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2011 summer Season

Lenox, MA

What Think You of Falling in Love? “Shakespeare & Company is the most consistently impressive summer drama festival in America.�

Tony Simotes, Artistic Director


Dear Friends, Star-crossed lovers, mad-capp’d adventures, and romance in the forest of Arden are all on tap this summer, along with a host of fantastic new works and some of Shakespeare’s best loved characters. We are very excited to have you with us celebrating our 34th Performance Season here in historic Lenox. Along with the rest of America, Shakespeare & Company has come through some challenging times over the past few years. Thankfully, we are stronger than ever, both financially and artistically, as we look forward to this spirited and ambitious season. We have three premieres on the boards this summer with Red Hot Patriot: The KickAss Wit of Molly Ivins, The Hollow Crown, and Everyman Actor, along with two of Shakespeare’s best loved tales, As You Like It and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Due to popular demand, we’re bringing back the side-splittingly funny The Hound of the Baskervilles and Tina Packer’s expanded, five-part version of her spectacular Women of Will masterpiece titled Women of Will, The Complete Journey: Parts I-V. In the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, we’re presenting one of our finest casts in The Memory of Water, a beautiful story that’s both funny and profound. We’re also hosting the New England premiere of Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins by Margaret and Allison Engel. Tina Packer tackles one of America’s most outrageous political voices in this hilarious one-woman show. And, of course, the EBT season wouldn’t be complete without our highly successful Lunch Box Shakespeare featuring our very talented Performance Intern Company in The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Founders’ Theatre is set to bustle with sword fights, soaring poetry, and complex characters that have stood the test of time. With Daniela Varon at the helm of Romeo and Juliet, I know this production will set the standard for many years to come. Taking place in Paris after The Great War, my As You Like It brings music, dance, and song to this delightful comedy of true romance – a perfect complement to any summer’s day or eve. Our outdoor Rose Footprint Theatre includes the hysterical The Venetian Twins (a brilliant example of commedia dell’arte by Goldoni), the world-premiere of Everyman Actor, and a cornucopia of lectures, tours, Free theatre, cabarets, and special events for you and your family to enjoy. Phew, I’m exhausted just telling you about all that is going on – and this is just during the summer months! Our Fall and Winter Season also includes ambitious and insightful works that are filled with fun and surprises! So please join me in celebrating the best of what our Company has to offer this summer and beyond, as we look forward to an eleven-month season filled with love, passion, hope and the unbridled human spirit. Thank you all again for helping to make last year one of spectacular growth both creatively and financially. On behalf of the entire Company and our Board of Trustees, we appreciate your passion for great theatre!

All my best,

Tony Simotes Artistic Director 2


Coming soon

Look for our Fall & Winter Season brochure which includes the provocative radio drama The War of The Worlds, the return of the ‘laugh your pointy-toed socks off’ smash-hit The Santaland Diaries, our 23rd annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare, Molière’s comic genius in The Learned Ladies, and a host of other special events and celebrations to enjoy!

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Founders’ Theatre

“Love is merely a madness” As You Like It, III.ii

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June 24–September 4

No sooner does Rosalind fall in love with the dashing Orlando than her uncle banishes her from the court, forcing her to flee to the Forest of Arden. Swapping her skirt for a sturdy pair of pants, Rosalind disguises herself as a man and enlists her loyal cousin Celia and their witty fool Touchstone to join her in the adventure. With at least five love stories wrapped into one, this freewheeling, light-hearted comedy is a master class in the secret desires of the heart. A tale of friendship, hope, and personal discovery, true love eventually wins out, restoring order to the court once again.

L-R: Merritt Janson and Jonathan Epstein

By William Shakespeare Directed by Tony Simotes Featuring Merritt Janson and Jonathan Epstein

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Founders’ Theatre

“My bounty is as boundless as the sea…”

Romeo and Juliet Ii.ii

By William Shakespeare Directed by Daniela Varon Two families, more alike than different, are embroiled in an ancient grudge. But this bitterness is no match for the boundless passion of Romeo and Juliet who see the world, and each other, with fresh eyes and open hearts. As their love blossoms in the heat of a summer’s night, they discover unlimited passion and the language to match it. A miracle of human expression, Romeo and Juliet reminds us of what it is to swear by the moon, to see the sun in another person, and to risk the consequences hanging in the stars. A cast of S&Co. veterans and newcomers take on this universal tale of violence between and within families. Filled with loyalty and rebellion, courage and recklessness, desire and revenge, Romeo and Juliet is a story of a timeless love and a love for all times.

