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Shakespeare & Company Earns Nine Broadway World Awards

Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey and The Chairs Lauded for Theater Excellence in 2021

LENOX, Mass. – Two Shakespeare & Company productions have earned Broadway World – Berkshires Awards for 2021: the one-woman theatrical drama Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey by Debra Ann Byrd, and The Chairs by Eugéne Ionesco.

Becoming Othello was staged in summer 2021 at Shakespeare & Company’s outdoor Roman Garden Theatre, starring Byrd and directed by the Company’s Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer. The production earned eight awards, including Best Production of the Year (in-person), Best Play, Best Performer (Byrd) and Best Direction of a Play (Packer).

The Chairs, directed by James Warwick and featuring Malcolm Ingram and Barbara Sims, appeared at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Fall 2021 and was named the year’s Most Anticipated Upcoming Production of a Play.

All 2021 Shakespeare & Company Broadway World Award winners:

Best Choreography of a Play or Musical
Dyane Harvey - Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey - Shakespeare & Company

Best Costume Design of a Play or Musical

Gail Cooper-Hecht - Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey - Shakespeare & Company

Best Direction of a Play
Tina Packer - Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey - Shakespeare & Company

Best Performer in a Play
Debra Ann Byrd - Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey - Shakespeare & Company

Best Play
Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey - Shakespeare & Company

Best Production of The Year (In Person)
Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey - Shakespeare & Company

Best Scenic Design of a Play or Musical
Devon Drohan - Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey - Shakespeare & Company

Best Sound Design of a Play or Musical
David D. Wright - Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey Shakespeare & Company

Most Anticipated Upcoming Production of a Play

The Chairs - Shakespeare & Company

The BroadwayWorld Regional Awards are the largest theater-audience awards worldwide, with more than 100 cities participating. For more information, visit broadwayworld.com.

About Shakespeare & Company

Founded in 1978, Shakespeare & Company is one of the leading Shakespeare festivals of the world, located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. The organization welcomes more than 40,000 patrons annually, and is home to an internationally renowned Center for Actor Training and award-winning Education Program.

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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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