By Amy Herzog
Directed by Ricciardi
Featuring Annette Miller
A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. . . Aheartening reminder that a keen focus on life’s small moments can pay off in abig way onstage.”
- The New York Times
In this Obie Award-winning and beautifully crafted piece,Amy Herzog gives us Vera and Leo, a grandmother and grandson, locked in amoving and most amusing battle of wits. Life has dealt them a series of shocks,yet they and two intrepid young women continue to seek meaning through humancontact in a touching and humorous portrait of the disenfranchised.
4000 Miles ispresented by special arrangement by SAMUEL FRENCH,INC.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tina Packer
“Hang there like a fruit, my soul, till the tree die.”
A rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in theface of steely resolve, Cymbeline bears the wondrous language of the seasonedplaywright through wild plot twists, mistaken identities, and a heart-rendingquest for love. Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer directs this stunningtale, produced for the first time on the Company’s Mainstage.
A Midsummer Night’sDream
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jon Croy
“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
— William Shakespeare
Four lovers lost in the woods and a group of rudemechanicals who have set out to put on a play become entangled in a dreamworld. The Fairy Kingdom is at odds, spells are cast, and the devilish spritePuck weaves his mischief amongst the mortals. This fast-paced romp promises tobe an unforgettable midsummer adventure for the whole family. Presented byShakespeare & Company’s Northeast Regional Education Tour at The Dell atthe Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home.
Intimate Apparel By Lynn Nottage Directed by Daniela Varon Featuring Nehassaiu deGannes and Christianna Nelson “Lynn Nottage...a rare, vital, important theatricalvoice...” —The New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage explores thestrength of the human spirit through the story of Esther, an African-Americanseamstress in Manhattan in 1905, when social and class lines were distinctlydrawn. A letter arrives and romance is sparked, betrayal is born, and six livesare forever changed. Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.
By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Daniela Varon
Featuring Nehassaiu deGannes and Christianna Nelson
“Lynn Nottage...a rare, vital, important theatricalvoice...”
—The New York Times
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage explores thestrength of the human spirit through the story of Esther, an African-Americanseamstress in Manhattan in 1905, when social and class lines were distinctlydrawn. A letter arrives and romance is sparked, betrayal is born, and six livesare forever changed. Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Allyn Burrows
Featuring Nigel Gore and Jason Asprey
“Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises...”
Likely the Bard’s final piece that he penned alone, TheTempest sets the stage for a betrayed magician bent on revenge. Prospero’s seethingsoftens when he sees, through his daughter, that love and forgiveness conquerdarkness. Revel in twilight performances in the new Garden Theatre under theBerkshire summer skies as the cast leads you on this magical and movingjourney.
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 minutedramatic whirlwind of people, places and events. As Hare, Jonathan Epsteinturns himself into more than 30 different characters, each an impassionedparticipant in the Arab-Israeli struggle, as the play ranges through London,Tel Aviv, the Settlements, Gaza and Jerusalem itself, in search of some kind ofhope in a world where it seems that everyone can say, and with justice: “Thisland is ours.”
"Every poet would like, I fancy, to be able to thinkthat he had some direct social utility . . . He would like to be something of apopular 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."
Allyn Burrows plays the poet, playwright, literarycontrarian, Nobel Prize winner TS Eliot in an exploration of the great writer'sfascination with Shakespeare. The words of the two great poets will be intertwinedlive with the sublime music of internationally acclaimed violinist MichiWiancko.
The Wharton One-Acts
Roman Fever and TheFullness 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 twodelightful one -act comedies, complete with her delectable signature twist. InRoman Fever, Grace and Alida reminisce above the Colosseum, having known eachother so well for their entire lives, or so they think. The Fullness of Lifeunveils in charming fashion that the afterlife, while enchanting, may not beall that it’s cracked up to be. Tea and levity shall be served.
Partly autobiographical, but drawing primarily on historicalresearch and present-day interviews, Door of No Return courageously excavatesthe rich, complex but often silenced multicultural legacies of New England.
Nehassaiu deGannes is a trickster/shaman figure voicingexperiences of immigration, displacement, enslavement, and resistance from abrilliant multiplicity of perspectives. Drawing on her Caribbean heritage andCanadian upbringing, her visits to West Africa, and her arrival in RhodeIsland, Nehassaiu criss-crosses time and space to bring us stories from the 18thcentury and the Triangle Trade, as well as unexpected contemporary narratives.Here in one room are: Marie Angelique, enslaved in Montreal but very likelypurchased in Rhode Island, a young Columbian man defying 21st centuryexpectations, an Iraqi-American woman re-inventing herself post 9-11,indentured Wampanoag, and the slave dungeons of Cape Coast. Door of No Returndefies the segregation of American histories and invites us all to stand at thecrossroads.
“Nehassaiu deGannes is tremendous. At times, she’s fromJamaica, then Ghana, then Cape Verde, or Senegal. Or else she’s a NativeAmerican, 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.”
In Light of Jane, a lighting designer visits an emptytheatre space two years after a devastating loss, and as she sorts through hermemories, the way forward is illuminated in unexpected ways. This funny andmoving piece features Shakespeare & Company actor Tod Randolph with KrisDelmhorst.
The second part of the evening singer and songwriter KrisDelmhorst takes the stage for an intimate concert. "Bold andbrilliant..." —Boston Globe.
Written and Performed by Tina Packer with special guest Nigel Gore.
After three years of traveling the world and a four monthOff-Broadway run, Women of Will comes home. By examining passion and intriguethrough women’s eyes, we see how Shakespeare himself developed as a humanbeing.
Written and performed by John Hadden with special musicalguest Bobby Sweet
This evening is a fascinating blend of drama and music.
John Hadden performs a riveting 50-minute, one-man showbased 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 journeyof deception "the game" (espionage), and rough filial love. Theevening finishes with an intimate concert by Bobby Sweet.
God of Carnage
By Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Allyn Burrows, and JonathanCroy
“Never underestimate the pleasure of watching really goodactors behaving terribly...”
—The New York Times
This Tony and Olivier Award-winning New York smash hit bythe author of ART, takes you on a 90-minute thrill ride into the most dangerousplace on earth: parenthood. Two sets of parents meet for the first time tosettle their sons’ nasty schoolyard tangle. Tensions quickly emerge around thebest way to raise a child. The meeting progresses, the liquor flows, and thegloves come off in this viciously funny comedy of bad manners.
Generously sponsoredby Deborah and Bill Ryan.