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and Juliet

L-R: Kristopher Karstedt, Wolfe Coleman, Dana Harrison, David Joseph, Birttany Morgan and Allissa Wickham

July 8–September 3

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They’re baaaaack! Take three actors, sixteen characters, a few fake beards, plenty of cross-dressing, and a bonechilling curse—and you get this uproariously funny take on The Hound of the Baskervilles, a comedic treat for the whole family to enjoy. The same shameless actors and director who made this production a huge hit during its 2009 American premiere at S&Co. are back for another wild and wooly romp. Don’t miss Sherlock and Watson as they head ‘snout first’ into the mysterious Scottish moors to investigate a suspicious death. Jonathan Croy returns as the bumbling Dr. Watson, Josh Aaron McCabe as the handsome Sherlock Holmes (and the frighteningly attractive flamenco dancer Cecile), and Ryan Winkles as Sir Henry Baskerville, the coddled heir to the Baskerville fortune. A hilarious send-up of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic novel, The Hound of the Baskervilles will leave you howling with laughter. 

Jonathan Croy, Ryan Winkles and Josh Aaron McCabe

By Steven Canny and John Nicholson Directed by Tony Simotes Featuring Jonathan Croy, Josh Aaron McCabe and Ryan Winkles

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Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre “Ms. Packer glows with the energy of a quick, bright mind–a lively and illuminating tour through a carefully selected gallery of Shakespeare’s heroines.”

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May 27–July 10

By Tina Packer Directed by Eric Tucker Featuring Nigel Gore and Tina Packer

This riveting combination of scenes and analysis explores love, loss, freedom, control and violence. Packer and acting partner Nigel Gore trace the chronological evolution of Shakespeare’s female characters in relation to his own journey and growth as a writer. This version of Women of Will is fully expanded and presented in five parts, giving those who saw the Women of Will Overview last summer a complete look into Packer’s stunning examination of Shakespeare’s words and world. Don’t miss Packer and Gore’s fiery energy and shrewd intelligence on full display during this limited run. A priceless opportunity to explore the depths of Shakespeare’s plays with the Company’s visionary founder.

Tina Packer and Nigel Gore

A true tour de force performance, Women of Will, The Complete Journey is the masterful summation of Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer’s 40-odd years spent investigating all things Shakespeare, presented in five different parts.

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2011 Summer season Calendar MAY

Mon Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday 27 8:00 WOW I b

Saturday 28 3:00 WOW II b 8:00 WOW III b

Sunday 29 3:00 WOW IV b 8:00 WOW V b

Mon Tuesday

Wednesday 1

Thursday 2 8:00 WOW I b

Friday 3 8:00 WOW II b

Sunday 5 3:00 WOW V b

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7

8 8:00 WOW I b

9 8:00 WOW II b

10 8:00 WOW III b

Saturday 4 3:00 WOW b 8:00 WOW b 11 8:00 WOW IV b

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14 8:00 WOW I b

15 8:00 WOW II b

16 8:00 MEMORY b

17 8:00 MEMORY b

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21 8:00 WOW II b

22 8:00 MEMORY b

23 8:00 WOW III b

24 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 WOW IV b

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28 8:00 MEMORY b

29 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MEMORY b

30 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 WOW IV b

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Thursday

Join pulitzer prize-winning author Stacy Schiff (Cleopatra: A Life) June 12 after Women of Will at 5pm Founders’ Theatre. $10

June

July

Mon Tuesday

July 4 12pm Revolutionary Moments Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, $15 adults/$5 students 3pm The Declaration of Independence Bankside Meadow, by Founders’ Theatre, Free!

