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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Berkshire Theatre Group's production of "The Lion in Winter"

Treat Williams, Jayne Atkinson, and Joe Donahue

    An epic and humorous tale of political strategy and family dynamics, The Lion In Winter, set during Christmas 1183, tells the story of King Henry II, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John as they play a deadly game of real life chess; winner takes the throne. Who will come out on top as the ruler of England and the ruler of the family? The Lion in Winter proves just how absurd and lethal family rivalries can be.

The Lion in Winter is now up and running at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick stage and plays through July 13th.

To tell us more, we welcome two stars of the production. Jayne Atkinson received Tony nominations for her roles in Enchanted April and The Rainmaker, she has also been seen on Broadway in Blithe Spirit, Our Town and Ivanov. Here television credits include Criminal Minds and 24 and she was in the Netflix series House of Cards. She plays Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Treat Williams plays Henry. Treat Williams began his career on Broadway as Danny Zuko in Grease. His first big film role was the part of Berger in the film version of Hair. For four seasons he starred as Dr. Andy Brown in the critically acclaimed series Everwood. He has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy, and has won two Theatre Guild Awards.

The Roundtable
10:45 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company

Credit Kevin Sprague

    A master class with famed opera singer Maria Callas is an intimidating affair. Just ask Sophie, her first “victim” in Terrence McNally’s Tony Award-winning Master Class – now being presented by Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.

McNally takes us inside Callas’ infamous sessions, which she conducted late in her career. Callas regales us with the details of her illustrious and controversial professional life, encouraging her pupils to take notes. Master Class prompts the question so often posed by artists: What is the price of fame?

Actress Annette Miller embodies Callas in a true tour de force performance. Miller was last seen at Shakespeare & Company’s 35th Season hit, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. She and Elizabeth Aspenlieder join us - she is the Communications Director and an Artistic Associate at Shakespeare & Company.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue July 2, 2013

"American Hero" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Credit Paul Fox

    The World Premier of American Hero is running on the Nikos Stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival through July 7th.

In the play - seventeen-year-old Sheri and her co-workers at a new sandwich franchise have honed their skills making everything according to the corporate manual. But when the franchise owner mysteriously disappears, they are forced to improvise.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival production starts Erin Whilhelmi, Ari Graynor, James Waterston and Omar Metwally and is directed by Leigh Silverman.

The playwright, Bess Wohl, joins us. 

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Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Fri June 28, 2013

"Animal Crackers" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival

  Hooray for Captain Spaulding! The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Animal Crackers overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick. Animal Crackers brings a new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film to the Main Stage.

The show is adapted and directed by Henry Wishcamper and the nine-person cast portrays 21 roles. Henry Wishcamper joins us this morning.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

"Downtown Race Riot" at Powerhouse

Rehearsal photo - Downtown Race Riot - Left to Right: Annabella Sciorra, Molly Carden
Credit Buck Lewis / Vassar & NY Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater

    There’s a riot on in Washington Square Park and a motley band of feckless, funny young men are spoiling for a fight. Against this backdrop of tribal loyalties and petty beefs, 18-year old Pnut McPartland has to pick sides and hustle his family and his friends just to stay alive.

Downtown Race Riot is a new play by Seth Svi Rosenfeld and it’s running at New York Stage and Film and Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theatre through July 7th. 

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Tue June 18, 2013

"Scott and Zelda" reading at Williamtown Theatre Festival

    F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald share a famously tumultuous and public life together. In Scott and Zelda, we hear the story in their own words – drawn from novels, including The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night, alongside commentary from intimates like Ernest Hemingway and others. Their edgy union, challenged by traumatic breakdowns and critical failures, found its best expression in their final letters, which are among the most moving ever written.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival will present a reading of Kay Cattarulla’s Scott and Zelda on Monday, July 1st. The reading will feature John Benjamin Hickey and Patricia Clarkson and will be directed by Maria Tucci.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Thu June 13, 2013

"On The Town" at Barrington Stage

Credit Kevin Sprague

    Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA is kicking off their 19th season with On the Town - the show that introduced the genius talents of Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, Betty Comden and Adolph Green to Broadway audiences.

Set in 1944, On the Town is the story of three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City. Squeezed for time, they somehow manage to find love and incredible adventures in the Big Apple.

Barrington Stage’s production - which runs through July 13th - is directed by Tony Award winner, John Rando - who directed Guys and Dolls at BSC in 2011. The musical director is Darren Cohen. These two talented men join us along with cast members Tony Yazbeck, Clyde Alves, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Elizabeth Stanley, and Alysha Umphress.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Bill Army in "Old Jews Telling Jokes" Off-Broadway

Bill Army, Tom Susman, Marilyn Sokol in "Old Jews Telling Jokes"
Credit Joan Marcus

    Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, Old Jews Telling Jokes showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs—brand-new and satisfyingly old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to the Old Jews Telling Jokes website, which inspired the show.

Old Jews Telling Jokes has been cracking up off-broadway audiences for more than a year - having opened at the Westside Theatre on 43rd street in May of 2012.

Our guest, Bill Army plays Reuben in the show - here with speak with him about that, his other work, and his goals.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Berkshire Playwrights Lab Gala - Tony Shalhoub

    Emmy and Golden Globe award winner (and Tony nominee), Tony Shalhoub will participate in the Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s Sixth Annual Gala Celebration at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on June 7th. They will present staged readings of new short plays by a roster of playwrights including Joe Cacaci, Richard Dresser, Mark Malone, Maddy Meyers and Anna Ziegler.

The short film, Food for Thought, written and directed by Joe Cacaci and starring Minnie Driver, Meeghan Holoway, and Tony Shaloub will screen at BIFF this Thursday.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed May 15, 2013

The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene's "Ghetto Tango" presented by Congregation Ahavath Sholom

Zalmen Mlotek

    In celebration of its 90th Anniversary, Congregation Ahavath Sholom in Great Barrington, MA is sponsoring The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene's production of Ghetto Tango at The Mahaiwe this Sunday, May 19th.

The National Yiddish Theatre-Folksbiene's Artistic Director, Zalmen Mlotek, joins us to tell us more.

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