4000 Miles

Shakespeare and Company’s first production of the season is 4000 Miles, a contemporary play by Amy Herzog. It will be performed at the Elayne Bernstein Theatre from May 25 to July 16. Bob and I had the opportunity and the pleasure to interview the director Nicole Riccardi, and actors Greg Boover and Annette Miller while the play was  in rehearsal. Their insights into their characters and the social context from which the people emerge is enlightening as are  their comments about the language of the play. Glimpsing what goes into transforming a play on the page to reality on stage enriches our enjoyment of the performance.

Listen to what the actors and directors have to say by clicking below.

4000 Miles Interview





You can buy tickets by phone or through the company’s website

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Joan Ackermann – Playwright

Starting  March 17 and going through March 19, Shakespeare and Company is presenting readings of plays by Joan Ackerman. Joan lives in the Berkshires. Thirty-five years ago she and Gillian Seidl co-founded  Mixed Company,  a theatre in Great Barrington.  Mixed Company  not only produces Joan’s plays, but also the work of contemporary British and American playwrights.   


Joan has written for magazines and   television. When her play Off the Map  was made into a movie, she wrote the script. We had the pleasure of talking with Joan and  look forward to a first reading of her new play, Out of the Blue  Sunday, March 19. For a complete schedule of the readings of Joan’s plays, go to Shakespeare and Company’s website by clicking below after listening to the interview with Joan.

Interview with Joan Ackermann

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Shakespeare and Company’s 2017 Season

shakespeare-and-company-campusin-lenox-massachusetts-2005-2707Winter brightens considerably when theatres announce what they will be performing in their coming season. One anticipates the pleasures that await theatre goers. Recently we visited the campus of Shakespeare and Company to hear from their Artistic Director, Allyn Burrows, what is in store. In addition to  their Shakespearean and contemporary productions, there will also be  educational programs.  We also learned about the new outdoors performance space, Shakespeare’s Garden.

The company is also presenting a special treat on the weekend of February 18 at 7 pm  and 19 at 2 pm. Lovers’ Spat-Shakespeare’s Famous Couple Encounters offer readings of scenes from Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet and Midsummer Night’s Dream among other Shakespeare plays where the characters  deal with the challenges all lovers face. The case includes Shakespeare and Company favorites Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Tamara Hickey, David Joseph, Jason Asprey and others.



Go to the Shakespeare and Company website for details.

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For details about the rest of the season, click below

Allyn Burrows and 2017 Season

Allyn Burrows: Artistic Director Shakespeare and Company

allynmagesBob and I were delighted to talk with Allyn Burrows about his new job as Artistic Director of Shakespeare and Company. We enjoyed interviewing him this past summer when he was acting in Or, a delightful play about the playwright Aphra Behn. We also have fond memories of seeing him in the early days of Shakespeare and Company in Edith Wharton plays at the Mount as well as in Shakespeare productions. We were impressed and engaged by his performance as King John when he returned to the company after having been away for a while.

During his time away from the company, Allyn  was busy. He  acted in film and television as well as on stage where he won an Eliot Norton Award for acting in 2006.   He was Artistic Director of  the Boston-area Actors’ Shakespeare Project for seven years. This is Shakespeare and Company’s 40th season, an important landmark. Allyn shared his vision for the company as it continues its unique contribution to theatre with its  outstanding productions of Shakespeare and contemporary plays and its creative educational  and training programs.

Click below to hear the interview.

Allyn Burrows


Allyn Burrows as King John
Allyn Burrows as             King John


Allyn Burrrows in Or
                    Allyn Burrows in Or








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Winter Studio Festival of Plays

2820415863296df4fed91o3On January 14 and 15, Shakespeare and Company is presenting a Studio Festival of Plays at the Elayne Bernstein Theatre to brighten up everyone’s winter. The Festival will consist of five play readings. The selection is diverse with new two new plays, two plays by established American playwrights and one classic play. The program starts off  with St. Petersburg 2013 by Bob Sugarman.  Naturally, we are looking forward to that reading.

Play readings are a great deal of fun since the audience gets a chance to talk back with the performers and directors. In the case of new plays, that often means the playwright as well. We spoke with Allyn Burrows,  the new Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company, about the readings and why the company is presenting them.

Click on the link below to hear the interview.

Winter Studio Festival of Plays

                        Elayne Bernstein Theatre

Play Reading Schedule

Saturday, January 14

1:00PM: St. Petersburg: 1913 by Robert Sugarman, directed by Regge Life

4:00PM: The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, directed by Kelly Galvin

7:00PM: Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard, directed by Charles Towers

Sunday, January 15

1:00PM: Beyond the Veil by Emily DeVoti, directed by Kristin Wold

4:00PM: The Cherry Orchard, by Anton Chekov, directed by Normi Noel


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It’s A Wonderful Life 2016

images-7This is the time of the year for traditions, new and old. A tradition that started several years ago at Shakespeare and Company is being revived. This is their presentation of It’s A Wonderful Life. This iconic film was adapted by Joe Landry into a radio play. Shakespeare and Company added their own touches and for two magical years this production delighted their audiences. There was an hiatus of a year, but it is now back. December 15 to 18. Unfortunately, for a shorter run than previously. However, we are just delighted that people will have an opportunity to discover or rediscover this treasure.

We were fortunate to interview three of the original cast members about the show. They are as pleased to return as we are to have them back. After you listen to them by clicking below, be sure to call for tickets because the play is bound to sell out.

Interview with It’s A Wonderful Life

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Fall Festival 2016

ffs15-springfield-cleopatra-espa-043jpg_28206879034_oThe Fall Festival at Shakespeare and Company provides an opportunity for students from  ten area high schools to perform a Shakespearean play. Under the direction of Theatre Artists from Shakespeare and Company, the students work either on stage or backstage with other professionals from Shakespeare and Company. The plays are performed at their high schools and then at the non-competitive Fall Festival where all ten plays are performed. That audience  is their fellow students from the other high school productions.

Fortunately, the public can also have the pleasure of watching these exhilarating performances. The plays are ninety minutes long with dances, sword fights, comedy and drama that have thrilled audiences for four hundred years. This year the dates are November 17 to November 20. For tickets go to the Shakespeare and Company website

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Bob and I interviewed three of the theatre artists who are directing the plays. To hear what the experience is like for the students and the directors, two of whom were in the Fall Festival when they were students in area high schools, click below.

Interview with Fall Festival Theatre Artists