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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Jonathan Croy

 

“The course of true love never did run smooth.” 

   William Shakespeare

    

Four lovers lost in the woods and a group of rude mechanicals who have set out to put on a play become entangled in a dream world. The Fairy Kingdom is at odds, spells are cast, and the devilish sprite Puck weaves his mischief amongst the mortals. This fast-paced romp promises to be an unforgettable midsummer adventure for the whole family. Presented by Shakespeare & Company’s Northeast Regional Education Tour at The Dell atthe Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home.

July 11 Through August 19
Run time is approximately 90 minutes without an intermission.
Grounds open 90 minutes prior to curtain time for picnicking.

8/19/2017 11:00 AM
The Wharton Comedies

The Wharton One-Acts

Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life

Adapted by Dennis Krausnick

 

Featuring David Joseph, Corrina May, and Diane Prusha

 

“...as sharp cut as a diamond and as hard of surface.”

—New York Review of Books

 

Edith Wharton’s sublime wit shines through in these two delightful one -act comedies, complete with her delectable signature twist. In Roman Fever, Grace and Alida reminisce above the Colosseum, having known each other so well for their entire lives, or so they think. The Fullness of Life unveils in charming fashion that the afterlife, while enchanting, may not be all that it’s cracked up to be.

August 17 Through September 10
Previews August 17, 18, 19 
Opens Sunday August 20 at 3:00 pm

Runtime is approximately 2 hours with an intermission

8/19/2017 To 9/10/2017
The Tempest

The Tempest

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Allyn Burrows

 

Featuring Nigel Gore and Jason Asprey

 

“Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises...”

—William Shakespeare

 

Likely the Bard’s final piece that he penned alone, The Tempest sets the stage for a betrayed magician bent on revenge. Prospero’s seething softens when he sees, through his daughter, that love and forgiveness conquer darkness.
Revel in twilight performances in the new Garden Theatre under the Berkshire summer skies as the cast leads you on this magical and moving journey.

August 10 Through September 3
Previews August 10, 11, 12
Opening  Sunday August 13 at 5:30 pm

Run time approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes  with an intermission

8/19/2017 To 9/3/2017
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  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 1 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
The God of Carnage

God of Carnage

By Yasmina Reza

Translated by Christopher Hampton

 

Featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Allyn Burrows, and Jonathan Croy

 

“Never underestimate the pleasure of watching really good actors behaving terribly...”

—The New York Times

 

This Tony and Olivier Award-winning New York smash hit by the author of ART, takes you on a 90-minute thrill ride into the most dangerous place on earth: parenthood. Two sets of parents meet for the first time to settle their sons’ nasty school yard tangle. Tensions quickly emerge around the best way to raise a child. The meeting progresses, the liquor flows, and the gloves come off in this viciously funny comedy of bad manners.

 

Generously sponsoredby Deborah and Bill Ryan.

September 14 through October 8
Previews September 14, 15
Opens September 16 at 7:30 pm

Run time is approximately 90 minutes without an intermission

9/14/2017 To 10/8/2017
WAM Theatre Presents - The Last Wife

WAM Theatre presents

Northeast Regional Premiere 

THE LAST WIFE

by Kate Hennig


October 13 - November 5

 

Presented at Shakespeare & Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
 

Featuring: NEHASSAIU DEGANNES, JOHN
HADDEN, DAVID JOSEPH, LILY LINKE, ALICIA PIEMME NELSON and RAOUL SILVER


Directed by KELLY GALVIN
 

The Last Wife premiered at the Stratford Festival of Canada in 2015 and enjoyed a completely sold-out and extended run.


The Last Wife is a contemporary retelling of the compelling relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII, The Last Wife is a funny, powerful examination of patriarchy, sexual politics, and women’s rights.
 

Kate Parr is smart, confident, and passionate: a rising star in a world of intense competition. But her obligatory marriage to Henry is rife with the threat of violence and lure of deceit; her secret liaisons with Thom, her husband’s former brother-in-law, could send her to an early grave; and her devotion to the education and equal rights of Henry’s daughters is putting an even bigger strain on her marriage. Does Kate risk her life to gain authority in both her relationship and her political career? Which love will she be led to if she follows her heart? And what kind of future is there for her children if she makes a crucial mistake?

In keeping with WAM’s double philanthropic mission, a portion of proceeds from this production will be donated to WAM’s thirteenth beneficiary, the Soldier On Women’s Program

Since 2005, Soldier On has been providing services to women veterans and currently offers a transitional housing program for up to sixteen homeless female veterans in a trauma informed care setting. Soldier On provides a safe, comfortable, structured environment that promotes healing and healthy life choice, helping veterans realize their full potential by providing them with activities and opportunities that embrace mind, body, and spirit. WAM’s donation will support care during the transition to independent or family life for the residents of the Soldier On Women’s Program.

What the Critics Said


“a very smart piece of writing” – Chicago Tribune

 

“a superb first play” – The Star

“racy, in the sense of both pungency and speed” – National Post

“…lively…contemporary…unapologetic” – Globe and Mail

“a riveting meditation on power, family, intimacy…sexual politics and women’s
rights” – Ottawa Citizen


“an audacious, clever play” – Victoria Times-Colonist


About WAM Theatre

Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre is Where Arts and Activism Meet. The company was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator,  and producer Kristen van Ginhoven. WAM's vision is to create opportunity for women and girls through the mission of theatre as philanthropy. Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls. Since 2010 years, WAM
Theatre has donated more than $32,500 to twelve nonprofit organizations and provided paid work to more than 200 theatre artists. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre's activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series.


 

For more information, visit www.WAMTheatre.com

 

10/13/2017 To 11/5/2017
Box Office: 413-637-3353
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