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New England News
12:40 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

The Short And Long Of It: New Leader Excited For Diverse Shakespeare Season

Credit Facebook: Shakespeare & Company

Just like its neighbor to the north the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare & Company is launching its 2015 season under new leadership.

Rick Dildine started as executive director for the Lenox-based company in September having previously served as artistic and executive director of the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. Dildine spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about the upcoming season, which typically draws about 60,000 people.

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New England News
2:57 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Shakespeare's Love Birds To Take Stage At Pittsfield's Renovated Common

Enrico Spada, founder and artistic director of Pittsfield's Shakespeare in the Park, announces Romeo And Juliet as this summer's production to be shown at the First Street Common.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

All the world’s a stage — and in just its second year, Pittsfield’s Shakespeare in the Park has found a new one. The company will present one of the playwright’s most famous works this summer for free after moving to a recently upgraded downtown attraction.

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The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Ideas Matter - Shakespeare's 450th

  In our series, Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities we check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.

This morning we welcome NY Humanities and James Shapiro, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. James joins us to discuss Shakespeare’s Shakespeare's legacy and how he has been read in America.

New England News
12:38 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Berkshire Performance Venues Report Successful Summers

The cast of "A Midsummer NIght's Dream" at Pittsfield's Shakespeare in the Park.
Credit Enrico Spada / Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park

As the days of August tick away, many Berkshires performance venues are closing the curtains on their summer sessions.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Lincoln's Favorite Shakespeare At Berkshire Theatre Group - Chris Noth

  

  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 Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Lincoln's Favorite Shakespeare At Berkshire Theatre Group - Harold Holzer

    Thursday, August 14th at 4pm, The Berkshire Theatre Festival - in partnership with Chesterwood - will present "Lincoln's Favorite Shakespeare" - an afternoon reading of President Abraham Lincoln's favorite writing by Shakespeare. The reading will take place at Berkshire Theatre Group's Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, MA and will be followed by a reception at Chesterwood.

A quartet of noted actors: Kathleen Chalfant, Chris Noth, John Douglas Thompson and Fritz Weaver are donating their performances to the event which has been assembled and annotated by noted scholar Harold Holzer, author and editor of over 40 books about Lincoln.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 28th Season

    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. 

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WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

The Book Show #1356 - Alexi Zentner

  Set on a small, fictional island off the coast of Maine, Alexi Zentner's second novel, The Lobster Kings, is a nod to Shakespeare’s King Lear.

It introduces a fiery and unforgettable heroine, Cordelia Kings. The Lobster Kings is the story of Cordelia’s struggle to maintain her island’s way of life.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Saratoga Shakespeare Company Presents "Macbeth" 7/15-27

  Shakespeare’s Macbeth is considered one of the greatest tragedies ever written, overflowing with murder, madness and evil spirits, as it explores the dark side of ambition, greed, and guilt. Macbeth is the play most requested by summer audiences at Saratoga Shakespeare Company.

Saratoga Shakespeare’s production of Macbeth will run in Congress Park July 15th-27th. Joining to tell us more – actors Tim Dugan (Macbeth), Amy Prothro (Lady Macbeth) and Artistic Director of Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Lary Opitz.

Arts & Culture
12:51 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

Herbert Wolff Reviews "Shakespeare's Will"

Shakespeare's Will at the Bernstein Theater through August 24

Today theater reviewer Herbert Wolff looks at the Shakespeare and Company production of "Shakepeare's Will,"  playing now through August 24 at the Bernstein Theater.

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