18 3:00 WOW III b 8:00 MEMORY b 25 3:00 WOW V b 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MEMORY b

12 3:00 WOW V b 5:00 SCHIFF f 19 3:00 WOW IV b 8:00 WOW V b 26 2:00 AYLI f 3:00 MEMORY b 8:00 WOW I b

Tuesday Talks Every Tuesday from July 5–August 16 $8 adults/ $5 students Friday 1 5:30 TWINS r* 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 WOW V b

4 12:00 REV 1:30 BBQ 3:00 DEC IND 11

5 5:00 TALK 8:00 WOW III b

6 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS/ Q&A b 5:30 TWINS r 8:00 WOW IV b

7 12:45 2GENTS b 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 WOW V b

8 12:45 2GENTS b 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 R&J f 8:00 WOW I b

12 5:00 TALK 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 HOLLOW b

13 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY/ Q&A b

14 12:45 2GENTS b 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY b

15 10:00 Riot r ^ 12:45 2GENTS b 5:30 TWINS r 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY b

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19 5:00 TALK 8:00 HOLLOW b

20 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 R&J/Q&A f 8:00 MEMORY b

21 12:45 2GENTS b 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MEMORY b

22 12:45 2GENTS b 5:30 TWINS r 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MEMORY b

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26 2:00 R&J f 5:00 TALK 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 WOW OV b

27 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 AYLI f 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MEMORY/ Q&A b

28 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 HOUND f 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY b

29 10:00 Riot r ^ 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 R&J f 5:30 TWINS r 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MEMORY b

Saturday 2 10:00 TOUR 3:00 MEMORY b 5:00 MEAL 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 WOW I b 9 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 AYLI f 5:00 MEAL 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY b 16 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 R&J f 5:00 MEAL 5:30 TWINS r 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 HOLLOW b 23 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 HOUND f 5:00 MEAL 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 HOLLOW b 30 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 AYLI f 5:00 MEAL 5:30 TWINS r 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 WOW OV b

Sunday 3 2:00 AYLI f 3:00 WOW II b 8:00 WOW III b 10 2:00 R&J f 3:00 MEMORY b 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 WOW II b

17 2:00 AYLI f 3:00 HOLLOW b 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY b

24 2:00 AYLI f 3:00 HOLLOW b 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY b 31 2:00 HOUND f 3:00 WOW OV b 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY b

Riotous Youth! Catch our youngest thespians for FREE July 15-Aug. 25 Rose Footprint Theatre

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Founders’ Theatre..............................................f Rose Footprint Theatre...................................... r Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre...............................b preview.............................................................* opening............................................................. closing.............................................................. free Bankside program......................................^ TALK...............................................Tuesday Talk Q&A......................................... Wednesday Q&A MEAL.......................A Midsummer Night’s Meal TOUR.............................Behind the Scenes Tour REV...............................Revolutionary Moments DEC IND.......... The Declaration of Independence BBQ................... À la carte Community Barbecue Schiff........... Stacy Schiff Lecture/Book Signing

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PRELUDE..............................................Preludes STUDIO.......................... Studio Festival of Plays SYCO............... Shakespeare & Young Company Riot............................................. Riotous Youth WOW I-V..................... Women of Will: Parts I-V MEMORY......................... The Memory of Water AYLI.............................................. As You Like It 2GENTS.............. The Two Gentlemen of Verona R&J......................................... Romeo and Juliet HOUND................The Hound of the Baskervilles MOLLY...................................... Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins TWINS................................. The Venetian Twins HOLLOW................................The Hollow Crown Every.........................................EverymanActor WOW OV.....................Women of Will: Overview Calendar subject to change.


August

Mon Tuesday 1 2 2:00 AYLI f 5:00 TALK 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MEMORY b

Wednesday 3 10:00 TOUR 2:00 HOUND f 5:30 TWINS/Q&A r 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MOLLY b

Thursday 4 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 R&J f 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MOLLY b

Friday 5 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 AYLI f 5:30 TWINS r 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MOLLY b

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9 2:00 HOUND f 3:00 MOLLY b 5:00 TALK 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY b

10 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 R&J f 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 AYLI/Q&A f 8:00 MOLLY b

11 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 AYLI f 5:30 EVERY r ^ 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MOLLY b

12 10:00 Riot r ^ 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 HOUND f 5:30 TWINS r 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY b

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16 2:00 R&J f 3:00 MOLLY b 5:00 TALK 5:30 EVERY r ^ 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MEMORY b

17 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 AYLI f 5:00 SYCO r 7:30 HOUND/Q&A f 8:00 MOLLY b

18 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 HOUND f 5:30 EVERY r ^ 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MOLLY b

19 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 R&J f 5:00 SYCO r 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MOLLY b

