Thursday, August 14th at 4pm, The Berkshire Theatre Group - in partnership with Chesterwood - will present "Lincoln's Favorite Shakespeare" - an afternoon reading of President Abraham Lincoln's favorite writing by Shakespeare.
A quartet of noted actors are donating their performances to the event which has been assembled and annotated by noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer and is produced and directed by Gordon Hyatt.
One of the actors is Chris Noth, who is best known for his work on Law & Order, Sex and the City, and The Good Wife.
The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival began in 1987 with an outdoor production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed under the stars at Manitoga, industrial designer Russell Wright's home in Garrison, New York. The following year HVSF was officially born. Boscobel House and Gardens, in Garrison, became its new home and HVSF grew dramatically, from its first audience of 230 to over 35,000 in 2013. Twenty-eight years later, HVSF is a critically acclaimed regional theater, attracting audiences from the tri-state area and beyond, and operating a year-round education program.
This year, Hudson Valley Shakespeare presents the bard's Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and David Ives’ The Liar. The shows run in rep through the end of this month. They also present a family-friendly 90-minute production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream on August 18th and 19th.
Recently, on a quiet day at the Lenox Library – just down the road from Tanglewood – a big time star walked in and offered to do a fund-raiser. Surprised, but delighted, the Library signed him up and the event takes place next Friday night.
Tony Award winner, two-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Jim Dale has a brand new one-man show. Just Jim Dale has him doing what he does best – presenting an evening of song and stories.
Dale will recount a lifetime of showbiz tales—from his start on the famed British Music Hall stage, through his Broadway triumphs in Scapino, Barnum, and Me and My Girl, to his experiences narrating all seven “Harry Potter” audio-books and having his voice star in television’s Pushing Daisies.
Barrington Stage Company will be presenting the world premiere of Dancing Lessons, the new romantic comedy by playwright and BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain from August 7th – 24th.
Directed by Barrington Stage Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, Dancing Lessons stars John Cariani and Paige Davis. John Cariani made his BSC debut as ‘Dogberry’ in last summer’s Much Ado About Nothing. Cariani is also the playwright of the play Almost, Maine. Paige Davis is known for Broadway’s Chicago and TLC’s Trading Spaces.
For four consecutive years Shirley Temple was the world’s box-office champion, a record never equaled. By early 1935 her mail was reported as four thousand letters a week, and hers was the second-most popular girl’s name in the country.
What distinguished Shirley Temple from every other Hollywood star of the period—and everyone since—was how brilliantly she shone. Amid the deprivation and despair of the Great Depression, Shirley Temple radiated optimism and plucky good cheer that lifted the spirits of millions and shaped their collective character for generations to come. In The Little Girl Who Fought The Great Depression: Shirley Temple And 1930s America, distinguished cultural historian John F. Kasson shows how the most famous, adored, imitated, and commodified child in the world astonished movie goers, created a new international culture of celebrity, and revolutionized the role of children as consumers.
In The Visit, her Williamstown Theatre Festival debut, Broadway legend Chita Rivera embodies Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, who returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price.
Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks: What can your heart afford?
Rivera is joined by Roger Rees, Jason Danieley, and Judy Kuhn and directed in this Kander and Ebb musical by John Doyle.
Here she speaks with Joe Donahue about working on the show, her reverence for a productions creative team, and keeping her sense of humor - always.
Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore is currently running on Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in Pittsfield, MA through August 2nd.
Starring Mark H. Dold and directed by Joe Calarco, Breaking the Code tells the true story of famed mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who solved the German Enigma code during World War II, not knowing that, as a gay man, he’d fight a much harder personal battle at home.