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  OBIE Award-winning playwright Christopher Durang sets his newest comedy in a Pennsylvanian farmhouse, where Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia find their lives turned upside down when their narcissistic movie star sister, Masha, shows up with her prized and much younger boyfriend Spike. This Tony-award winning homage to Chekhov unleashes a healthy dose of mayhem and hilarity over the course of a weekend when sibling rivalries, regrets, hopes and dreams are revealed.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is currently running in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. The production is directed by Matthew Penn who joins us along with Elizabeth Aspenlieder who plays Masha.

  Stageworks/Hudson is presenting a return engagement of the play, Tomorrow in the Battle by Kieron Barry through August 31 at Stageworks’ Max and Lillian Katzman Theater, in Hudson, New York.

Starring Danielle Skraastad, Christopher Kelly and Olivia Gilliatt, under the direction of Laura Margolis, Tomorrow in the Battle received its world premiere at Stageworks in August 2012. Brought back by popular demand, the production played to enthusiastic houses and critical acclaim. Tomorrow in the Battle finds Simon, a heart surgeon, in a heated affair with Jennifer who is a successful young investor that he met at an opera. Though oblivious to her husband’s betrayal, Simon’s wife Anna has contrived a romantic seduction of her own.

With the play “Tomorrow in the Battle,” Stageworks in Hudson, NY has coined a new term - “World Premiere Revival.”

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A Connecticut theatre company is moving north into western Massachusetts.

    The Mac-Haydn Theatre is celebrating their 46th season, producing a series of first-rate musicals each summer season. Their upcoming production is The Full Monty.

The show brings us to Buffalo, NY, where the steel mill has closed and the guys are out of work. They’ve hit rock bottom, until, encouraged by a show their wives are enjoying, they come up with a scheme to ‘bare it all’, and get back on their feet.

The Full Monty runs from August 21st through the 31st. Today we meet George Dvorsky and Monica Wemitt, who will be appearing as Harold and Vicki Nichols in the show.

  WAM (Women’s Action Movement) Theatre was co-founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven and theatre professional Leigh Strimbeck. Inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, WAM Theatre is based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Since launching in 2010, WAM Theatre has donated over $10,500 to six beneficiaries from their maintstage productions and provided paid work to nearly 100 theatre artists.

WAM Theatre will celebrate their first five seasons on August 24th with a panel discussion of extraordinary people effecting positive change through the arts. The members of the panel are author and playwright Jessica Blank, playwright and founding member of the collective 13 Playwrights, Winter Miller, National Geographic photographer John Stanmeyer, and filmmaker Cynthia Wade.

  

  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 final performance for the 2014 season at the Berkshire Playwrights Lab is The Season, and it looks at the period from Memorial Day to Labor Day in the Berkshires through the eyes of one summer home owning family.

The playwright, Michael Brady, most well known for the award-winning For Gillian on her 37th Birthday, which was made into a film starring Peter Gallagher and Michelle Pfeiffer, is a 30 year resident of the Berkshires and also well known to Great Barrington in his other life working in the local CVS.

We welcome Michael Brady and co-artistic director of Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Joe Cacaci.

    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. 

  The final show on The Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer is a magical lo-fi musical storytelling feat created and co-directed by PigPen Theatre Co. - The Old Man and the Old Moon runs from August 6th to August 17th.

PigPen Theatre Co. began creating their unique brand of music, film, and theatre as freshman at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008. They have produced their original plays Off-Broadway and at regional theaters around the country.

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