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Shakespeare & Company and Cherry Orchard Festival are co-presenting the Arlekin Players Theatre’s "State vs. Natasha Banina," a live online interactive art experiment directed by Igor Golyak, winner of the 2020 Elliot Norton Award for best director and featuring Darya Denisova, winner of the 2020 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress.

"State vs Natasha Banina" began as an online experiment from Golyak's living room and became an overnight international sensation, bringing in virtual audiences from around the globe and garnering a New York Times Critic's Pick.

The live performance will be projected on the big screen at the Berkshire Drive-in at Shakespeare & Company’s campus, 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, MA. It can also be watched from home on ZOOM.

Shakespeare & Company is currently presenting William Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" directed by Company Artistic Director, Allyn Burrows. This classic showcases a rich, affecting, and deeply funny story of longing, love, and laughter which paints Shakespeare at his peak. Performances run through August 4th in the Tina Packer Playhouse.

This production of "Twelfth Night, or What You Will" unfolds in a mutable landscape of yearning and surprises, set in a dance hall on a boardwalk by the seashore in 1959. It Is the story of what arises from a shipwreck, the madness of love, and that shipwreck called love.

Helmed by Burrows who has previously acted in three different productions of "Twelfth Night" including the mainstage production at Shakespeare & Company in 1991 joins us this morning. Two of the actors join us as well - Miles Anderson (Malvolio) and Bella Merlin (Maria.)

Shakespeare & Company’s 2019 summer season is now under way – opening last night and running through October 13, 2019. Under the theme,"The Strings of the Heart," the season includes Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” and, in aspecial work-shop production of “Coriolanus.”

The contemporary plays this season are the Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Waverly Gallery” by Kenneth Lonergan; Tony Award nominated play “The Children” by Lucy Kirkwood; Pulitzer Prize winner “Topdog/Underdog” by MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient Suzan-Lori Parks; and “Time Stands Still” by Obie Award winner Donald Margulies.

Allyn Burrows is Shakespeare & Company’s Artistic Director.

Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts was founded in 1978 to create a theatre of unprecedented excellence in Performance, Training, and Education. This season, Shakespeare & Company has presented productions of The Bard’s “Macbeth,” “Love’s Labours Lost,” and “As You Like It” – the last of which runs through September 2.

Terrence McNally’s “Mothers and Sons” began performances last night and opens officially on Sunday and Shakespeare & Company’s production of Simon Stephens’ “Heisenberg” opens tonight.

We are joined by Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, Artistic Director Allyn Burrows, and Director of “Mothers and Sons,” James Warwick.

This season, Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusettes will be exploring themes of Delight, Deceit, and Desire. The season includes three Shakespeare plays: “Macbeth,” “As You Like It,” and “Love's Labor's Lost;” plus the New England Premiere of “Morning After Grace” by Carey Crim; “Creditors” by August Strindberg adapted by David Greig; “Heisenberg” by Laurence Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens; “Mothers and Sons” by Tony Award-winning playwright Terrence McNally; and “HIR” by Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac.

Tamara Hickey and Thomas Brazzle in Cymbeline at Shakespeare & Company
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We're at Tanglewood this morning and just a few miles away through the Berkshire beauty of Lenox lives another cultural gem, Shakespeare & Company.

Cymbeline is a rarely performed story of intrigue and deception in the face of steely resolve with wild plot twists, mistaken identities, and a heart-rending quest for love.

We are joined now by Tamara Hickey who plays Imogen in Cymbeline; Allyn Burrows, artistic director, at Shakespeare & Company; and Tina Packer, Founding Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company and Director of Cymbeline. The production also marks a personal milestone for Packer, who, after opening her production of Cymbeline, will have directed all 37 plays in the Shakespeare canon.

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It’s Shakespeare & Company’s 40th season, and the Lenox, Massachusetts theatre troupe has already hit the stage. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Artistic Director Allyn Burrows about the summer lineup.