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Shakespeare & Company presents Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons


Performances Run August 16 - September 9

"Fantastic! McNally captures a moment of hope and promise... MOTHERS AND SONS feels like the sun on your face!" - NBC New York

(Lenox, MA) – Shakespeare & Company presents the critically-acclaimed drama, Mothers and Sons by Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, directed by James Warwick. Featuring Elliot Norton Award winner Annette Miller (4000 Miles, Golda's Balcony), performances run in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre August 16 - September 9.

"What could be a more complex relationship than between a mother and her son?" asks director James Warwick. "Complex indeed. And challenging... and full of hope, expectation, sadness... and above all in my case... love. This beautiful play by Terrence McNally is about a mother and her son, and his partner. I hope you will join us as we see how assumptions about those with 'alternative lifestyles' have changed over the last few decades and how this has enhanced the lives of all of us in the process."

James Warwick directs this deeply personal and timely production starring Company veteran Annette Miller (Katharine Gerard) and newcomers David Gow (Will Ogden), Hayden Hoffman (Bud), Evan Miller (Bud), and Bill Mootos (Cal Porter). The creative team includes Patrick Brennan (Set Design), James W. Bilnoski (Lighting Design), Stella Giulietta Schwartz (Costume Design), Erik Lawson (Sound Design), and Matthew Luppino (Stage Manager).

“The play captures growth and change of relationships," said actress Annette Miller. “It’s a moving story about how we face challenges, and the necessity of learning new ways of living. Change requires self-discovery and that is the journey Katharine takes us on.”

Tickets for Mothers and Sons are available online at shakespeare.org, or by calling Shakespeare & Company’s box office at (413) 637-3353. The Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble St. in Lenox, Massachusetts. Mothers and Sons is generously sponsored by Jerry and Honie Berko.

The Company’s 2018 Summer Season also includes three Shakespeare plays Macbeth, As You Like It and Love’s Labor’s Lost, as well as Creditors by August Strindberg, adapted by David Greig; Heisenberg by Tony Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens; and HIR by Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac.

AT A GLANCE
Production: Mothers and Sons
Playwright: Terrence McNally
Director: James Warwick
Set Designer: Patrick Brennan
Lighting Designer: James W. Bilnoski
Costume Designer: Stella Giulietta Schwartz
Sound Designer: Erik Lawson
Stage Manager: Matthew Luppino
Assistant Stage Manager: Cindy Wade

CAST MEMBERS
David Gow (Will Ogden)
Hayden Hoffman (Bud)
Annette Miller (Katharine Gerard)
Evan Miller (Bud)
Bill Mootos (Cal Porter)

SCHEDULE
AUGUST
Thursday, August 16 - 7:30 PM (preview)
Friday, August 17 - 3:00 PM (preview)
Saturday, August 18 - 3:00 PM (preview)
Sunday, August 19 - 3:00 PM (opening)
Tuesday, August 21 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, August 22 - 3:00 PM
Thursday, August 23 - 7:30 PM
Friday, August 24 - 3:00 PM
Saturday, August 25 - 3:00 PM
Sunday, August 26 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 25 - 3:00 PM
Sunday, August 26 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday, August 28 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday, August 29 - 3:00 PM
Thursday, August 30 - 7:30 PM
Friday, August 31 - 7:30 PM

SEPTEMBER
Saturday, September 1 - 3:00 PM
Sunday, September 2 - 3:00 PM
Friday, September 7 - 7:30 PM
Saturday, September 8 - 3:00 PM and 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 9 - 3:00 PM (closing)

About Annette Miller
(Katharine Gerard) twenty-first season. S&Co; Elliot Norton and IRNE Award for best actress as Golda Meir (2003); Elliot Norton best actress nomination for Martha in Martha Mitchell Calling (2006). Florida Carbonell Award best actress nomination for Vi in August Osage County (2012). Currently touring her original theatrical collage Now is Our Time - the Pleasures and Perils of our Third Chapter. Favorite roles: Vera, 4000 Miles; Bernadette Kahn, Sotto Voce; Maria Callas, Master Class; Duchess, Richard III; Marjorie Taub, The Allergist’s Wife; Queen Elinor, King John; Maria, Twelfth Night; Ruth Steiner, Collected Stories (S&Co). Paula Strasberg, Nobody Dies on Friday; Lillian Hellman, Cake Walk U/S Elaine Stritch (American Rep. Co); Arkadina, The Seagull. B’Way: The Odd Couple Female Version. Film: Company Men, Next Karate Kid, Autumn Heart.TV: “As The World Turns.” BA & BFA Brandeis. Currently a resident Scholar at Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center.

About James Warwick
(Director, Mothers and Sons) As a resident US theatre director since 1997, James has many regional and NYC productions to his credit. His training as an actor at the Royal Central School in London led to him playing leading roles in the West End and on Broadway in several TV series for Masterpiece Theatre for BBC/PBS. He was an associate director at BTF and Chester in the Berkshires and for 7 years ran two of the oldest drama schools in the country while based in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of BAFTA, Spotlight, Helen Hayes, Dramalogue, Ovation and Berkshire Eagle awards. He lives in South Egremont, and became an American citizen in 2015. He recently directed several productions for the Theatre Department at Bard College at Simon's Rock.

About Terrence McNally
(Playwright, Mothers and Sons) Terrence McNally was awarded the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He is the winner of Tony Awards for his plays Love! Valour! Compassion! and Master Class and his books for the musicals Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman. In 2010, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented Terrence McNally's Nights at the Opera, a three-play festival of his work. He won an Emmy Award for Best Drama with his teleplay Andre's Mother. Among his many awards are a Citation from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, four Drama Desk Awards, three Hull-Warriner Best Play Awards from the Dramatists Guild, two Obies, two Lortel Awards and two Guggenheim Fellowships. McNally has been a member of the Dramatists Guild since 1965 and served as its Vice-President from 1985-2001.

About Shakespeare & Company
Located in the beautiful Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, Shakespeare & Company is one of the leading Shakespeare festivals of the world. Founded in 1978, the organization attracts over 40,000 patrons annually. The Company is also home to an internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and award-winning Education Program. More information is available at www.shakespeare.org.

Photos: Mothers and Sons

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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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