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2010-11 perFormanCe SeaSon FounderS' TheaTre Women of Will.................................................... 18 The Life and Death of Richard III ....................... 22 The Winter's Tale ............................................... 26 The Taster.......................................................... 29 As You Like It ..................................................... 76 elayne p. BernSTein TheaTre Julius Caesar..................................................... 17 Mengelberg and Mahler..................................... 21 Sea Marks ......................................................... 25 Bad Dates ......................................................... 31 The Comedy of Errors......................................... 32 Studio Festival of Plays ..................................... 72 The Real Inspector Hound.................................. 35 The Santaland Diaries ....................................... 41 The Mystery of Irma Vep .................................... 46 Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World ..................... 79 roSe FooTprinT TheaTre The Amorous Quarrel ......................................... 56 More Words! More Play! (Wordplay II) ................ 58

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Letter from Tony Simotes, Artistic Director .......... 2 Letter from Richard Mescon, Chairman ............... 5 Mission, Values, Vision ........................................ 6 Board of Trustees/Board of Overseers ................. 6 Capital Campaign and the Kresge Community Challenge and Contributors ......... 8 Membership ...................................................... 51 Special Events................................................... 52 Music ................................................................ 53 Outdoor Bankside Festival................................. 54 Bankside Lectures ............................................. 55 Shake-scene Miscellany .................................... 62 Education .......................................................... 64 Staff Listing ...................................................... 66 Center for Actor Training ................................... 68 Performance Intern Program ............................. 71 Shakespeare & Company on Tour ...................... 74 The Conservatory ............................................... 75 The Rose Playhouse ........................................... 83 The Rose Players ............................................... 86 Volunteers ......................................................... 89 groups, Events and Rentals .............................. 88 Visit the gift Shop ............................................. 94 Special Thanks .................................................. 96 Players' Society ............................................... 101 Planned giving ................................................ 101 naming Options .............................................. 101 2009/2010 Contributors .................................. 102 In Memoriam ................................................... 105 Who's Who ....................................................... 112 Advertisers Index ............................................. 128 1

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“As is almost always the case with productions from Shakespeare & Company, the first priority is to tell a cracking good story and to 'speak the speech' so clearly and comprehendingly that even theatergoers new to Shakespeare grasp the plot and characters"


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hirty-three years ago, i gave up a role in All’s Well That Ends Well at new york’s public Theatre to take a bus up to the Berkshires, where Tina packer was assembling a small group of theatrical revolutionaries into something called Shakespeare & Company. it’s a decision that changed my life, as an artist and as a human being.

We knew from the earliest days that we were onto something special. The fight work of B.H. Barry (saluted this year with a special Tony Honors Award for his lifetime of achievement in the theater), the voice work of Kristin Linklater, the dance work of John Broome, and the breakthrough innovations in rehearsal and performance technique spearheaded by the indomitable Tina Packer—it all mixed together with the talent and enthusiasm of a group of young artists who were hungry to learn more about themselves and about their chosen art form. We felt like explorers, and we set off on a journey that has led, through the years, right up to the performance that brought you to our campus today. From our days swinging on the branches of those pine trees at our outdoor theatre at The Mount, to the creation of our Founders’ Theatre ten years ago and the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in 2008, Shakespeare & Company has continued to evolve. But we’ve remained committed to that true sense of exploration that has always sparked our work and inspired our dreams. Many of you have been part of that story, some for years; those who are joining us today for the first time are invited along for the ride! I’ve come back to work here over and over through the years, as an actor, fight director, Training Program faculty member, and stage director. now I begin my first full season as S&Co.’s Artistic Director, with a sense of great respect for our shared past and with great excitement about the future we will forge together. And so, this season is about both tradition and renewal. I have not taken the helm of this ship during a time of placid seas and calm weather—but where would be the fun in that? By some measures it has indeed been a ‘winter of our discontent’. The economic travails

of the past few years have stressed nonprofit arts organizations like Shakespeare & Company profoundly. We’ve gritted our teeth and found ways to do more with less. But the difficulty of those challenges is sweetened by the success we’ve nonetheless achieved. By pulling off the longest, fullest season of programming in our history, we saw more people come to our campus and see our performances in the 2009-2010 season than ever before. We also came within a hairsbreadth of the box office revenue record we were pleased to set the previous season. And along the way, the response of our audiences and the stirring chorus of approval from the national press tell us that the artistry of the Company is reaching high points as well, which is evidenced by our record breaking attendence of over 50,000 patrons last season. We truly are an international destination for performance, education and actor training. So we invite you to help us greet the glorious summer…not only in the warm summer months, but throughout the year as our fires burn brightly through our fall, winter, and second ever spring seasons. With a performance schedule stretching from May ’10 to April ’11, this is a glorious summer unbounded by calendars. Let’s see what we can find together.

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“Shakespeare & Company is the most consistently impressive summer drama festival in America” THE WALL STREET JOURnAL, 2009

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Welcome to Shakespeare & Company.

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imply by being on our campus—whether you’re here to take in a show at Founders’ Theatre, meet our artists at a Tuesday Talk, or just enjoying a meal, a walk, or a picnic on the Bankside Terrace and lawns—you are showing your support for our work, and helping make it possible.

This past year we welcomed Tony Simotes, a founding Shakespeare & Company member, who has been an integral part of our artistic identity for many years, as our new Artistic Director. His work—as an actor, master Fight Director, and stage director of recent favorites like Othello (2008 & 2009) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2006)— is probably familiar to you already. We are pleased to see him put his own stamp on not only our artistic output but our organizational processes as well. I can’t think of a better leader to keep the original inspiration of Shakespeare & Company burning brightly while bringing us into the “brave new world” of the future. Meanwhile, relieved of the everyday duties at the artistic director’s desk, Tina Packer has thrived. She received wonderful notices for her portrayal as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Boston Publick Theatre last fall, and has maintained a heavy schedule as lecturer, Training Program faculty, and fundraiser. She’s even put the finishing touches on Women of Will, which she premiered at the Colchester Theatre (UK) this winter and brings to the stage of Founders’ Theatre this season. It seems like Tina’s full powers are only now becoming unleashed!

School for Boys old field house into the Bernstein Center for the Performing Arts, including the wonderful Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. Last summer we proudly announced the receipt of a Kresge Foundation incentive grant—if we raised $1.2 million in donations from our community, Kresge would contribute the final $800,000 to complete our $10 million Capital Campaign. I am pleased to announce that we have reached our goal, and have successfully completed this historic Capital Campaign. Along the way, we received support from more than 400 new donors. On behalf of Shakespeare & Company’s Board of Trustees and Board of Overseers, I want to say a resounding “Thank You” for this remarkable, broadbased outpouring of support. From day one the Bernstein Center has been a bustling hub of Shakespeare & Company activity. It has also provided rental space for everything from yoga classes, dance performances and fashion shows to the international Shakespeare Theatre Association of America’s annual conference—providing great facilities to dozens of other community groups, as well as a new source of income. This is a major step in the long, ongoing process to make this uniquely diverse and beautiful property work best for our interests as an organization. We are still learning, still adapting, and still evolving. Whether you’ve been with us every step of the way, or are exploring Shakespeare & Company for the first time today, we thank you for your support.

The transfer of artistic leadership is difficult at any time, much less amidst a global financial crisis. These are challenging times for nonprofit arts organizations everywhere. As an organization offering programs twelve months a year, while owning and providing stewardship of a large property in the heart of historic downtown Lenox, we’ve perhaps faced more challenges than most. But we’ve been resilient, and emerged through these difficulties as an even stronger organization.

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In 2007 we began the public phase of a $10 million Capital Campaign to fund the much-needed transformation of the Lenox

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hakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 to create theatre of unprecedented excellence rooted in the classical ideals of inquiry, balance and harmony; a Company that performs as elizabethans did—in love with poetry, physical prowess and the mysteries of the universe. We believe in engaging the three vital questions at the heart of each of Shakespeare’s plays: What does it mean to be alive? How should we act? What must I do? WE BELIEVE: That the creative impulse is the source of life and it must be at the center of our education system, our interaction with each other and our community, as well the center of our performance, training and education. That creativity attracts people of all races, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, age and gender differences, to work and play together to the enrichment of the human race. That we are an international Company, on American soil, participating with our local community and endeavoring at every turn to be good neighbors.

Board oF TruSTeeS Richard A. Mescon Chairman Robert B. Strassler Vice Chairman Dorothy Altman Weber Vice Chairman David A. Smith Treasurer Arthur Waldstein Clerk Tony Simotes Artistic Director Tina Packer Founding Artistic Director nicholas J. Puma, Jr. Managing Director Deborah L. Benson Jerome Berko Elayne P. Bernstein Kevin g. Coleman Linda Benedict Colvin Steven Deutsch gerald Friedman Roberta Friedman Phoebe giddon

Board oF oVerSeerS Sarah Hancock Carole Hyatt Jane Iredale Jeffrey B. Konowitch Dennis Krausnick Teddi Laurin govane Lohbauer Frances Martinson Harry B. Mathews Rebecca Milikowsky Michael A. Miller Kate Millonzi Carole Murko Josephine Murray Helga S. Orthofer nancy Pacocha Victoria Rhoades Charles R. Schader John Douglas Thompson Kenneth Werner Fareed Zakaria Paula Zakaria Rose Zoltek-Jick

Kate Millonzi Chair Katherine Abraham Mia Andersen Ethan Berg Helene Berger george & Roberta Berry Roxanne & Scott Bok Vicki Bonnington Janet Carey Diane Cataldo Peter Davenport Diane Durgin Samuel Farber Jim Finnerty Sonya Hamlin gerald & nancy Kaplan Eleanor Lord and Margaret Wheeler Annette Miller The Honorable Paul Perachi Janet H. Pumphrey Howard & natalie Shawn Ted Sylvan Harriet Vines Marian Warden Larry & Vicki Winters

That our commitment is absolute, but we take ourselves lightly. Shakespeare & Company will evolve into the American Center for Shakespeare Performance and Studies. Elements of this vision already exist, others are being created. Ultimately, we will build: An authentic and historically accurate Elizabethan playhouse, The Rose.

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n 2006, Shakespeare & Company launched a Campaign to raise $10 million to build our new Bernstein Center for the performing arts and provide support for our programs.

During the community phase of our Campaign, the Kresge Foundation challenged us to raise the remaining $1.2 million with the Foundation contributing the final $800,000. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we have achieved that goal! Over 900 donors supported our Capital Campaign and we thank each and every donor listed below‌ and those who made anonymous cash gifts! 8

CAPITAL CAMPAIgn SUPPORTERS Our heartfelt thanks goes out to the following individuals

(Gifts and pledges made between May 2006 and May 1, 2010)

LEADERS Bernstein Family Elayne P. Bernstein Schwartz and Sol Schwartz Gene and Pamela Bernstein Jay and Jill Bernstein Jacob, Gena, Tony and Linda Bernstein Rubin Matthew and Natalie Bernstein Samuel and Donna Bernstein The Barrington Foundation, Inc. George and Roberta Berry Scott and Roxanne Bok Sarah Hancock Felda and Dena Hardymon Jane Iredale and Robert Montgomery Lizbeth and George Krupp Michael A. and Annette Miller Dorothy and Stephen Weber Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund Anonymous

SUSTAINERS Jerry and Honie Berko Dr. Gerald and Roberta Friedman Dr. Donald and Phoebe Giddon Rhoda Herrick High Meadow Foundation Michael Kluger and Heidi Greene Frances S. Martinson Harry and Marie Mathews Richard A. and Jane Mescon +

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Nathan and Rebecca Milikowsky Peter B. F. and Helen G. Randolph Karen and Charles Schader Jan Winkler and Hermine Drezner Anonymous

BENEFACToRS Deborah Benson and Frederic J. Marx Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America Diane Durgin Ann and Joseph Gallo Christopher R. Morley and Leone T. Young David and Marie Louise Scudder Rick Teller and Kathleen Rogers

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Julius Caesar IT’S A FINE LINE BETWEEN L OYA LT Y A N D B E T R AYA L .

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“men at some time are masters of their fates”

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he assassination of Julius Caesar has held the imagination of the world for over two millenia. (For perspective, imagine speaking of the death of abraham lincoln in the year 3919.) Shakespeare’s account of the conspiracy to kill the roman leader, and the wild struggle to achieve order from the chaos that resulted, has long been loved for the clarity and beauty of its language. From a soothsayer’s immortal warning about the ides of march, to marc antony’s famous funeral speech, Julius Caesar is dotted with some of the most memorable and enduring turns of phrase in the english language.

On a tour modeled after those of Shakespeare’s own company, six of our dedicated Education Artists have been on the road since February, tackling a combined twenty different roles to bring this story alive for over 70 schools and theatres in new England, new

York, and new Jersey. now they come to the Bernstein to share this streamlined, high-energy production with the home crowd. This non-Equity delight kicks off the 2010-11 season with true verve. “Shakespeare’s own company would often send small groups of actors to tour the plays outside London, with actors playing multiple roles and with very simple sets and props,” explains director Jonathan Croy, who directed S&Co.'s blockbuster production of Twelfth Night last season. “This style of production puts more focus on the language, on the relationships, on the ‘small’ events that both initiate and inform the larger events of the play. It’s perfectly suited to the intimacy of the Bernstein Theatre.” Julius Caesar was one of the first plays performed at the globe theatre in 1599, a year in which scholar James Shapiro describes Shakespeare as growing “from being an exceptionally talented writer to one of the greatest who ever lived.” Henry V, As You Like It, and perhaps Hamlet are also dated to this extraordinary creative period. “It’s tempting to take sides,” says Croy of the historical conflict dramatized in the play, “to suppose that one side or the other was right, and the other wrong. But Shakespeare’s a better writer than that. He leaves it up to us to decide for ourselves what we believe. As in most of the plays, he’s not giving us easy answers but creating stories that are just as complex and subtle as our world.” Playbill notes by SCOTT REnZOnI

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Women of Will Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays

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“and speak i will; i am no child, no babe”

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of cuttings from Shakespeare’s canon, providing insight into the chronological growth of Shakespeare’s portrayal of his female characters and his growth and perspective as an artist. This American premiere covers the full breadth of Shakespeare’s works, presenting a comprehensive overview of the full, five-part epic which Packer will debut for the world here in one thrilling, three-day series in August. Playbill notes by JEREMY D. gOODWIn ________________________________________________ DoN’T MISS!

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Mengelberg andTheMahler music of a life Written by DAnIEL KLEIn Directed by EMILE FALLAUX Featuring ROBERT LOHBAUER

“pure passion in music is one thing, but in one’s life is it not dangerous?”

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hen society runs amok, must an artist risk everything to oppose it—or simply do what he can in order to survive? This question lies at the heart of Mengelberg and Mahler, the provocative new play by Berkshire playwright and best selling author daniel Klein that receives its world premiere this summer at Shakespeare & Company. After fifty celebrated years leading the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Holland—during which he famously championed the work of Jewish composer gustav Mahler—maestro Willem Mengelberg is faced with the unexpected prospect of exile, in retribution for his perceived collaboration with the nazis during their occupation of The netherlands. During the war he was pressured to dismiss the Jewish musicians in his orchestra, while remaining determined to perform Mahler’s music at any cost. But when the line is always shifting, how do you know when you’ve crossed it?

“Three of my major interests converge in this play. My lifelong love of gustav Mahler’s music; my 50-year fascination with moral philosophy, and, most importantly, the inspiration of my wife’s parents, both of whom took major risks to work in the underground during the nazi occupation of The netherlands,” remarks playwright Klein. Robert Lohbauer delivers a powerhouse performance in this gripping one-man show, jumping across time and through memory as one man examines the choices he’s made, in a “conversation” with the spectre of his long-gone friend and greatest inspiration: Mahler himself. The composer’s compelling music is featured throughout the production, reinforcing the heavy influence of this unseen presence. “The audience views all the events as filtered through Mengelberg’s memory, passions, and self-regard. But the unseen Mahler—and his music—plays a pivotal role: he is Mengelberg’s phantom tormentor, his conscience,” Klein remarks. Playbill notes by SCOTT REnZOnI Author Daniel Klein is on the New York Times bestseller list for his book "Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar", which he wrote with Tom Cathcart. A graduate of Harvard in philosophy, he has written or cowritten over thirty other books including "The Half-Jewish Book". He lives with his wife, Freke Vuijst, the American correspondent for the Dutch weekly, Vrij Nederland, in Great Barrington, MA. 21

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“This year Thompson staked his claim as one of the most compelling classical stage actors of his generation.” 2009

RICHARD III AT WHAT PRICE GLORY?

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Directed by ARTISTIC DIRECTOR TOnY SIMOTES Assistant Director JOnATHAn CROY Featuring JASOn ASPREY, BILL BARCLAY, ROBERT BIggS, JOHnnY LEE DAVEnPORT, LEIA ESPERICUETA, WOLFE COLEMAn, nIgEL gORE, ELIZABETH IngRAM, JOSH AAROn McCABE, AnnETTE MILLER, TOD RAnDOLPH, DOUgLAS SELDIn, ROCCO SISTO, EnRICO SPADA, AnDY TALEn, JOHn DOUgLAS THOMPSOn and RYAn WInKLES

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deviously charismatic master of manipulating other peoples’ emotions, richard is willing to do anything to achieve absolute power. Cast aside by his older siblings, chronically unable to relate to the powerful women in his midst, richard resolves to wrest away his brother’s crown by any means necessary. his misdeeds propel him to dizzying heights atop a kingdom “built on brittle glass,” but richard cannot forever outrun the ghosts of his conscience.

