Shakespeare and Company

Herbert Wolff Reviews "The How and the Why"

Jun 26, 2015

Friction and discomfort are apparent from the moment Rachel tosses her backpack on a chair in the classic Ivy League office of Professor Zelda Kahn.  They are meeting for the first time, on the eve of a major biology conference.  The edginess on the part of both women continues throughout The How and the Why – the play now on stage at Shakespeare & Company.  This tension colors and, indeed, “grows” the play.

  Tina Packer is one of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare's work and the Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.

She'll be delivering the 19th Annual Burian Lecture on April 13th at SUNY Albany, sponsored by the Department of Theatre and co-sponsored by the NYS Writers Institute. In the lecture she'll discuss her new book, Women of Will: The Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays

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A founding member of Shakespeare & Company who left the organization in November is taking on a leadership role with Berkshire Theatre Group.

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A founding member of Shakespeare & Company who left the organization in November, is taking on a leadership role with Berkshire Theatre Group.

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It has been a tumultuous few weeks for Shakespeare & Company. In early March, executive director Rick Dildine abruptly resigned to return to Shakespeare Festival St. Louis as artistic and executive director. That was just six months after he came to Lenox.

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Turmoil seems to be the play that’s currently on stage at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox. A week after its executive director split six months in, three leaders of the board of trustees are resigning from their posts.

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Shakespeare & Company’s director is returning to his previous post in St. Louis months after joining the organization.

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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.

    Shakespeare & Company currently presents the comedy thriller Private Eyes written by Steven Dietz and directed by Jonathan Croy. Private Eyes runs weekends only in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre September 20 – November 9.

In the play, Theatre and life intertwine when actors Matthew and Lisa, a happily married couple, find the truth nearly too impossible to uncover. The cast features Company artists Caroline Calkins and Luke Reed and they join us now along with director, Jonathan Croy.

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A founding member of Shakespeare & Company says he is leaving the Lenox-based theater group next month.

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