Mothers and Sons


Mothers and Sons 
by Terrence McNally runs at Shakespeare and Company until September 9. This is a compelling  examination of a mother still grieving the death of her son. After many years She visits his ex-partner who has  moved on with a new partner. This often witty play examines a contemporary issue and how it plays out in terms of family relationships.

Bob and I were deeply moved by the production and were fortunate to  discuss the play with the director, James Warwick, actress Annette Miller who plays the mother, and David Gow who plays Will Ogden, the new partner.

To listen to our interview, click below

Mothers and Sons Interview with director and cast members

For tickets go to the theatre’s website or call (413) 637-3353

Shakespeare and Company website

To read reviews of the play, click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Watch video of cast

Mothers and Sons video

 

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Heisenberg

 Heisenberg is an intriguing play which runs through September 2nd at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA.  The playwright, Simon Stephens, is widely produced throughout Europe and the United States. His plays like Heisenberg and  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night have challenging themes and quirky characters. The production at Shakespeare and Company is closing soon. It is worth seeing to enter the world of these unique characters.

Bob and I talked with Tamara Hickey and Malcolm Ingram about their experience with the play. Click below to hear what they have to say.

Tamara Hickey and Malcolm Ingram discussing Heisenberg

Director Tina Packer talks about the play with Tamara Hickey in the video below

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For tickets click on website below

Shakespeare and Company website

You can read what the critics have to say by clicking below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

 

Tina Packer – Shakespeare and Gender Workshop

After rehearsing Heisenberg for four weeks, the play opened and  on opening night, director Tina Packer saw her fine work appreciated by an enthusiastic audience. Many directors would catch their breath and take a break. However, Tina Packer is speaking on the relevance of Shakespeare in today’s troubled times with an  OLLI group at the Berkshire Museum on August 29. On August 31 to September 2nd she will present her workshop on Shakespeare and Gender at Shakespeare and Company. Then she will offer a Public Speaking Workshop on September 21-23, also at Shakespeare and Company.

Bob and I were fortunate to talk with Tina about the Shakespeare and Gender workshop while she was still working on Heisenberg. Given her wonderful book  and performances of Women of Will, Tina is the right person to be discussing issues of gender in Shakespeare’s work. As usual, she inspired us to think freshly about Shakespeare and contemporary gender issues.
Click below to hear what she has to say.
For more information about educational programs and productions, go to Shakespeare and Company’s website.

 

As You Like It

As You Like It runs  from August 9 to September 2 at Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. As You like It is a play that delights the first time you see it and the tenth time you see it. This version sounds particularly enticing since it is set in the early twenties in Shakespeare and Company’s  outdoor Roman Garden Theatre at five o’clock in the evening. Last year’s production of The Tempest was in the same location at the same time of day and was a delight.  If it does rain, the production will move to the tented Rose Theatre.

Govane Lohbauer

It is not only the actors that create the magic of theatre. Besides Shakespeare, there are many other talents that make plays come alive. Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing Govane Lohbauer. whose costumes have enhanced many productions at Shakespeare and Company, and Jim Youngerman, skilled set designer, both of whom are helping bring this production  to life..

           Jim Youngerman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click below to listen to the interview

Interview with Govane Lohbauer and Jim Youngerman

Video, Director Allyn Burrows discussing the play

For tickets click on the web site below

Shakespeare and Company web site

For reviews of this and other plays click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

Creditors

Shakespeare and Company’s production of Creditiors has just opened and runs until August 12. This play by August Strindberg is a dark comedy which speaks to the complex relationships between men and women. The play, which was first produced in 1889,  has been adapted by David Greig,  a Scottish playwright and director who has written many original plays as well as adapting a range of classics.

Strindberg considered Creditors his most mature play and accused Henrik Ibsen of plagiarising the play in his  Hedda Gabler.  Since Stringberg’s relationships with the various women in his life were complicated, the play is full of surprises. Bob and I interviewed the three cast members a week and a half before the opening while they were still in rehearsal. 

Click below to listen to their intriguing insights about the play

Interview with Creditors Cast

Then click on the video interview with the play’s director

Video interview with Director Nicole Ricciardi

After that, order tickets by clicking on the website below or call (413) 637 3353

Shakespeare and Company web site 

For reviews, click on

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

 

Love’s Labor’s Lost


Love’s Labor’s Lost, 
 one of Shakespeare’s early comedies,   has been performed more frequently in recent years perhaps  because it raises significant gender issues.  Shakespeare and Company is presenting it in The Dell outdoors at the Mount of the Edith Wharton estate July 10 to August 18. These outdoor performances are special as the audience of all ages sits in lawn chairs or on blankets on the grass watching the story unfold much as Shakespeare’s original audiences saw it in the daylight and open air.

