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2015 SUMMER PERFORMANCE SEASON

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2015-SRO-HW-Sml-FPO1The How and the Why

by Sarah Treem
Directed by Nicole Ricciardi
May 22 – July 26
Bernstein Theater
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.


2015-SRO-HV-Sml-FPO1Henry V

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jenna Ware
June 18 – August 23
Bernstein Theater
Cast: Caroline Calkins, Jonathan Croy, Kelly Galvin, Jennie Jadow, Tom Jaegar, David Joseph, Sarah 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.


2015-SRO-CoE-Sml-FPO1The Comedy of Errors

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Taibi Magar
July 2 – August 23
Packer Playhouse
Cast: Aaron Bartz, Ben Chase, Kelley Curran, Cloteal Horne, Malcolm Ingram, Josh McCabe, Christianna Nelson, Daniel Rios, Doug Seldin, Michael Toomey.

Two sets of twins. One city. Unlimited chaos ensues.  Shakespeare’s classic farce delivers a theatrical whirlwind of magic, music and mayhem involving mistaken identities, accidental seductions and daring heists.


2015-SRO-UM-Sml-FPO1The Unexpected Man

by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Seth Gordon
July 18 – September 6
Packer Playhouse
Cast: Corinna May and 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.


WORLD PREMIERE

2015-SRO-MM-Sml-FPO1Mother of the Maid

by Jane Anderson (rights pending)
Directed by Matthew Penn
July 30 – September 6
Bernstein Theatre
Cast: Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jason Asprey, Nigel Gore, Tina Packer, Nathaniel Kent, Anne Troup

Penned by the Emmy award-winning writer of Mad Men and 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.


REGIONAL PREMIERE

2015-SRO-RV-Sml-FPO1Red Velvet

by Lolita Chakrabarti
Directed by Daniela Varon
August 6 – September 13
Packer Playhouse
Cast: Aaron Bartz, Ben Chase, Kelley Curran, Malcolm Ingram, Christianna Nelson, 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.


SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT

2015-SRO-HAVOC-Sml-FPO1Cry Havoc

by Stephen Wolfert (rights pending)
directed by Eric Tucker
August 28 & 29
Packer Playhouse

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:

2015-SRO-SLaW-Sml-FPO1Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World (SLaW)

by Kevin G. Coleman
July 10 – August 15
Rose Footprint Theatre
Cast: Greg Boover, Annie Considine, Sean Kazarian

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.

2015-SRO-HAMLET-Sml-FPO1Hamlet

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Jonathan Croy
July 16 – August 22
The Dell at the Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home
Cast: Alley Allen, Greg Boover, Sean Kazarian, 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.

Special Benefit Performance

2015-SRO-BitB-Med-FPO1Broadway in the Berkshires

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.


FALL SHOW


2015-SRO-ILIAD-Sml-FPO1An Iliad

by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
October 3 – November 1
Bernstein Theatre

 “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.