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What is the value of friendship, of art, of money? How much would you pay for a white painting? One of Marc’s best friends, Serge, has just bought a very expensive painting. It's white. To Marc, the painting is a joke, but Serge insists Marc doesn’t have the proper standard to judge the work. Another friend, Ivan, though burdened by his own problems, allows himself to be pulled into this disagreement. In spite of himself, Ivan tells Serge he likes the painting. These old friends square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. Friendship is tested, and the aftermath of action, and its reaction, affirms the power of those bonds.

Generously sponsored by Randall and Ellen Frank in honor of Shakespeare & Company's Education Program,
and Howard and Natalie Shawn.

Art will be performed outdoors at the ROMAN GARDEN THEATRE.

Use Code 'paint'

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"ranney" has five decades in the performing arts as a multi-disciplinarian. Acting credits include Marc (Art, Shakespeare & Company) Polonius/Gravedigger, Toledo, Troy Maxson (Hamlet; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Fences. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company); Sterling, Hambone (Two Trains Running; Radio Golf. American Stage Company.); King Hedley, Chutes & Ladders (Seven Guitars;

Christopher V. Edwards

Christopher V. Edwards


Chris is excited to be returning to Shakespeare and Company. He is a director, actor, fight choreographer and educator. He is currently the Artistic Director of Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston. Prior to ASP he was the Artistic Director of Nevada Conservatory Theatre in Las Vegas and the

L. James (he / him)

L. James [he / him]


Shakespeare & Company: Art. TV Credits include: FBI. Theater Credits: Sender, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Intimate Apparel, Hamlet, Sweat, The MotherF@cker with the Hat, ThreePenny Opera, Ideation, and Angels in America

Michael F. Toomey (he / him)

Michael F. Toomey [he / him]


Michael is a Brooklyn based actor and creator. He has been a member of S&Co since 1998. Numerous roles at S&Co include Serg (ART), Puck (Midsummer), Poet (An Iliad), Bassinet (Ladies Man), Scapan (title role), Walter (Split Knuckle’s Endurance). Various Roles in NYC: Francis (Francis Goes To War), Francis

Diana Evans (she / her)

Diana Evans [she / her]

(Assistant Stage Manager)

Diana Evans is a writer, stage manager, and theatre education artist. She holds a BA in Communication, Journalism, Creative Writing, & English from New England College, Henniker N.H. Recent credits include: Advice To The Players (Sandwich N.H.): Stage Manager (As You Like It, 2020), Director (Noir Hamlet,

Kristin Leahey

Kristin Leahey


(she/her/hers) is a dramaturg, producer and arts administrator. She has served in the artistic departments of Seattle Repertory and Woolly Mammoth, among other organizations. She has freelanced with the O’Neill Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Play On Shakespeare!, Arizona Theatre Company, Ammo Theatre Company, Primary Stages, Classical Stage Company,

Norman Anthony Small

Norman Anthony Small

(Stage Manager)

Off Broadway—Keen Company: Adventurephile, All We Need Is Us, Digging in the Dark; WP Theater: Where We Stand; Atlantic Theater Company: Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven; The Public Theater: A Night of Wild Beauty (Ntozake Shange Tribute). New York Theater—Harlem Shakespeare Festival: Othello: The Moor of Venice;


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.