Love’s Labor’s Lost is a comedy about young love and earnest scholarship and whether the twain will ever meet. The King of Navarre and his noble kinsmen want to study for three years and to do so they will abjure the company of women. The arrival of the  Princess of France and her court of young women  on a diplomatic mission sets the action of the play in motion.

Bob and I had the opportunity to interview the director, Kelly Galvin, and three of the actors early in the rehearsal period to discuss the  process of creating this production. After you listen to the interview by clicking on the link below, you will be as eager as we are to see it.

Love’s Labor’s Lost Interview

Then go to Shakespeare and Company’s website for tickets and information about their other productions.

Shakespeare and Company website

For more information about The Mount check out their website

The Mount

For reviews after the play opens, click on the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Here are some rehearsal photos

 

 

 

 

Macbeth

Shakespeare and Company presents  Macbeth until August 5. Performances of this play are always exciting. Our interview with cast members Thomas Brazzle and  Deaon Griffin-Pressley indicates that this production will offer fresh insights into the play. Some plays become classics because they speak to each new generation freshly.  This is the joy if seeing different productions of such a play.

We spoke to Thomas and Deaon while they were still in rehearsal. Listen to  them  by clicking below.

Interview with Thomas Brazzle and Deaon Griffin-Pressley

Then click below for tickets and more information.

Shakespeare and Company website

To read what others thought click below for some reviews.

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

Steven Ball -General Manager-Shakespeare and Company

Steven Ball

Watching actors perform is the tip of the theatrical iceberg. There is so much work that goes into  productions to provide the pleasure of performance. Bob and I like to talk with those people whose work contributes to the production that we see. Over the years at Shakespeare and Company, we have seen and chatted briefly with Steve Ball as he goes about his work as General  Manager. We were curious as to what his title meant and what he does and  finally had the pleasure of asking him the questions we have had. Click on the link below and you will find out as we did about the fascinating job of General Manager.

Interview with Steve Ball

Shakespeare and Company website

 

Morning After Grace

Shakespeare and Company is starting its 41st season with the New England premiere of Morning After Grace by Carey Crim. Talking with the cast and the director a week before the play opens on May 24 was enlightening.  As the actors shared their understanding of the people they play, we became eager to see the play. Reggie LIfe, the director, also shared his insights about the production.   We have enjoyed  Corinna May’s work in a variety of plays over the years at Shakespeare and Company. However, Steve Barkhimer and Kevin Vavasseur were new to us. Their approach to this contemporary comedy increased our interest in seeing this team of actors working together. Their shared insights promise a delightful evening in the theatre with  added understanding of some of life’s transitions.

Click below to listen to the interview

Interview with cast and director of Morning After Grace

The watch this brief video of the director.

Reggie Life on Morning After Grace

After that, click below to order tickets.

Shakespeare and Company website

                               Steven Barkhimer, Corinna May, Kevin Vavasseur
                                 Steven Barkhimer, Kevin Vavasseur. Corinna May

 

King Lear- A Timeless Play

Dennis Krausnick as King Lear

Before Bob and I started our blog, we had a radio program that started in 2011 and which just ended this past September. When we started our blog, we felt that our interviews with theatre people reached a wider audience and also allowed us to provide supplemental materials. However, we regretted that so many of the wonderful interviews we had recorded earlier remained in the radio archives. We are now reposting some of them because the insights theatre people gave us were not limited to the particular productions we were discussing.

One of those programs that was always most vivid in our memories was our interview with Dennis Krausnick, Kevin Coleman and Jonathan Croy about their production of King Lear. King Lear has always been a favorite of mine. It was one of the first Shakespeare productions I saw in my life of theatre going. When I was at Bennington College I co-taught a three week unit on King Lear with a member of the literature faculty and a member of the drama faculty. Besides seeing many theatrical productions of Lear, I have also watched every film and television production of the play available. Yet this interview remains the most memorable of many discussions of Lear over the years.

King Lear Interview 2012

 

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Dennis Krausnick as Lear and Kevin Coleman as The Fool

 

Jonathan Croy as Gloucester