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The Children

Nominated for a 2018 Tony Award Best Play

“brilliant...a great piece of theatre...so many layers of truth, humor, history, and relationships." -The Berkshire Edge

“a vitally important play...the three high-level actors deliver" -Talkin Broadway

“masterful acting" — Albany Times Union

"a play that demands our attention...packs a wallop!" -Berkshire Fine Arts

“engrossing and disarming...a splendid trio of Shakespeare & Company veterans" -Off Script

“A richly suggestive and beautifully written piece of work, provoking questions that will continue to nag and expand in your mind…The Children consolidates my view that Kirkwood is the most rewarding dramatist of her generation.” ―Independent

Two retired physicists have taken shelter in a borrowed cottage on the English coast coping with the aftermath of a nuclear power plant accident after a devastating tsunami. Quite suddenly an unexpected visitor arrives from their past. With searing insight and comic flair playwright Lucy Kirkwood seems to ask the simple question “What about the children?”. What are we expected to do for the generations that follow us? The story unfolds with fascinating twists amongst three long-time friends who share a guarded history and a passion for life in the face of glaring reminders of its fragility.

Please note: this play contains adult themes and may not be appropriate for children under 15.

Generously sponsored by The Claudia K. Perles Family Foundation.

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Ariel Bock

Ariel Bock

(Rose)

thirty-sixth season (Rose, The Children, Producing and Vocal Coach; Director, Sense and Sensibility) S&Co: Mom (Ugly Lies the Bone); Mistress Quickly (Henry IV Pts. 1 & 2); Goneril (King Lear); Beatrice (Much Ado About Nothing); Elizabeth (Richard III); Audrey (As You Like It); Hippolyta (Midsummer Night’s Dream); The Nurse

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Jonathan Epstein

Jonathan Epstein

(Robin)

thirty-second season (Robin, The Children) S&Co: Jonny has directed or acted in more than 60 S&Co productions since 1987 including Creditors, Henry V, Merchant of Venice, Tempest, Cymbeline, Midsummer, Merry Wives, Private Eyes, Brief Lives, Heroes, An Iliad and the title roles in King Lear, Henry IV, Richard

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Diane Prusha

Diane Prusha

(Hazel)

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 best acting nomination by

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James Warwick

James Warwick

(Director)

second season (Director, The Children) James Warwick trained at the Royal Central School in London and has had a successful career as an actor and director on both sides of the Atlantic. He has played leading roles in London's West End, on Broadway, in Los Angeles and directed

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