“The How and the Why” – Intimate, funny new play by Sarah Treem opens ShakesCo season

L-R: Bridget Saracino as Rachel and Tod Randolph as Zelda. Photo by John Dolan.

L-R: Bridget Saracino as Rachel and Tod Randolph as Zelda. Photo by John Dolan.

The How and the Why is a smart and compelling contemporary play about science, family, sex and survival of the fittest. Treem is best known for her work as a writer/producer on television hits The AffairHouse of Cards and In Treatment.  Directed by Nicole Ricciardi, The How and the Why runs in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre May 22nd through July 26.

Two women meet for the first time on the eve of a prestigious national conference. Both are brilliant evolutionary biologists who share a zeal for science and a bold, contrarian approach to their male-dominated field, even as one challenges the other with a radical new theory about sex. Evolution and emotion collide, as mysteries unfold about their relationship. This perceptive and sharp-witted work explores the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.

Jonathan Croy, Artistic Director for Shakespeare & Company, believes this smart and moving play will be a tremendous kickoff to the season, which features a full slate of contemporary plays by women. “We’re so excited to open our season with this very funny play by the talented Sarah Treem,” says Croy.  “It sets the tone for much of what audiences will find in our productions throughout the summer, including themes of intimacy, revelation, and the unexpected.”

“This play is powerful, funny, witty,” says director Nicole Ricciardi, “but, at this moment, I am mostly struck by its humanity. It has a very human impulse running through it that I think many people will find a personal connection to. The play’s subject is not often explored in the theatre, and it goes much further and deeper than one might expect.”

Ricciardi’s production of<em.The How and the Why features returning Company actor Tod Randolph, and newcomer Bridget Saracino. The creative team includes veteran Company artists Alex Sovronsky (music and compositions), Patrick Brennan (set design), James Bilnoski (lighting), and Deborah A. Brothers (costume design).

Tickets for The How and the Why are available online at www.shakespeare.org, or by calling the Shakespeare & Company Box Office at (413) 637-3353 during business hours. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts.

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