Shakespeare and Company http://wamc.org en Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company http://wamc.org/post/tanglewood-shakespeare-company-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.shakespeare.org">Shakspeare and Company</a> is a cultural - and physical - neighbor to Tanglewood. Located in Lenox, MA, Shakespeare and Company was founded in 1978.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This summer they present the Bard’s <em>A Midsummer Night’s Dream</em>, <em>Henry IV</em>, Parts I &amp; II, <em>The Servant of Two Masters</em>, <em>Romeo and Juliet</em> and <em>Julius Caesar</em> along with <em>The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)</em>; <em>Shakespeare’s Will</em>; and Christopher Durang’s <em>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</em>.</p><p>Tony Simotes, Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company and director of this season’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream joins us, as does Tina Packer, Jason Asprey, and Nigel Gore. Tina has directed Jason and Nigel in a pared down ‘bare Bard’ production of Julius Ceasar - in which 7 actors play all the roles.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 94064 at http://wamc.org Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company Herbert Wolff Reviews "Shakespeare's Will" http://wamc.org/post/herbert-wolff-reviews-shakespeares-will <p>Today theater reviewer Herbert Wolff looks at the <a href="http://www.shakespeare.org" target="_blank">Shakespeare and Company</a> production of "Shakepeare's Will," &nbsp;playing now through August 24 at the Bernstein Theater.</p><p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:51:00 +0000 Herbert Wolff 93640 at http://wamc.org Herbert Wolff Reviews "Shakespeare's Will" High School Group Raising Money For Shakespeare Festival http://wamc.org/post/high-school-group-raising-money-shakespeare-festival <p>Facing a funding cut, parents and students from a Pittsfield high school are in the midst of a fundraising campaign in hopes of maintaining their presence at an annual theater festival.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:26:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 89604 at http://wamc.org High School Group Raising Money For Shakespeare Festival Shakespeare & Company Presents Noël Coward's "Private Lives" http://wamc.org/post/shakespeare-company-presents-no-l-cowards-private-lives <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A divorced couple, </span>Elyot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Amanda are honeymooning with their new spouses in the South of France. By chance they meet across adjoining hotel balconies, and without concern for scandal, their new partners, or any memory of what drove them apart in the first place, </span>Elyot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Amanda rekindle their former tempestuous relationship.</span></p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 83626 at http://wamc.org Shakespeare & Company Presents Noël Coward's "Private Lives" "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" at Shakespeare and Company http://wamc.org/post/beauty-queen-leenane-shakespeare-and-company <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Beauty Queen of Leenane</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at </span><a href="http://www.shakespeare.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Shakespeare and Company</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Lenox, MA is directed by Matthew Penn (making his debut with the Company). It features the indomitable Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, long-time Company actor Elizabeth </span>Aspenlieder<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, and newcomers Edmund Donovan and David </span>Sedgwick<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Steeped with razor sharp wit, humor and humanity, <em>The Beauty Queen of Leenane</em> runs through September 15 in the Bernstein Theatre.</p><p>Set in the small village of Leenane, County Galway in Ireland, the play tracks the dysfunctional relationship between a mother and daughter who are locked in a dance of mutual loathing, which may prove more durable than any love. Irish writer Martin McDonagh has become one of the most powerful voices writing for stage and screen, and his critically acclaimed career began with a Tony Award-winning debut, <em>The Beauty Queen of Leenane</em>. Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 72036 at http://wamc.org "The Beauty Queen of Leenane" at Shakespeare and Company Bob Goepfert Reviews Mother Courage http://wamc.org/post/bob-goepfert-reviews-mother-courage <div class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper card_280 look2"><div attribution="Credit Shakespeare and Company" caption="Olympia Dukakis as Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children. " class="wysiwyg-asset-image" contenteditable="false" fid="25779" image_style="card_280" uri="public://201308/mother-olympia.jpg"><img alt="Olympia Dukakis as Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children " class="pi_assets-image" src="/sites/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/201308/mother-olympia.jpg"><div class="image-meta-wrapper"><div class="cp-si-credit">Credit Shakespeare and Company</div><div class="cp-si-caption">Olympia Dukakis as Mother Courage in Mother Courage and Her Children.