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“Rings true from the first note to the last” BBC.com

Two men meet at a funeral. One knew the deceased; one did not. Benny is a loner with a wife and children, while Gil longs to fulfill his potential. They form a deep bond, but cracks appear as they begin to realize that true courage comes in different forms. This soulful new play, filled with music, asks what it takes to be a good father, brother, or son.

Generously sponsored by Deborah and Bill Ryan.

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Artists

"ranney"

(Benny)

"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;

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Lolita Chakrabarti

Lolita Chakrabarti

(Playwright)

Winner of the 2012 Most Promising Playwright Evening Standard award, Lolita Chakrabarti is a British actress and writer who has worked extensively on stage and screen. Her most recent acting theatre credits include The Great Game, Afghanistan for The Tricycle, Last Seen - Joy for the Almeida, Free

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Melissa Collins (she / her)

Melissa Collins [she / her]

(Stage Manager)

An Atlanta Native and Florida resident, Melissa studied at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida receiving an A.A. in Entertainment Design and Technology. This is Melissa’s first season with Shakespeare & Company and she is thrilled to be here. Past credits include Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, and A

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Kevin Craig West

Kevin Craig West

(Gil)

Actor/Filmmaker Kevin Craig West has been seen on stage regionally with Capital Rep (Shakespeare in Love), Oldcastle Theatre (Judevine), WAM and Central Square Theatre (Pipeline). On screen Kevin portrayed Terrance Bryant on NBC’s hit series Law & Order - Organized Crime, appeared in an episode of NBC’s series, New

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Amanda Wingo [she / her]

(Assistant Stage Manager)

Amanda is a freelance stage manager, director, and writer from New Jersey. She is excited to be working with Shakespeare & Company for the first time! Amanda loves to bring artists together in positive and collaborative creative spaces to create art that makes an impact. A recent

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Melissa Ziccardi [she / her]

(Wardrobe / Assistant Stage Manager)

Melissa is excited to back for a fifth season and Shakespeare & Company.

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Regge Life (he / him)

Regge Life [he / him]

(Director)

Regge Life recently directed Knock Me a Kiss for the W.E.B. DuBois celebration in the Tina Packer Playhouse. Last season debbie tucker green’s hang, the 2019 multiple Berkie Award winning production of Topdog/Underdog, the wildly acclaimed Morning After Grace in 2018 and God of Carnage in 2017 and Kaufman’s

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Matthew Luppino [he / him]

(Stage Manager)

S&Co: Mothers and Sons, Cymbeline, The Tempest, Ugly Lies the Bone, The Taming. Broadway: Bandstand, The Illusionists: Turn of the Century & Live on Broadway. Off-Broadway/NYC: The Public Theatre, The Pearl Theatre Company, Elizabeth Swados’s The Nomad (The Flea). Touring: Apollo 11- The Live Show; The Lightning Thief

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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.

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