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23 2:00 AYLI f 3:00 MOLLY b 5:30 EVERY r ^ 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MEMORY b

24 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 HOUND f 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MOLLY/Q&A b

25 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 R&J f 5:30 EVERY r ^ 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MOLLY b

26 10:00 Riot r ^ 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 AYLI f 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MEMORY b

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30 2:00 HOUND f 3:00 MEMORY b 5:30 EVERY r ^ 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MOLLY b

31 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 R&J f 7:30 AYLI/Q&A f 8:00 MOLLY b

September Mon Tuesday

Wednesday

Lunchbox Shakespeare! 11:45 Lunches available before all The Two Gentlemen of Verona performances. Only $10 per person! Call the box office to reserve. 5 11:00 STUDIO

Saturday 6 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 HOUND f 5:00 MEAL 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MEMORY b 13 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 R&J f 5:00 MEAL 5:30 TWINS r 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MOLLY b 20 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 AYLI f 5:00 MEAL 5:30 TWINS r 6:45 PRELUDE ^ 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MEMORY b 27 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 HOUND f 5:00 MEAL 5:30 TWINS r 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MOLLY b

Sunday 7 2:00 R&J f 3:00 MEMORY b 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MOLLY b 14 2:00 AYLI f 3:00 MOLLY b 5:30 EVERY r ^ 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MEMORY b 21 12:30 EVERY r ^ 2:00 HOUND f 3:00 MEMORY b 5:30 EVERY r ^ 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MOLLY b 28 12:30 EVERY r ^ 2:00 R&J f 3:00 MOLLY b 5:30 EVERY r ^ 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MEMORY b

A Midsummer Night’s Meal Every Saturday in July and August, 5-7:30pm Founders’ Theatre Tent Just $30 per person, including your choice of beverage! Call the Box Office to reserve. Thursday 1 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 AYLI f 5:30 EVERY r ^ 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MOLLY b

Friday 2 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 HOUND f 7:30 R&J f 8:00 MOLLY b

Saturday 3 10:00 TOUR 12:45 2GENTS b 2:00 R&J f 7:30 AYLI f 8:00 MEMORY b

Sunday 4 12:30 EVERY r ^ 2:00 AYLI f 3:00 MEMORY b 5:30 EVERY r ^ 7:30 HOUND f 8:00 MOLLY b

Monday, Sept 5 11am–11pm

Behind the Scenes Tour Wednesdays and Saturdays, July 2-September 3, 10am Tours begin at Josie’s Place in Founders’ Theatre $10 adults/$5 students

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Company actors present one -tim exciting new plays around. A e staged readings of some of the most rare chance to see cutting-edg performed in an informal sett ing, many of our full-scale prode works originated as Studio Festival uctions readings including this sum The Memory of Water, last year mer ’s hit Mengelberg and Mahler, ’s others such as Martha Mitc hell Calling and A Tanglewood and Tale.

Membership Join the Shakespeare & Company Family Today!

Become a member at the $100 level or above and you’ll receive an exclusive invitation to a special “Meet the Director” event. This unique opportunity is a fun way to meet the director and cast of one of our critically-acclaimed productions, and get their take on the play. Make A Gift! While purchasing your tickets keep in mind Memberships make a great gift. Call the Development Office at (413) 637-1199 ext. 105 or visit: Shakespeare.org. Give the Gift of Membership!

“If money go before, all ways do lie open.” The Merry Wives of Windsor II.ii 13


Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre

By Shelagh Stephenson Directed by Kevin G. Coleman Featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jason Asprey, Nigel Gore, Corinna May, Annette Miller, and Kristin Wold  A stunning success at last year’s Studio Festival of Plays, this wry and poignant comedy delves into themes of memory, identity, and loss. Three sisters (a doctor, a health nut, and a wild child) gather at their former home in preparation for their mother’s funeral. The women soon find themselves submerged in memories both funny and painful, and it becomes apparent that each sister has her own version of what truly happened years ago. Do we ever truly outgrow our childhood selves? What do we owe to those who shaped who we are? A striking rumination on the relationships between mothers, daughters, and sisters, The Memory of Water attempts to answer these questions as it explores the rocky shores of the past.

