Summer in the Berkshires: Shakespeare and Company’s 2019 Performance Schedule

Gold happy and sad drama masks against a red satin curtain backgroundYour summer in the Berkshires would not be complete without taking in at least one of the many performances offered by Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA. Home to both the Tina Packer Playhouse and the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater, tickets are now on sale for the 2019 season.

A thriving center for the arts, in addition to its performance calendar the Company offers actor training and education. Each year actors, directors, writers, and teachers from around the globe travel to this Berkshires landmark to offer advice and direction to the Company’s faculty. The internationally recognized curriculum includes a summer training institute, month-long or weekend-long intensive training, as well as special workshops throughout the year.

Founded in 1978, the Company offers an extensive calendar of events throughout the busy summer and fall seasons. In addition to traditional Shakespearean plays, a number of delightfully different and critically acclaimed performances join the lineup this year. Here is a brief synopsis of what’s in store for theater goers this year.

The Waverly Gallery 

A Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama, this powerful piece sheds light on changing family roles when one of their aging relatives suffers from memory and hearing loss in her later years. Told from the grandson’s humorous perspective.

The Children

Nominated for a 2018 Tony Award for best play, the story revolves around the quandary facing three retired physicists as they struggle to come to terms with their obligations to future generations in the aftermath of a nuclear power plant disaster.

Topdog/Underdog

A dark comedy based on sibling rivalry and the struggle to survive a troubled past of poverty and racism while facing the reality of the future.

Coriolanus

After performing scenes from the play in this special workshop production, the actors will turn to the audience to discuss themes and relationships spawned by their portrayal of a general driven by power and ambition only to fail at leadership.

Time Stands Still

Set in Brooklyn, this is the story of a photojournalist recovering from wounds she suffered covering the Iraq war and her relationship with the boyfriend who left her behind there. Can she be true to her life’s mission of uncovering the dark secrets of war or should she settle for a life of comfortable domesticity?

For a complete calendar of events, visit the Shakespeare and Company website. And remember, the Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast is just a half hour drive from Lenox where quiet and cozy lodging await you and the aroma of coffee and homemade baked goods gently wake you in the morning.

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