2015 SUMMER PERFORMANCE SEASON
by Sarah Treem
Directed by Nicole Ricciardi
May 22 – July 26
Cast: Tod Randolph, Bridget Saracino
Two brilliant female scientists meet on the eve of a national conference and find themselves clashing over their views on men and women, love and conflict, genes and destiny. From the writer of House of Cards and In Treatment, this quick-witted, award-winning drama will have audiences questioning their ideas about sex.
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jenna Ware
June 18 – August 23
Cast: Caroline Calkins, Jonathan Croy, Kelly Galvin, Jennie M. Jadow, Tom Jaeger, David Joseph, Sarah Jeanette Taylor, Ryan Winkles
This epic tale chronicles the infamous journey of a roguish prince turned legendary king. From Henry’s rousing battle speeches to courting the Princess of France, this intimate ‘bare Bard’ production emphasizes the power of language and the cost of war at all levels of society.
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Taibi Magar
July 2 – August 23
Cast: Aaron Bartz, Ben Chase, Jenelle Chu, Kelley Curran, Cloteal L. Horne, Malcolm Ingram, Ian Lassiter, Josh Aaron McCabe, Christianna Nelson, Daniel Rios Jr., Douglas Seldin, Michael F. Toomey
With a promise of confetti and a dance party at every performance, this rollicking production of Shakespeare’s shortest comedy delivers a whirlwind of magic, music and mayhem, as two sets of identical twins, separated at birth, collide and ignite an hysterical adventure of mistaken identity and human folly.
by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Seth Gordon
July 18 – September 6
Cast: Corinna May, John Woodson
A middle-aged man and woman sit opposite each other in a train compartment on a journey from Paris to Frankfurt. He is a world famous author; she, one of his biggest fans, carries his latest novel in her handbag and ponders the dilemma of reading it in front of him. From the creator of Art and God of Carnage, this illuminating drama explores themes of intimacy, celebrity, and second chances.
by Jane Anderson
Directed by Matthew Penn
July 30 – September 6
Cast: Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jason Asprey, Nigel Gore, Nathaniel Kent, Tina Packer, Bridget Saracino, Anne Troup
Penned by the Emmy award-winning writer of Olive Kitteridge, this powerful and dark comedy follows the tale of Joan of Arc, as seen through the eyes of her mum who is doing her very best to accept the fact that her daughter is different. Parenthood, religion, sexuality and politics all play a role; Tina Packer stars as the Mother of the Maid.
Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid was originally presented as a staged reading at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab during their 2014 summer season.
by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Daniela Varon
August 6 – September 13
Cast: Aaron Bartz, Ben Chase, Kelley Curran, Malcolm Ingram, Christianna Nelson, Ravin Patterson, Joe Tapper, John Douglas Thompson
An imagined version of real events, Red Velvet is the story of Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello on the English stage in 1833. Fresh from his critically acclaimed performances in Tamburlaine (TFANA) and The Iceman Cometh (BAM), OBIE Award-winning actor John Douglas Thompson stars as Ira Aldridge in this powerful play where lines are blurred between race, friendship, betrayal and art.
by Stephan Wolfert
directed by Eric Tucker
August 28 & 29
Cast: Stephan Wolfert
Using Shakespeare’s timeless words, and a few of his own, Shakespeare & Company Training alumnus and US military veteran Stephan Wolfert performs an interactive play that weaves his own experience with some of Shakespeare’s most iconic military figures. A testament to the healing power of art and human resilience, this piece reveals how Shakespeare’s audiences wrestled with the same hopes and fears that occupy our modern lives.
Other Stages and Special Events:
compiled and directed by Kevin G. Coleman
July 10 – August 15
Rose Footprint Theatre
Cast: Peter G. Andersen, Greg Boover, Annie Considine, Allison S. Galen, Colin Gold, Zoe Laiz
This fast-paced mashup of scenes, facts, sword-play and quotes from many of Shakespeare’s greatest plays is an accessible introduction to the Bard and fun for the entire family. Directed by Kevin G. Coleman.
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Croy
July 16 – August 22
The Dell at the Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
Cast: Ally Allen, Peter G. Andersen, Greg Boover, Colin Gold, Luke Reed, Concetta Russo, Zoe Wohlfeld
Shakespeare’s masterpiece, performed ‘bare Bard’ style in a 90-minute performance in the Dell at The Mount. Lawn seating–patrons are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets; grounds are open for picnicking prior to each performance.
June – September
Our monthly reading series in the Bernstein Theatre explores new and compelling dramatic works, and features Company actors.
Special Benefit Performance
Monday, August 3 at 6:00pm
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Produced by Deborah Grausman
Directed by Sam Scalamoni
A magical evening featuring Broadway’s brightest stars to benefit Shakespeare & Company’s Education and Training programs.
by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
Directed by Jonathan Epstein
October 3 – November 1
Cast: Michael F. Toomey
“Spellbinding…an age-old story that resonates with tragic meaning today.” -The New York Times
A modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles, told through the eyes of a single narrator whose gripping monologue captures both the heroism and horror of war. Crafted around the stories of Achilles and Hector, this powerful piece vividly drives home the timelessness of mankind’s compulsion toward violence.