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June 16–September 4

“Can you feel nostalgia for something that never existed?”

ory of Water

L-R: Corinna May, Nigel Gore, Annette Miller, Jason Asprey, Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Kristin Wold

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August 3–September 4

By Margaret Engel and Allison Engel Directed by Jenna Ware Featuring Tina Packer

Critically-acclaimed Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer channels the indomitable Texan writer as she struggles to make sense of her relationship with her father. Written by two journalist sisters, Red Hot Patriot is rich with stories of Ivins’ irreverent and inspirational newsroom antics, delving into her coverage of everything from the death of Elvis Presley to the incompetence of the Texas Legislature. A champion for the people and a beer drinker to boot, Molly Ivins was a force to be reckoned with, and her larger-thanlife spirit shines in Tina Packer’s performance.

Tina Packer

A fiercely independent journalist and a born hell-raiser, Molly Ivins was a tireless advocate for social justice. Writing for publications such as The Texas Observer and The New York Times, Ivins was quick to lampoon corrupt government officials–and her wit and wisdom are celebrated in this inspiring one-woman show.

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July 6–September 3

The Two Gentlemen of Verona “O heaven, were man but constant, he were perfect!” V.iv

By William Shakespeare Directed by Dennis Krausnick Featuring Participants of The Performance Intern Company

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Shawn Ahmed and Sam Parrott in The Comedy of Errors, 2010. Photo by Enrico Spada.

Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre

o One of Shakespeare’s earliest and most unchpbeare L vibrant romantic comedies, The Two Gentlemen akes of Verona is a whirlwind adventure of love, desire Sh and disguise – with a few bad guys thrown in for good measure. When two dapper young men from Verona (Valentine and Proteus) head to Milan to broaden their horizons, they fall hopelessly in love with the same girl (Silvia), despite the fact one of the boys (Proteus) is already engaged to another girl (Julia). To complicate matters further, Silvia’s father (the Duke of Milan) wants her to marry an entirely different young gentleman (Thurio), and Proteus’s fiancé (Julia) sneaks off to Milan disguised as a man. Did you follow all that? Oh, there’s also a really funny bit with a dog. A continuation of our popular Lunchbox Shakespeare series, The Two Gentlemen of Verona is performed by our lively Performance Intern Company. And have no fear: dispite a series of calamities, misunderstandings, and unbridled mayhem, love emerges triumphant in the end. The Performance Intern Company is a competitive, summer-long immersion in actor training and performance led by Director of Training Dennis Krausnick and S&Co.’s master teachers. Visit Shakespeare.org/Training to learn more. 18


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This dramatic pastiche uses letters, songs, and monologues to explore the inner lives of major British kings and queens. Featuring a cast of Shakespeare & Company veterans and newcomers, The Hollow Crown paints a thoughtprovoking portrait of the British monarchy, from William the Conqueror to Queen Victoria. Wit and humor abound!

Special Events and Talks A Midsummer Night’s Meal

Every Saturday in July and August, 5-7:30pm Founders’ Theatre Tent Just $30 per person, including your choice of beverage!

Join us for a sumptuous buffet, sure to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. Located beneath the Founders’ Tent, our Midsummer Night’s Meals are the perfect way to enjoy a delicious meal before (or after!) a Saturday show. Our culinary experts use only the freshest ingredients when whipping up succulent grilled meats, savory vegetables, summery pastas, salads and decadent desserts. Order 24 hours in advance to guarantee availability. Walk-ups are welcome on a space-available basis. Reserve your meal at the Box Office (413) 637-3353 or Shakespeare.org.

Behind the Scenes Tour

Wednesdays and Saturdays, July 2-September 3, 10am Tours begin at Josie’s Place in Founders’ Theatre $10 adults/$5 students

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at Shakespeare & Company? Peek around the curtain if you dare with this in-depth tour, which takes visitors to the costume shop, scene shop, backstage areas, sword and weapon storage, and more. A two hour adventure not to be missed!

