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder with special guest Vikki True.
By Theresa Rebeck
“And then I realize, in this sort of strange, hallucinatory moment, that the bug guy is looking kind of good, and the things he's saying about bugs are really kind of fascinating and it is then that I realized that maybe it has been too long since I've been on a date.” Bad Dates
Elizabeth Aspenlieder reprises her one-woman tour-de-force performance as the indefatigable Hayley Walker from S&Co.’s 2010 hit production of Bad Dates by Theresa Rebeck (SMASH, Poor Behavior, Law & Order, Broadway’s Seminar with Alan Rickman). A hilarious and heartbreaking story Bad Dates follows a single mothers idiosyncratic journey of self-discovery which involves the Romanian mob, a Buddhist rainstorm, a teenage daughter, over 600 pairs of shoes, and a few very bad dates. Highlights of the evening will include interwoven music provided by the BSO’s Tanglewood Music Center Fellows, directed by Michael Gandolfi (Composition Head of the TMC), and local singer Vikki True, who will join the production with an array of soul stirring melodies that will support the production. True will then take center stage for a short set of some of her classic R&B/Jazz standards.

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 2 1/2 hours with an intermission
8/20/2017 8:30 PM
Women of Will: Coming Home

Written and Performed by Tina Packer with special guest Nigel Gore.


After three years of traveling the world and a four month Off-Broadway run, Women of Will comes home. By examining passion and intrigue through women’s eyes, we see how Shakespeare himself developed as a human being.

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 2 1/2 hours with an intermission

8/25/2017 8:30 PM
Travels with the Masked Man and Performance by Bobby Sweet

Written and performed by John Hadden with special musical guest Bobby Sweet



This evening is a fascinating blend of drama and music.


John Hadden performs a riveting 50-minute, one-man show based on his book Conversations with a Masked Man: My Father, the CIA, and Me. Bobby Sweet infuses the show with his unique sound. Join then for this journey of deception "the game" (espionage), and rough filial love. The evening finishes with an intimate concert by Bobby Sweet.

One Night Only!
Run time approximately 2 1/2 hours with an intermission

8/26/2017 8:30 PM
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