thank you

We rely on the generous support of people like you to sustain our tradition of artistic excellence, and secure a bright future for our Company.

Menu
Location
NOVEMBER READING SERIES

NOVEMBER READING SERIES

AUTUMN
by Richard Wesley
Directed by Regge Life
November 5–8

"As we enter the final week of the 2020 campaigns no play could be more timely than "Autumn". The machinations of American politics are on full view as the play unfolds a tale of politics on the surface and the real deal making that is always happening behind the scenes. Reputation and legacy are on the line for a politician who has been in the game for a very long time and the shifting needs of the people he has sworn and the desires of those who survive by means of politics, put him to the test. " - Regge Life

Franklyn Longley is a veteran big-city mayor who’s in line to become the first black governor of his state – until his godson is tapped by the party to run instead. As a new generation of black politicians comes forward, they must learn there is a price to pay in order to realize their ambitions. This gripping political drama explores the conflicts that arise when aspirations collide across generational, racial, and gender divides.
REGISTER HERE

TALKBACK - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 9:15PM
Join playwright Richard Wesley, director Regge Life and the cast as they discuss Autumn.
REGISTER HERE

KERNEL OF SANITY
by Kermit Frazier
Directed by Regge Life
November 12–15

"What happens when two men reconnect after a long absence. One planning to start a new life and the other who has discovered a clever way out. KERNEL OF SANITY looks at the performance of everyday life, how we try out different roles to make our way. Do we accept and go along with someone who is clearly crafted a life of deception, or do we unmask them for all to see. The shifting power struggle of identity and race come together to create riveting examination of truth and lies." - Regge Life

In a small Midwestern city in the late 1970s, a young actor, on his way from New York to California, takes a detour for a surprise visit to a veteran actor - an actor he's worked with in only one play but to whom he's found himself inexorably, if nearly unwittingly, attached. In a taunt, tense 90 minutes, three people – a black man, a white man, and a white woman – clash over their contradictory senses of marginalization and betrayal and their contrasting perceptions of illusion and reality.
REGISTER HERE

TALKBACK - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 9:15PM
Join Artistic Director Allyn Burrows as he moderates a discussion with director Regge Life and the cast as they discuss Kernel of Sanity.
REGISTER HERE

SMART PEOPLE
by Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Aimée K. Michel
November 19–22

It is the eve of Obama's first election. Four of Harvard University's brightest – a surgeon, an actress, a psychologist, and a neuro-psychiatrist – are all interested in different aspects of the brain, particularly how it responds to race. But like all smart people, they are also searching for love, success, and identity in their own lives. Lydia R. Diamond brings these characters together in this sharp, witty play about social and sexual politics.
REGISTER HERE

TALKBACK - FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 9:15PM
Join Artistic Director Allyn Burrows as he moderates a discussion with director Aimee K. Michel and the cast as they discuss Smart People.
REGISTER HERE

Photos & Videos

Artists

Ariel Bock

Ariel Bock

(Governor)

S&Co: Rose (The Children), 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 (Romeo and Juliet); Mistress Quickly (Merry Wives of Windsor); Paulina

more
Allyn  Burrows

Allyn Burrows

(Calabrese)

(Artistic Director) S&Co: Director of Twelfth Night, As You Like It and the 40th Season’s The Tempest. Performances: God of Carnage, Or, King John, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV Part 1, etc. As Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project, directed numerous

more
Caroline Calkins

Caroline Calkins

(Rita Templeton)

S&Co: Rosaline, Love's Labor's Lost; Hermia, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Elaria, The Emperor of the Moon; Katharine/Boy, Henry V; Northeast Regional Tours of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth; Celie, Les Faux Pas; Ensemble, King Lear; Columbina, The Venetian Twins; SLaW. Caroline teaches in S&Co's

more
Charls Hall

Charls Hall

(Zack Drayton)

Charls Sedgwick Hall is based in Chicago and has spent many years working with Shakespeare and Company in the following productions Charlie in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Boyet in Love’s Labours Losts, The Recruiting Officer in Mother Courage and Her Children, Benvolio in Romeo &

more
Cloteal L. Horne

Cloteal L. Horne

(Tricia Johnson / Valerie Johnston)

Cloteal L. Horne is a dynamic actress, educator, and theatre-maker. Born-and-bred in San Diego California. Her theatre credits include, Off-Broadway: The Steadfast (Slant Theatre Project); Dirty Blood (Billie Holiday Theatre). Regional: Twelfth Night; Merry Wives of Windsors; Two Gents.; Merchant of Venice; Comedy of Errors;

more
Lawrence James

Lawrence James

Zoë Laiz

Zoë Laiz

(Ginny Yang)

