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‘Holds your attention like a transfixing riddle’ – The Irish Times

'A delicate exploration of deception...moments of profundity' – Times Union

"Natural, quick, and bursting with life" – Nippertown

Three women have three conversations that draw us into their inner lives. Listen carefully: what will they reveal to each other, and what does each have to hide?

A play about being human, an exploration of betrayal, and an appeal to listen before it’s too late, The Approach follows the story of Anna, Cora, and Denise as they converse over coffee about their shared childhoods and burgeoning middle-age, with much left unspoken.

The Approach will include both in-person and online performances, with tickets ranging in price from $37 to $67; preview performances are $10 less. Please Note: Masks are required at all in-person performances.

Online, The Approach will be made available by livestream at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and via recorded broadcast will be available Saturday May 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m.; Saturday May 28 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets for virtual performances are $27.


Talkbacks will be held with the cast and directors for the following performances:

Thursday 5/12 (7:30p curtain)
Saturday 5/14 (7:30p curtain)
Sunday 5/15 (3p curtain)
Thursday 5/19 (7:30p curtain)
Sunday 5/22 (3p curtain)
Thursday 5/26 (7:30p curtain)

Generously sponsored by Steve Bader and Cathy Monoxelos.


All patrons planning to attend any indoor performances are required to show a form of ID and one of the following:

  • Presentation of a COVID vaccination card OR
  • Proof of a negative COVID test taken within the last 48 hours

You can also submit a COVID vaccination card or negative COVID test result electronically through Bindle.

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Photos & Videos

Left to Right: Nicole Ansari and Elizabeth Aspenlieder. Photo by Daniel Rader.

Left to Right: Michelle Joyner and Nicole Ansari. Photo by Daniel Rader.

Left to Right: Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Michelle Joyner. Photo by Daniel Rader.


Nicole Ansari (she / her )

Nicole Ansari [she / her ]


Nicole Ansari started in European Theatre and Film. She performed with the Théâtre du Soleil under Ariane Mnouchkine in Paris and starred in numerous plays at the Public Theatre in Vienna, in Zuerich, London and NY (Irma la douce; Much Ado About Nothing; Alma; Hamlet; Daybreak; I am Antigone,

Elizabeth Aspenlieder

Elizabeth Aspenlieder


S&Co: Over 40 productions – favorites: The Waverly Gallery, HIR, God of Carnage; Mother of the Maid (pre–Broadway run, originated role of The Lady of the Court); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike; The Beauty Queen of Leenane; Parasite Drag; Merry Wives of Windsor; Winter’s Tale; Les Liaisons

Michelle Joyner

Michelle Joyner


Michelle Joyner is an actor, writer, and director and thrilled to be back with Shakespeare and Co! Recent shows include The Waverly Gallery (Assoc. Dir. with Tina Packer), The Winter Studio Festivals of Plays, The Valentine’s Surprise Show (Co-dir. with Allyn Burrows). Locally she has acted and directed for


Cal Murphy [they / them]

(Assistant Stage Manager)

Cal began at Shakespeare & Company in 2019 as a costume intern, and has since been thrilled to expand their duties into wardrobe, draping, costume design assisting, costume shop management, and now assistant stage management. Cal has been involved in many Shakespeare & Company productions, including Merry

Mark O'Rowe

Mark O'Rowe


Mark O'Rowe is a playwright and film writer whose second play, Howie the Rookie, won him the George Devine Award when it premiered at the Bush Theatre in 1999. In 2003, Mark wrote his first feature film, “Intermission,” starring Colin Farrell and Cillian Murphy. In 2008 he adapted Jonathan

Maegan A. Conroy (she / her)

Maegan A. Conroy [she / her]

(Stage Manager)

S&Co: Creditors, Ugly Lies the Bone, DibbleDance: Shoes On, Shoes Off, Private Lives, Julius Caesar. Merrimack Repertory Theatre: Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End, The Rise and Fall of Holly Fudge, Wild Horses, Until the Flood, Nina Simone: Four Women, The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, Tiny Beautiful Things, Cry

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,


Mark Farrell [he / him]


As a 3rd generation “showbiz kid”, Mark has produced, directed and written in all formats and genres, focusing on comedy, biography, music and social consciousness. His credits include plays, feature films and hundreds of hours of television. After directing COVID-friendly versions of “Martha Mitchell Calling” and “Breath of

Tina Packer

Tina Packer


Born in England, Tina was trained at RADA, performed in regional theatre, was an Associate Artist at the RSC, played in television series for the BBC and ITV, arrived in the U.S. in 1974. She had a Ford Foundation Travel and Study to research the visceral roots of Shakespeare’s


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.