Shakespeare & Company Amps Up Activities in the Off Season

Of the four Berkshire theatre companies, Shakespeare & Company is the most active during the next few months as winter and the holidays approach. Above, a few moments from a photoshoot with photographer Scott Barrow for Santaland Diaries.

“Here could I breathe my soul into the air.”
Henry VI, part ii

The 24th Annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare!

What do you get when you give several hundred teenagers passionate text, boundless creative freedom, and dozens of gleaming broadswords? Shakespeare & Company’s 24th annualFall Festival of Shakespeare! This nationally-celebrated program places Shakespeare & Company Education Artists in 10 local schools, where they lead students on a nine-week exploration of how Shakespeare’s plays relate to their own lives and “hold a mirror up to nature.”

The Fall Festival culminates with the students performing a Shakespeare play at their own school multiple times and then again as part of a four-day marathon of plays at Shakespeare & Company’s Tina Packer Playhouse. This year’s marathon of student performances runs November 15 through 18, which is the weekend before Thanksgiving.

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NOVEMBER 15 – 18
Tina Packer Playhouse

Performance Schedule: November 15 – 18

Thursday, November 15
 Taconic Hills High School – Twelfth Night

8:30PM: Lenox Memorial High School – The Winter’s Tale

Friday, November 16
Taconic High School –  Henry IV, pt. 1
8:30PM: Lee High School – Henry V

Saturday, November 17
1:30PM: Monument Mountain Regional High School – Julius Caesar
3:30PM: Mt. Everett Regional High School – Love’s Labour’s Lost 
6:15PM: Mt. Greylock Regional High School – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
8:30PM: Springfield Central High School – The Tempest

Sunday, November 18
Chatham High School – As You Like It
3:30PM: North Andover High School  – Pericles, Prince of Tyre

The Santaland Diaries

by David Sedaris
adapted by Joe Mantello
directed by Tony Simotes
featuring David Josef Hansen
Whether you’ve been “naughty” or “nice,” you won’t want to miss the next episode of The Santaland Diaries!

No Regifting!

This is our final presentation of this one-man rollicking exploration of the dark side of Christmas. For the past two years, we’ve invited a new actor (let’s face it… Elf) to don the regulation pointy-toed socks and jingling bells. This year, we’re pleased to welcome funny man David Josef Hansen (The Taming of the ShrewThe Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)) as Crumpet the Elf. Artistic Director Tony Simotes returns to direct the production, incorporating more fun and surprises than you can spin a dreidel at!

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Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre

David Josef Hansen is Comin’ to Town!

Behind the Scenes of The Santaland Diaries Photo Shoot

David Josef Hansen recently donned Crumpet’s famous costume for a photoshoot with photographer Scott Barrow. We went behind the scenes and captured the action. Check the video at the top of this page to watch David (and Raider the Dog) pose for Mr. Barrow, and get excited for this funny man’s take on Santaland’s reluctant hero!

David Josef Hansen as Crumpet the Elf. Photos by Scott Barrow.

Satchmo Breaks Records in New Haven

Next Stop: Philadelphia

We’d like to congratulate John Douglas Thompson, playwright Terry Teachout, director Gordon Edelstein, and the entireSatchmo at the Waldorf team forbecoming the most successful showin the history of Long Wharf Theatre’s Stage II. After playing to packed houses this summer at Shakespeare & Company, the production moved to New Haven where it was met with instantaneous raves. But this won’t be the last stop for Satchmo: the production is moving to the Wilma Theatre in Philadelphia for a three-week run in mid-November!

Pictured above: John Douglas Thompson in Satchmo at the Waldorf. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

@S&Co. Community Happenings

A day or two at Shakespeare & Company becomes an indelible and entertaining group experience. Whether it’s a family reunion, association get together, business getaway, or a didactic learning experience for theatre lovers, our beautiful 30 acre campus is an ideal location with a wide variety of amenities on site. We make groups of every kind — schools, camps, clubs, seniors, colleges or any group from 15-450 — feel at home. We’re proud to open our campus to a number of interesting and exciting events. To book your special event or group outing, contact Director of Sales David Joseph or (413) 637-1199 x132.

For more information, visit the Groups, Events & Production Rentals section of our website.

The 2nd Annual Lenox Caroling Festival

December 7–9, 2012
Town of Lenox & Bernstein Theatre

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 7–9, 2012, the Town of Lenox will host the 2nd Annual Lenox Caroling Festival Weekend. The festival is a gala weekend filled with holiday events. The festival begins on Friday, and the celebration of holiday song begins on Saturday. Seven hours of holiday song and celebration at outdoor locations throughout the historic village of Lenox.

The caroling begins on Saturday at 10:30am. At 6:45pm, the daylong concert will culminate with a reception/singalong/awards ceremony at Shakespeare & Company in the Bernstein Theatre. Stay put and join us for The Santaland Diaries!

For more information, visit the Lenox Caroling Festival’s website.

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King John

by William Shakespeare
directed by Tod Randolph
featuring The Conservatory at Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company celebrates the work of our sixth Conservatory class with King Johna fast-paced glimpse at the 17-year reign of the complicated monarch. Passionate speeches, soaring language, and thrilling battles, King John is the perfect work for our trainees to sink their teeth into. The Conservatory is a three-month intensive training program, which prepares these dedicated artists for professional careers in theatre. Directed by long-time Company member Tod Randolph, the poetic touches ofKing John combined with the vigor of these up-and-coming artists will make for three can’t-miss performances.

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DECEMBER 14 – 15, 2012
Tina Packer Playhouse


The Liar

by David Ives

adapted from the comedy
by Pierre Corneille
directed by Kevin G. Coleman
featuring Company favorites David Joseph, Dana Harrison, Alexandra Lincoln, and Enrico Spada
A tangled web of lies, misdirected advances, and the unmistakable confusion of love,
The Liar has all of the ingredients that make for a great French farce.
The truth will set most people free, but for Dorante (our disingenuous hero), a sequence of fibs may pave a convoluted road to happiness. A hilarious farce about mistaken identity, The Liar was originally penned by the classic 17th-century French playwright Pierre Corneille, in 1664. This adaptation by award-winning American playwright David Ives merges the iambic humor of classic verse with a contemporary twist.

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Bernstein Theatre

Pictured above: (L) King John, 2005, (R) The Learned Ladies, 2012. Photos by Kevin Sprague.

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