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Kernel of Sanity

by Kermit Frazier

Nov 12 - Nov 15, 2020

Directed by Regge Life^
Stage Manager Hope Rose Kelly*

Caroline Calkins as Rita Templeton
Devante Owens as Roger Peterson
Ryan Winkles* as Frank Tracy

* Appearing through an arrangement between this theatre, Shakespeare & Company, and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
^This director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

"What happens when two men reconnect after a long absence. One planning to start a new life and the other who has discovered a clever way out. KERNEL OF SANITY looks at the performance of everyday life, how we try out different roles to make our way. Do we accept and go along with someone who is clearly crafted a life of deception, or do we unmask them for all to see. The shifting power struggle of identity and race come together to create riveting examination of truth and lies." - Regge Life

In a small Midwestern city in the late 1970s, a young actor on his way from New York to California takes a detour for a surprise visit to a veteran actor - an actor he's worked with in only one play but to whom he's found himself inexorably, if nearly unwittingly, attached. In a taunt, tense 90 minutes, three people – a black man, a white man, and a white woman – clash over their contradictory senses of marginalization and betrayal and their contrasting perceptions of illusion and reality.

Join Artistic Director Allyn Burrows as he moderates a discussion with director Regge Life and the cast as they discuss Kernel of Sanity.

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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.