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40th Season Ruby Gala

with special guests Sweet Honey in the RockĀ®

Jul 1, 2017
6:00PM - 11:00PM

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

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Tina Packer Playhouse with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction, 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, internationally-renowned training programs, and inspirational education programs in our local schools.

Special musical guest includes the Grammy Award-winning, all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock®. The performance will be interwoven with Shakespeare scenes and monologues from veteran Company artist's, including Ariel Bock, Thomas Brazzle, MaConnia Chesser, Kevin G. Coleman, Jonathan Croy, Nehassaiu deGannes, Jonathan Epstein, Deaon Griffin-Pressley, John Hadden, Rory Hammond, Corinna May, Dennis Krausnick, Tod Randolph, Chloe Young, and C. J. Neubert.

Afterwards, guests will be welcomed into the tented courtyard for an elegant dinner catered by Peter Platt of Old Inn on the Green with music and performances. After dinner, guests will be invited to join the entire Company for desserts and dancing with DJ BFG.

PBS highlights Sweet Honey in the Rock on their American Masters series. Learn more.


Bid on one of our exciting auction items, including a Paris/Berkshires boutique shopping extravaganza, a signed Robert Rauschenberg lithograph, and a once-in-a-lifetime truffle hunting trip in Tuscany!

Go to the auction.

The auction will close at 10pm, Saturday, July 1st during the 40th Season Ruby Gala.

Shakespeare & Company gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors: Bella Flora, Honie and Jerry Berko, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Bistro Zinc, Casablanca, Tony Chojnowski, Domaney’s Liquors, Frank Duggan, Duggans’ Restaurant, St. Croix, Russell and Martha Friedman, Ralph Frisina, GVH Studios, Great Barrington Aviation, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Jane Iredale, Joane Cornell Fine Jewelry Designer, Ken Kenstra and Maureen O’Hanlon, Nejaime’s Wine & Cheese Shop, Second Life Books, SoCo Creamery, Spirited Wines, Kevin Sprague, Studio Two, Greg Van Houten, Villa Amonoka St. Croix, Chris and Tyler Weld, and Annie Whalen.

For more details on the Company's annual gala contact Development, or call (413) 637-1199 ext. 105.

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.