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“Lynn Nottage...a rare, vital, important theatrical voice...”
—The New York Times

Pulitzer Prize-winner playwright Lynn Nottage explores the strength of the human spirit through the story of Esther, an African-American seamstress in Manhattan in 1905, when social and class lines were distinctly drawn. A letter arrives and romance is sparked, betrayal is born, and six lives are forever changed. Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award.

Generously sponsored by Claudia Perles.

Artists

Nehassaiu deGannes

Nehassaiu deGannes

(Esther) Fifth season; S&Co: Nell Gwynne, Maria, Lady Davenant, Or, Virgilia et al Coriolanus; Off-Off B'way: Three Gifts for Lenny Bruce; Celia (Target Margin); Regional: Prudence, The Convert (URT, Elliot Norton Award Best Production) Cordelia, King Lear (Chicago Shakes), Angel, Marisol (Luna Stage), Mrs. Muller, Doubt (Oldcastle), Kate, Good People more(Esther) Fifth season; S&Co: Nell Gwynne, Maria, Lady Davenant, Or, Virgilia et al Coriolanus; Off-Off B'way: Three Gifts for Lenny Bruce; Celia (Target Margin); Regional: Prudence, The Convert (URT, Elliot Norton Award Best Production) Cordelia, King Lear (Chicago Shakes), Angel, Marisol (Luna Stage), Mrs. Muller, Doubt (Oldcastle), Kate, Good People (Hampton Theatre), Nurse, EQUUS with Alec Baldwin (Guild Hall), Catherine, Proof, Gladys, The Skin of Our Teeth, Rose Rose, Cider House Rules (Trinity Rep); International: Lady Capulet, Romeo and Juliet, Anne of Austria, Three Musketeers (Stratford Festival, Canada) Gertrude, Hamlet (Driftwood). Nehassaiu is an award winning poet & solo-performer, holds an MFA from Brown U and trained at Trinity Rep. She is a proud member of AEA.

Christianna Nelson

Christianna Nelson

(Cast) Sixth season. For S&Co: Ugly Lies the Bone; Red Velvet; Comedy of Errors; Midsummer; Antony and Cleopatra; Twelfth Night; Collected Stories; The Tempest. Christianna has performed in numerous plays and devised works in NYC, regionally and internationally. Recently, she played Angelique in the premiere of Imagining the Imaginary Invalid, more(Cast) Sixth season. For S&Co: Ugly Lies the Bone; Red Velvet; Comedy of Errors; Midsummer; Antony and Cleopatra; Twelfth Night; Collected Stories; The Tempest. Christianna has performed in numerous plays and devised works in NYC, regionally and internationally. Recently, she played Angelique in the premiere of Imagining the Imaginary Invalid, with Mabou Mines & Tricksaddle, at LaMama. TV & Film: WWYD (ABC); End of Season; BFF; Wax. BA from Harvard; MFA from Yale; recipient of the Hershel Williams Prize for acting.

Daniela Varon

(Director) Twenty-second season. For S&Co: Director, Ugly Lies the Bone, Red Velvet, Shakespeare’s Will, Romeo and Juliet, Sea Marks, Martha Mitchell Calling, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Love Letters, Collected Stories, Winter’s Tale, Wit, Room of One’s Own, Turn of the Screw. New York: Abingdon; Culture Project; more(Director) Twenty-second season. For S&Co: Director, Ugly Lies the Bone, Red Velvet, Shakespeare’s Will, Romeo and Juliet, Sea Marks, Martha Mitchell Calling, Taming of the Shrew, Much Ado About Nothing, Love Letters, Collected Stories, Winter’s Tale, Wit, Room of One’s Own, Turn of the Screw. New York: Abingdon; Culture Project; EST; HERE; Joe’s Pub; Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab; Mud/Bone; the Public; Shakespeare Society; Symphony Space; Vineyard Theatre. Regional: Boston Playwrights’; Connecticut Rep; LA Women’s Shakespeare; Sun Valley Shakespeare; Tygre’s Heart Shakespeare; Vineyard Playhouse; Wharton Salon. Co-founder,The Company of Women; co-creator, Conversations with Shakespeare; founding faculty, The Linklater Center; Drama League Fellow; NYTW Usual Suspect.

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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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