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

The first female playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize twice, 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.

"...the lyric and powerful expressive writing of playwright Lynn Nottage. She's an actor's gift with sly one-syllable humorous punch words; poetic paintings of physical and emotional landscapes; dramatic conflict that pulls no punches and is not afraid to make sympathetic characters unsympathetic; and an intimate knowledge of loneliness and passion."
—Laura Hitchcock, CurtainUp

Generously sponsored by Claudia Perles.

Artists

MaConnia Chesser

MaConnia Chesser

(Mrs. Dickson) second season (Mrs. Dickson, Intimate Apparel; Training Programs Manager) S&Co: Henry VI.six (Tygre’s Heart, A Pair of Molehills. . . , Boys of York, Queen Meg), Lovers’ Spat; Regional: Kennedy Center, NJ Rep (company member), Theater Alliance (Insurrection: Holding History, Helen Hayes nomination), Ensemble Studio Theatre, Tennessee Shakespeare, more(Mrs. Dickson) second season (Mrs. Dickson, Intimate Apparel; Training Programs Manager) S&Co: Henry VI.six (Tygre’s Heart, A Pair of Molehills. . . , Boys of York, Queen Meg), Lovers’ Spat; Regional: Kennedy Center, NJ Rep (company member), Theater Alliance (Insurrection: Holding History, Helen Hayes nomination), Ensemble Studio Theatre, Tennessee Shakespeare, WAM Theatre, Chester Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights Lab , York Shakespeare, African Continuum Theatre,Totem Pole Playhouse, & Folger Theatre. Film/TV: Nothing But the Truth, Ghosts of Hamilton Street, Diseasels, HBO’s The Wire. Education: Shakespeare & Company, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Alcorn State University. Upcoming: Casca in Julius Caesar with Actors’ Shakespeare Project. For Lisa Rose and Tricia.

Lee Edward Colston II

Lee Edward Colston II

(George) first season (George, Intimate Apparel ) is a Philly native, former prison guard turned actor, playwright, director, acting teacher, writing coach, & author. Selected credits include: The Color Purple (Nat’l tour), S even Guitars, Hoodoo Love, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Hadestown (New York Theater Workshop), The Sign more(George) first season (George, Intimate Apparel ) is a Philly native, former prison guard turned actor, playwright, director, acting teacher, writing coach, & author. Selected credits include: The Color Purple (Nat’l tour), S even Guitars, Hoodoo Love, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, Hadestown (New York Theater Workshop), The Sign In Sydney Brustein’s Window, The Winter’s Tale, Uncle Vanya, Merchant of Venice, Othello, Avenue X, and Sweat (The Public Theater, reading). Television credits include: The Black List Redemption (NBC), Mr. Robot (USA). Playwriting: His play ‘SOLITARY’ was winner of the 2008 Philadelphia Theater Workshop. His play ‘ROOST’ won the 2010 Life Media Award in the Philadelphia Urban Theater Festival & the 2013 Hidden River Arts Award for best new play. MFA, The Juilliard School.

Nehassaiu deGannes

Nehassaiu deGannes

(Esther) fifth season (Esther, Intimate Apparel, Actor/playwright, Door of No Return ). S&Co: Nell Gwynne, Maria, Lady Davenant, Or, (Berkshire Theater Award) ; Virgilia et al, Coriolanus ; Off-Off B’way: T.B. Sheets, Buran Theater/ The Tank ; Target Margin Theater. Regional: Prudence, The Convert (Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Production) ; more(Esther) fifth season (Esther, Intimate Apparel, Actor/playwright, Door of No Return ). S&Co: Nell Gwynne, Maria, Lady Davenant, Or, (Berkshire Theater Award) ; Virgilia et al, Coriolanus ; Off-Off B’way: T.B. Sheets, Buran Theater/ The Tank ; Target Margin Theater. Regional: Prudence, The Convert (Elliot Norton Award Outstanding Production) ; Cordelia, King Lear, Chicago Shakes; Angel, Marisol ; Mrs. Muller, Doubt ; Nurse, EQUUS (with Alec Baldwin) ; International: Mustapha Mond, Brave New World (Litmus/ Theatre Passe Muraille) (Best Ensemble, MyTheatre Awards, Toronto) ; Lady Capulet, Romeo and Juliet ; Anne of Austria, Three Musketeers ; Stratford Festival of Canada; Gertrude,Hamlet. Brown University MFA & Trinity Rep Conservatory. Nehassaiu is a proud member of AEA and 52nd St Project.