Past S&Co credits include: 4000 Miles (Amanda, BTCC Award Nomination), Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Lydia Wickham), The Emperor of the Moon (Bellemante), Northeast Regional Tour of Twelfth Night (Olivia/Antonia). New York: The Daerie Queene (Julie) at Dixon Place and Manhattan Repertory Theatre, All’s Well That Ends

more
Nick Nudler

Nick Nudler

(Brian White)

is from Westford, MA. Recent shows include: Shakespeare in Love at Cape Rep Theatre; Disaster!, Jesus Christ Superstar, As You Like It, and The Importance of Being Earnest at CT Repertory Theatre. Training: BFA, UConn. NickNudler.com.

more
Devante Owens

Devante Owens

(Ronald Drayton / Roger Peterson)

S&Co: Theseus (A Midsummer Nights Dream), Dumaine (Love's Labor's Lost), Rob (Never Not Once, a reading). Devante is an Education Artist at S&Co and has spent the past two summers as a Riotous Youth intern. He is also a recent graduate from Coastal Carolina University

more
Shanelle Chloe Villegas

Shanelle Chloe Villegas

(Melissa Longley)

Shanelle Chloe Villegas is a Boston-based actor, poet, deviser and teaching artist. Currently, she is teaching with Company One Theatre Company and The Commonwealth School. When she is not teaching, Shanelle can be seen performing all around Boston. Her recent works include touring with New Repertory Theatre’s Classic

more
Kevin Craig West

Kevin Craig West

(Franklyn Longley)

Kevin Craig West - Award winning actor/filmmaker and proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. When not on camera or stage, he enjoys producing, directing, writing and sharing his talents as a teaching artist. Peek into his world via social media @KevinCraigWest

more
Ryan Winkles

Ryan Winkles

(Frank Tracy)

S&Co: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Arthur), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Valentine), Henry V (Henry V), It’s a Wonderful Life (Jazzbo), Complete Works (Ryan), Mother Courage (Swiss Cheese), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Dull), The Tempest (Ferdinand), King Lear (Edgar), As You Like It (Silvius), Hound of the Baskervilles

more
Lydia R. Diamond

Lydia R. Diamond

(Playwright)

Lydia R. Diamond's award-winning plays include: Smart People, Stick Fly, Voyeurs de Venus, The Bluest Eye, The Gift Horse, Harriet Jacobs, The Inside and Stage Black. Theatres include: Arena Stage, Cort Theatre (Broadway), Chicago Dramatists, Company One, Congo Square, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington, Jubilee, Kansas City Rep, Long

more
Kermit Frazier

Kermit Frazier

(Playwright)

Kermit Frazier has been a writer — especially playwright and television writer — as well as a teacher of writing, literature, and theater for more than 40 years. His latest play, MODERN MINSTRELSY, was a finalist (60 plays out of 1,450 submissions) for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.

more
Hope Rose Kelly

Hope Rose Kelly

(Stage Manager)

S&Co: Twelfth Night, Topdog/Underdog, Macbeth, Heisenberg, Cymbeline, God of Carnage, Or, Two Gentleman of Verona, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Comedy of Errors, Richard II, Rough Crossing, Blue/Orange, The Ladies Man, Othello, Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Taster, As

more
Regge Life

Regge Life

(Director)

Regge Life directed the award winning Topdog/Underdog in 2019, popular Morning After Grace in 2018, widely acclaimed God of Carnage in 2017 and Kaufman’s Barbershop in 2013. He has directed across the country with credits such as Cross That River at 59E59th and for the Aspen Theater, I

more
Aimée K. Michel

Aimée K. Michel

(Director)

Ms. Michel’s interest in theater is inherently political and her work as a theater director has always focused on the sociological and political roles that theater plays in a community. Before coming to Simon’s Rock, Ms. Michel was the artistic director of the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane (SFT), a

more
Richard Wesley

Richard Wesley

(Playwright)

Richard Wesley was born in 1945, in Newark, New Jersey, where he still resides. He is a graduate of Howard University, where he earned a B.F.A. degree. He is a former writer-in-residence at the New Lafayette Theatre, in Harlem, and also served as Managing Editor of “Black Theatre” magazine,

more

Related
Events

Crown

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.

Submit