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Storytellers & Songwriters: A Celebration of Shakespeare & Company's 40th Season

This special array of events features an exploration of various characters through solo and duet performances by Company artists and special guests.

A Celebration of Music and Text

Many of these stories will be interwoven with live music from extraordinary musicians and songwriters who have a deep appreciation of poetry reminiscent of our dear Shakespeare. These unique evenings will include appearances by Tina Packer, Nigel Gore, Jonathan Epstein, Tod Randolph, Elizabeth Aspenleider, Nehassaiu deGannes, John Hadden, and Allyn Burrows. Special musical guests include Michi Wiancko, Kris Delmhorst, and Bobby Sweet. All performances are at the Tina Packer Playhouse.

Via Dolorosa by David Hare, featuring Jonathan Epstein

August 11, 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Via Dolorosa by David Hare, featuring Jonathan Epstein

"Hare’s unique talents and seeming remoteness from the issues at hand are precisely what make this journey of the heart and mind so theatrically invigorating." —Variety "Via Dolorosa has such an astonishing abundance of stories, characters and ideas that, when you...

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August 12, 8:30pm – 10:30pm

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...

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Door of No Return

August 18, 8:30pm – 10:30pm

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...

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August 19, 8:30pm – 11:00pm

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...

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Bad Dates featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder with special guest Vikki True

August 20, 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Bad Dates featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder with special guest Vikki True

“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...

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Women of Will: Coming Home

August 25, 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Women of Will: Coming Home

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. Tina is joined by...

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August 26, 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Travels with the Masked Man and Performance by 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...

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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.

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