Considered by many to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children is set against the backdrop of the Thirty Years War and follows the fate of Mother Courage, an artful canteen woman with the Swedish Army, intent on keeping her business and family alive amid the destruction of war.
Mother Courage and Her Children still resonates today as a profound insight into the moral implications of war. The show is running in the Tina Packer Playhouse as part of Shakespeare and Company’s season through August 25th.
The production is directed by Shakespeare and Company’s Artistic Director, Tony Simotes and features Olympia Dukakis, Apollo Dukakis, and John Douglas Thompson.
The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Bernard Slade’s Same Time, Next Year at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge through August 10th.
In the show, George and Doris are married, but not to each other. After a passionate chance meeting, the two decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Encompassing twenty five years of reunions, manners and morals, this Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Winning play is a hilarious and touching look at unconventional love and changing times.
In the BTG production, directed by Kyle Fable, Corinna May plays Doris and David Adkins plays George.
In 2008, the musical In The Heights was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won Best New Musical, Choreography, Orchestrations, and Score. It was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and it introduced the world at large to the diverse and impressive talents of its writer, composer, lyricist, and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The writer, composer, actor worked with Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents on the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story - specifically swapping out English lyrics for Spanish in portions of songs sung by the Puerto Rican characters; he performed in the City Center Encores presentation of Merrily We Roll Along in 2012; and he co-wrote the music and lyrics for Bring it On: The Musical - which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Musical this past Broadway season.
The Woodstock Playhouse is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The Playhouse has gone through several incarnations. It began as an offshoot of the bohemian theater scene of the Maverick Arts Colony, with founder Robert Elwyn's vision that the Playhouse become on of the first rural extensions of Broadway. Larry Hagman and Dick Van Patten, along with Mary martin and Diane Keaton, started their careers on the Playhouse stage.
Woodstock Playhouse Company Manager and Co-Founder Doug Farrell joins us this morning along with Mary Mullaney – Director of PR, and actor Robby Haltiwanger who was in Fiddler on the Roof this season and will be playing the lead role in Tommy.
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.
New York Stage and Film and Vassar College present A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company as their second Martel Musical this Powerhouse season.
Trey Swieskowski, an idealistic young Brooklynite, fantasizes about becoming a superhero. Meanwhile, Astrolass (AKA “Astroman’s daughter”) is desperate to pack in her cape and escape the burden of her father’s legacy. When the two of them cross paths, they hatch a plan to change their lives forever.
Director Michael Mayer returns to Powerhouse to develop this exciting new musical and he joins us along with Peter Lerman (music and lyrics) and Simon Rich (book).
George Bernard Shaw's classic, Pygmalion is running on the Main Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Directed by Nicholas Martin and starring Robert Sean Leonard and Heather Lind, Shaw's story of linguistics and love (and of course class structure in English society) runs through July 27th.
We welcome Robert Sean Leonard and Heather Lind to the show.
Walking the dog Theater returns for its sixth season at the PS21 Tent with an evening of comedic short plays by contemporary American playwright David Ives.
Long Ago and Far Away and Other Short Comedies shows the verbal dexterity, theatrical invention, and quirky humor that have made Ives popular with audiences and critics alike. His full-length play Venus in Fur recently had an award winning run on Broadway.
The show is up and runs through July 21st. This morning we are joined by Judy Grunberg, president of PS21, and David Anderson, director of Walking the Dog Theater to discuss their latest collaboration at the Tent.