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New England News
3:09 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Shakespeare In The Park Coming To Pittsfield

Enrico Spada, right, the founder and director of Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park announces the inaugural event at the Lichenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield Tuesday. On left, Berkshire Money Management President Allen Harris offered a challenge grant, offering to match $5,000 if that amount is raised in the next ten days.
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

Theater enthusiasts can add another event to the typically busy schedule of cultural attractions in the Berkshires this summer.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bedlam Theatre's "Hamlet" And "Saint Joan"

    Bedlam Theatre in New York City that is currently producing two shows - played in repertory, William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan are boldly theatrical, stripped down, immersive productions of classic plays. These two large-cast shows are each played with a company of four - and not only four, but the same four actors in both plays.

Eric Tucker is the the Artistic Director of Bedlam Theatre. He plays Hamlet and a few other roles in their production of Hamlet, numerous characters in Saint Joan, and directed both productions. Bedlam’s Producing Director, Andrus Nichols, plays Joan in Saint Joan and numerous characters in Hamlet - including Gertrude, Ophelia, Guildenstern, the Player King, and the Gravedigger.

Bedlam is a company committed to the immediacy of the relationship between the actor and the audience - they create theatre in a flexible, raw space - and the audience is always included in their productions.

Eric Tucker joins us to tell us more - he has worked with playwrights Tony Kushner, David Henry Hwang, David Ives, Paula Vogel and Ellen McLaughlin. He is founder of the Trinity Shakespeare Summer Project and has worked with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA - including working with Tina Packer on Women of Will.

The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon September 9, 2013

All The Galaxy's A Stage: William Shakespeare's Star Wars

More than three and half decades since its release, Star Wars is more popular than ever. News of the series reboot means a new round of earnest excitement, but for now, blind fandom has been replaced among aficionados with a new level of ironic appreciation for the universe: Family Guy and Robot Chicken have celebrated the trilogies; the ill-fated Star Wars Christmas Special that features Chewbacca racing across the galaxy for the holidays has millions of YouTube views; one-man Star Wars performer Charlie Ross has been on this very show; and actors like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reportedly began their comedy partnership when one recognized the other’s droid sound effect at a dinner.

All of which is to say it’s surprising that it took this long to bring the ivory tower gravity of Statford-On-Avon to the swamps of Dagobah.

But novelist Ian Doescher has done just that in his new book, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, A New Hope, out now from Quirk Books.

And before you curse the ghost of Thomas Bowdler, think about it for a second: Star Wars and Shakespeare is not such a stretch. There’s the Falstaffian comic relief of C-3PO and R2D2, the questions over legacy and progeny that consume Darth Vader like an interstellar King Lear, the underworld of a Shylock known as Jabba the Hutt.

So before he exits, pursued by a Wookie, it's our pleasure to welcome Ian Doescher to the Roundtable.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 27th Season

  The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its 27th season with three shows - The Three Musketeers, All’s Well That Ends Well and King Lear.

Shakespeare’s masterpiece about an aging king’s attempt to divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Deceived by misplaced affection and flattery, the king makes a series of terrible decisions, tearing his family and kingdom apart, and is pushed to the brink of madness.

The festival's founding Artistic Director, Terry O’Brien joins us this morning along with Stephen Paul Johnson, who plays Lear, and Jason O’Connell who is in both Lear and All’s Well.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Saratoga Shakespeare Company

    Saratoga Shakespeare Company’s free professional production of The Merry Wives of Windsor, gets underway next week. Directed by David Girard, the play will be set in 1930s Saratoga as part of the Saratoga 150 celebration.

Here to tell us more, we welcome Lary Opitz – who plays Falstaff and is the SSC Artistic Director. Yvonne Perry is also here – she plays Mistress Page - and Brenny Rabine plays Mistress Ford.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Woodstock Shakespeare Festival

    Woodstock Shakespeare Festival’s 18th summer season opens July 12th with The Winter’s Tale, one of the bard’s most fascinating late works.

Bird-On-A-Cliff Theatre Company performs The Winter’s Tale outdoors on an Elizabethan stage in Woodstock every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from July 12 through August 4.

David Aston-Reese is Co-Founder/Artistic Director of the company and stars in this production. Veteran actor and director Nicola Sheara directs.

Arts & Culture
11:10 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival 2012

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival began in 1987 and makes its home under a specially designed tent theater on the grounds of the historic Boscobel House & Gardens in Garrison, New York. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to producing the plays of Shakespeare with an economy of style that focuses energy and resources on script, actors and audience. This season they present Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, and The 39 Steps.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Saratoga Shakespeare Company - Twelfth Night

Saratoga Shakespeare’s Artistic Director, Bill Finlay, joins us along with actors Sarah Luz Cordoba and Patricia Culbert to discuss their production of Twelfth Night. The show opens in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, on July 17 for a two-week run on the Alfred Z. Solomon Stage.