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Artistic Director Tony Simotes directs, following his highly successful pairing with Thompson in 2008’s Othello, re-mounted last season by popular demand. One of Shakespeare’s first great plays, Richard III was probably written around 1591. It was enormously popular in Shakespeare’s day, and has endured as an audience favorite for centuries, its title role enduring as a treasured proving ground among actors. Richard III completes The Bard’s first “history cycle,” depicting a series of bloody disputes between two branches of England’s royal family with rival claims to the crown. Richard III was the last English monarch to die on the battlefield; his defeat at the hands of Henry Tudor (the grandfather of Shakespeare’s own monarch, Queen Elizabeth) is even sometimes cited as a rough demarcation between the Dark Ages and Renaissance in England. Shakespeare was fond of hanging the action of his plays upon a skeleton of historical events, while fleshing things out to suit his dramatic (and literary) needs. The historical Richard III was likely not the sociopathic villain portrayed in this play—nowadays there is even a Richard III Society, complete with a new England chapter, dedicated to restoring the good name of the king—but that is of no matter: the play is a self-contained world that does not depend upon historical fact-checking to achieve its power. In the whirligig of its ambitious plots, the beauty of its language, and the chilling magnetism of its haunting central figure, Richard III has proved an irresistible lure for over 400 years. Playbill notes by JEREMY D. gOODWIn

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SeaMarks The tide will rise.

“i truly don’t know how i feel, but i know i never felt like this”

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or anyone who’s ever thought the chance for love has passed, comes this sea-swept tale of an unlikely romance springing up at an unlikely moment.

Colm Primrose is a fisherman from Cliffhorn Heads, an island off the west coast of Ireland, where he’s spent his entire life. The ocean flows so indelibly into both his physical and emotional worlds that he could hardly conceive of a life lived elsewhere. Timothea Stiles is a Welsh woman who’s left her native farm for the hustle-bustle of Liverpool and a fledgling career in the publishing world. By chance, their paths cross, and they begin an uncommonly profound correspondence. It is the beauty of words that brings them

together, and Timothea recognizes that Colm’s simple tastes are complemented by a true touch of the poet. These two seemingly mismatched middle aged seekers feel they’re ready to cross the ocean of loneliness that has kept them stranded for far too long. But in the intersection of poetry, love and ambition, some good things endure while others break apart. Upon its premiere in 1982, the Washington Post called this enchanting two-hander “a sweet little love story.” But that overly simplifies things. Sea Marks is a quiet, charming story filled with the yearning for redemption and the fragility of change. Directed by Shakespeare & Company veteran Daniela Varon (director of such favorites as Martha Mitchell Calling, The Taming of the Shrew, Love Letters, Much Ado About Nothing, The Winter’s Tale and many others) and featuring the expert work of long time Company actors Walton Wilson (Othello, The Ladies Man, Antony and Cleopatra) and Kristin Wold (Othello, Ice Glen, King Lear), Sea Marks offers a poignant journey into a place where the unknown is somehow familiar, and the lapping of the waves never ceases. Playbill notes by JEREMY D. gOODWIn

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The Winter’s Tale you can’t break the ties that bind. By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE Directed by KEVIn g. COLEMAn Assistants to the Director STEVEn gInSBURg and REnÉE MARgARET SPELTZ Composer BILL BARCLAY Featuring ELIZABETH ASPEnLIEDER, JASOn ASPREY, WOLFE COLEMAn, JOHnnY LEE DAVEnPORT, LEIA ESPERICUETA, JOnATHAn EPSTEIn, KELLY gALVIn, DAnA HARRISOn, MALCOLM IngRAM, SHEA KELLY, CORInnA MAY, JOSH AAROn MCCABE, SCOTT REnZOnI, EnRICO SPADA, DOUgLAS SELDIn, AnDY TALEn and RYAn WInKLES

“if this be magic, let it be an art lawful as eating.”

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t’s a fairie tale of a lost princess, destined one day to be restored. it’s a psychological drama of jealousy and repentance. it’s a magical story of transformation and redemption. But ultimately, The Winter’s Tale is a play about the enduring strength of family ties. This startling and original adventure is not quite a comedy, not quite a tragedy, but one hundred percent Shakespeare.

“In the first three acts we go down into the deep hole of classical Shakespearean tragedy,” says director Kevin g. Coleman, a Shakespeare & Company co-founder who recently helmed the hilarious The Ladies Man (2008) and Rough Crossing (2007). “The fourth act rebalances the scale, and the final act is nothing less than magic.” 26

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The play begins at court and appears to be concerned with royal ambition, infidelity, and murder—the classic stuff of Shakespearean tragedy. But it transitions into a pastoral romance, complete with some of The Bard’s funniest country characters and scenarios. And the unforgettable ending climaxes with perhaps the most startling coup de theatre in the canon—and maybe just a touch of magic— to redeem a king’s shame, and make a broken family whole again. Leontes, the king of Bohemia, is suddenly consumed by the certainty his pregnant wife is having an illicit affair with his friend Polixenes, the king of Sicilia. In a fit of jealousy, he imprisons his wife and attempts to poison Polixenes. When the child is born, he thinks her a bastard and orders her to be abandoned in a far away land. Leontes is unswayed by pleas from his wife and others until it is too late— she dies shortly after childbirth and their young son dies as well. Realizing his error, Leontes sinks into an abyss of grief and vows to mourn the loss of his family until the end of his days. Against all odds (and despite the roaming presence of one famously threatening bear) the child is found and rescued. She unwittingly begins the journey that may ultimately lead to her father’s redemption. Some scholars place the composition of The Winter’s Tale near the beginning of Shakespeare’s career, but most group it among his late-period “romances”—plays (like The Tempest) that sometimes incorporate fantastical elements while transcending the usual boundaries of comedy and tragedy. The Winter’s Tale is also unusual for an unprecedented time shift: sixteen years elapse between the end of Act III and the beginning of Act IV. Full of enchantment and mystery, this is the kind of tale suited for whiling away the hours by the fire on a cold winter’s night—or a visit to a cool, dark theatre on a warm summer evening.

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The Taster

Love is both savory and sweet

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n the late middle ages, octavio pilars is a humble man with a precarious occupation—official food taster for a Basque King. The King worries he will never produce an heir. his Queen desperately wishes to give him one.

In the present day, Henry spends his nights translating the King and Queen’s story from an ancient text and is desperately seeking nourishment by trying out new recipes. His wife Claudia feels stranded by the gulf which has opened up between them—can they ever find their way back to each other? In two different centuries, these characters struggle to find their way, their voice. The Taster is a mystical, bold play steeped in a love of taste; for the taste of language, of literature, of food and sex. Written by the Berkshires’ own Joan Ackermann (and commissioned by Shakespeare & Company), it’s a sumptuous feast for the mind and spirit—but is there poison in the recipe? In the kitchen with Joan is Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer who will direct, as she did with the last Ackermann play the Company produced, Ice Glen (2005). Three time OBIE Award winning actor and founding Company member Rocco Sisto returns to Shakespeare & Company as the Taster, a role written specifically for him. “Rocco has this unusual, improvisatory attitude,” Tina says. “You can never quite predict where his wild flights of imagination are going to take us.” Celebrated soprano

Maureen O’Flynn and Company actor Tom O’Keefe join Rocco in the dual roles of the medieval Queen and King and modern-day couple Claudia and Henry. Longtime audience favorite Robert Biggs brings the right dash of heart, humor and intellectual passion to his dual roles as Estaban and Bernard. The power of song and the ancient Basque culture create the context of the play, in which the question of discovering a true voice and a poetic soul pulse through the ages. Audiences will be transported by Maureen’s soaring voice, capturing the sounds of ancient Basque song and modern Met arias. “I had Rocco and Maureen in my mind all the time I was writing this play,” Joan says. “It's inspiring to write for specific actors, to exploit their colors, range and tone." She joins Shakespeare, Moliére, Harold Pinter, Sam Shephard and countless other actor/playwrights who worked with players in mind. “Joan’s sensitivity to nature, the rhythms of the hills, valleys and lakes of the Berkshires, and the life of a theatre company performing Shakespeare makes this a gift for Shakespeare & Company,” says Tina Packer. After their first successful collaboration with Ice Glen, Tina and Joan are eager to cook up another theatrical collaboration. “This is a kind of breakthrough for Joan,” says Tina. “She not only brings her perceptive analysis of character and her wit, but she’s managed—by working in two time periods—to add a mystical dimension which gives the play great depth. We’re very lucky to have Joan in the Berkshires.” The Taster is a recent recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays award. Playbill notes by EnRICO SPADA

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In this one-woman-wonder of a play, the irrepressible Aspenlieder pulls out all the stops as she slips into the role of single-mom-withan-attitude Haley Walker. Haley balances the pressures of a new career as the proprietress of a suddenly fashionable new York City restaurant, alongside those of raising a teenaged daughter and even managing a too-close-for-comfort relationship with the Romanian mob. And that’s before she even dips her toe in the dating pool. Haley does it all, of course, without forgetting to first find the perfect pair of shoes. Handed the challenge of breaking in the newly created slot for a winter production in Shakespeare & Company’s 2008-2009 season schedule, Bad Dates, originally directed by Boston favorite and award-winning actor Adrianne Krstansky, was a barnstorming box office hit and an exultant critical favorite. Aspenlieder and Krstansky teamed up again with Bad Dates in the spring of 2009 where it had another successful run at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass.

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By proving that audiences are looking for great theatre in the Berkshires even after the storm windows come down and the heater turns up, Bad Dates blazed the trail for Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the hit of winter 2010 in which Aspenlieder played the Marquise du Merteuil to critical acclaim. This summer Bad Dates returns at the peak of our summer season, giving the snowbirds, new summer audiences and fans of Aspenlieder another chance to share in the c 46 fun, hilarity, great looking shoes, heartache…and even, sometimes, m 83 heartburn that is all part of ‘a day in the life’ of the irreverent y 63 Haley Walker. k 59

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he Comedy of Errors has more lines than hamlet. no, not Hamlet the play; hamlet the character. even then, not by much. in fact, Comedy is Shakespeare’s shortest play. (Five others are more than twice its length). it stands out in others ways, as well. For one thing, it takes place in the same location, on the same day—a feature shared only by The Tempest.

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Stoppard displays surgeon-like theatrical precision in this dead-on parody of both the parlor mystery genre (particularly Christie’s The

Moustrap, a West End hit at the time of Hound’s first production in 1968) and the conventions of theatre reviews—not to mention the frustrated aspirations of “second stringers” everywhere. If Shakespeare holds the mirror up to nature, Stoppard’s work alternately blurs and illuminates that image, throwing new light on the way we see ourselves as well as the way others see us. The Real Inspector Hound is helmed by long time Company actor and director Jonathan Croy, whose affinity for and facility with Stoppard’s work was most recently seen in his hilariously deadpan portrayal of the talent-less playwright Sandor Turai in Rough Crossing, the unsinkable hit of 2007. Croy, who had audiences in stitches this past fall with his portrayal of the bumbling sidekick, Dr.Watson, in The Hound of the Baskervilles, is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Stoppard to S&Co.’s stages once again. “This is a singularly brilliant play conceived by a singularly brilliant playwright,” notes Croy. “One of the things I love about it is that it really is, in many ways, just a silly parody—but it’s a silly parody infused with genius on every level. On one hand it’s a send-up of whodunits, but on the other hand it’s really about the nature of existence.” Playbill notes by WOLFE COLEMAn 35

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rom one of contemporary literature’s preeminent humorists comes a rollicking exploration of the dark side of Christmas. The Santaland Diaries is a oneman show adapted from the popular essay that launched david Sedaris into the national spotlight. occasionally subversive, alarmingly clever, engagingly poignant and always side-splittingly funny, this true account of mr. Sedaris’ time spent working as a Christmas elf in macy’s department Store is well on its way to becoming a modern holiday classic. Having only applied for the position as a gag, our out of work slacker-hero is thrown into a world of tinsel, fake snow, Santas who are far more naughty than nice, and all the delightful, cringe-worthy trappings of the Macy’s Christmas display. As he descends into a festive spiral of humiliation, bitterness and alienation, he begins to envelop everyone around him in his

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Lady Enid and her husband arrive at their old country estate, where Lord Edgar finds himself under the spell of his deceased previous wife—and perhaps a vampire, werewolf, mummy or the mysterious Irma Vep. The ominous setting of the moor even gives way to an ancient Egyptian crypt, with playful references to Macbeth, Hamlet, and Edgar Allen Poe thrown in for good measure. The Mystery of Irma Vep is written by the brilliant Charles Ludlam, founder of the much-celebrated, boundary-breaking Ridiculous Theatre Company. This OBIE Award-winning, madcap escapade is sure to leave you breathless with laughter, while its expertly constructed story manages to both send-up and celebrate the traditional gothic mystery.


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TUESDAY TALKS TUESDAYS AT 5PM, JULY 6—AUGUST 3 $8 ADULTS/ $5 AGED 18 AND UNDER JoIN ThE ACToRS, ARTISTS AND SChoLARS oF ShAKESPEARE & CoMPANY FoR INTIMATE DISCUSSIoNS ABoUT ThE PRoCESS BEhIND MoUNTING oUR SEASoN’S PRoDUCTIoNS, AS WELL AS ThE ThEMES AT ThE hEART oF ThESE ThoUGhT-PRoVoKING PLAYS. oNE oF ThE MoST PoPULAR ADDITIoNS To oUR SEASoN LAST YEAR, TUESDAY TALKS RETURN, PRoVIDING A GREAT ChANCE To FIND oUT WhAT MAKES US TICK, AND ShARE YoUR oWN PERSPECTIVE oN ThE WoRK AS WELL.

JULY 6

Women of Will

Josie’s Place at Founders’ Theatre JULY 13

new Voices in the Bernstein: Sea Marks and Mengelberg & Mahler Studio 1

JULY 20

Shakespeare’s Richard III Daniel Kurtz in Toad of Toad Hall, 2009

Special events

Founders’ Theatre Tent JULY 27

Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale Founders’ Theatre Tent AUGUST 3

Commissioning new Works: The Taster Founders’ Theatre Tent

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ur campus is bursting with activity this summer, with 16 plays supplemented by almost as many special, one-time events. There’s always something happening at Shakespeare & Company.

WEDNESDAYS, JULY 7–AUGUST 25

Wednesday Q&a sessions

Our productions are bound to get you talking. But why not include Company actors in your post-show conversation? Join us for these performances and enjoy an informal Q&A with the actors. Have a nagging question you’ve been dying to ask since intermission? Here’s your chance! Included with ticket price for each performance.

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JULY 7 following The Amorous Quarrel JULY 14 following Mengelberg & Mahler JULY 21 following Richard III JULY 28 following Sea Marks AUGUST 4 following The Taster AUGUST 11 following The Comedy of Errors AUGUST 18 following The Winter’s Tale AUGUST 25 following Bad Dates 52

EVERY SATURDAY IN JULY AND AUGUST, 5PM To 7:30PM

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Feast like Falstaff! Join us for a fabulous feast that is sure to satisfy even the heartiest of appetites. new Sous Chef Ron Werth and his culinary experts use the freshest and most delectable Berkshire grown ingredients in all of their inventive dishes: succulent grilled meats, savory fresh vegetables, hearty pastas, decadent desserts, and so much more! This is the perfect way to take the evening air while enjoying our stupendous views for a pre-evening or post-matinee meal, while perhaps rubbing elbows with hungry S&Co. artists filling up before or after their performance. Order 24 hours in advance to guarantee availability; walk-ups are welcome on a space-available basis. Reserve your meal from the Box Office, (413) 637-3353 or www.shakespeare.org. Just $25 per person!

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TourS Begin aT JoSie’S plaCe in FounderS’ TheaTre

Behind the Scenes Tours Our popular Backstage Tours return! These two-hour adventures take you through the inner workings of Shakespeare & Company. Explore the behind-thescenes workings of the costume shop, armory, backstage areas, and more. You’ll also get an insider’s view of the nuts and bolts that underpin a day in the life at the height of our season. $8 adults/$5 aged 18 and under. JULY 4, 12PM

revolutionary moments A special collection of vignettes compiled by Tina Packer and featuring S&Co. actors. Revolutionary Moments highlights the influence of Shakespeare on some of history's most fascinating figures. not to be missed! $15 adults/$5 ages 18 and under.


Annual Gala Robert Biggs and Bill Barclay

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JULY 16, JULY 30 AND AUGUST 13 APPRoXIMATELY 10:30PM

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music in the Verse How is poetry like music? Resident Music Director Bill Barclay takes a look at the music of speech, and the many musicalities of Shakespeare's writing. He’ll use examples from plays featured this summer, for which he’s composed music, including The Winter's Tale. $15 adults, $5 for ages 18 and under.

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ShAKESPEARE & CoMPANY’S ANNUAL FALL GALA SATURDAY, oCToBER 9, 2010 oin us for a spectacular evening of performance, dinner, dancing and fun with Company actors and special surprise guests. highlights include an exciting live and silent auction, and much more!

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Building on the success of last year’s Spherical Sounds Series, this year we present three very special post-show happenings. Whether you’re stopping by for a night on the town or simply lingering for a drink and some delicious dessert after that evening’s show, be sure to check out these intimate post-show cabarets. Curated by Shakespeare & Company’s Resident Music Director Bill Barclay, these happenings feature performers from S&Co.’s extended artistic family, presenting live music and other surprises in a relaxed environment. Cash bar and special dessert menu available.

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e’re pleased to present our eighth annual summer-long Bankside Festival, including The Amorous Quarrel, More Words! More Play! (Wordplay II), Preludes (before most evening shows at Founders’ Theatre), the declaration of independence on July 4 and the Bankside lecture Series.

Banksyde, on the southern bank of the Thames River in London, was where many of Shakespeare’s plays were first performed. It was located in a “liberty”—a sort of legal no-man’s-land where the usual rules governing propriety did not apply. These well-defined zones of relaxed laws and relaxed attitudes gave rise to such questionable activities as gambling, conspicuous consumption of food and drink, the odd treasonous conspiracy, and—Heaven forbid—public theatre. Egads! All of us who enjoy the transformative power of the words of Shakespeare and his contemporaries are indebted to the vivacious,

free spirit of Banksyde. It’s with that in mind that Shakespeare & Company presents the community with its Bankside Festival, free for kids. Our grounds, the tented Rose Footprint Theatre, and the Bankside Terrace outside Founders’ Theatre spring to life each summer with an array of activities for the whole family. We hope you’ll become part of the merriment for an afternoon or an evening, and enjoy a contagious atmosphere of theatrical fun and music, whirling words, swordplay, jesting and laughter. Bring a picnic, stroll the Renaissance garden and enjoy great language, worldly questions and lots of fun!

