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Shakespeare & Company Announces Sapphire Gala, Celebrating its 45th Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jaclyn Stevenson 413.637.1199, ext. 144

LENOX, Mass. – Shakespeare & Company will celebrate its 45th Season on Saturday, June 25 at the Sapphire Gala, featuring dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and one-night-only performances of theater, classical music, and dance.

Chaired by Karen A. Kowgios, the evening will begin at 5 p.m. with drinks and passed hors d’Oeuvres at The New Spruce Theatre, the Company’s 500-seat amphitheater and newest venue.

The evening will continue with a silent auction, presentation of the 2022 Philip Heller Distinguished Service Award, and performances by both Company Artists and other special guests at 6 p.m. Featured entertainment will be offered by Tom Gold Dance – a New York, N.Y.-based dance company that has appeared in programs at the Guggenheim, Smithsonian Design Museum, and Untermyer Park and Gardens, among many other venues – accompanied by Boston Symphony Orchestra musicians Catherine French, violin; Liana Zaretsky, violin; Michael Zaretsky, viola, and Mickey Katz, cello.

Dinner catered by The Old Inn On The Green will be served under the Gala Tent in the Rose Meadow, with dessert and dancing to follow.

“We’re elated to return to an in-person celebration, and especially excited to mark 45 years of theater in the Berkshires,” said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. “The evening has been planned to stimulate all of the senses through theater, dance, music, and much merriment—all under sapphire skies at our beloved Lenox campus.”

Table tickets with seating for eight are available at Sapphire ($25,000), Gold ($10,000), and Silver levels ($5,000); individual tickets are available at Sapphire ($750) and Gold levels ($450). Ticket sales support year-round Shakespeare & Company Performance, Education, and Training programs. Guests are asked to RSVP to Manager of Individual Giving Kristen Moriarty by Friday, June 17 at (413) 637-1199, ext. 105 or kmoriarty@shakespeare.org.

Shakespeare & Company COVID policies will be in place during the gala.

The Sapphire Gala Committee includes Karen A. Kowgios, Chair; Kate Kohler Amory; Roxanne Bok; Scott Bok; Nancy Edman Feldman; Audrey Friedner; Phoebe L. Giddon; Amy Hausknecht; Michael S. Helfer; Ricki Tigert Helfer; Anita F. Heller; Beverly Hyman; Greg Lipper; Barbara A. Mahony; Annette Miller; Michael A. Miller; David Neubert; Natalie Johnsonius Neubert, and Jenifer Salzberg.

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About Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 by Tina Packer and a group of Founding Artists. Located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Company offers performance, education, and actor-training opportunities year-round, and attracts more than 40,000 patrons annually with a core of more than 150 artists.

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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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