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  The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival engages the widest possible audience in a fresh conversation about what is essential in Shakespeare’s plays. Founded in 1987, HVSF’s primary home is a spectacular open-air theater tent at Boscobel House and Gardens in Garrison, NY.

This season they present The Winter's Tale, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Tempest by The Bard; The Arabian Nights by Mary Zimmerman, adapted from The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night; and HVSF’s first solo show starring Kurt Rhoads in An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare, adapted from Homer's Iliad.

Davis McCallum is Artistic Director of HVSF - appointed in May 2014. He joins us now along with actors Susannah Millonzi and Jason O’Connell.

  Deathtrap is a classic piece of theatre – a two-act, five-character play written by Ira Levin that garnered a 1978 Tony Award nomination for Best Play and was awarded a Special Edgar Award by Mystery Writers of America.

It holds the record as the longest-running comedy-thriller on Broadway and was adapted into a 1982 movie starring Christopher Reeve, Michael Caine and Dyan Cannon.

It is now the latest production from the Berkshire Theatre Group on the Fitzpatrick Stage in Stockbridge, running through July 25th. Here to tell us more are two of the stars of the show: Gregg Edelman who plays Sidney Bruhl and Tom Pecinka who plays Clifford Anderson.

  As immigration policy is hotly debated around the country in terms of national and cultural security Crossing the BLVD: strangers, neighbors, aliens in a new America presents the human stories of why immigrants and refugees have migrated to the US and what their experiences have been since they came here pre- and post- 9/11.

Based on Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloan’s critically acclaimed book, actor/writer Judith Sloan channels many of the people that the couple interviewed on their three-year journey around the world through the borough of Queens, New York.

Crossing the BLVD will open The Ko Festival of Performance in Amherst, MA on Friday, July 10th.

Judith Sloan joins us now to tell us more.

  Vermont's oldest professional theatre company has a new slogan: "Celebrating the classics. Nurturing the new." The 2015 Weston Playhouse season is underway and the Producing Artistic Director Steve Stettler joins us this morning to talk about the current season with a spotlight on two upcoming shows

Susan Haefner also joins us - she is playing Julianna, the lead role in The Other Place by Sharr White - a touching and witty play where a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, the past collides with the present, and the elusive truth about a successful neurologist boils to the surface.

Our final Weston guest is Matthew Wilkas who is playing the role of Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher - winner of five 2012 Tony Awards, the play with music asks the century-old question, "How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?"

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  New York Stage and Film and Vassar College's first Powerhouse mainstage show of this summer is Keith Byunin's The Unbuilt City. The production opened last night and runs through July 12th.

The show stars Beth Dixon and Carter Hudson and is directed by Tony Award nominee, Sean Mathias.

Writer, actor, and director, Sean Mathias directed the film Bent and numerous acclaimed plays all over the world - including London, New York City, Cape Town, Sydney, and Los Angeles.

  Shakespeare & Company is a cultural - and physical - neighbor to Tanglewood. Located here in Lenox, MA, Shakespeare and Company was founded in 1978.

Shakespeare & Company’s summer season includes three Shakespeare plays, Henry V, The Comedy of Errors and Hamlet, plus the Regional Premiere of Red Velvet, the World Premiere of Jane Anderson’s Mother of the Maid, starring Tina Packer, and The Unexpected Man.

Here to tell us more are: , Taibi Magar, director of The Comedy of Errors, Jonathan Croy – a longtime company veteran artist starring in Henry V, and Seth Gordon who is making his S&Co. directing debut with Tony award winning playwright’s Yasmina Reza’s The Unexpected Man.

  Tony Award-nominee Jessica Hecht and Drama Desk Award-winner Eric Bogosian join forces for the world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb‘s funny and turbulent Legacy on The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage.

When renowned novelist Neil Abrams is panned by The New York Times, he reopens the conversation with his wife Suzanne about starting a family. As Neil copes with feeling increasingly antiquated and culturally irrelevant, and Suzanne begins a relationship with one of Neil’s brilliant grad students, the equilibrium of their marriage is threatened.

Eric Bogosian is well-known for writing and starring in several one-man shows and plays, including Talk Radio and Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, landing a leading role in the TV series Law & Order: Criminal Intent; writing three novels and nabbing several awards, including three Obies, the Drama Desk, and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. He last joined us to talk about his new book: Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot That Avenged the Armenian Genocide.

Jessica Hecht made her Broadway debut in The Last Night of Ballyhoo and has twice been nominated for a Tony for her roles in A View From the Bridge and The Assembled Parties. She is known for her work as Victoria in the indie hit Sideways and had recurring roles on Breaking Bad and Seinfeld and played Susan Bunch on TV’s Friends.

Legacy opens on Wednesday and runs through July 12th.

  Emmy Award-winner Kyra Sedgwick makes her Williamstown Theatre Festival debut in the world premiere of a play by Pulitzer Prize-winner William Inge. Off the Main Road was, until recently, a lost work among Inge’s canon – found and reintroduced by the Inge Estate in 2008. Broadway veterans Estelle Parsons and Becky Ann Baker co-star in the production and join us this morning.

Estelle Parsons is a Five-time Tony nominee. She most recently appeared on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It and The Velocity of Autumn.

She worked as a singer with a band before she became the first Women's Editor on The Today Show in 1952. She won an Oscar for her performance as Blanche Barrow in Bonnie and Clyde. The following year, she garnered an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Rachel, Rachel. On television, she is perhaps best remembered as Roseanne and Jackie's mother on Roseanne.

Becky Ann Baker is a fixture here at Williamstown – this is her 13th season. She made her Broadway debut in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She has also appeared in Broadway’s Titanic, A Streetcar Named Desire, All My Sons, Assassins and The Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein. She may be best known for her portrayal of Jean Weir on Freaks and Geeks and currently as Lena Dunham’s mom in HBO’s Girls.

Off the Main Road opens on the Williamstown Main Stage tomorrow night and runs through July 19th. It is a great pleasure to welcome Estelle Parson and Becky Ann Baker to the show.

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  Chad strives to find his 15 minutes of fame, and discovers what he is really looking for along the way.

Based on the experience of Steve Rubell, co-owner of the New York City disco, Studio 54, 15 Minutes: A New Musical will be part of this weekend’s Reading Festival at New York Stage and Film and Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater.

The show has a book by Rick Elice and music and lyrics by Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz.

The reading at Powerhouse stars Michael C. Hall, Derek Klena and Tony-Award winner for her portral of Yitzak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Lena Hall - who joins us to talk about rock, readings, choosing her path, and her love of Stephen Trask.

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  Stephen Belber’s new play, The Dizzy Little Dance of Russell DiFinaldi, will be part of New York Stage and Film and Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater’s Reading Festival this weekend.

A sprawling modern American epic about Russell DiFinaldi and his brother Jerry, two men trying to figure out what it means to do good in the world. David Cromer directs the reading and it stars Finn Wittrock.

Wittrock co-starred on American Horror Story: Freak Show and on HBO’s The Normal Heart. He was also in the most recent Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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