</div></div><div class="actions"><a class="wysiwyg-asset-image-edit" href="#edit">Edit</a> | <a class="wysiwyg-asset-image-delete" href="#remove">Remove</a></div></div></div><p>Theater reviewer Bob Goepfert takes a look at the Shakespeare and Company production of "Mother Courage and Her Children."</p><p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Bob Goepfert 71131 at http://wamc.org Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company - Mother Courage http://wamc.org/post/tanglewood-shakespeare-company-mother-courage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Considered by many to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, Bertolt Brecht’s <em>Mother Courage and Her Children</em> is set against the backdrop of the Thirty Years War and follows the fate of Mother Courage, an artful canteen woman with the Swedish Army, intent on keeping her business and family alive amid the destruction of war.</p><p><em>Mother Courage and Her Children</em> still resonates today as a profound insight into the moral implications of war. The show is running in the Tina Packer Playhouse as part of Shakespeare and Company’s season through August 25th.</p><p>The production is directed by <a href="http://www.shakespeare.org">Shakespeare and Company’s</a> Artistic Director, Tony Simotes and features Olympia Dukakis, Apollo Dukakis, and John Douglas Thompson.</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 70624 at http://wamc.org Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company - Mother Courage Pearl: An Opera in Development Benefit Performance Shakespeare and Company http://wamc.org/post/pearl-opera-development-benefit-performance-shakespeare-and-company <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday evening August </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Maureen </span>O'Flynn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and John Cheek - leading singers from the Metropolitan opera - will be among the performers in the return performance of the new opera </span><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pearlopera" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Pearl</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which is a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter from the viewpoint of the daughter of Hester </span>Prynne<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> – now with new music and a new ending.</span></p><p>The project was initiated by the conductor Sara Jobin, a Berkshire resident and the first woman to conduct the San Francisco Opera, the composer is Amy Scurria and the libretto, written by Carol Gilligan and her son Jonathan Gilligan, based on her play, <em>The Scarlet Letter</em>, which was commissioned and produced by <a href="http://www.shakespeare.org/pearl/">Shakespeare &amp; Company</a> in 2002.</p><p>Joining this morning, Librettist Carol Gilligan, Music Director and Producer Sara Jobin and soprano Maureen Flynn.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 70405 at http://wamc.org Pearl: An Opera in Development Benefit Performance Shakespeare and Company Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company http://wamc.org/post/tanglewood-shakespeare-company <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A master class with famed opera singer Maria Callas is an intimidating affair. Just ask Sophie, her first “victim” in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning Master Class – now being presented by <a href="http://www.shakespeare.org">Shakespeare and Company</a> in Lenox, MA.</p><p>McNally takes us inside Callas’ infamous sessions, which she conducted late in her career. Callas regales us with the details of her illustrious and controversial professional life, encouraging her pupils to take notes. Master Class prompts the question so often posed by artists: What is the price of fame?</p><p>Actress Annette Miller embodies Callas in a true tour de force performance. Miller was last seen at Shakespeare &amp; Company’s 35th Season hit, <em>The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife</em>. She and Elizabeth Aspenlieder join us - she is the Communications Director and an Artistic Associate at Shakespeare &amp; Company.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue & Alan Chartock 68434 at http://wamc.org Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company "The Liar" at Shakespeare and Company http://wamc.org/post/liar-shakespeare-and-company <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Liar</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was originally penned by the classic </span>17th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Century playwright Pierre </span>Corneille<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, in 1664. The play as all of the ingredients of a perfect French farce - a tangled web of lies, misdirected advances, and the unmistakable confusion of love.</span></p><p>Shakespeare and Company is producing an adaptation by award-winning American playwright, David Ives, which merges the iambic humor of classic verse with a contemporary twist.</p><p>We are joined by director Kevin G. Coleman and actors David Joseph and Alexandra Lincoln.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 56816 at http://wamc.org "The Liar" at Shakespeare and Company