The Declaration of Independence JULY 4 AT 3 PM NoW IS ThE TIME To STAND AND DELIVER

It is possibly the most historically significant document ever penned. That all people are born with certain rights was an earth-shaking principle that broke with all governance, tradition and class. We take it for granted, but the principle is still is being tested. At Shakespeare & Company, we think liberty should be celebrated and called out to the heavens at least once a year. Each Fourth of July we present a remarkable reading of the Declaration of Independence. It is an important part of our shared legacy and one we like to pronounce from time to time. Without liberty, there is only uniformity, and when that happens curiosity, expression, art and theatre will shrivel and disappear.

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Revolutionary Moments JULY 4, 12PM

A special collection of vignettes compiled by Tina Packer and featuring S&Co. actors. Revolutionary Moments highlights the influence of Shakespeare on some of history's most fascinating figures. not to be missed! $15 adults/$5 ages 18 and under.

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FREE! BAnKSIDE LECTURES

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A PoPULAR TRADITIoN AT S&Co., ThESE FREE LECTURES, FASCINATING PRESENTATIoNS AND ENTERTAINING DEMoNSTRATIoNS EXPLoRE ThE KEY ThEMES AND CoNTEXTS BEhIND oUR SEASoN’S RoSTER oF PLAYS, ShAKESPEARE’S LIFE AND TIMES, AND ThE INNER WoRKINGS oF S&Co.

LECTURE 1 moliÈre: a ClaSSiC WiT JULY 1

Special Guest Legendary French playwright Molière was a master of expertly skewering the very same aristocratic class that rightly celebrated him and championed his work. This summer, Shakespeare & Company presents Molière’s The Amorous Quarrel at the Rose Footprint Theatre. Learn about this legendary wit and his impact on comedy throughout the ages.

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LECTURE 2 a naTional epiC: CreaTing a ‘hiSTory CyCle’ oF ameriCan playS

Free music • Free workshops • pick your own price opening nights at the Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 84 Alford Rd, Gt Barrington, MA

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JULY 8

In 2009, Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer and Phillip Sneed, Artistic Director of Colorado Shakespeare and then-president of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America, announced the launch of a grand project: to commission a series of plays grappling with the whole of American history. Shakespeare & Company is proud to be commissioning a play for this project. Join Tina as she talks about the inspiration for creating such a cycle, and what she is doing to make it happen.

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LECTURE 3 FighT! JULY 15

Artistic Director Tony Simotes

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Tony Simotes is a master teacher of Fight and Movement, who has spent decades mastering the craft while working for films, television, and countless unforgettable fights onstage at Shakespeare & Company. Learn the secrets behind the thrilling displays of stage fighting on display this season, and how physical story telling brings our plays alive. An interactive demonstration that’s fun for the whole family!

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S&Co. artist Kristin Wold and Director of Training Dennis Krausnick Whether it’s a period-appropriate Elizabethan Pavane or something wholly original, dance and expressive physical movement are at the heart of Shakespeare & Company’s performance aesthetic and actor training methodologies. How does the poetry of movement help tell a story, while entertaining at the same time? Join S&Co. faculty members for a demonstration, and don’t leave before picking up a few nifty dance moves of your own.

LECTURE 5 Send in The CloWnS! JULY 29

Director of Education Kevin G. Coleman Clowning was one of the founding staples of Shakespeare’s theatre, and an integral component of Shakespeare & Company’s performances and actor training programs since Day One. Kevin’s workshop on clowning is one of the most popular weekend programs for professional actors. Join him for this lively and engaging talk as he explores the importance of the clown, then and now.

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Costume Director Govane Lohbauer Whether building period costumes from scratch for Founders’ Theatre, dealing with backstage costume emergencies or outfitting 300 students in ten Fall Festival of Shakespeare shows all at the same time, govane has seen it all. Learn the methods behind the madness.

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This wild, knock-about comedy, by one of the world’s greatest-ever satirical playwrights, headlines our Bankside Festival at the outdoor Rose Footprint Theatre this summer. Molière wrote this play early in his career, on the cusp between the dozen years he spent touring the countryside with unbridled farces and the wicked social satires with which he’d soon set Paris astir. The Amorous Quarrel contains a mix of both influences, with a pair of sometimes-silly gentlemen pining 56

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hopelessly for the same Lady, while her sister—long disguised as a man—searches for a way to claim one of them as her own. This hilarious, family-friendly ride through the follies of love showcases Molière’s tactile skill in creating comic misunderstandings. In this breakthrough work, we see him moving away from the farcical commedia dell’arte style popular in his day to something uniquely his own. “It’s commedia in flavor, but Shakespearean in plot—a girl disguised as a boy, a lover tricked into marriage, et cetera,” explains director Jenna Ware, Shakespeare & Company’s Associate Director of Education. Ware had the unenviable task of whittling down this five-act play to a more manageable, kid-friendly piece clocking in at about an hour long. She accomplished this in part by adding original songs—courtesy of Company actor Andy Talen—to advance the plot. Because she didn’t have an electronic copy to edit, Ware had to re-type every word in order to make her changes. She credits this process with giving her more insights into the play. She also notes that knowing her cast ahead of time had a hand in how she shaped it. Fans of commedia dell’arte will recognize its signature archetypes while fans of Shakespeare will recognize similar literary devices. All will revel in the hopeless lovers, convoluted situations, and cases of mistaken identity that we oh-so-love here at Shakespeare & Company!

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More Words! More Play! adventure. It features the irrepressible characters of Shakespeare’s own acting company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Be prepared to enter a fast-paced world of misquotes, quips, one liners, bad puns, really bad puns, sequel jokes, historical humor, and some of the most epic poetry the world has ever known. (Wolfe and Tom: “They told us we had to slip some in.”) It features star turns by last summer’s favorite characters: the incomparable Richard Burbage, the indomitable Will Kempe, the incontinent Phil Henslowe, and a mess of rogues and scofflaws—all determined once and for all to save their beloved Rose Theatre from closure. This wild ride is performed by the young actors in Shakespeare & Company’s Performance Intern Program, who are all typecast once again as desperate, starving actors who will stop at nothing to save their art, preserve the immortal words of Shakespeare, and get lots of people to look at them. Come join the whole gang for this fearless, timeless, and above all, shameless descent into the life and times of Shakespeare. And finally, the play’s authors wish to add that this show is FREE, so no one can ask for their money back. Touche!

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cientific discovery, exploration of unknown lands—pick your metaphor, but at its essence, Shakespeare & Company is all about a quest for the artistic unknown.

So says Tony Simotes. And he’s got enough perspective to know. “Those of us at Shakespeare & Company are striving for that moment when our artistic souls are exposed,” Simotes says in a reflective moment from his new office as S&Co.’s second-ever Artistic Director. Since succeeding the indomitable Tina Packer last June, Simotes has been on hand to put his stamp on the Company’s organizational, business and artistic practices. Now, as he reflects back on the earliest days of S&Co., Simotes is about to open the first season programmed under his artistic leadership. “In that moment something very extraordinary happens. And the audience can see it, they can feel it. Shakespeare says holding ‘the mirror up to nature.’ There’s something about that—when that happens, we see each other, we see ourselves in that reflection. And that’s something that takes us back, to ancient times even. It’s a sense of discovery.”

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It’s been a long and improbable journey that led Simotes to his new seat. He was an MFA acting student at New York University’s school of theatre in the late 1970’s when one Tina Packer arrived on the scene as a guest director along with B.H. Barry, to direct A Story of War: The War of the Roses, where he played Richard III (Simotes directs RIII in Founders’ this summer). During his early days at NYU he was inspired by such guest directors as Packer and Barry, and continued to hone his skills as an actor and fight choreographer. He also solidified long time relationships with not only teacher, mentor and now co-conspirator Olympia Dukakis, but with a few other ‘green’ acting classmates, Dennis Krausnick (S&Co. Director of Training, actor, playwright and director The Comedy of Errors), Kevin G. Coleman (S&Co. Director of Education, actor, fight choreographer, and director, The Winter’s Tale), OBIE Award winning actor Rocco Sisto (The Taster), and actor Gregory Cole among others. 60


Packer was committed to the idea she could wed the Elizabethan ideals of harmony (putting the actor in control of his breath, voice and movement while making a deeply personal connection to every word in Shakespeare’s text) with an American sort of artistic zeal, one unbound by centuries of classical convention. Kristin Linklater’s revolutionary voice work, B.H. Barry’s shockingly visceral approach to creating stage violence, and John Broome’s immersive movement and dance technique all deeply informed the approach.

“It was like every day was another discovery, like coming back into a community of scientists. S&Co. is an amazing laboratory.” Simotes was promised a role as Peter, the comic servant, in Romeo and Juliet. He was excited about a summer to be spent bringing that classic clown role to life. When Krausnick picked him up at the bus station in Pittsfield, he delivered some unwelcome news: the British star set to play Romeo had gone back to England for another role, and so the fledgling Company’s first production would instead be A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He had just seen a production of Midsummer he remembers as terrible, featuring a Puck portrayed by a ballet dancer playing “the typical worst interpretation of a fairy that you could ever imagine.” “Through the forest have I gone,” Simotes says in a choppy, singsong cadence quoting one of his lines. “I was the most reluctant Puck ever, I was just so disappointed as rehearsals started, but then found myself once again being inspired working with such wonderful actors as Gregory Cole, Coleman and so many others. Simotes eventually found the character by channeling that reluctance and newfound inspiration into an hilarious unconventional take on the iconic sprite, providing a key element in the now near-mythical, foundational production upon which S&Co. was built.

recognized fight choreographer. He eventually found his way to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he became a full professor and Director of University Theatre. There, as in Lenox now, he found strength at the side of his wife and all-around partner and compatriot, Lucy. “It was almost like coming back into a community of scientists,” he says. We were explorers then, we’d been to other places and brought back what we’d learned. S&Co. is an amazing laboratory.” Simotes has taken the helm at a time of unprecedented economic challenges, leading the Company through a winter season when stories about the Company’s debt load and economic insecurity sometimes crowded out the critical superlatives earned by its performances, the continually groundbreaking work done in schools across the region, and the successful expansion of the season through the fall and winter months. He’s already helped to lead the Company to a financial place where it has a chance not only to succeed but to thrive. But his overriding goal is to complete S&Co.’s growth into an international destination for Shakespeare performance, actor training, and arts education—to underline its already established role as a center for intellectual renewal. At the root of it all, in 1978 as in 2010, is the work of one particularly brilliant playwright who wrote these timeless tales 400 years ago.

“Shakespeare’s language is as durable a Greek column or a pyramid along the Nile. When it’s true, it’s true.” “I believe that Shakespeare found something so pure about the human sprit, this language is like a Greek column or a pyramid along the Nile. There’s something so classic about the structure that it will remain just as durable. When it’s true, it’s true,” Simotes says. “It’s like a good middle ‘C.’ When you hit it, it vibrates. And it literally reverberates through everything around it. It makes us feel and think differently.”

It wasn’t long before his artistic spirit was inflamed with the pioneer spirit possessed by that original gang of adventurous theatre artists holed up in the hills. “It was like every day was another discovery,” Simotes remembers. “Tina, B.H., Kristin and John were like these great scientists who threw the doors to the laboratory open and said, ‘Come in, let’s see what we can create.’” As his career progressed, Simotes repeatedly returned to S&Co. in the summers while working regularly in New York and Los Angeles, as an actor and perhaps most prominently as a nationally

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After graduation Simotes ditched a coveted job at New York’s Public Theatre to join Packer and company at someplace called Lenox, in the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts. Simotes continues to be close with all the artists that inspired him during his time at NYU and is currently in talks with his pal Olympia Dukakis on an upcoming collaboration at S&Co.


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illiam Shakespeare was born in 1564, into the glory of the english renaissance, six years after elizabeth i inherited the Tudor throne. in his lifetime, elizabeth would go on to become one of his biggest fans. The son of a glove maker from Stratford-upon-avon, a village about 90 miles southwest of london, he married anne hathaway in 1582—he was 18 and she was 26 and their first child Susanna was born six months later. They had twins, hamnet and Judith in 1585. Soon thereafter he left his family behind and made his way to cosmopolitan london, probably as a troupe player, which led him to writing scripts for various companies. his name appears in 1594 in the records of the lord Chamberlain’s men and as the author of plays performed at the Theatre, the Curtain and the rose playhouses. he remained a ‘sharer’ in the lord Chamberlain’s men company (later the King’s men) the rest of his working life. His first popular success came in the early 1590s with Titus Andronicus, a Romanesque tragedy with a body count that surpasses any Bruce Willis movie. It included abduction, rape, dismemberment and cannibalism. His best-loved plays were Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. One of his funniest comedies,

The Merry Wives of Windsor, was written at the express request of the Queen, who loved Falstaff’s sauce and humor. It is generally agreed that Hamlet, written in 1602, was his masterpiece. In it, he discovered character introspection, which some say created modern theatre. He also wrote popular verse of the day, including his eternal love sonnets. There’s been much speculation that the sonnets were written for the Earl of Southampton, and that Shakespeare maybe even had an affair with him. But there have forever been shadows and conjecture about Shakespeare, including that the plays were actually written by the courtier philosopher scientist and general gadabout, Francis Bacon. More recently it’s been suggested that they were written by Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford. The problem is Bacon’s known style is dense and pedantic, nothing like what appears in Hamlet, and the Earl of Oxford was actually dead when most of the best of Shakespeare’s works were authored.

There are only a half-dozen authentic examples of his working quill in existence, all on legal documents, including three different spellings of Will’s name in his own will! In fact, in his lifetime his name was spelled as many as 25 different ways, from Shakespeare to Shagspere, Shaxper to Shakespheare. In truth, historical records of who Shakespeare was are scant and spotty. We do know he made estimable income from his multi-faceted career in theatre, and put much of it into land and market speculation, matters in which he was also quite facile. He moved back to Stratford-upon-Avon in 1613, after his best plays were written, and died there three years later at the age of 52. He wrote one of his most revealing personal lines in his will, leaving his “second-best bed” to his wife Anne–draw whatever inferences or conjectures you might. What the world really knows about William Shakespeare is found in his plays.

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he education program is an essential part of why Shakespeare & Company exists in the world. our commitment to teachers and students—of all ages—permeates every aspect of this company, and is a source of great pride for us and our community. after a workshop, teachers and teaching artists will most often say, “This changes everything.” They say it with excitement and delight. What they discover with us is not burdensome. rather, they rediscover their own passion for and pleasure in those moments when their students ignite. and our workshops offer the tools and approaches to strike that match more often.

What the students most often say… actually, I’ll let them speak for themselves. I think their remarks are the most eloquent. KEVIn g. COLEMAn, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIOn

I learned to express my feelings to others and open myself to theirs. It’s a bit ridiculous and strange, but I found love in this program and I learned to love and be loved. Most of all, I learned to be proud of who I am and that I have more conviction, guts, dedication, talent, craziness and so much more that I never knew I had. BRITTAnY g. Thank you for the chance to grow so close to so many amazing people. It's all I could have asked for. This is the best thing that ever happened to me. I can’t even begin to tell you how wonderful it was. CHELSEA L.

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residencies, special forums and performance workshops for students. During the spring of 2010, 100 schools and over 15,000 students were able to see Julius Caesar. Hamlet is on tap for 2011. The national Endowment for the Arts continues to help us bring this program to underserved areas and schools that have little or no funding for the arts.

FALL FESTIVAL oF ShAKESPEARE “Fall Festival is absolutely and unquestionably the most wonderful experience I have had in high school. The things I have learned and the friends I have met will be with me forever.” FALL FESTIVAL PARTICIPAnT

Continuing the tradition of immersing youth in the most active, compelling and transformative ways, last november 500 students from 10 high schools took part in our 21st annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare, a program that WBUR from Boston compared to, “a rock concert. Show after show the theater is jammed with kids cheering for each other.”

This coming november 18 – 21 is the 22nd anniversary of the Fall Festival. The tradition continues with four days' worth of Shakespeare that is passionately performed, enthusiastically—even raucously—received, all in an atmosphere of joy and celebration. These performances are uniquely insightful, heart-rending, and laugh-out-loud hilarious. Our Founders’ Theatre is barely able to contain the excitement of this non-competitive celebration of what these students bring alive for each other. You really must join us!

“Festival is the reason that I didn’t hate high school, the reason that I’m not socially awkward, and the reason that I have self esteem. It is an invaluable experience.” FALL FESTIVAL PARTICIPAnT

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roles in this celebration of Shakespeare’s language, characters and stories. This program is so much fun, it’s impossible to determine who enjoys it most—the participants, their teachers, parents, or the Company members who crowd in to watch and join in the fun.

This action-oriented, innovative and effective social program is gaining national media attention, and has been covered by nPR, the BBC, The Boston globe, CBC Radio Canada and The Wall Street Journal, in addition to local TV and print outlets. In 2007 the Court Project was awarded a national Coming Up Taller Award at a special White House ceremony. In 2008, it doubled in scope with the addition of a north Adams session to the original Pittsfield program. Last year, the program expanded yet again, with the first great Barrington session. The Court Project has performed productions of Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar. and most recently, Henry V.

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Shakespeare & Company gratefully and warmly acknowledges the inspiration and innovative leadership of Judge Perachi, and his efforts to bring this program – which has changed the course of so many lives – to national attention.

“The idea is to turn their suspicion and apathy into hope, and this is what it’s ultimately about. An audience full of proud families, a stage full of kids with a sense of accomplishment they never experienced before.” BBC RADIO

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This series of two-week long summer sessions offers kids aged 7-9, 10-12 and 1315 the chance to perform their own versions of Shakespeare’s plays in the Rose Footprint Theatre, working together with their newmade friends to the delight and pride of their families, old friends and our own Company members. Each student plays multiple

now in its 20th year, the Young Company is serious training for serious students, led by the teachers and senior education artists of Shakespeare & Company. If you haven’t found “it” in the Drama Club or a BFA program, you will probably find it here. Shakespeare & Company’s Education Program has been honored at the White House, reported on by nPR, Cnn, the BBC, Voice of America—even lampooned on The Colbert Report. We are the proud recipient of the Massachusetts Commonwealth Award, the Distinguished Teaching Artist Award, and, for Kevin, the 2009 Distinguished Arts Educator Award bestowed by the Massachusetts Arts Education Collaborative. We are tremendously proud of our ongoing collaborations with teachers, parents, administrators and financial supporters. And we love to hear the expression, “this changes everything”.

