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The Wharton Comedies

The Wharton Comedies

"Corinna May, Diane Prusha, and David Joseph contribute polished performances, giving voice to the intelligence, humor, and subtlety in Wharton’s prose."ArtFuse

"The Whartons make a welcome return to Shakespeare and Company“The Berkshire Eagle

...as sharp cut as a diamond and as hard of surface.”
—New York Review of Books

"...this may be Krausnick’s finest adaptation of a Wharton tale, and he has the perfect company to bring it to life." — The Berkshire Edge

”Forty years ago R. W. B. Lewis won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Edith Wharton, and in our 40th Season we celebrate her heritage and Dennis Krausnick’s many adaptations of her works with these two delightfully pointed and charming social satires. In Roman Fever, Grace and Alida reminisce about the Colosseum, having known each other so well for their entire lives, or so they think. The Fullness of Life unveils in charming fashion that the afterlife, while enchanting, may not be all that it's cracked up to be.

Come relish the language and perspective of this brilliant writer and her faithful adapter. Tea and levity shall be served.

Generously sponsored by Natalie & Howard Shawn and Eleanor Lord & Margaret Wheeler.

Photos & Videos

Corinna May. Photography by: Olivia Winslow.

David Joseph. Photography by: Olivia Winslow.

Corinna May, Diane Prusha. Photography by: Olivia Winslow.

Diane Prusha. Photography by Olivia Winslow

Corinna May and David Joseph. Photography by: Olivia Winslow

Corinna May. Photography by: Olivia Winslow

David Joseph, Corinna May, Diane Prusha. Photography by: Olivia Winslow

Artists

David  Joseph

David Joseph

(RF: Waiter/ FoL: Man) Twelfth season with S&Co. Recent: George in WORD PLAY at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, Coleman in I Married The Icepick Killer at Stella Adler Theatre, NYC. Shakespeare & Company: The Dauphin, Canterbury, York, and Nim in Henry V, George Bailey/Jack Halloway in It’s a Wonderful Life, more(RF: Waiter/ FoL: Man) Twelfth season with S&Co. Recent: George in WORD PLAY at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, Coleman in I Married The Icepick Killer at Stella Adler Theatre, NYC. Shakespeare & Company: The Dauphin, Canterbury, York, and Nim in Henry V, George Bailey/Jack Halloway in It’s a Wonderful Life, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Elyot in Private Lives, Dumain in Love Labours Lost, Dorante in The Liar, Sebastian in The Tempest, Clown 2 (12 Characters) in 39 Steps, Simon in The Real Inspector Hound, the World Premiere of Ballet Metropolis’ Dracula, (Jonathan Harker) at the Colonial Theatre. Film credits: David is currently completing the filming of a feature film for Oasis Seven Pictures called Penny Land.Other credits include: Romeo in Romeo & Juliet for The Boston Symphony Orchestra, roles in Feature Films: Douglas Burgdorf’s Damsel, Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock, Glowing Screen’s Magdalena’s Brain. Et cetera: David moved back from NYC some years ago where he was in many Off-Broadway shows, commercials and a national tour of Man of La Mancha. In 2008 and 2010, David sang the National Anthem at Fenway Park.

Corinna May

Corinna May

(RF: Alida Slade/ FoL: Spirit) Twenty-fifth season. Recent S&Co: Martha, The Unexpected Man; Vocal Coach, Henry V; Faculty, Shakespeare & Young Company. 28+ productions with S&Co including The Memory of Water, A Winter's Tale, Enchanted April, Jack and Jill, Betrayal, Fortune and Misfortune, House of Mirth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, more(RF: Alida Slade/ FoL: Spirit) Twenty-fifth season. Recent S&Co: Martha, The Unexpected Man; Vocal Coach, Henry V; Faculty, Shakespeare & Young Company. 28+ productions with S&Co including The Memory of Water, A Winter's Tale, Enchanted April, Jack and Jill, Betrayal, Fortune and Misfortune, House of Mirth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet. Designated Linklater Voice teacher. Feldenkrais practitioner. Proud to be a union member: SAG-AFTRA, AEA.

Diane Prusha

Diane Prusha

(RF: Grace Ansley/ FoL: Woman) twenty first season (Grace, Roman Fever ; Woman, The Fullness of Life ) S&Co: Enchanted April, Lettuce and Lovage, King John, Mrs. Manstay’s View, Roman Fever, Autre Temps, Xingu, Summer, to name just a few. Diane is so happy to be a part of celebrating more(RF: Grace Ansley/ FoL: Woman) twenty first season (Grace, Roman Fever ; Woman, The Fullness of Life ) S&Co: Enchanted April, Lettuce and Lovage, King John, Mrs. Manstay’s View, Roman Fever, Autre Temps, Xingu, Summer, to name just a few. Diane is so happy to be a part of celebrating Shakespeare & Co’s 40th season and to honor Dennis Krausnick who adapted so many of Edith’s stories that she has had the pleasure to be a part of and continues to be a part of, whether it is with Shakespeare & Co, The Pythagoras Theatre Company or The Wharton Salon.

Normi Noel

(Director) twenty-fifth season (Director, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life ). S&Co: Enchanted April, Hamlet, Alls Well That Ends Well, Betrayal, Chekov One Acts, Virginia, Off the Map, Betrayal, Mercy, Wharton One Acts, Jack and Jill, Fortune and Misfortune. Pythagorus Theatre: Roman Fever / The Promise . Actor’s Shakespeare more(Director) twenty-fifth season (Director, Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life ). S&Co: Enchanted April, Hamlet, Alls Well That Ends Well, Betrayal, Chekov One Acts, Virginia, Off the Map, Betrayal, Mercy, Wharton One Acts, Jack and Jill, Fortune and Misfortune. Pythagorus Theatre: Roman Fever / The Promise . Actor’s Shakespeare Project: Henry V ; Ventford Hall: Dancing With the Czar, Belle of Amherst, Xingu. Nora Theatre: The Seahorse . Mixed Company: Talking With . Created and performed one person shows from interviews with women veterans ( Triage, Fine Lines ) ; No Background Music (Sony Award for best Radio Play, BBC, performed by Sigourney Weaver). Voiceover/narration work for Radio, TV, audio books.

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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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