Tuesday Talks

Every Tuesday from July 5–August 16, 5pm $8 adults/ $5 students

Join the actors, directors, and scholars of Shakespeare & Company for an intimate discussion on the process behind creating this season’s productions, and the key themes of these thought-provoking plays. July 5, 5PM Women of Will, The Complete Journey with Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer July 12, 5PM As You Like It with Artistic Director Tony Simotes July 19, 5PM Romeo and Juliet with Director Daniela Varon July 26, 5PM The Venetian Twins with Director Jenna Ware August 2, 5PM The Hound of the Baskervilles with Artistic Director Tony Simotes August 9, 5PM The Memory of Water with Director Kevin G. Coleman August 16, 5PM Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins with Director Jenna Ware and Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer

Wednesday Q&A

Every Wednesday in July and August Included with ticket price for each performance

Our productions are sure to get you talking, so why not include Company actors in your conversation? Join us for these select performances, which are followed by an informal Q&A with the actors. July 6 The Two Gentlemen of Verona Aug 10 As You Like It July 13 The Memory of Water Aug 17 The Hound of The Baskervilles July 20 Romeo and Juliet Aug 24 Red Hot Patriot: July 27 The Memory of Water The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins Aug 3 The Venetian Twins Aug 31 As You Like It 19


Bankside Festival Fun for the whole family! The Outdoor Bankside Festival is filled with wild and whirling performances and special events that are great for the whole family. There is always something happening at Shakespeare & Company!

Preludes

July 15–August 20, 6:45 PM, Outside Founders’ Theatre on select Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays Free!

In the height of the summer, join our jubilant Young Company for some delightful Elizabethan-era street performance! A celebration of outdoor theatre, these short Preludes will whet your appetite for our evening shows.

Shakespeare & Young Company August 17 & 19, 5pm, Rose Footprint Theatre $15 adults/ $5 students

No writer has captured the powerful emotions of adolescence better than Shakespeare. In his words, youth springs eternal. Join our Young Company actors as they perform Shakespeare’s works with a fierce and fiery temperament, passionately exploring timeless themes of friendship, love, justice, and hope.

EVERYMAN August 11–September 4, Rose Footprint Theatre Free!

Directed by Bill Barclay, this entertaining and bitingly funny new play is a collaborative effort between S&Co. master teachers and the Performance Intern Company. EverymanActor explores the often hilarious and humbling trials and tribulations of becoming a classically trained actor in the 21st century. Good is pitted against evil in this colorful tale, which featuring dance, sword-play, clown and song. Loosely based on the classic Everyman morality story written in the late 1400’s, and inspired by some of Shakespeare’s conflicted characters, EverymanActor is a modern version of the age old struggle between artistic virtue and monetary vice. Find out if our heroes are lured away by dreams of becoming the next big Hollywood star, or if they remain ‘virtuous’ by touring New England in a riveting Shakespeare production. Stay for a talkback after the show!

Fourth of July Celebrat ion Monday, July 4

starting at 12pm

Community Barbecue 1:30–5:00PM, Josie’s Place at founders theatre

Revolutionary Moments

12pm, Bernstein Theatre $15 adults / $5 students

Our newest tradition is a special collection of vignettes, compiled by Tina Packer, highlighting the influence of Shakespeare on some of history's most fascinating figures through performance and discussion.

The Declaration of Independence 3pm, Rose Meadow FREE

Our free, ever-popular public reading of our nation’s founding document features some of the most stirring words of political rhetoric ever written, spoken out loud by Company actors and special guests. 20


June 29–August 27

The Venetian Twins

“One of us is taken for the other and a thousand mistakes follow, all in one day.” The Venetian Twins

Andrew Talen and Jennie M. Jadow in The Amorous Quarrel, 2010

Rose Footprint Theatre

By Carlo Goldoni Directed by Jenna Ware Swordfights, mistaken identities, and mayhem abound! Two identical twin brothers, raised separately, each decide to visit Verona for the very first time. Neither knows the other is in town, and it isn’t long before their friends and love interests start to confuse them for each other with delightfully funny results. Penned by Carlo Goldoni (who also wrote 2007’s Rose Footprint Theatre hit The Servant of Two Masters), The Venetian Twins is a brilliant example of commedia dell’arte, reminiscent of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Using wildly inventive language, Goldoni gleefully bombards his characters with one comic misunderstanding after another­—leaving the audience dizzy with plot twists and laughter. Performed in our outdoor Rose Footprint Theatre, this joyful comedy is the perfect outing for a sunny summer’s day. Fun for the whole family! 21


