First and foremost, I would like to thank you, our beloved patrons, for your incomparable faith and support over the past three and a half decades. I couldn’t be more excited for the future of Shakespeare &
Company as we move into our 36th Season of Rebellion and Revolution with a line-up of compelling, inspiring and thought-provoking works.
I would like to welcome new Board chair Sarah Hancock, who took over the reigns from Richard A. Mescon in February. Sarah has truly become a wonderful friend to the company and one of our most esteemed and highly regarded off-stage ‘talents’ to grace our midst. I would also like to salute Richard for his unwavering and dedicated service to the company over the past five years. We are enormously grateful to Richard and look forward to his continued support as an active member of our Board of Directors for years to come.
I’m elated to welcome back a number of artists who made our 35th Season such a phenomenal success. I have the privilege of once again directing my friend and mentor, academy award winner Olympia Dukakis, in Bertolt Brecht’s profound play, Mother Courage and Her Children, which also features Apollo Dukakis and OBIE award winner John Douglas Thompson. I’m also honored to welcome back another dear friend who has significantly impacted my life, our indomitable Founder Tina Packer, who will return to the Bernstein stage in the provocative The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
We have a cornucopia of new programing both on and off campus including the ensemble for the romantic century’s production of None but the Lonely Heart: The Strange story of Tchaikovsky and Madame Von Meck–an innovative fusion of drama and live music. and Pearl, a new opera and ONE-NIGHT-ONLY Benefit featuring the very talented Maureen o’Flynn and John cheek. our Northeast touring school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream will perform at The Mount (our first home, and our first production back in 1978). choreographer Susan Dibble will create a special dance for the show along with her own magical production of DibbleDance later in the summer. We also have two world-premieres with Kaufman’s Barber Shop, which performs at the upstreet Barber Shop in Pittsfield, and Leap Year, which will be hosted by Bard College at Simon’s Rock, in their Daniel Arts Center’s Mcconnell Theatre in Great Barrington.
The Playhouse features two Shakespeares both rich in language and invention: Love’s Labour’s Lost, directed by Lisa Wolpe, artistic Director of the LA Women’s Shakespeare Company, who helms this hilarious battle of the sexes, and Richard II, starring three-time OBIE Award winner Rocco Sisto, with the very talented Timothy Douglas directing. Richard II inaugurates our new five-year long history cycle, The Wars of The Roses–the first in a series of history plays that we will produce leading up to our 40th Season. Our Bernstein Theatre features three of our strongest contemporary playwrights with Terrence McNally’s evocative Master Class (featuring our beloved Annette Miller), Tom Stoppard’s hilarious translation of Heroes (directed by Kevin G. Coleman and featuring Jonathan Epstein), and the aforementioned drama by Martin McDonagh, The Beauty Queen of Leenane.
You won’t want to miss our star-studded summer Benefit performance of Broadway in the Berkshires on July 8, a fun-filled evening of song, dance, and theatre followed by a Dinner reception with the cast. and we are very happy to welcome the honorable Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts and Mrs. Patrick as they join a myriad of other talented writers and special guests for our Author! Author! Series.
Our exciting family-friendly Bankside Festival will host a new translation of one of Molière’s funniest plays, Les Faux Pas: Or, the Counter Plots. But wait…there’s more! Buckle up for the Fall & Winter Season with a host of great programming including a celebration for our award winning education Program and the 25th anniversary of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare on October 12. So bring your friends, your family, and your imagination and enjoy all we have to offer.
All my best,