“We introduce Shakespeare in ways that provoke students on multiple levels, and engage all their intelligences, so his stories become meaningful to them. Now his language and images become part of who they are, and linger the rest of their lives. Now they must consider more deeply what it means to be human and how they will act in the world.” KEVIn g. COLEMAn, DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIOn

If you’d like to take part in helping to introduce Shakespeare to the next generation, contact any of the actors, teachers or directors in our Education Program.

“Shakespeare is awesome. Seriously. I am not kidding.” FALL FESTIVAL PARTICIPAnT

ThE EDUCATIoN DEPARTMENT APPRECIATES MAJoR CoNTRIBUTIoNS FRoM: Bank of America Berkshire Bank Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Dana Foundation The Hearst Foundations High Meadow Foundation Jay B. Polonsky Fund Massachusetts Cultural Council and its Youth Reach Initiative national Endowment for the Arts national Endowment for the Humanities northern Berkshire Cultural Council Pittsfield Cultural Council SABIC Innovative Plastics …AND INDIVIDUALS Ariel Bock and Jonny Epstein Elizabeth J. Baer Patrick and Wendy Barnett-Mulligan Elayne Bernstein Schwartz and Sol Schwartz Joan and Dan Burkhard Michael Casey Jim and Carol Edelman Hans Fehlmann Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Dr. gerald and Roberta Friedman James and Susan Harding Ann and John Higgins Jeffrey Konowitch and Wendy Laurin Sharlene Konowitch govane and Bob Lohbauer Connell and Jocelyn Mcgrath Michael A. and Annette Miller Victoria Rhoades Eliza Schwarz Douglas Seldin Peter and Carol Seldin Linda Smothers James and Bonnalyn Wickham Eric C. Williams Jay and Terry Wise Robert Wohlfeld and Dee Ann Veeder Anonymous

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Over the past ten years, our education team, together with Judge Paul E. Perachi and the Probation Officers of the Berkshire Juvenile Court System, have developed a program for adolescent offenders to study, rehearse and perform Shakespeare, when appropriate, as an alternative to more punitive consequences.


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ADMINSTRATIVE

FRONT OF HOUSE / BOX OFFICE

Founding Artistic Director: Tina Packer General Manager: Stephen Ball Asst. to the Artistic Director: Catherine Wheeler Company Managers: Josh McCabe & Tom O’Keefe

COSTUMES

Costume Director: Govane Lohbauer Asst. Costume Shop Manager/Rentals Manager: Jim Day Drapers: Sarah Hilliard, Ginger Robertson Design Assistants / First Hands / Stitchers / Wardrobe: Mary Boyce, Erin Butcher, Rosalind Diaz, Celina Ferencz, Kate Fulop, Kelly Galvin, Soule Golden, Cathy Gray, Shea Kelly, Amanda Mattes, Kadie Midlam, Jillian O’Connell, Mary Readinger, Lena Sands, Sue Slack, Meredith Wilcox, Jessica Ziemek

DEVELOPMENT

Director: Ute DeFarlo Capital Campaign Director: Bonnie Stevens Manager of Institutional Giving: Marybeth Mitts Development Assistant: Patrick Buckley

EDUCATION

Director: Kevin G. Coleman Associate Director: Jenna Ware Director of Youth Programs: Jonathan Croy Summer Youth Faculty & Staff: Paul D’Agostino, Kaitlin Henderson, Ross Hurwitz, Jennie Jadow, Daniel Kurtz, Corinna May, Meg O’Connor, Allissa Wickham, and Jules Findlay, Lizzie Fox, Ashley Meczywor (interns)

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FINANCE, HR & IT

Chief Financial Officer/ HR Director / IT Director: Nicholas J. Puma, Jr. Controller: Sophie Breton Assistant Controller: Richard Martelle Information Technology Manager: Renee Speltz Finance Associate: Kimberly Massimiano

Audience Services: Dana Harrison (Manager), Susannah Millonzi, Hal Smyth, Eric Corbett Williams Ticketing Services Manager: Kari Daly Box Office: Jane Barish (Assistant Manager), Nichole Daly, Bennett Ferris, Kelly Galvin, Joseph Heath, Masha Jones, Conor Moroney, Stacy Chapman Parsons, Frances Slote Food Services: Ron Werth (Manager), Doug Seldin (Consultant), Wesley Rice Retail: Scott Renzoni (Manager), Rob Daly, Will Hack

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Manager: Bonnie Wilson Associates: Janet LeBlanc, Richard Wood

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Production Manager / T.D.: Tom Rindge Production Stage Manager: Hope Rose Kelly Assistant Production Manager: C. Clara Patterson Assistant Technical Director: Simon Foxall Carpentry: Nick Thielker (Master), Kristopher Karstedt, Christopher Levine Electrics: Will Cleland (Master), John Elder, Ben Ehrenreich, Alex Zinovenko Properties: Patrick Brennan (Master), Natalie Kearns, Cindy Ottensmeyer, Kate Stack Sound: Michael Pfeiffer (Engineer), Sean Grey, Alex Hurst, Lindsay Roller Scenic Artistry: Christian Schmitt (Charge), Amber Subelka Weapons Master: Bob Lohbauer Production Assistants: Ricky Dyer, Jaclyn Green

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e use a mirror to see into our face; we use art to see into our soul, or “to hold, as ‘twere, the mirror up to nature.” For theatre, the actor is the center of the art form, and it is the actor’s responsibility to present an unclouded reflection of humanity. This requires a voice that is free, dynamic and supple, a body flowing without tension, and an authentic access to the deep, rich emotional life that lies within.

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Here at Shakespeare & Company we put professional actor/artist training at the core of our mission. Our training is renowned; it provides a solid foundation for working in all aspects of professional theatre and film. Among the over 4,000 professionals who have perfected their craft with our techniques, we’re proud to have worked with Richard Dreyfuss, Bill Murray, Lauren Ambrose, Oliver Platt, Sigourney Weaver, Olympia Dukakis—not to mention the many, many other artists whose names you might not know… yet. Alumni of our programs are spread around the world performing in theatres, teaching in institutions of higher learning, leading workshops for businesses and corporations, working in film and television, and even creating new theatre companies and new works of art to speak to the soul of their communities. Throughout the year, our workshops provide training opportunities all across the country for participants of every level and background. Our celebrated Month-Long Intensive brings 40 to 50 artists to the Berkshires every January, where they experience unique, hands-on 68

training unlike anything in the world. This summer the Summer Training Institute will once again be an eye-opening experience for college students from around the country. Five weeks of intensive training, during the height of the summer season, will invigorate their remaining college studies, instill a deeper sense of self and purpose, and provide lasting training and insights. The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company enters its fourth year in 2010, having quickly become a keystone portion of our Training programming. This 13-week program provides extensive on-site training to the next generation of classical actors. Last year’s memorable Conservatory production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre touched the transformative humanity at the heart of this seldomproduced play and drew standing ovations. This year’s students will be working on As You Like It, and continue the tradition of working with the student participants in our Fall Festival of Shakespeare during its closing weeks. Specialty Training workshops throughout the year provide opportunities for artists to explore clowning, period dance, First Folio texts, rhetoric, stage combat, and other disciplines essential to performing Shakespeare. Meanwhile, our Training faculty travels the country teaching and coaching for universities, theatre companies, even the business community, sharing the knowledge of over 30 years of training experience while also learning new approaches and exploring new ideas that will allow the training here to continue to evolve and be a revolutionary voice in the world at large. If you interested in learning more about Shakespeare & Company training programs, take a look on the web at Shakespeare.org/training, call Director of Training Dennis Krausnick at (413) 637-1199 x112, or email us at training@Shakespeare.org.


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heatre is a dynamic, mutable art form. professional attainment requires continual assessment, talent renewal and training. The ultimate test of talent and training is performance. in performance, the actor must go beyond the training and rely on instinct and imagination. in a sense they must forget all they have learned in order to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. They must breathe life into their characters and their text in such a way as to entertain and move a living, breathing audience.

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Ross Bennett Hurwitz and Tom O'Keefe in Measure for Measure, 2009, Photo: Danny Kurtz

This summer we are continuing our Lunch Box Shakespeare series with our production of The Comedy of Errors, performed by the members of the Center for Actor Training’s Performance Intern Program and directed by Dennis Krausnick and Clare Reidy. Internships are a valuable and popular route taken by many young performers looking to take the next step in their careers. Offered at regional theatres throughout the country, internships offer an opportunity for the best and brightest young actors to gain professional theatre experience straight out of drama school. This summer at Shakespeare & Company, 11 Performance Interns will get that experience fully—by taking ownership of their own Shakespeare production in a professional theatre season, and all challenges and rewards that entails. Taking training into rehearsal and taking rehearsal into performance brings the purpose of playing back to it’s essence, which is “…to hold, as ‘twere, the mirror up to nature.” If you haven’t yet seen The Comedy of Errors, come and experience this hilarious and fun romp—and enjoy the vitality of the Performance Intern Program!


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fter 15 celebrated years, the Studio Festival of plays is this year expanding to an unprecedented two-day event! From 11am to 11pm on each day, as part of our ongoing commitment to nurturing new voices in theatre and presenting cutting edge works, Shakespeare & Company’s extended artistic family will present a series of groundbreaking new plays, including sneak-peeks of shows that may receive full productions in future seasons. The plays are presented as workshop performances, with varying degrees of staging and production elements.

“Shakespeare & Company’s commitment to the development of new work is one of my primary focuses as I take on the role of Artistic Director,” says Tony Simotes. “The ‘American Story’ of the 21st Century is still emerging from our playwrights today. I believe Shakespeare & Company has a role to play in nurturing this research and development of our writers. We have an obligation as an arts 72

Dennis Krausnick and Stephanie Hedges in Alfred Returner, 2009

organization to bring challenging work forward as a part of our stated mission. new work helps us to re-imagine the classics. Shakespeare’s language – like our branded sword logo, cuts through the darkness to help create the renaissance, so too we hope another new playwright will emerge to help us understand the mysteries of these difficult times. I encourage all our friends to come to the Festival and hear the stories of a new generation of playwrights.” In addition to this year’s Mengelberg and Mahler, the Festival has presented many works that subsequently were given full productions in the Company’s regular season over the past 15 years, including Mrs. Klein, Fortune and Misfortune, Laughing Wild, Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet, The Turn of the Screw, Brief Lives, Betrayal, The Mistress, Wit, Summer, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), A Tanglewood Tale, The Scarlet Letter, Ice Glen, Hamlet, Martha Mitchell Calling, No Background Music, The Goatwoman of Corvis County, White People, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow and Devil’s Advocate.

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The 2010 Tour of Julius Caesar enjoyed great success, playing at times for audiences of 1000 or more and spanning all across the northeast, from Shelter Island, new York to Bar Harbor, Maine. For the second year, we even brought the Tour home to open our season at the Bernstein Theatre.

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on this remarkable success, with more performances, more new venues, and more return visits. If you’re interested in knowing more or bringing the tour to your area, let us know!

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Contact David Joseph at groupsales@shakespeare.org or visit Shakespeare.org/tour Through generous grants from the “Shakespeare in american Communities” initiative of the national endowment of the arts, and the Bank of america Foundation Shakespeare & Company has been able to continue bringing this program to underserved areas and schools that have little or no funding for the arts.

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eart-rousing, crowd-pleasing, life-changing education programs are a bedrock tradition of Shakespeare & Company. a great example is our ever-popular and ever-expanding new england Tour of Shakespeare. (The name is a bit of a misnomer, as the tour travels far afield to new york and new Jersey as well.) performed at schools and theatres across the northeast, it rips Shakespeare off the bookshelf and into the lives of students who encounter the Bard like they never have before.

as part of the nea grant, Shakespeare & Company has to provide a 1-for-1 match for this essential educational program. Won’t you be part of that match? your contribution helps Shakespeare & Company mount our annual educational tour and bring the Bard’s words to life for many students for the very first time!

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For 29 years, this annual tour has taken the beauty and wonder of Shakespeare’s verse to audiences as it was originally intended. While most school curricula include classroom study of his works, Shakespeare wrote his plays to be seen, heard and experienced in live performance—not read alone and memorized by rote. Seeing and hearing Shakespeare in performance is meeting him on his own terms, and that makes all the difference. Our Education staff has always worked to make Shakespeare work in real time, in real life, for every generation. The Tour presents a 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s best loved titles, and includes a post-show discussion with the entire cast, so the play makes a personal, indelible impact on the audience. Most schools also take advantage of in-depth, hands-on workshops led by the cast. As part of the Tour, we also provide educators with additional tools and resources to support and complement the classroom experience. 74

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ntering its fourth year in fall 2010, The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company is dedicated to training a new generation of classical actors in the skills required to master Shakespeare performance.

By integrating a full range of disciplines—from clown and fight to rhetoric and dance—in a rigorous thirteen-week, collegeaccredited program, the Conservatory prepares young actors to establish themselves and learn how to succeed as professional actors. It attracts actors from around the world who are interested in taking their craft to the next level. The Conservatory is designed to immerse students in a comprehensive experience of Shakespeare performance. The foundation of the work is the full progression of Linklater Voice, an approach to connecting language with breath and voice, taught by teachers trained and designated by Shakespeare & Company co-founder Kristin Linklater.

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This expert training comes in the context of work on a Shakespeare production. This year’s Conservatory class presents Shakespeare’s frolicking comedy As You Like It on December 10 and 11 at Founders’ Theatre. These young actors also join our education artist teams for the closing weeks of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, giving them valuable insight into this flagship Education program.

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For more information about this year’s Conservatory or future sessions, take a look on the web at Shakespeare.org/training, call Director of Training Dennis Krausnick at (413) 637-1199 x112, or email us at training@shakespeare.org.

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t’s been a season of anniversaries and accolades for Kevin g. Coleman, the director of S&Co.’s education program. The Fall Festival of Shakespeare celebrated its 21th anniversary in 2009, Shakespeare in the Courts just finished its 10th innovative year, and last spring Coleman was bestowed the prestigious distinguished arts educator award by the massachusetts arts education Collaborative. in addition to his work as an actor and director, and his workshop engagements here and around the country for actors and educators alike, he’s built our education program into a much-emulated roster of innovative projects that touches the lives of some 50,000 students every year. This season he directs The Winter’s Tale, a production that counts his son Wolfe among its very talented cast.

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how is the economy affecting the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, which has been the flagship of the education program for 21 years?

“It is always a daunting task to find the necessary funding from foundations, individuals, state and local Cultural Councils, the national Endowment for the Arts, and shrinking school budgets. And the current state of the economy is making it even more difficult.

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Unquestionably, the kids, parents, and schools love the program and they work tremendously hard to make it happen each year on the financial side. But yes, its survival is a delicate balance in these challenging times.”

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What’s the craziest thing you’ve done to ensure that the Fall Festival can continue?

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Shakespeare in the Courts project. Where do you see the program going in the next 10 years?

“Probably the most embarrassing thing I’ve done was appearing onstage in a red dress each time we meet our fundraising goal during the Festival. Last year videos of me appeared on YouTube even before I got out of the dress backstage.”

“The project is outrageously ambitious. It received the national Coming Up Taller Award at the White House in 2007 and has also garnered international attention with the London Times cover story in 2003, and most recently The Boston Globe and Washington’s The Voice of America were here on campus for in-depth features on the program. Since its inception we have reshaped the program to make it even more powerful in the lives of the kids. More and more we’re focused on training people to lead the program, both here at our Company and at other Shakespeare companies across the country. Over the next 10 years I’d like to see the model replicated across Massachusetts and serve as a model for other states.”


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What is the most gratifying aspect of the Courts project for you?

“When the kids say it was the hardest thing that they’ve ever done, that they didn’t want to or think they could do, and then at its conclusion there is a nearly universal hew and cry to begin another one immediately.”

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“A mixture of fear for my own job and pride and delight in getting to be around him more and more.” Son, Wolfe Coleman (pictured above) adds, “I'm quite proud to have the chance to work with my dad and with Shakespeare & Company in any capacity -- having grown up in the Company and spending much of my childhood participating in the various education and training programs for young actors (from the Fall Festival to Shakespeare & Young Company), I know firsthand just how important this work is, and how much of a difference it can make in the lives of students, regardless of whether or not they want to pursue acting. It's always an inspiration to be part of a company that devotes so much time and resources to education. It's simply the most effective tool we have to change lives. What could be more vital and worthwhile than that?”

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your son Wolfe has been working with the Company in various roles lately—participating in the Training program’s performance intern program last year, directing in the Fall Festival, and acting in two Shakespeare plays this season. he even co-wrote (with Tom o’Keefe) Wordplay last season and they’re revamping it as More Words! More Play! this year. how do you feel about his increasing involvement at S&Co.?


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magine a playwright who lives in the attic of St. martin’s—the large unused dormitory at the center of our property—spending her days in the cupola writing plays for Shakespeare & Company to perform. even if you haven’t imagined something like this before, Joan ackermann certainly has.

Joan has always felt a “kinship” with Shakespeare & Company. For almost as long as the Company has existed in lenox, she has been a neighbor and friend. “There’s an earthy vitality that sings in the heart of Shakespeare & Company,” she says. “a kind of vagabond spirit that makes me feel at home.” The Taster, receiving its world premiere at Founders’ Theatre this summer, is Joan’s second play forged especially for the Company, written on commission; it lives in the same world of language, literature and imagination that Shakespeare & Company values.

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The Taster features founding Company actor rocco Sisto (an oBie and drama league award-winning actor) in the title role of a Basque food taster and the renowned opera soprano maureen o’Flynn in the dual roles of a medieval Queen and a contemporary opera singer. long familiar with both actors, Joan wrote these parts specifically for them. “rocco and maureen are both so extraordinarily gifted. i feel so lucky that they're willing and able to do these parts this summer and that their voices will inhabit these characters."

