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The Wharton Comedies


The Wharton Comedies

"Corinna May, Diane Prusha, and David Joseph contribute polished performances, giving voice to the intelligence, humor, and subtlety in Wharton’s prose."ArtFuse

"The Whartons make a welcome return to Shakespeare and Company“The Berkshire Eagle sharp cut as a diamond and as hard of surface.”
—New York Review of Books

"...this may be Krausnick’s finest adaptation of a Wharton tale, and he has the perfect company to bring it to life." — The Berkshire Edge

”Forty years ago R. W. B. Lewis won the Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Edith Wharton, and in our 40th Season we celebrate her heritage and Dennis Krausnick’s many adaptations of her works with these two delightfully pointed and charming social satires. In Roman Fever, Grace and Alida reminisce about the Colosseum, having known each other so well for their entire lives, or so they think. The Fullness of Life unveils in charming fashion that the afterlife, while enchanting, may not be all that it's cracked up to be.

Come relish the language and perspective of this brilliant writer and her faithful adapter. Tea and levity shall be served.

Generously sponsored by Natalie & Howard Shawn and Eleanor Lord & Margaret Wheeler.

Photos & Videos

Corinna May. Photography by: Olivia Winslow.

David Joseph. Photography by: Olivia Winslow.

Corinna May, Diane Prusha. Photography by: Olivia Winslow.

Diane Prusha. Photography by Olivia Winslow

Corinna May and David Joseph. Photography by: Olivia Winslow

Corinna May. Photography by: Olivia Winslow

David Joseph, Corinna May, Diane Prusha. Photography by: Olivia Winslow


David  Joseph

David Joseph

(RF: Waiter/ FoL: Man)

Twelfth season with S&Co. Recent: George in WORD PLAY at Playwrights Horizons in NYC, Coleman in I Married The Icepick Killer at Stella Adler Theatre, NYC. Shakespeare & Company: The Dauphin, Canterbury, York, and Nim in Henry V, George Bailey/Jack Halloway in It’s a Wonderful Life,

Corinna May

Corinna May

(RF: Alida Slade/ FoL: Spirit)

twenty-seventh season (Abigail, Morning After Grace) S&CO: 30+ productions including Fullness of Life, Roman Fever, The Unexpected Man, The Memory of Water, A Winter’s Tale, Enchanted April, Jack and Jill, Betrayal, Fortune and Misfortune, House of Mirth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About

Diane Prusha

Diane Prusha

(RF: Grace Ansley/ FoL: Woman)

twenty-second season (Hazel, The Children) Diane is thrilled to be at Shakespeare this season. Two years ago she was honored to play in one of Dennis Krausnick's last adaptations of an Edith Wharton short story called The Fullness of Life, for which she won a

Normi Noel

Normi Noel


S&Co: Roman Fever, The Fullness of Life, Enchanted April, Hamlet, Alls Well That Ends Well, Betrayal, Chekov One Acts, Virginia, Off the Map, Betrayal, Mercy, Wharton One Acts, Jack and Jill, Fortune and Misfortune. Pythagorus Theatre: Roman Fever / The Promise . Actor’s Shakespeare Project: Henry V ; Ventford


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