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Shakespeare & Company Presents a Winter Studio Festival of Plays

(Lenox, MA) – Shakespeare & Company is pleased to announce its annual Winter Studio Festival of Plays on January 19 and 20, 2019. This weekend of staged readings will showcase emerging and established playwrights, and feature Company artists. All performances will take place in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre on the Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, Massachusetts.

"Our play reading weekend gives us an opportunity to welcome people in from the cold for refreshment and thoughtful entertainment," said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. "It also allows us to present some playwrights who represent important voices on the cultural landscape. This month we present works that explore themes of immediate relevance, including immigration, adoption, addiction, and sexual abuse, and the ramification on individuals, families and communities."

The Winter Studio Festival titles include Longing, a new play by local playwright Lee Kalcheim directed by longtime Company Member Dave Demke; Luna Gale, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rebecca Gilman directed by Gina Kaufmann; the Tony Award Nominee for Best Play Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams, directed by Berkshire Award Winning Director James Warwick; Mariel, by Elliot Norton Award winner Melinda Lopez; and Never Not Once by Carey Crim who penned last seasons hit Morning After Grace, directed by Regge Life. Each reading will be followed by a talkbackwith the artists.

Tickets are currently on sale, $10 for students and $25 for adults, general admission seating. A Festival pass to all five readings is also available at a 50% savings. Tickets can be purchased online at www.shakespeare.org or by calling Shakespeare & Company box office at (413) 637-3353. The Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Schedule for Shakespeare & Company’s Winter Studio Festival of Plays:

Saturday January 19

1:00 pm: Longing
by Lee Kalcheim
Directed by Dave Demke
Cast: Martin Asprey, Rachel Siegel, Andrew Borthwick-Leslie, Bob Lohbauer, Sarah Corbyn Woolf, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Kate Abbruzzese,
Plot: Henry is about to turn 50. He has lost his job. His wife and he are just separated. He has moved in with his father. And it’s a comedy.

4:00 pm: Luna Gale
by Rebecca Gilman
Directed by Gina Kaufmann
Cast: Kirsten Mulrenan, Gregory Boover, Jennie M. Jadow, Rylan Morsbach, Tanya Avendano Stockler, Colin Gold
Plot: When a social worker places an infant in the care of the Grandmother, she sparks a family conflict that exposes a secretive past—and forces a risky decision with potentially disastrous consequences.

7:00 pm: Night of the Iguana
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by James Warwick
Cast: Allyn Burrows, MaConnia Chesser, Annette Miller, Tamara Hickey, Malcolm Ingram, Rylan Morsbach, Jamie Carillo
Plot: A disgraced former minister is accused of statutory rape. Exploring themes of man’s relationship with God, sexual desire, loneliness, jealousy, and confinement, this play was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play.

Sunday January 20

1:00 pm: Mariel
by Melinda Lopez
Directed By Michele Joyner
Cast: Evelyn Howe, Jaime Carrillo, Carsey Walker, Jr.
Plot: Two Cuban refugees from the Mariel Boatlift grapple to find their place in a new America.

4:00 pm: Never Not Once
by Carey Crim
Directed by Regge Life
Cast: Josh Aaron McCabe, Caroline Calkins, Devante Owens, Toddy Randolph
Winner of the Jane Chambers 2017 Award for feminist playwriting, the play follows Eleanor’s journey to an unexpected and explosive answer to the question “Where do I come from?”

For tickets or more information visit shakespeare.org.

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

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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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