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Groundling Second Level

2. Find your pricE Founders’ Theatre Premium* A B C Groundling As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, The Hound of the Baskervilles (reserved seating) Opening & Saturday nights 85 65 51 39 15 Other Friday & Sunday nights 56 45 32 15 Weeknights & matinees 48 37 24 15 Preview performances 43 29 15 15 Studio Festival of Plays 16 ticket/60 pass (suggested donation) A Midsummer Night’s Meal 30 July 4th “Declaration Reading” free July 4th Family BBQ á la cart pricing Stacy Schiff Lecture/Book Signing 10 Preludes free

Bernstein Theatre

Women Of Will, The Memory of Water, The Hollow Crown, Molly Ivins (reserved seating) Saturday nights 49 37 25 Friday & Sunday nights 39 31 22 Other nights & matinees 35 25 16 Preview performances 32 19 12 Lunchbox Shakespeare: The Two Gentlemen of Verona (reserved seating) Matinee performances 24 20 16 Preview performances 18 16 14 Pre-show meals 10 10 10

Rose Footprint Theatre

(general admission) The Venetian Twins 10 adults /students free EverymanActor free Shakespeare & Young Company 15 adults/5 students Riotous Youth free

Other events

(general admission) July 4th “Revolutionary Moments” 15 adults/5 students Tuesday Talks 8 adults/ 5 students Behind the Scenes Tours 10 adults/5 students Wednesday Q & A’s included with show ticket

*Premium Tickets: include special early seating in A Section, Row E, complimentary glass of wine and decadent dessert.

Photography/Imaging: Kevin Sprague Design: Studio Two, studiotwo.com

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3. Do you qualify for a discount? CHOOSE ONE DISCOUNT per FULL-PRICE TICKET; DISCOUNTS MAY NOT BE COMBINED. DISCOUNTS APPLY TO ALL RESERVED-SEATING EVENTS IN SECTIONS A & B ONLY, EXCEPT FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENINGS (unless otherwise noted). 50% STUDENT RUSH DISCOUNT Includes all performances • call or come to the Box Office on the day of performance only • must present valid student ID • one ticket per patron • based on availability of seating at time of purchase 40% FULL-TIME BERKSHIRE COUNTY RESIDENT DISCOUNT Reserve online or

EASY AS 1, 2, 3 FOR FREE!

Grab your Berkshires 4Theatre Passport and hit the road! Buy a ticket at 3 different theatres and get your fourth ticket to any of the 4 theatres for FREE. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply. Call the Box Office for details.

20% ACTIVE MILITARY OR TEACHER DISCOUNT Reserve online or through the Box

through the Box Office • must be a full-time Berkshire County resident with valid Berkshire County, MA driver’s license • tickets will not be mailed; show your license to pick up tickets at the Box Office

Office • must be active military or a full-time public / private school teacher with valid proof of military service or school employment • one ticket per patron • tickets will not be mailed; show proof to pick up tickets at the Box Office

30% children and STUDENT DISCOUNT

10% SENIOR DISCOUNT Reserve online

Reserve online or through the Box Office • must be 18 or under or show valid student ID • one ticket per patron • tickets will not be mailed; show proof of age to pick up ticket at the Box Office

or through the Box Office • must be 65 or over with proof of age • one ticket per patron • tickets will not be mailed; show your license to pick up ticket at the Box Office

visit shakespeare.org for more specials and discounts not listed

4. place your order ORDER ONLINE

at Shakespeare.org (Available

travel directions

Visit Shakespeare.org/directions or call 413-637-3353.

24/7, $4.50 per ticket fee applies)

CALL THE BOX OFFICE

at 413-637-3353 FAX your credit card order to 413-637-4274

VISIT THE BOX OFFICE at 70 Kemble Street, Lenox MA

Open seven days a week during the Summer Season (see Shakespeare.org for off-peak season and daily hours).

Plan your next SPECIAL EVENT with us! BRING A GROUP: Camps, Schools, Clubs,

Businesses, Associations, Seniors—enjoy a TAILORED THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE including, but not limited to: up to 50% discount on tickets, plus FREE tickets for organizers • backstage tours • post-show actor talk-backs • catering & cocktail parties • education & discovery workshops • and more!

RENT A SPACE: Shakespeare & Company’s

campus is the perfect backdrop for: Weddings • Meetings • Lectures • Parties • Workshops• Conferences including overnight accomodations, meeting spaces, and food services

Visit Shakespeare.org/groups to plan your next event or group outing! Or contact our Director of Sales at 413-637-1199 x132 or groupsales@shakespeare.org

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