Christianna Nelson

Christianna Nelson

(Mrs. Van Buren) sixth season (Mrs. Van Buren, Intimate Apparel ). S&Co: Jess, Ugly Lies the Bone ; Halina/Betty/Margaret, Red Velvet ; Helena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream ; Charmian, Antony and Cleopatra ; Olivia, Twelfth Night ; Lisa Morrison, Collected Stories ; Comedy of Errors ; The Tempest. Christianna has more(Mrs. Van Buren) sixth season (Mrs. Van Buren, Intimate Apparel ). S&Co: Jess, Ugly Lies the Bone ; Halina/Betty/Margaret, Red Velvet ; Helena, A Midsummer Night’s Dream ; Charmian, Antony and Cleopatra ; Olivia, Twelfth Night ; Lisa Morrison, Collected Stories ; Comedy of Errors ; The Tempest. Christianna has performed in numerous plays and devised works in NYC, regionally and internationally. Recently, she played Angelique in the world 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. Christianna is a member of Tricksaddle Theater Company. Love to Rob and Audra.

Tommy Schrider

Tommy Schrider

(Mr. Marks) Broadway: War Horse. Off Broadway/NYC: Macbeth (Theatre For A New Audience); Septimus & Clarissa (Ripe Time, Drama Desk Nomination Best Show); Please Continue, Close Ties (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Heart Is Not Made Of Stone (BAM); Acts of Mercy,St. Crispin’s Day (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); She Stoops to Conquer, more(Mr. Marks) Broadway: War Horse. Off Broadway/NYC: Macbeth (Theatre For A New Audience); Septimus & Clarissa (Ripe Time, Drama Desk Nomination Best Show); Please Continue, Close Ties (Ensemble Studio Theatre); The Heart Is Not Made Of Stone (BAM); Acts of Mercy,St. Crispin’s Day (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater); She Stoops to Conquer, Pigtown (Irish Rep); Unseamly (Urban Stages); Bread & Roses (NYTW) and RACE (Classic Stage Company). Regional: Yale Rep, South Coast Rep, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Huntington Theatre Company, Westport Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Willamstown, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Syracuse Stage, Portland Center Stage, Portland Stage, Pioneer Theatre and TheatreWorks Hartford. International: Andrews Lane, Dublin. TV: The Americans (recurring), Madam Secretary, The Good Fight, Elementary, Person of Interest, Medium, Numb3rs, Law & Order, Whoopi!, As the World Turns. He teaches acting at Montclair State University and Avenues World School in Chelsea. MFA: NYU.

Whitney White

Whitney White

(Mayme) first season (Mayme, Intimate Apparel ) New York: Lover I’ll Bring You Back to Life (ARS Nova), Macbeth in Stride (Judson Memorial), Henry V (Chautauqua), Our Town (Chautauqua). Whitney is the inaugural Roundabout Directing Fellow and recently assisted Sam Gold on Othello (New York Theatre Workshop), Dan Sullivan on more(Mayme) first season (Mayme, Intimate Apparel ) New York: Lover I’ll Bring You Back to Life (ARS Nova), Macbeth in Stride (Judson Memorial), Henry V (Chautauqua), Our Town (Chautauqua). Whitney is the inaugural Roundabout Directing Fellow and recently assisted Sam Gold on Othello (New York Theatre Workshop), Dan Sullivan on If I Forget (Roundabout) and Anne Kaufman on Marvin’s Room (Broadway). Film: Ocean’s 8 (Warner Bros.) TV:Louie (FX), The Playboy Club (NBC). MFA Acting Brown University/Trinity Rep. More at whitney-white.com.

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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