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PLAYS IN PROCESS

This summer, Shakespeare & Company is offering patrons an opportunity to peer into the process of playmaking.

Plays in Process, a new addition to the Company’s repertoire, will feature both new works and new interpretations of classic works as they develop into maturity for the stage. Five weekends of performances will be presented in July and August, including solo shows, readings, radio play adaptations, nods to Shakespeare’s text, and much more.

All Plays in Process shows will be held in the climate-controlled Tina Packer Playhouse.

PLAYS IN PROCESS WEEKENDS
July 9 and July 10
July 16 and July 17
July 23 and July 24
July 30 and July 31
August 6 and August 7

FEATURED TITLES

July 23 & 24 - A Double Bill with Plays in Process by Bella Merlin, and Tamara Hickey & Kate Kohler Amory

Tilly No-Body: Catastrophes of Love by Bella Merlin is a 70-minute, one-woman show weaving together original text and songs with extracts from the autobiography of German playwright Frank Wedekind's wife, Tilly, along with letters between herself and Frank, snippets and themes from his plays, and a few inventions along the way.

Set in a circus ring with a lute, two puppets, a circus ball, and some puffs of magic, TIlly No-Body invites the audience into a world of love, loss, theater, and desire. Walking the tightrope of the absurd and the beautiful, the grotesque and sublime, the comic and the tragic - this is a paean to Frank and Tilly, and a waltz towards Weimar Germany.

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This is It by Tamara Hickey, co-written and directed by Kate Kohler Amory

If the body keeps the score, what does it add up to? How do we know what constitutes a good life? Is there any meaning we can garner from death in order to better understand life?

When a woman’s life is interrupted by a catastrophic car crash, she is catapulted into an existential, heartfelt, and often funny quest for meaning and connection with the life she has lived. Landing in the Bardo, she discovers herself in the “in-between” space, a place between life and death. Using bold and inventive theatrical story-telling, this one-woman tour de force fills the stage with delightful characters, skillful movement, an autopsy, a pole dance, and an explosion of life at the moment of death.

BUY TICKETS FOR THIS IS IT & TILLY NO-BODY

July 30 & 31 / August 6 & 7 - All That Fall by Samuel Beckett

Featuring Annette Miller

Samuel Beckett's tragicomic first radio play charts the faltering journey of elderly Maddy Rooney as she ventures along a country road to surprise her blind husband at the train station for his birthday treat. Along the way she meets an array of local characters; some of them friendly, some of them not so much. First broadcast in 1957, All That Fall was the first time Beckett centred his work on a female protagonist.

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Generously sponsored by Jerry and Honie Berko.

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Artists

Kate Kohler Amory (she / her)

Kate Kohler Amory [she / her]

(Director, Co-writer (This is It))

Kate Kohler Amory is an award-winning theater maker, director, actor, choreographer, dancer, writer and teacher. Her directing/devising credits include: DREAM LOVE ESCAPE, Pandemic Plays 20|20, The Birds, Romeo and Juliet: A Space Oddity for Ridiculous Project; Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play, The Mermaid Hour: Remixed,

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Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett

(Playwright (All that Fall))

Samuel Beckett is widely recognized as one of the greatest dramatists of the 20th century. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1969. Mr. Beckett is most renowned for his play Waiting for Godot, which launched his career in theater. He then went

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Robert Egan

Robert Egan

(Director (All that Fall))

Robert Egan is an award-winning producer and director who has served as the Artistic Director/Producer of the Ojai Playwrights Conference since 2002. Prior to OPC, Robert served for 20 years as the Producing Artistic Director at the Mark Taper Forum where he was Director of New

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Rachel Harrison (she / her)

Rachel Harrison [she / her]

(Stage Manager (All that Fall))

Rachel Harrison is a St. Petersburg, FL based Stage Manager and Sound Designer. As the Production Stage Manager for more than 45 productions at American Stage Theatre Co. (St. Pete, FL), she includes among her favorites Two Trains Running, The Royale, Joe Turner’s Come and

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Tamara Hickey (she / her)

Tamara Hickey [she / her]

(Rose (This is It))

S&Co: Time Stands Still, Heisenberg, Cymbeline, The Tempest, Merchant of Venice, Two Gentlemen of Verona; Regional: Appropriate, SpeakEasy Stage; God’s Ear (Elliot Norton Award Best Actress & Best Production), Henry VIII, Pericles, Living In Exile, all for Actors’ Shakespeare Project; Rancho Mirage, New Repertory Theatre;

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Bella Merlin (she / her)

Bella Merlin [she / her]

(Tilly (Tilly No-Body))

S&Co: Maria (Twelfth Night), Sir Hugh Evans (Merry Wives of Windsor), Queen/Arviragus (Cymbeline), Trinculo (The Tempest), Nerissa (The Merchant of Venice), Margaret (Worse Than Wolves), Outlaw (Two Gentlemen of Verona). Regional: Colorado Shakespeare Festival: Margaret (Richard III), LA Phil: Beckett One–Acts. UK: National Theatre: A Laughing Matter;

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Annette Miller

Annette Miller

(Mrs. Rooney (All that Fall))

S&Co; Received the 2018 Berkshire Theater Critics Association Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role as Katherine in Mothers and Sons Elliot Norton and Irne Award for best actress as Golda in Golda’s Balcony (2003); Elliot Norton best actress nomination for Martha in Martha

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Diana Evans (she / her)

Diana Evans [she / her]

(Assistant Stage Manager (This is It, Tilly No-Body)

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

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Hope Rose Kelly

Hope Rose Kelly

(Stage Manager (This is It / Tilly No-Body))

S&Co: The Chairs, King Lear, 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,

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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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