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Ice Glen premiered at the Company’s Spring Lawn salon theatre in 2005, telling the story of a reluctant poet whose connection to nature makes a profound impact on the denizens of a crumbling Berkshire Cottage. The idea of writing a play for Shakespeare & Company came from Joan herself. Tina Packer, who went on to direct the play, invited her over to Spring Lawn to find some inspiration, and “after sitting on the floor for less than five minutes, with the outdoor terrace and views of distant rolling hills, the characters wandered in and the play began.” Ice Glen is a play tuned to the music of the Berkshire hills, and the cadences of Shakespeare & Company (the play provided a fitting farewell to the Spring Lawn performance space). Shakespeare & Company’s Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer teams up with Joan again this summer to bring her newest play to life. When producing a new play for the stage, the playwright is frequently involved in casting and the rehearsal process. Where some directors might fear the presence of the playwright in the room, Joan finds that Tina Packer embraces her as a valuable resource. “Working with her is a real collaboration,” Joan says. “Unlike most directors, she’s happy to have the playwright speak up during rehearsals. That’s very unusual and satisfying.” Joan entered the theatre world as an actor, performing in plays in grammar school, high school, college and summer stock. When she was thirteen she won an award for her role as Kate in Shakespeare’s Henry V at the new England globe Theatre Festival. She wrote poetry obsessively when she was a teenager and went on to become a journalist in her late twenties, publishing her first piece in The Atlantic Monthly. In what might come as a surprise to fans of her plays, she served as a Special Contributor to Sports Illustrated for seven years, writing all kinds of first-person adventure pieces and also interviews. ("I wanted to get women athletes into the magazine—who weren't wearing bathing suits," she says.) She also freelanced for Esquire, Time, New York Magazine, GQ, The New Yorker, Audubon and many other magazines. It wasn’t until she found her way to the Berkshires that Joan began writing plays, which she sees as a synthesis of journalism and poetry—since playwriting, of course, relies on characters talking to one another (as a journalist, her editors frequently complimented her ear for dialogue), authenticity (the journalism-style research she loves to do to inform her plays) and a focus on language and voice (the crux of poetry). Playwriting, then, was a natural progression. But for Joan, it came initially out of her desire to act. Joan and her friend gillian Seidl (an actress who studied at Edinburgh College of Speech and Drama and who played Mrs.

Roswell in Ice Glen) started a theatre company twenty-eight years ago in great Barrington so they could act whenever they wanted: a sixty-seat space in an old granary building by the railroad tracks, with lights they made out of stove pipe and seating pieced together from second-hand antique chairs. Today, Mixed Company continues to produce plays—sometimes Joan’s own work, sometimes the work of other playwrights. To date, Joan and gillian have produced almost one hundred titles in their tiny space, surviving only on box office receipts. Their achievement is a testament to the magic of theatre, but Joan remains modest: “Let’s just say for now that Mixed Company has been a tremendous joy and a wonderful laboratory for exploring the craft of playwriting.” Joan continues working as a part-time hiking guide at Canyon Ranch (right across the street from S&Co.), something she’s been doing since the spa resort first opened twenty years ago. Recently certified as a lifeguard, she enjoys teaching kayaking and canoeing, and loves roaming the Berkshire hills. Her love for the outdoors is evident in her work, as nature often features as a character in her writing. “The landscape helps define the people who live there.” This connection to nature is also part of a new mind-body practice/meditation based on ocean stones that she is currently developing in the hopes that it will help others discover a way to ground themselves and find balance with nature. (Octavio’s meditation on the stones in The Taster comes from this practice.)

“After sitting on the floor for less than five minutes, with the outdoor terrace and views of distant rolling hills, the characters wandered in and the play began.” Currently working on two plays (one a commission about Ben Franklin) and two screenplays (one an optioned adaptation of her young adult novel "In the Space Left Behind"), she hopes to have a new play up and running at Mixed Company before the fall. In the meantime, her dream of having a play produced at Founders’ Theatre will come true. "I am so grateful to Tina Packer for being so supportive, for embracing my work and allowing my characters to inhabit that wonderful romantic space." But, as she writes in The Taster, until rehearsals begin, these characters are "suspended in time and space...waiting for new translations... waiting to speak."

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Indeed, voices are what typically inform her plays. She believes that character is “contained in the DnA of the voice.” Her plays tend to be quieter, character-driven pieces that don’t hit audiences over the head with the big-picture issues that many playwrights today are drawn to. But in Joan’s plays you can tell that, as she puts it, “tectonic plates are moving beneath the surface.” You can see this in The Taster, in Off the Map (which was made into a film directed by Campbell Scott) and her first play for Shakespeare & Company, Ice Glen.


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EVELYN STEFANSSoN NEF (1913–2009)

We fondly remember Shakespeare & Company’s dear friend Evvie neff, who explored all worlds — outside: the mountains and arctic wastes; inside: the minds and hearts of men and women. She also generously supported Shakespeare & Company’s Shakespeare in the Courts project benefiting atrisk teens in the Berkshires. Evvie had an indomitable spirit and has left a legacy to inspire us all! JohN KAISER (1936–2009)

John was one of a kind; he loved good wine, good art, good thinking and his wife Helga Orthofer. He crossed cultures, time frames and languages. He was from Alsace, he was from France, he was from new York, he loved the Berkshires, his home for the past 20 years. He went to Vienna every year, he had an office in Portugal. But more than anything he liked fun, wit, conversation – and he always aligned his life to the principles he held dear: fairness and generosity.

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Fran, together with his wife Teddi, headed one of the great families in the Berkshires. He was a wonderful husband and father. He exhibited extraordinary patronage of and support for the arts and especially the cultural organizations of our community. The Laurin family has changed people’s lives both here in Lenox and in Pittsfield. It was, in part, Fran and Teddi’s exceptional generosity that allowed Shakespeare & Company’s free Outdoor Bankside Festival of performances, lectures and hands-on demonstrations to thrive and prosper into the wonderful community and outreach festival that it has become. Shakespeare & Company gratefully dedicates this summer’s Bankside Festival to Fran’s memory and to his family.


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“Like to a double cherry, seeming parted, but yet an union in partition.” A MIDSUMMER nIgHT’S DREAM

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henever she performs in Sea Marks at the Bernstein Theatre this summer, Kristin Wold will be bathed in the light of her husband.

no, it’s not just due to the inspirational influence of her husband, Tom Rindge, but his handiwork installing the light rigging for the theatre back in 2008.

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theatre family, including the renowned Shakespearians Julius, Edwin and, alas, John Wilkes. At Shakespeare & Company, he’s acted in a variety of roles (most recently as the Duke of Venice in Othello), and done everything from climbing trees to massage therapy. His latest challenge at Shakespeare & Company? He’s the production manager and technical director for the 2010-2011 season. Of course, Kristin has her own colorful history at Shakespeare & Company. She first met Tony Simotes (Company co-founder and new Artistic Director) as an undergrad at Florida State University and, after graduating in 1987, she made the trip up north to join the Company and became a permanent part of the performance family. In the 1990’s, she worked in the Education Program, teaching school residencies and acting in three new England Tours of Shakespeare before gravitating toward teaching in the Training Department. The two met when Tom came to see a production at Mixed Company (playwright Joan Ackermann’s company in great Barrington) that featured Kristin. He was looking for actors for a project he was working on with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Doug Trumbull. Kristin expressed an interest in the project and gave him her number. He never called. Sometime later they were both at an opening night party at The Mount that was forced indoors by rain. In close quarters they met again and got to know each other better. Presumably, this time somebody picked up the phone afterwards.


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Katharine ABBRUZZESE first season (Portia/ Casca in Julius Caesar) recently graduated Vassar College where she studied psychology, literature, and drama while acting and directing in the Vassar College Shakespeare Troupe, Vassar Improv, and Philaletheis Society. Her favorite roles from her time at Vassar include Tilly (The Melancholy Play), Tranio (Taming of the Shrew), and Zillah (Bright Room Called Day). She received the Molly Thatcher Kazan Memorial Prize for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth in the college’s allfemale production of Macbeth. Katharine spent two summers at the critically acclaimed Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, performing the roles

Joan Ackermann third season (Playwright, The Taster) is co-founder and Artistic Director of Mixed Company theatre in Great Barrington, now in its 28th year. Her numerous plays include Zara Spook and Other Lures, Stanton’s Garage, Marcus is Walking, The Batting Cage, Ice Glen, Isabella (a musical for which she wrote the music and lyrics), The Second Beam, and Off The Map which she adapted for the film, featured at Cannes and Sundance. Actors Theatre of Louisville (four Humana Festivals), Cleveland Playhouse, The George Street Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Guthrie, and The Vineyard Theatre are some of the many theatres where her plays have been produced. SHAWN AHMED first season (Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) Hailing from Toronto, Canada. Considers himself extremely fortunate to be a part of PIP. Theatre (leads): Gandhi High, Brown Side Story. Film: Saw VI (Allen), Flight 93 (Saeed), The Tracey Fragments. Actor/writer/producer in Comedy group Fade to Brown. Much love to family and friends. STI in ‘09 and has a BA in Economics (University of Toronto).

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& Playbill Advertising) S&Co: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Marquise de Merteuil), Bad Dates (Haley Walker), The Ladies Man (Suzanne), Othello (Bianca), Rough Crossing (Natasha), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Ford); Ice Glen (Dulce); The Comedy of Errors (Adrianna), Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret), King Lear (Regan), Ethan Frome (Mattie), The Valley of Decision (Fulvia), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), A Tanglewood Tale (Sophia), Twelfth Night (Antonia), Richard III (Anne), All’s Well That Ends Well (Helena), Wit (Susie), The Winter’s Tale (Perdita), Mercy (Annie), Much Ado About Nothing (Ursula), and Pericles (Thaisa/Diana). Regional: Boston Theatre Works: Angels in America (Angel/Nurse) and Emilia (Othello); Mixed Company: Ten Minutes in the Berkshires Play Festival(s). Canada: Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Alma), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Nora), Fifth of July (Shirley), Ludlow Fair (Rachel). Independent Films: Trigger Finger; Seriously Twisted. Elizabeth won a 2009 Elliot Norton Award for her performance in Bad Dates at Merrimack Repertory and S&Co., and was recently nominated for an I.R.N.E. award for the same role. She also provides the voices for commercials and animated features.

Well That Ends Well (Bertram), Rough Crossing (Gal), Blue/Orange (Bruce), The Mission of Jane (Julian Lethbury), The Promise (Jean Le Fanois), As You Like It (Oliver/Corin), Comedy of Errors (Angelo), King Lear (Edgar), Much Ado About Nothing (Don John/Sexton), Henry V (Fluellen), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), Macbeth (Macduff), and Julius Caesar (Antony). Regional: Julius Caesar (Cassius) at Shakespeare Now, Betrayal (Robert) at Nora Theatre, Einstein’s Dreams (Eduard Einstein) at Culture Project NYC, A Life in the Theatre (John) and The End of the Day (Grayden Massey) at Ensemble Theatre, Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio) at Swine Palace; also Knightbridge Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Mixed Company, and theatre in England, where he has also worked in TV and film.

Elizabeth Aspenlieder* fifteenth season (Hermione in The Winter’s Tale, Haley in Bad Dates; Director of Markething/Publicity

JASON ASPREY* sixteenth season (Lord Hastings/Lord Mayor/Oxford in Richard III, Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale) S&Co: Hamlet (Title Role), White People (Alan Harris), All’s

Stephen Ball twenty-second season (Lighting Designer for Julius Caesar, Mengelberg and Mahler, Sea Marks, Bad Dates, Real Inspector Hound; General Manager) Lighting & Set Designs: Boston, Falmouth, Foxboro, and Lenox, MA; Sharon, CT; New York, NY; New Hope, PA; Marietta, GA; Miami, FL; lighting for last season’s Hound of the Baskervilles and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Executive Education in non-profit management, Harvard’s Kennedy School; M.B.A., University of Miami; M.F.A., N.Y.U.’s Tisch School. Steve holds the 2002 Achievement Award from the Town of Ripton, MA, Candlelight Council.

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ANGELA M. BAYLER third season (Stage Manager for The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) S&Co: Toad of Toad Hall (SM), Pericles (SM), Romeo & Juliet Tour (SM), The Mad Pirate and the Mermaid (SM), The Canterville Ghost (ASM), Cindy Bella (SM); Milwaukee Shakespeare: Twelfth Night,

Bill Barclay*

Cymbeline (ASM); Madison Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival (SM); Little Theatre on the Square: Hairspray, My Fair Lady, Crazy for You, The Sound of Music, La Cage Aux Folles (ASM). Prior to embarking on a stage-managing career, Angela worked at the Decatur Park District in Decatur, IL as a Supervisor of Cultural Arts. ROBERT BIGGS* ninth season (Lord Stanley in Richard III and Estaban/Bernard in The Taster) S&Co: Othello (Lodovico), Twelfth Night (Feste), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince), A&C (Lepidus), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Evans), The Taming of the Shrew (Gremio), King John (Austria), The Tempest (Stephano), As You Like It (Adam), Observe The Sons Of Ulster… (Willy). Regional: The Grapes of Wrath (CT Repertory). Christmas Carol, The Little Prince (StageWest). Waiting for Lefty; Say Goodnight, Gracie; Balm In Gilead (Steppenwolf). Film: Speck’s

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Last, Severance, Continental Divide. Robert is currently developing The Dick and the Rose, a sad little musical for clowns. Patrick Brennan seventh season (Set Designer for Richard III and The Winter’s Tale; Props Master) Patrick worked at S&Co from 1992–98 as Props Master and occasional set designer for numerous productions ranging from Shakespeare to Wharton adaptations to contemporary plays. He also participated in Dibble Dance for two seasons and several seasons of the Fall Festival. He has recently relocated to the Berkshires and is very happy to be here indeed. Nicholas Bussett first season (Stage Manager for Julius Caesar and The Amorous Quarrel) Nick is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University holding a BA in Theatre Arts Management. He has recently completed a full season internship with Actors

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Theatre of Louisville; He worked on 5 main stage productions as well as SM the A/I Company 10’s. He has also traveled to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with WCSU as their PSM. Dani Cervone first season (Calphurnia/Lucius/ Metellus Cimber/Artemidorus in Julius Caesar) In NYC, Dani has performed at The Looking Glass Theatre, The Richmond Shepard Theatre, and The Workshop Theatre. She has also toured with The National Theatre for Children and Chamber Theatre Productions. Some of her favorite roles have been the title role in Educating Rita, Sally in You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Helen in The Cripple of Inishmaan. WILL CLELAND first season (Lighting Designer for The Comedy of Errors) North East Shakespeare Ensemble: Lighting designer for Comedy of Errors and Waiting for Godot. Master Electrician for King Lear and Much Ado about Nothing. Opera North: Master Electrician for Carmen, The Barber of Seville, The Magic Flute, Madame Butterfly, Falstaff, Turandot, Albert Herring, Il Trovatore. William is a native of Vermont and has been lighting for theater and photography since 1998. KEVIN G. COLEMAN founding member (Director of The Winter’s Tale and The Mystery of Irma Vep; Director of Education) teaches text analysis, stage combat, clown and directing. Kevin has been a guest teacher or director at the American Stage Company, MIT, Harvard, UMass/Boston, L.S.U., SUNY/Albany, Stanford University, Shenandoah Shakespeare, Queensland University of Technology-Brisbane, Australia, Lincoln Center,

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Bill Barclay* seventh season (Ratcliff/1st Murderer in Richard III, Composer/Sound Designer and u/s Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale; Resident Music Director) S&Co: over 15 past productions. Artistic Associate, Resident Acting Company member at the Actors’ Shakespeare Project (8 productions including Director, Timon of Athens), Acting Company member at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, UK. 2008 Winner of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, the nation’s largest grant for actors, and a 2009 and 2010 recipient of Meet the Composer grants.


Who’s Who From Page 113 the Folger Library in Washington, DC, the Stratford Festival in Ontario, and the Mercury Theatre in Colchester, UK. Outside of the Education Program, Kevin is the Project Director for the National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare, a program funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities where high school teachers from across the nation train with the master teachers of Shakespeare & Company and internationally renowned scholars in a month-long, intensive workshop. Shakespeare & Company’s Education Program has been recognized by the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities, the MacArthur Foundation and the GE Foundation as a “Champion of Change” in Arts in Learning. It also received the Commonwealth Award, the highest honor awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council for contributions to the quality of life for Mass. residents in the arts, humanities and sciences. He was recently honored at the White House for the Education Program’s work with

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juvenile offenders which received the Coming Up Taller award. He has also received the Teaching Artist Award for Theatre from Massachusetts. For the past 18 years, Kevin has served as the Theatre Director at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge. Kevin holds degrees from St. Louis University and NYU. WOLFE COLEMAN, tenth season (Young Shepard in The Winter’s Tale, Brakenbury/Ely/ Assistant to the Director of Richard III, co-writer, More Words! More Play!) first appeared in Macbeth performed at the Mount in 1996. Since then he has had many swordfights, worn the red nose, wooed a lady or three, taunted a nun, discoursed with fairies, strutted, fretted, and had a clever bit with an umbrella. His favorite misadventures at S&Co. were had with the Very Young Company, the most riotous of youths. Heather R. Coulter, fourth season (Second Assistant Stage Manager for Richard III, Winter’s Tale) Heather has been involved with Shakespeare & Company since high school, where she participated in the Fall Festival and Young Company. In addition to serving as Assistant Production Manager at the end of the 2009 season, her stage management credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ASM), The Goatwoman of Corvis County (2nd ASM) and Pinter’s Mirror (ASM).

of the Shrew (Baptista), Much Ado About Nothing (Don Pedro), Henry V (Pistol/French King), The Tempest (Caliban), Complete Works abridged (Jon), Twelfth Night (Orsino), Richard III (Buckingham), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), Custom of the Country (Elmer Moffat), Twelfth Night (Aguecheek), Macbeth (title role), and Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick). In addition to last summer’s critically acclaimed Twelfth Night, Jon has directed many New England Tours, Bankside shows, Summer Institute productions, Young Company performances, and more than 40 others in Residencies. Jon has directed professionally in Chicago, Milwaukee and North Carolina…and has acted at the NY Shakespeare Festival, Missouri Rep, NC Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Rep, St. Louis Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Playmakers Rep, the Studio Arena, The Woodstock Playhouse, The Actors’ Theatre, the Actors’ Warehouse, and the Actors’ Lab…others, too, with stranger names— Sparkplug Stage Co., The New Theatre Co., Monkeywrench Productions, Twentieth Century, ComedyCo., The Lighter Side Theater Co.

