Each year since 1982, Shakespeare and Company sends out a tour to regional schools of two ninety minute Shakespeare plays. Schools select one of the two plays. Besides the ninety minute performance of the play, there is a fifteen minute talkback with the cast and one of two workshops that are included. Since there are a few performances at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Massachusetts, Bob and I have seen some performances of these plays. Like the company’s Fall Festival, seeing the plays with an audience of students is exciting. Their responses are infectious.
Early in the tour, Bob and I interviewed four of the players. They had already completed a few performances of Othello and listening to them talk about what the tour was like offered insight about the tour and its impact on the students. The actors we spoke with were David Bertokli, Alison Howard, Kirsten Peaccock and Kai Tshikosi
Click below to hear the interview.
The schedule of the performances at the Tina Packer Playhouse are listed below. Click on the Shakespeare and Company website for tickets and more information.
At The Tina Packer Playhouse:
Friday, March 2nd: Othello
Monday, March 26th: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Monday, April 2nd: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Thursday, April 12th: Othello
Wednesday, May 2nd: Othello
Friday, May 4th: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
All performances are at 10:00 am, run for 90 minutes, and are followed by an optional 15-minute talkback with the actors.
Tickets are $10/student.