JONATHAN CROY twenty-fifth season (Director of Julius Caesar and The Real Inspector Hound, Assistant Director of Richard III; Youth Programs Director). A Company member since 1982, Jon has played more than 60 roles in over 50 plays, including Rough Crossing (Turai), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Dr. Caius), The Taming

PAUL D’AGOSTINO third season (Alberto in The Amorous Quarrel; Riotous Youth Faculty) S&Co: Romeo & Juliet (Nurse/Friar), Toad of Toad Hall (Mole), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon/Theseus). Regionally, Paul has worked with Speakeasy Stage Co., Gloucester Stage Co., The Devanaughn Theatre, and most recently A Christmas Carol at The Hanover Theatre. An alumnus of Shakespeare & Company’s Monthlong Intensive, he also holds a B.A. in Theater from Gordon College a Master’s in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory.

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MEAGHAN DALEY first season (Assistant Stage Manager for The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) Meaghan is a recent graduate of Wellesley College and is proud to be joining the team at S&Co. Some of her stage management credits include Hamlet and Cymbeline for the Shakespeare Society and assistant stage managing The Importance of Being Earnest for Wellesley Summer Theatre. Training: BA in Theatre Studies from Wellesley College. Johnny Lee Davenport* tenth season (Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale, King Edward/ Blunt in Richard III). S&Co: Johnny has appeared in Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Henry IV, Macbeth, King Lear, Merry Wives of Windsor, Measure For Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet and Henry V. Most recently, he played The Sea King in The Little Mermaid at the Wheelock in Boston, where he also performed with The Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Commonwealth Shakespeare and New Repertory Theatre. Other regional credits include The Tennessee Shakespeare Co., Alabama Shakespeare, The Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Shakespeare, Arizona Stage Co., Virginia Stage, Theatre Virginia, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, ACT in Seattle, Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Shakespeare, The Goodman, Steppenwolf, The Court Theatre, and The Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. PETER DAVENPORT* third season (Crumpet the Elf in The Santaland Diaries) S&Co: All’s Well That Ends Well (Amor Dumaine), Scenes From An Execution (Admiral Sufficci, staged reading). Nat’l Tour: Sound Of Music (Captain Georg von Trapp). Regional: Lyric

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Lucinda Childs, Jacob’s Pillow. International: La Scala (Milan), Bayerisches Staatsballet (Munich), and the National Ballets of England, Denmark, Australia, Belgium, Canada and Russia. Graduate of the Yale School of Drama. Jonathan Epstein* nineteenth season (Leontes in The Winter’s Tale) S&Co: King Lear (Lear), Much Ado… (Dogberry, Benedick), Midsummer (Bottom, Puck), Richard III (Richard), Merry Wives, Henry IV (Falstaff), Merchant of Venice (Shylock), Henry V, Women of Will II (Director). BTF: Amadeus (Salieri), Cuckoo’s Nest (McMurphy), Educating Rita (Frank), Via Dolorosa (David). Also: A.R.T, Intiman, Shakespeare Theatre, A.T.L.. Broadway/National Tour: Dirty Dancing, Meeting by the River, La Mancha. Eliot Norton Awards 1991 & 1998. Leia Espericueta first season (Lady Anne in Richard III, Dorcas in The Winter’s Tale) Regional: Madison Repertory Theatre: The Greeks (Helen of Troy, Briseis); American Players Theatre: Long

Days Journey Into Night (Cathleen); Mid-West premiere at Forward Theater of Durang’s Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them (Felicity); Professional premiere of Stuck (Ella) at In Tandem Theatre. Born and raised in California, Leia received her MFA at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Special thanks to Tony Simotes, her familia, and Jer 1436 Emile Fallaux first season (Director of Mengelberg and Mahler) Studies: acting/ directing in Amsterdam. Work: correspondent in New York, awards for innovative video-letters from Nicaragua, USA and Siberia, director International Film Festival Rotterdam, producer/ director of documentaries, writer/director feature movie Liefje, script doctor, chief editor national weekly Vrij Nederland. With Daniel Klein he wrote the screenplay that inspired the theater monologue Mengelberg and Mahler. David Fierro first season (Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!)

NYC: Columbia Stages: Three Sisters (Andrey, dir. Andrei Serban), The Bald Soprano (Mr. Smith, dir. Niky Wolcz), Woyzeck (Woyzeck, dir. Ulla Wolcz), The Cherry Orchard (Gayev, dir. Kon Yi) Regional: San Francisco Shakespeare Festival: Midsummer (Snug/Fairy, dir. Kenneth Kelleher), Comedy of Errors (The Dromios, dir. Rebecca Ennals), Marin Shakespeare Company: Merry Wives (Pistol, dir. Robert Currier) TRAINING: Columbia University MFA Candidate 2011, S&Co Month-long Intensive, Summer Training Congress A.C.T. 2006 Jules Findlay third season (Metaphrastus in The Amorous Quarrel; Riotous Youth Intern) S&Co: Leap Year Benefit with Olympia Dukakis (Johnny); Young Company ‘08–’10: Henry V (Dauphin, Burgundy); Henry VI part 1 (Lord Talbot); Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Syracuse), The Boys Of York (Warwick); The Life of Queen Meg (Jack Cade, King Edward). Graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School, MA in 2008. NMH roles: The Crucible (Rev. Hale), The Complete History of America (abridged). “We are such stuff as dreams are made on.” LIZZIE FOX first season (Frosina in The Amorous Quarrel; Riotous Youth Intern) Williams College: Twelfth Night (Viola), Machinal (Helen Jones), King Lear (Fool/Cordelia), Company (April). S&Co Education Programs: Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Hamlet (Ophelia), Much Ado About Nothing (Hero). Lizzie will graduate from Williams College in 2012 with a BA in Comparative Literature.

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Who’s Who From Page 115 Kitchen Theatre: Secret Order (Alice). Publick Theatre: Romeo & Juliet (u/s Juliet), Young Co. Director ’07. Wellesley Summer Theatre: Playboy of the Western World (Pegeen), An Ideal Husband (Mabel), Pride & Prejudice (Lydia Bennet) (IRNE Nomination, Best Supporting Actress). BA Wellesley College: Theatre Studies, Political Theory. Steve Ginsburg first season (Assistant Director of The Winters Tale, Director of More Words! More Play! and Prelude) In 2004 Steve trained with Shakespeare & Company. Steve worked with the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Anna Deveare-Smith, Robbie McCauley, New World Theater, Sojourn Theatre and others. Since September 2001 Steven has been a co-founding artistic director of HartBeat Ensemble, Hartford CT. Steve is proud to be included in TCG’S choice of American Theatre’s 40 young theater artists to watch. Currently

he is attending Boston University for his MFA in Directing. Nigel Gore* fifth season (Buckingham in Richard III, Men in Women of Will). S&Co: Claudius in Hamlet, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mark Antony in Antony and Cleopatra, Lavache in All’s Well That Ends Well, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. Recent work: George in Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf, Eliot Norton Outstanding Actor, IRNE Best Actor nominations. Seasons 2/3 of “Brotherhood” on Showtime Michelle Guadalupe first season (Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) Regional: Boleros for the Disenchanted (Petra/Monica) at Barksdale Theater. OffBroadway: The New Hopeville Comics (Myrtle) at American Theater of Actors. Wellesley: Hamlet (Laertes), Angels in America (Belize). Training: B.A. Wellesley College, LAMDA, NTI, S&Co. Thank you to all those I love in my life!

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Cathy Gray seventh season (Costume Designer for The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) S&Co: Design Asst. for Hamlet, The Ladies Man, Servant of Two Masters; numerous designs for the Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Regional: Merrimack Rep: Flings & Eros (Asst. Designer), Bard College of Simon’s Rock: Angels in America: Part One (Designer). Film: Speck’s Last (Asst. Designer), Come Life (Costume Historian). Costume Historian/Fiber Artist for Hancock Shaker Village. BA with honors, American Studies, Mount Holyoke College, graduate work in American History, Utah State University. DANA HARRISON fifth season (Emelia/ Mopsa in The Winter’s Tale; Cynthia in The Real Inspector Hound; Audience Services Manager; Education Artist) S&Co: White People (Mara Lynn Dodson), Othello (Desdemona u/s-performed), Cindy Bella (Clorinda), The Canterville Ghost (Lucretia Otis), Scapin (Nerine), Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World (Juliet, Helena, Phoebe, Margaret), Les Liaisons Dengereuses (u/s Marquise de Merteuil), Bad Dates (u/s Haley Walker). Regional, local and London Fringe credits include: Macbeth (Third Witch), The Tempest (Trinculo), King Lear (Goneral), Dancing at Lughnasa (Christina Mundy), Old Times (Anna), Play (The Wife), Sin (Avery), The Dining Room (various roles), FM (Constance). Independent Films: All In the Game (Crystal Sullivan), Trigger Finger (Becky). Dana holds a Master’s degree from Emerson College.

Oldcastle Theatre Co. in Bennington, VT. Most recently with OTC: Third, Beauty Queen of Leenane, One Two Three, Our Town. Recently she has worked at Bard College as well as having worked with East Tennessee State University & Green Mountain College (the last two on joint projects with OTC). In New York, Diane has stage managed with Circle East Rep., Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Irish Arts Center, and EST, amongst others. Love to Tini & Nick. Kaitlin J. Henderson fifth season (Lucilia in The Amorous Quarrel; Riotous Youth Faculty) S&Co: Toad of Toad Hall (Marigold/ Chief Weasel), Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio/ Lady Capulet), Shakespeare & The Language that Shaped a World (ensemble), Fall Festival of Shakespeare (Director 2006-2009). Other credits include: Tartuffe (Elmire), Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret), You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Lucy). Kaitlin holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Gordon College and is an alumnus of the Shakespeare & Company Month Long Intensive. She is excited to begin the M.F.A. in Acting program at Northern Illinois University this fall!

Diane Healy* second season (Stage Manager for Women of Will, The Winter’s Tale.) S&Co: All’s Well That Ends Well. Six seasons with

Ross Bennett Hurwitz second season (Erastus in The Amorous Quarrel; Riotous Youth Faculty) S&Co: Measure for Measure (Claudio/ Froth/ Varrius) and Wordplay (Ensemble). Regional: Ensemble Studio Theatre: Burning Leaves, reading (Jesse), Actors Shakespeare Project: Taming of the Shrew (Bianca, Elliot Norton nom.), Forestburgh Playhouse: Gypsy (LA), Cabaret (Hermann), The Producers (Ensemble/dancer). Emerson Stage: The Best Little Whorehouse… (Aggie/Dogette), Much Ado… (Conrade), City of Angels (Jimmy

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ELIZABETH INGRAM* fourteenth season (Queen Margaret in Richard III) S&Co: Pinter’s Mirror (Flora), All’s Well That Ends Well (Countess), Merry Wives (Mistress Quickly), Enchanted April (Mrs. Graves), Coriolanus (Volumnia), The Winter’s Tale (Paulina), Mrs. Klein, (Mrs. Klein), Comedy of Errors (Abess), Love’s Labours Lost (Holofernes). Other USA repertory theatres. Great Britain productions. The West End Theatre, Royal National Theatre, repertory companies in England and Scotland. BBC TV. Malcolm Ingram* fifteenth season (Old Shepherd in The Winter’s Tale; Text and Vocal Coach) S&Co credits include: Rough Crossing (Ivor), Blue/Orange (Robert), Enchanted April (Mellersh Wilton), The Merry Wives of Windsor

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(Falstaff), Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato), King Lear (Kent), Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence), Private Eyes (Adrian). Other credits include: Broadway: Match, The Rivals. BTF: Rat in the Skull, Hay Fever. Actors Theater of Lousiville: All My Sons. StageWest: Someone To Watch Over Me. Syracuse Stage includes: Little Women, My Fair Lady, The Crucible, Oliver. London: West End: Half Life, Dirty Linen, New Foundland, Popkiss. Royal Court credits include: The Fool, Total Eclipse. Riverside Studios: Julius Ceasar, As You Like It. The Roundhouse: The Glass Menagerie, Skyvers, Feast of Fools. Plus many other regional theatre productions in the UK. TV includes: “The Camerons”, “Beloved Enemy”, and most recently in the US “Chapelle’s Show”.

Youth) S&Co: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Madame de Volanges), Toad of Toad Hall (Rat), Scapin (Zerbinetta), Macbeth Spring Tour (Lady Macduff/Lennox), Comedy of Errors (Luciana), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Fairy). Regional Credits: Barrington Stage Company: Cyrano De Bergerac (Duenna); Funny Girl (Mrs. Meeker). Berkshire Theatre Festival: Camelot (Lady); Wilder, Wilder… (Dodie, Beulah). Jacob’s Pillow: Historias (Guest Dancer); The Wharton Salon: Xingu (Mrs. Leverett). New York Credits: Heights Players: Babes in Toyland (Mary). Gallery Players: Pirates of Penzance (Isabel). 92nd St Y: Diamonds and Jewels Cabaret (Soloist). Jennie has appeared in numerous local productions and is currently a member of Shakespeare & Company’s Education Team.

JENNIE M. JADOW fifth season (Mascarill in The Amorous Quarrel; Director of Riotous

Kate johnson first season (Stage Manager for Women of Will, Sea Marks, Mengelberg and

DAVID JOSEPH fifth season (Hugh in The Amorous Quarrel, cast in The Real Inspector Hound; Director of Sales) S&Co: Sea Captain/ First Officer in Twelfth Night, Dandini in Cindy Bella, Cyrus in The Mad Pirate and the Mermaid, Octave in Scapin, Herve in Kerfol, and Florindo in The Servant of Two

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Mahler) SM credits: Cabaret Tuesdays at Drury Lane Water Tower Place with the Chicago Cabaret Professionals, The StarFright Orchestra at Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Same Time Next Year, Almost Maine, Veronica’s Room, Stones in His Pockets, Two Rooms, Cliffhanger, and The Glass Menagerie (NH Theatre Awards 2008 winner for Best Play), with the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Training: Stage Management Internship with the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre & Drama from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Who’s Who From Page 117 Masters, two spring tours of Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World. Regional: the World Premiere of Ballet Metropolis’ Dracula (Jonathan Parker) at the Colonial Theatre. Films credits include: All In The Game, Deathcam, and Get Your Act Together. Feature films include Glowing Screens, Magdalena’s Brain. David moved back from NYC seven years ago where he was in many Off-Broadway shows and a national tour of Man of La Mancha. In 2008, David was blessed with the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park. Sean Kazarian second season (Brutus in Julius Caesar) S&Co: Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio/Capulet/Sampson). Other Credits include: Workshop of Treasure Island with the Directors Company. Much Ado About Nothing with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. Twelfth Night with Salt Lake Shakespeare. A Christmas Carol and Cyrano de Bergerac with

Milwaukee Repertory Theater. And Julius Caesar and Enchanted April with Pioneer Theater Company. Training: University of Utah Actor Training Program. Hope Rose Kelly* seventh season (Stage Manager for Richard III and The Taster; Production Stage Manager) S&Co: Rough Crossing, Blue/Orange, The Ladies Man, Othello (2008 & 2009), Twelfth Night. Regional: The Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, George Street Playhouse. Education: M.A from University of Toronto and B.A. from Ithaca College. Member of Actors’ Equity Association and serves as Co-Secretary on the Board for the Stage Managers’ Association. Shea Kelly third season (Shepherdess in The Winter’s Tale) S&Co: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Adele); Fall Festival of Shakespeare: Richard III (Richard), Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), The Winter’s Tale (Mopsa), A Midsummer

Night’s Dream (Helena); Shakespeare & Young Company: The Boys of York (Richard), Marina (Marina), Capulet’s Daughter (Juliet), The Comedy of Errors (Dromio of Ephesus), Berkshire Theatre Festival: Alice in Wonderland (Alice). Shea will be a freshman Performance Major at Fordham University in the fall. SCOTT KILLIAN fifth season (Composer/Sound Designer for Richard III, The Taster) Resident Composer/Sound Designer Berkshire Theatre Festival (over 25 productions); Manhattan Theatre Club: Sarah, Sarah; Five by Tenn; A Picasso (Lortel nom.); The Other Side. Red Bull: Duchess of Malfi, Women Beware Women, Edward the Second; Rattlestick: Steve and Idi, Miss Julie. Regional Theatres: Alley Theatre, Westport Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre (DC), Seattle Rep, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park, Geva Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse (“Jessie Award” for Outstanding Sound Design). Original Music for Dance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nikolais-Louis Dance, The Jose Limon Company. Daniel Klein first season (Playwright of Mengelberg and Mahler) is the author (with Tom Cathcart) of the New York Times bestseller, “Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar”. A graduate of Harvard in philosophy, he was written or co-written over thirty other books including “The Half-Jewish Book”. He lives with his wife, Freke Vuijst, the American correspondent for the Dutch weekly, Vrij Nederland, in Great Barrington.

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Govane Lohbauer twenty-ninth season (Costume Designer for Julius Caesar, Women Of Will, The Taster, Set and Costume Designer for Mengelberg and Mahler, Costume Director) Selected credits at S&Co: Twelfth Night, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Hound of the Baskervilles, Shirley Valentine, Golda’s Balcony, The Ladies Man, Rough Crossing, Enchanted April, Martha Mitchell Calling, Ice Glen, Lettice and Lovage, Collected Stories, Ethan Frome, Macbeth, An International Episode, Glimpses of the Moon, Summer, Wit, House of Mirth; Regional: Arabian Nights, Red Noses, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Metamorphosis, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol, Once Upon A Mattress, Top

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Girls, H.M.S. Pinafore, Gianni Schicci, Carousel, The Merry Widow; La Finta Giardiniera. As Adjunct Faculty/Designer, Simon’s Rock of Bard College: Cloud Nine, Our Country’s Good, Suddenly Last Summer. Robert Lohbauer fifteenth season (Willem Mengelberg in Mengelberg and Mahler; Weapons Master) S&Co: Twelfth Night (Curio/ Priest), The Mad Pirate and the Mermaid (Erasmus), Scapin (Argante); The Tamer Tamed (Petronius), Chekov One Acts (Luka and Nikita), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Egeus), Romeo and Juliet (Lord Montegue), Woman in Black (character men), Glimpses of the Moon (Lord Streffington), Private Eyes (Frank); Regional:

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Arabian Nights (Sheik Harun Al Rashid), Equus (Dysart), Dear Liar (GB Shaw), The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Father Donnelly), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Gaston), Red Noses (Le Grue), To Kill a Mockingbird (Judge Taylor/ Walter Cunningham). Paul D. Masterson: first season (Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) Regional: The Guthrie Theatre: Postcards from Earth (The Builder), Actors Theatre of Louisville: The Group (Sanford Meisner), Virginia Shakespeare Festival: Two Gentlemen of Verona (Outlaw, Musician), King Lear (King of France, Knight), Virginia Stage Company: Treasure Island (Hunter/Dirk), CalArts: The Seagull (Medvedenko), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Padric), Jack or the Submission (Mother/ Father Jack), The Bacchae (Second Messenger), Training: M.F.A. CalArts, B.A. The College of William and Mary. Paul is a founding executive member of Warrior Poet Productions based in Los Angeles, and a Dueling Arts International certified stage combat instructor. Amanda Nicole Mattes third season (Costume Designer for The Amorous Quarrel; Stitcher) S&Co: Toad of Toad Hall (Asst. Costume Designer), The Mad Pirate & The Mermaid (Asst. Costume Designer) Regional: The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (First Hand), The Alabama Ballet (Associate Costume Dir.), Romantasy’s Corset Company (Design &

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Construction), Birmingham Festival Theatre (Costume Design Bus Stop). Training: B.A. with Honors in Theatrical Design & Technology from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. CORINNA MAY* nineteenth season (Paulina in The Winter’s Tale; Young Company Faculty) S&Co. favorites: Twelfth Night, Enchanted April, Roman Fever, An International Episode, Jack and Jill, Betrayal, Fortune and Misfortune, House of Mirth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet. Recently: premiere of Thirty Story Masterpieces by Tommy Smith, in NYC; starred in feature film Split Ends, being distributed this June (www.splitendsthemovie.com). National Tour: The Graduate with Jerry Hall/ Linda Gray/Lorraine Bracco/Kelly McGillis/ Morgan Fairchild. Regional (selected): Berkshire Theatre Festival, Syracuse Stage, Capitol Rep., Rep. Theater of St. Louis, Studio Arena Theatre. Film: Rain Without Thunder; A Secret Little War. Television: “Bourbon Street” (pilot); “Law & Order”; “PBS: Evening at the Pops”. Playwright: Dancing with the Czar. Designated Linklater voice teacher. Proud to be a member of Actors’ Equity Association! JOSH AARON MCCABE* fifth season (Camillo in The Winters Tale, Catesby in Richard III; Company Manager) S&Co: Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses; Sherlock Holmes in Hound of the Baskervilles; Host of the Garter in Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth in the New

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Who’s Who From Page 119 England Tour and Shakespeare & the Language that Shaped a World. Josh performed OffBroadway playing the role of Mike in the New York Times critically acclaimed Peep Show at Actor’s Playhouse. Regional theatres include Madison Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee’s Chamber Theatre, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Milwaukee’s Renaissance Theaterworks. He has appeared in national commercials, various daytime serials and Saturday Night Live. Josh is honored to direct and teach as a part of S&Co’s Education Dept. Josh received his MFA in Acting from The University of Wisconsin–Madison and is a proud member of AEA, AFTRA and SAG. GARDNER MCKAY (Playwright, Sea Marks) was an actor, playwright, critic, photographer, and sculptor who appeared in more than 100

films for television in the 1960s. In addition to Sea Marks, plays include Toyer, In Order of Appearance and Masters of the Sea. Ashley Meczywor second season (Toinette in The Amorous Quarrel; Riotous Youth Intern) currently attends Williams College and will be a sophomore there this fall. She plans on double majoring in Theatre Arts and Psychology, and currently works in the scene shop on campus. Throughout high school, she participated in The Fall Festival and Spring Young Company. Ashley participated in Summer Young Company the summer of 2009. Kara D. Midlam third season (Costume Designer for The Winter’s Tale; First Hand) Recent Costume Design: Edinburgh Fringe Festival: Moonshine, Peepshow; RED CAT, Los Angeles: Moonshine, Ontological Hysteric; NYC: La Santa; Cohoes Music Hall: Beauty

and the Beast; Montreal Fringe Festival: The Immaculates (performer and assistant designer). Kara is a member of the designer based theater company Sintroca. Visit www.sintroca.com to view recent work. Janel Miley first season (Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) S&Co Conservatory ‘09: Pericles (Dionyza). Regional: Proof (Claire), Measure for Measure (Juliet) at ECT, Collected Stories (Lisa) at Ark Theatre, Much Ado About Nothing (u/s Margaret) at Folger Theatre, Mondo Shakespeare Jr. (Lady Anne) at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival), The Borrowers (Arrietty) at Imagination Stage, Miss Julie (title role), Twelfth Night (Viola), and Erik Ehn’s 13 Christs (ensemble) at Run of the Mill Theater. ANNETTE MILLER* thirteenth season (Duchess in Richard III) is the winner of the 2003 Elliot

Norton Award plus IRNE Award for Best Actress as Golda Meir, 2003. S&Co: The Ladies Man (Madame Aigreville), Martha Mitchell Calling (Martha)—toured at Stageworks Hudson (Best Actress, Independent News 2007) and at The Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables, FL, and in Oct ‘08 at the Nora Theater Co. (2009 Elliot Norton Award nominee); Full Gallop (Diana Vreeland); Golda’s Balcony (Golda); Love Letters and Ancestral Voices (with A.R. Gurney); Collected Stories (Ruth Steiner); Richard III (Margaret); Twelfth Night (Maria); Merchant of Venice (Nerissa); Ethan Frome (Zenobia). B’way: Odd Couple–female version (Sylvie). Off B’way: The Primary English Class (Debbie Wastba). Boston: Shubert Theater, Dance of Death (Woman with Ben Gazzara, Colleen Dewhurst), Nobody Dies on Friday at A.R.T. (Paula Strasberg), The Seagull (Arkadina), Hamlet (Gertrude), The Cherry Orchard (Madam Ranyevskaya), Glass Menagerie (Amanda), Sisters Rosensweig (Sarah). Film: Autumn Heart, Next Karate Kid, Night School, Boardwalk, The Company Men. TV: As the World Turns (Smythe/Bettina) Brotherhood (Kate). Training: Stella Adler, Brandeis University B.A. and M.F.A. MOLIèRE (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) (Playwright, The Amorous Quarrel) was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière’s best-known dramas are The Misanthrope, The School for Wives, The Learned Women, Tartuffe, The Miser, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Bourgeois Gentleman.

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MEG O’CONNOR fourth season (Marinetta in The Amorous Quarrel, Mrs. Drudge in The Real Inspector Hound; Director of Shakespeare & Young Company) S&Co: Shakespeare and the Language that Shaped a World, Toad of Toad Hall. Meg is proud to be a member of the Education Department, where she teaches and directs in a variety of projects including the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, Shakespeare in the Courts, elementary, middle, and high school residencies, and the spring and summer sessions of Young Company. Education: Wesleyan University (B.A.), the Chicago College of Performing Arts (M.A.) MAUREEN O’FLYNN* first season (Queen/ Claudia in The Taster), has sung leading roles in virtually every major opera house in the world, including; Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden, Vienna Staatsoper, Deutch Oper Berlin, La Fenice, Teatro Bilbao, Chicago Lyric Opera, Houston Grand Opera, and the Dallas Opera. Theatre credits include Marianne in The Miser, Sister Rita in The Runner Stumbles, Maggie

in Sheltering Snow (Joan Ackermann; Mixed Company). Musical Theatre: Rose in Street Scene, Julie in Carousel, Jenny in Company; with the Berkshire Theatre Festival: Guenevere in Camelot and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. She is a lifetime resident of her beloved Berkshires. TOM O’KEEFE second season (King Gregorio/ Henry in The Taster, co-writer of More Words! More Play!; Company Manager) S&Co: Measure for Measure (Duke Vincentio); Wordplay (co-writer and Henslowe). Regional: Charles et al., in From Orchids to Octopi (Central Square Theatre); Felix Humble in Humble Boy (Publick Theatre Boston); Nick in Questa (Court Theater, LA); Ronald in Little Gentleman (Laurel Grove Theater Co.); Owen in Choice Words (Hollywood Court Theater); and Patrick McSorely in Sin: A Cardinal Deposed (Hayworth Theater). Television: CSI; Criminal Minds; The Shield; ER; Rules of Engagement; and Drake and Josh. Film: You Know Where to Find Me; A New Tomorrow; Avenging Angel; and Crash N’ Burn.

ARTHUR OLIVER twentieth season (Costume Designer for Richard III) S&Co: Resident Costume Designer 1998–2008. Broadway: Broadway Bares XX Strip-opoly, Broadway Bares Myth Behavior, Broadway Bares 19.0 Click It!, Roseland Ballroom. Off-Broadway/New York: The Dishwashers, The Man in Room 306 (59E59 Theatres). Regional: Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Gloucester Stage, Boston Conservatory, Opera Louisiane, NYU/Tisch, Colonial Theatre, Mabou Mines, Central Square Theatre, LSU, Virginia Arts Festival, Buffalo Philharmonic, Mt. Ida College, Summer Theater of New Canaan, Chester Theatre Company, Berkshire Opera, Connecticut Opera, Trinity College, Mixed Company, Bardavon Opera House, MassMOCA, The Yard, Wharton Salon, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Flying Karamozov Brothers, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, UCONN. Film: Tropicana Film Festival, Speck’s Last Stand Hilltown Pictures. Television: Evening at POPS, ESPN 2.

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michael pFeiFFer fifth season (Bernstein Theatre Resident Sound Designer; Sound Engineer) Recent Productions: The Ladies Man, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (sound designer), Fall Festival of Shakespeare and Shakespeare in the Courts (sound coordinator), 1986–2003: Freelance Location Sound Recordist based in Boston, Education: BS 1986 Emerson College. Other: 1999 RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for feature reporting. Michael and wife Jana live year round in Berkshire County.

Examines His Pillow (director); Enchanted April (Rose); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania); Vita & Virginia (Virginia); Love’s Labor’s Lost (Princess of France); A Room of One’s Own (Virginia Woolf); Merchant of Venice (Portia); The Fiery Rain (Edith Wharton); Othello (Desdemona); Mrs. Klein (Melitta); Winter’s Tale (Hermione); Virginia (Virginia); Duet for One (Stephanie); Julius Caesar (Portia/Calpurnia); Twelfth Night (Viola); Macbeth (Lady Macbeth); Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice). New York & Regional: The Libertine (Theatre Row Theatre); Cymbeline (Holderness Group); Beauty Queen of Leenane (Syracuse Stage); New England (Milwaukee Rep); Othello (Portland Stage); The Winter’s Tale (Trinity Rep); Emily, in light of Jane and Staying Afloat (Mixed Company).

the US and abroad. She made her Broadway debut in 2007 with Mauritius. She has written The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels at Second Stage; Bad Dates and The Butterfly Collection at Playwrights Horizons; and View of the Dome at New York Theatre Workshop. Omnium Gatherum (co-written, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003) was featured at the Humana Festival and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre. Ms. Rebeck is originally from Cincinnati and holds an MFA in Playwriting and a PhD. in Victorian Melodrama, both from Brandeis University. She is a proud board member of the Dramatists Guild and has taught at Brandeis and Columbia University.

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The Winter’s Tale) S&Co: Co-Director: Pericles, Devil’s Advocate; Text Coach for Tina Packer: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, King Lear, King John, Antony & Cleopatra, Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar (at Mercury Theatre, Colchester, England). Scott renZoni fourth season (Caesar/ Octavius/Trebonius in Julius Caesar; Antigonus in The Winter’s Tale; Richard III in Prelude; cast in The Real Inspector Hound; Concessions & Retail Manager) S&Co: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Azolan); Cindy Bella (Ramiro); Preludes (Palamon, Dauphin). Other credits include: Judevine (David/Tommy); Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick); As You Like It (Jaques); Measure for Measure (Claudio); Macbeth (Ross); Romeo & Juliet (Benvolio); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lysander, Puck, Bottom); Talk Radio (Barry Champlain). Renzo has been participant and faculty in the Company’s Actor Training programs. He is a native Vermonter and a fourtime “Jeopardy!” champion. JaSon SanForD first season (Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) Entering final year of training at University of Washington SOD. Favorite roles include Lt. Yolland (Translations), Pontius Pilate (Last Days of Judas Iscariot), Benito (References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot), Constantine (Big Love)—all produced at UW. TABIA Theatre Company: Cory (Fences); City Lights Theatre: Canewell (Seven Guitars); SF City College: Slow Drag (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom). Graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in English & Theatre.

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David Sedaris (Playwright, The Santaland Diaries) is a Grammy Award-nominated humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor. He first publicly recognized in 1992 when NPR broadcast his essay “SantaLand Diaries”. He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. Each of his five subsequent essay collections, Naked, Holidays on Ice, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and When You Are Engulfed in Flames, have become New York Times Best Sellers. DOUGLAS SELDIN third season (Grey & Fight Captain in Richard III, Dion in The Winter’s Tale; Food Service Consultant) S&Co: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, All’s Well That Ends Well, Wild & Whirling Words, The Life & Times of Queen Meg. Regional: Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing (Worchester Shakespeare Company). Peter Pan,

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Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse (Summer Theatre of New Canaan). The Winter’s Tale (Shakespeare on the Sound). Three Sisters (Saratoga Arts Festival). Training: BS in Theatre from Skidmore College, The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company. Doug is a certified Advanced Actor Combatant through Dueling Arts International and the Society of American Fight Directors. william shakespeare (Playwright, Julius Caesar, The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, The Winter’s Tale) was an English poet and playwright (1564–1616) widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s preeminent dramatist. His surviving works, including some collaborations, consist of 37 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright.

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Who’S Who FROM PAgE 123 Theatre). Regional theatre credits include ACTSeattle and Seattle Rep.,Mark Taper -L.A., The Guthrie, Dallas Theatre Center. Center Stage Baltimore, among others. Films include Donnie Brasco, Frequency, Eraser, Illuminata, Carlito’s Way and the cult hit The American Astronaut. Television: The Sopranos, Law & Order, Law & Order: C.I., Homicide, C.S.I., Close To Home, Star Trek T.N.G., Alias, N.Y.P.D. Blue, J.A.G.. Awards: Recent OBIE winner for Sustained Excellence, OBIE for The Winter’s Tale (Public Theatre) OBIE and Drama Desk nomination and Drama League Award for Quills (N.Y.T.W.). He holds an MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program. Student of Peter Kass. leiGh WilSon SmileY third season (Voice & Text Coach for The Winter’s Tale) Voice/ dialect/text at Ford's Theatre; Shakespeare

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A Painted Snake in a Painted Chair. She is a Professor of Theatre at Smith College. enrico SpaDa third season (Earl Rivers in Richard III, Cleomenes in The Winter’s Tale, cast in The Real Inspector Hound; Marketing & Web Manager) S&Co: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Danceny), Hamlet (Fortinbras), Fall Festival director. Regional: The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later (Russell Henderson) at Barrington Stage, Five Flights (Tom) at Mixed Company. Directed by Kevin G. Coleman at Riggs Theatre 37: Julius Caesar (Antony), The Bourgeois Gentleman (Title Role), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Thurio). NYC: The Tempest at the Pulse Ensemble Theatre. renée marGaret SpeltZ seventh season (Assistant Director The Winter’s Tale; Information Technology Manager). S&Co: Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Rosemonde), Cindy Bella (Alidora),

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Ladies Man (Assistant Director); Rough Crossing (Assistant Director); Sonnet Prelude 2007 (Director); Tamer Tamed (Pedro) and Comedy of Errors (Luce). Minnesota State UniversityMankato (MSU): Equus (Dora), Butterflies are Free (Mrs. Baker), Golden Age (Isabel). Wimbledon Studio Theatre: Dining Room (6 roles). Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: Our Country’s Good (Meg). University of WisconsinEau Clare: Tartuffe (Pernelle). MFA Acting MSU. carl SpraGUe fifth season (Set Designer for The Comedy of Errors and Bad Dates) S&Co: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Ladies Man, Antony & Cleopatra, Kerfol, The Promise, The Mission of Jane and Ice Glen. He has designed for numerous film, theatre, opera and ballet companies, including the Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Berkshire Opera, the Chester Theatre, the Oldcastle Theatre, The Colonial Theatre and the Music-Theatre Group. Carl’s design work for film includes The Age of Innocence, The Paper, State & Main, Spartan, In Dreams, Before & After, Mona Lisa Smile, The Love Letter, and Amistad. He received a Guild nomination for his work as art director on The Royal Tenenbaums. As a production designer his credits include the films Satie & Suzanne, Long Distance, Disappearances, Wedding Daze, Company Retreat, Another Harvest Moon, and The Last Harbor. His sets at MassMOCA for art photographer Gregory Crewdson were featured in the New York Times. He is currently developing a feature film adaptation of Edith Wharton’s 1917 novel Summer to shoot in the Berkshires next year.

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MATT STORY first season (Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) Regional: Baton Rouge Little Theatre: The Elephant Man (Joseph Merrick), Arsenic & Old Lace (Officer O’Hara), Born Yesterday (Eddie Brock), Shakespeare in Hollywood (Dick Powell), Arcadia (Mr. Noakes). LSU Theatre Department: The Conduct of Life (Alejo). Training: S&Co: Month-long Intensive, B.A. in Theatre (Performance emphasis) from Louisiana State University.

ANDY TALEN second season (Richmond in Richard III, Third Lord in The Winters Tale, Marc Antony in Julius Caesar, composer for The Amorous Quarrel) S&Co: All’s Well That Ends Well (Solider/Musician), Wild & Whirling Words (Ensemble); Regional: Madison Repertory Theatre: Carousel (Enoch Snow Jr.), The Almond & The Seahorse (Joe), University Theatre-Madison: HAIR (Claude), The Love of the Nightingale (Tereus); Training: BA in Theatre & Drama from U of Wisconsin–Madison. Thanks & love to his family mom, dad, petie, bunker & tonka! YOSHINORI TANOKURA ‡ third season (Scenic Designer for The Taster) S&Co: Othello. Credits: Devil’s Music (George Street Playhouse), Doubt (People’s Light & Theatre), The Caretaker (Berkshire Theatre Festival), Eugene Onegin (Anchorage Opera), a double bill of L’Enfant et les Sortilèges and Gianni Schicchi (Seattle Opera), Iowa 08 (Vineyard
Theatre), Sleuth (Cape Playhouse), Snow Girl (Birmingham Children’s Theatre), Julius Caesar
(Connecticut Repertory Theatre). christopher thielking fifth season (Assistant Lighting Designer for Women of Will, Richard III, The Winter’s Tale; Lighting Designer for The Taster) Since graduating from SUNYFredonia in 2008, he has assisted at S&Co on shows such as Othello, and Hamlet (2009). He designed the lights for Killers and Other Family Members at NYC’s Rattlestick Theater. His offBroadway assistant credits include such shows as Tender, Mahida’s Extra Key To Heaven, Juan and John, The Book of Grace, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

JOHN DOUGLAS THOMPSON* sixth season (title role in Richard III, Men in Women of Will: The Complete Journey) S&Co: Othello, The Dreamer Examines His Pillow, All’s Well That Ends Well, King Lear. Gennady in The Forest at CSC, Brutus Jones in The Emperor Jones at The Irish Rep (Lucille Lortel, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations), Othello at TFANA (OBIE, Lucille Lortel Award, Drama League nomination, AUDELCO nomination). Broadway: LeBret in Cyrano with Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner, and Julius Caesar with Denzel Washington. International credits: Hotspur in Henry IV (Royal Shakespeare Company). Other off-Broadway credits: Women Beware Women (Red Bull), Enobarbus in Antony and Cleopatra, Orombo in Oroonoko (TFANA, AUDELCO nomination), Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler (NYTW), Edgar in King Lear (Classical Theater of Harlem, AUDELCO nomination). Regional credits: Lucious Jenkins in Jesus Hopped the A Train (Wilma Theater, Barrymore Award), Williamstown Theater, Trinity

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Who’S Who FROM PAgE 125 Blue Heron, Culture Project, EST, HERE, Joe’s Pub, Lincoln Center Theater Directors’ Lab, Mud/Bone, the Public, 78th Street Theatre Lab, T.W.E.E.D., Vineyard Theatre. Regional: Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, LA Women’s Shakespeare, North Country Center for the Arts, The Poets’ Theatre, Sun Valley Shakespeare, Tygre’s Heart Shakespeare, Vineyard Playhouse. New play development: A.R.T., Cherry Lane, ACT Seattle, Crossroads, Hartford Stage, Immigrant Theater Project, National New Play Network, New Dramatists, New Georges, Performance Network, Playwrights Horizons, the Public, Transport Group, Voice & Vision. Daniela is co-creator of Conversations with Shakespeare, presented at Symphony Space and in development for public radio. She has taught and directed at numerous colleges, conservatories and actor training programs. Faculty, Lincoln Center Open Stages; founding faculty, Linklater Center; co-founder, The Company of Women; Drama League Fellow; NYTW Usual Suspect. Jenna Ware seventeenth season (Director of The Amorous Quarrel, Director for Shakespeare & Young Company; Associate Director of Education) S&Co director: Shakespeare and

the Language that Shaped a World, Shirley Valentine, The Henry VI Chronicles, Macbeth tour, The Triumph of Darkness. Jenna has directed over 40 productions for S&Co’s Education Program and is the founder of Shakespeare & Young Company. S&Co actor: Romeo and Juliet tour (Juliet), Macbeth tour (Lady Macduff), The Merchant of Venice (Solanio), Lady’s Maid’s Bell (Mrs. Blinder), Expiation (Bella), and Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret). Regional director: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Maine Shakespeare), and Three Tall Women (Penobscot Theatre). Regional actor: The Comedy of Errors (Adriana) at Maine Shakespeare, and Macbeth (Lady Macduff) at Orlando Shakespeare. Jenna recently served as a reviewer for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities ‘Coming Up Taller’ award. Education: BFA from NYU/Tisch. StaceY WecKStein first season (Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) is thrilled to spend her summer in Lenox as a Performance Intern. Training: B.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Tulsa. Regional credits: Light Opera Oklahoma: Sweeney Todd (ensemble), Naughty Marietta (ensemble). University credits: North Shore Fish (Maureen Vega), A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche

Dubois), Hydraulics Phat Like Mean (female player), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Kate). alliSSa WicKham first season (Ascanio in The Amorous Quarrel; Riotous Youth Faculty) S&Co: Fall Festival of Shakespeare ‘09 (Director), Middle School Residencies (Education Artist). Having greatly enjoyed performing in Fall Festival throughout high school, Allissa is delighted to be working with S&Co again, this time on the fun side of puberty. She holds a BA from Brown University. BoB WicKS first season (Ensemble in The Comedy of Errors and More Words! More Play!) Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan: 1 Henry IV (Poins, Douglas), The Tempest (Trinculo), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Speed), Taming of the Shrew (Grumio), Romeo and Juliet (Tybalt), Comedy of Errors (Dromeo of the East). The New Theatre Group: Stones In His Pockets (Charlie), The Daughter-in-law (Joe). Dancing Sky Theatre: The Food Show (Robert, Bob). Training: BFA Drama (Distinction) University of Saskatchewan. Walton WilSon* twelfth season (Colm in Sea Marks) S&Co: The Ladies’ Man, Othello, Antony & Cleopatra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Taming of the Shrew, King John, Twelfth Night, Henry IV part 1, The Winter’s Tale,

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Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Comedy of Errors, etc. New York: BAM, Culture Project, La Mama, Public/NYSF, etc. Regional: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alley Theatre, ART, Dallas Theatre Center, Empty Space, Stages, Swine Palace, Williamstown, Yale Rep, etc. Faculty, Yale School of Drama. rYan WinKleS fifth season (Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, Tyrrel/2nd Murderer/Fight Choreographer in Richard III, Cassius/Fight Choreographer in Julius Caesar) S&Co: Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Henry), Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew), Othello (Roderigo), Antony & Cleopatra (Pompey/Eros), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Flute), Macbeth NE Tour (Banquo/Porter), Merry Wives of Windsor (Fenton). Regional: Milwaukee Chamber Theatre: Christmas Memory (Buddy), Misalliance (Bentley). Madison Rep: Muskie Love (Claude). Training: MFA from University of Wisconsin–Madison. KriStin WolD* twenty-first season (Timothea Stiles in Sea Marks; Summer Training Institute Faculty) S&Co: Othello (Emilia), Ice Glen (Sarah), King Lear (Cordelia), The Tempest (Ariel), Twelfth Night (Viola), Measure for Measure (Isabella), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), Berkeley Square (Helen), Midsummer (Hermia), Much Ado… (Hero). This fall Kristin will be directing The Last Days of Judas Iscariot for Connecticut Repertory Theatre. Kristin teaches acting and movement for S&Co and at the University of Connecticut. JenniFer YoUnG second season (Polydora in The Amorous Quarrel) Jennifer recently moved to the Berkshires after 15 years acting and directing in Boston. Her favorite roles include May (Fool for Love), Arlene (Off the Map), Beth (Lie of the Mind), Suzy (Wait until Dark), Rita (Prelude to a Kiss), Alais (The Lion in Winter), Maggie (Lend me a Tenor), Rosie (Dancing at Lughnasa), Cassandra (Trojan Women), Angelica (The Imaginary Invalid), Adele (Five Flights). But her favorite role is mom to Chloe and Colin.

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*with wine or cocktail order Fri ~ Sat ~ Sun • 4-6pm June, September & October

~ Ciccetti, Tapas, Antipasti, Mezze, Hors d’oeuvres... ...call them whatever you like, savor these Mediterranean delights at

francis coppola chard & s.b.

$10

98 750ml net

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But...

“palate cruise”

Indulge in a of dishes from Malaga to Alexandria, and savor the simplicity of the treasured traditional recipes of these ancient coastlines.

~ Dinner from 5pm ~ Insalata, Pasta, Risotto, Tajine, Lamb Shank Cassoulet, Zuppa di Pesce, Steak au Poivre, Pollo Arrosto, Paella Valenciana

Open Daily June–October from 4pm

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AD InDEX Please support our advertisers as they support Shakespeare & Company 1Berkshire ..............................................................................67 A.W. Confections....................................................................79 Alarms of Berkshire County....................................................44 Albany Times Union ...............................................................75 Allium/Mezze .........................................................................78 Alta Wine Bar .........................................................................40 Arcadian Shop........................................................................40 Asia Barong..............................................................................3 Associated Lightning Rod Co. ................................................82 Baba Louie's ..........................................................................33 Barrington Brewery/Crissey Farms.........................................83 Barrington Stage Company ....................................................48 Bartlett's Orchard ...................................................................96 Benchmark Real Estate ...........................................................85 Ben's Shop.............................................................................50 Berkshire Bagel ......................................................................43 Berkshire Bank .......................................................................50 Berkshire Classic Leather & Silver .........................................24 Berkshire Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery .......................39 Berkshire Country Day School ...............................................62 Berkshire County Antiques and Art Dealers Association.........63 Berkshire Custom Cedar Homes ..............................................2 Berkshire Elegant Country Inns ..............................................55 Berkshire Fine Arts ...............................................................112 Berkshire Fringe (Bazaar Productions) ...................................55 Berkshire Health Systems.......................................................44 Berkshire Homes & Condos .................................................118 Berkshire International Film Festival ......................................15 Berkshire Landmark Builders .................................................23 Berkshire Life .......................................................................108 Berkshire Living ................................................................... IBC Berkshire Mountain Distillers ...............................................106 Berkshire Mountain Spring Water ..........................................96 Berkshire Museum/Little Cinema ...........................................44 Berkshire Organics .................................................................47 Berkshire School ..................................................................119 Berkshire Stone Works .........................................................125 Berkshire Theatre Festival ....................................................105 Berkshire West .......................................................................47 Berkshires Jazz.......................................................................49 Betty's Pizza Shack.................................................................77 Bizen Japanese Restaurant ...................................................107 Blue Plate Restaurant .............................................................82 Blue Q ....................................................................................91 Bookstore, The .......................................................................42 Bra & Girl ...............................................................................31 Brook Farm Inn ......................................................................33 Café Adam..............................................................................66 Café Lucia ..............................................................................62 Campo de' Fiori .....................................................................59 Canyon Ranch ........................................................................27 Carriage Barn Realty.............................................................116 Carrie Haddad Gallery ............................................................80 Casablanca.............................................................................30 Century Bank ...........................................................................7 Charland Jewelers, Inc. ..........................................................12 Charles H. Baldwin & Sons ....................................................11 Chef's Shop, The....................................................................71 Chez Nous..............................................................................66 Chezar Custom Construction .................................................33 Chocolate Springs..................................................................36 Chronogram ...........................................................................12 Church Street Art Gallery .....................................................118 Church Street Café .................................................................42 Church Street Trading Company ............................................66 Clark and Green .....................................................................98 Clark Art Institute ...................................................................99 Classical Tents .....................................................................113 Clearwater Natural Foods .......................................................43 Clifford Propane, LLC ............................................................43 CM Cherry .............................................................................80 Cohen & White.......................................................................11 Cohen/Kinne/Valacenti/Cook LLP Attorneys ........................107 Coldwell Banker .....................................................................15 Colonial Theatre, The .............................................................38 Computers R Us .....................................................................71 CompuWorks .........................................................................88 Conroy's B&B ........................................................................91 Cork 'N Hearth .......................................................................59

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Cosmos Troy Gallery ..............................................................19 Country and Abroad ...............................................................70 Country Curtains..................................................................123 Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club ..........................................59 Cupboards & Roses ...............................................................63 Dakota, The ............................................................................82 Daley & Sons Trucking...........................................................43 Dana Bixby Architecture ...........................................................3 deMarchin ..............................................................................80 Dempsey Physical Therapy ....................................................91 Domaney's Liquors ..............................................................127 Dottie's Coffee Lounge ...........................................................48 Eustace and Zamus ................................................................80 Evergreen Buyer Brokers of the Berkshires ...........................121 Evviva.....................................................................................30 Face Haven.............................................................................30 Ferrin Gallery .........................................................................44 Fin Sushi................................................................................77 Firefly .....................................................................................42 Floor Works ...........................................................................86 Flynn Volkswagon, Audi, BMW ..............................................49 Foresight Land Services.........................................................49 Frankie's ................................................................................77 Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio .................................122 Furnace Brook Winery..........................................................111 Garden, The............................................................................88 Gifted Child, The ....................................................................43 Goulston & Storrs ..................................................................76 Great Barrington Bagel Co., The .............................................57 Greylock Federal Credit Union ...............................................48 Guido's Fresh Marketplace.....................................................79 GVH Studio ............................................................................74 Haddad Motor Group .............................................................12 Hair Studio, The .....................................................................39 Halstead Property Hudson Valley ...........................................81 Hampton Terrace ....................................................................95 Hancock Shaker Village........................................................100 Hats & Jewels ......................................................................121 Haven Café & Bakery ...........................................................120 Heller & Robbins Attorneys at Law .........................................87 Henry's Electric, Inc. ..............................................................91 Hill-Engineers, Architects, Planners, Inc. .............................111 Hoff Services, Inc. ..................................................................43 Images Cinema ......................................................................99 "Imagining Shakespeare" by Kevin Sprague .............................5 In the Spotlight.......................................................................79 Ingegni Salon .........................................................................50 Inn at Laurel Lake .................................................................102 Iredale Mineral Cosmetics..................................................... BC IS183 Art School ....................................................................15 Jacob's Pillow ........................................................................87 Joe's Lunchbox & Catering ....................................................88 John F. Graney Metal Design................................................113 Jonathan's..............................................................................36 Juice 'n Java ..........................................................................48 Keystone on the Hudson ........................................................81 Konrad Brattke Photography...................................................24 Kosa .......................................................................................80 Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health ...........................................38 Kushi & Meyers PC................................................................88 Lauren Clark Fine Art .............................................................19 LD Builders ............................................................................37 Lee Bank ................................................................................50 Legacy Banks .......................................................................107 Lenox Family Chiropractic .....................................................50 Lenox Fitness Center..............................................................34 Let's Play A Game ................................................................124 Liberty Plaza...........................................................................57 Lili and Loo ............................................................................81 Loeb's Foodtown....................................................................69 Lucky Nails & Spa..................................................................69 Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center..........................................100 Mainstreet Clothing................................................................19 Maple Terrace Motel...............................................................99 Marguerite Bride Fine Art .....................................................114 Market, The ............................................................................39 Marketplace Kitchen, The .......................................................53 MASS MoCA............................................................................5 Michael Charles Artisan Builders ...........................................28

Michelle Salon .......................................................................24 Mission Bar & Tapas ..............................................................39 Montessori School of the Berkshires, The ............................123 National Yiddish Book Center ................................................76 Nejaime's Wine Cellar ............................................................28 Norman Rockwell Museum ....................................................40 Old Mill, The ........................................................................116 Olde Heritage Tavern, The ......................................................73 Olio Restaurant.....................................................................127 Once Upon a Table .................................................................89 Out of Hand ..........................................................................103 Painted Porch Antiques ..........................................................19 Pasko Frame & Gift Center .....................................................39 Paul Rich & Sons ...................................................................45 Peter Jung Fine Fine Art .........................................................81 Philip Mamolito (Dr.) ...........................................................127 Pignatelli Electric ...................................................................47 Piretti Real Estate ...................................................................43 Pittsfield Colonials, The .........................................................45 Point Restaurant, The .............................................................78 Prime Italian Steak House ....................................................122 Prime Outlets .........................................................................75 Pronto, A Cooking School......................................................69 PS/21 .....................................................................................82 Purple Plume .........................................................................69 Red Lion Inn, The ...................................................................73 Resultz Fitness .......................................................................78 Richard III Society ..................................................................23 Riverbend Café .......................................................................85 Roberts & Associates Realty, Inc. ...........................................43 Rouge.....................................................................................11 Rudolf Steiner School ............................................................78 Rumplestilzkin's Restaurant .....................................................3 Rural Intelligence .................................................................103 Sati Wellness Center & Boutique ...........................................69 Schantz Gallery ......................................................................16 Second Life Books .................................................................34 Second Show, The .................................................................81 Seeds ...................................................................................115 Seven Hills Inn .......................................................................23 Seven Salon & Spa ..............................................................115 Shear Design..........................................................................34 Shooz .....................................................................................30 Smith College Museum of Art ................................................73 Sophie Museum .....................................................................91 South Street Veterinary Services ..........................................127 Steiner's Sports......................................................................80 Stone House Properties..........................................................11 Studio One .............................................................................88 Sullivan Station Restaurant ....................................................71 Susan Silver Antiques ............................................................63 Tanglewood/Boston Symphony Orchestra ..............................20 Tanglewool .............................................................................73 TheatreMania .......................................................................109 Theresa's Stockbridge Cafe ....................................................57 Tobi's Limousine ....................................................................59 Tom's Toys/JWS Art Supplies ................................................97 Toole's Insurance .................................................................104 Tucker Welch Properties.......................................................117 Undermountain Farm .............................................................96 Ventfort Hall .........................................................................124 Villa Amonoka ........................................................................78 Villager Gifts ..........................................................................40 Walker House Inn ...................................................................42 Walking the Dog Theatre ......................................................104 Ward's Nursery and Garden Center ......................................114 Westfield State College .........................................................IFC WGBY ....................................................................................94 White Rice ..............................................................................81 Williams & Sons Country Store .............................................89 Williamstown Theatre Festival ................................................57 Wingate, Ltd. ..........................................................................86 WMHT....................................................................................97 Women's Times, the ...............................................................77 Woodland Energy ...................................................................91 Xicohtencatl Mexican Restaurant............................................66 Your Color Connection.........................................................125 Zabian's Clothing .................................................................103 Zinc 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