Ann St. Clair was born in Washington D.C. and grew up in New York City where she constantly wore black and read Sartre on the subway. Her father did some sort of ill-defined government work, and from an early age, she was surrounded by people and ideas from around the world. As a teenager, she tripped into a summer job as receptionist at British Information Service in the RCA Building in New York, where she became fascinated by the public relations operation of a government in a foreign country. She enjoyed working in daytime TV where her most stirring line was: “The doctor will see you now.” Ann graduated from Sarah Lawrence College, where she ate, breathed and slept English literature and history, and took a year-long Bible course that changed her life. She has finished writing several books, including a coming of age novel called Marta Byrd, and she is working on a clutch of tales featuring eccentric characters in Israeli Secret Service. She likes living in the Berkshires, where she enjoys theatre and intrigue, and she loves to laugh.
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Friday, 10 Jan 2020 - I have never wished I were a boy, but even as a child reading “Little Women” for the first time, I recognized why Jo said she was bitter about being born a girl.
Saturday, 19 Oct 2019 - It's easy to project that this serious, completely Berkshires-made comedy might be the first of many films to come.
Tuesday, 24 Sep 2019 - The most powerful question the piece leaves with the audience is a basic one each person in the theater must face in a lifetime: How do we balance our need for love with our need for self-actualization?
Saturday, 16 Feb 2019 - Tina Packer is a force of nature," said Guy Roberts, Founding Artistic Director of the Prague Shakespeare Company (PSC). “She has influenced and inspired generations of theatre makers and theatre goers. I can think of a no better ambassador for Shakespeare..." -- Guy Roberts, Founding Artistic Director of the Prague Shakespeare Company.
Tuesday, 7 Aug 2018 - When I had read the script, I noticed that it never referenced theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg or his uncertainty principle, yet its two characters lurch from one idea and one place to another with striking uncertainty.
Monday, 11 Jun 2018 - The arts currently create upwards of 4,000 year-round jobs here, and even more seasonally, all of which support other jobs.
Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 - Molly's Game is the story of a charming, adaptable, ambitious woman with brilliant math and organizational skills and an omnivorous ability to learn new things.
LITERATURE: Michael Orthofer, originator of one of Time’s 50 coolest websites, to speak at Trinity Church
Monday, 21 Aug 2017 - Michael Orthofer has been reviewing books and publicly exploring the international literary scene since 1999, with almost 4000 titles under review and a focus on international fiction and fiction in translation.
Sunday, 2 Jul 2017 - Why was a play so highly prized in previous centuries so neglected recently? And why had Shakespeare & Company decided to do it now?
Friday, 19 May 2017 - “Our understanding of the scriptures, scriptures we consider inspired by God, tells us to welcome all people in all circumstances as fellow human beings.” -- The Rev. Michael Tuck, rector of Trinity Church in Lenox
Monday, 15 Aug 2016 - Shakespeare & Company’s Education Director Kevin Coleman is a 2016 Tony Award Finalist for Excellence in Theatre Education. “Creativity is our birthright. All art gives us insights into ourselves, keys to our own creativity, and theatre adds a natural experience of cooperation,” he notes.
Wednesday, 10 Aug 2016 - Considering the dismal lack of opportunity available to women in her time, Aphra Behn made a stubborn, and possibly wrong-headed decision: “I’ll be a playwright…. I’ll earn my own bread or go hungry.”
Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 - This is a new, exciting work by a young woman who sweeps away easy answers, rejects clichés, and challenges the audience.
Friday, 3 Jun 2016 - This year, in the midst of one of the most surprising and disturbing presidential election seasons ever recorded, Lauren Gunderson’s “The Taming” is a brilliant Red State/Blue State romp.
Ark Theatre premiers ‘Babylon Revisited’ at Shakespeare & Co.: Cutting-edge blend of film, live theatre
Friday, 2 Oct 2015 - The effects are amazing, but all of them ring true. The story and the language soar and go deep. They remain F. Scott Fitzgerald’s.
Saturday, 8 Aug 2015 - Ira Aldridge’s love of theatre was so all-encompassing, he wouldn’t abandon it no matter what the personal cost. He toured hundreds and hundreds of miles on terrible roads in conveyances that were beyond uncomfortable
Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 - “It’s vaudeville before vaudeville, the Marx Brothers before the Marx Brothers.” -- Aaron Bartz, who plays the Dromios
Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 - “Henry V” is a muscular play, a perfect play to bring your teenagers and young adults to enjoy, so they, too, may fall in love with Shakespeare. It is truly the “muse of fire.”
Friday, 22 May 2015 - As “The How and the Why” says, the point is that the human race “moves forward only when the fool of this generation goes beyond the genius of the last.”
Saturday, 29 Nov 2014 - We may be witnessing the early days of a new theatre tradition in the Berkshires. “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” seems perfect for us to celebrate the Holidays — now, and for years to come.
Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 - Director Jonathan Croy has bought out the best in this new generation of players and in the newer members of the company.
Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 - “Private Eyes” is not a linear story, told in linear time or space. It is much more real than that. It is like life going on.
Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 - Director Jonathan Croy sees “Private Eyes” as a perfect reflection of romance in the 1990’s, and “it still works beautifully today.” Because it’s a slice of romance in the here and now — any here and now.
Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 - Shakespeare & Company is known for its revelatory clarity of dense speech as well as for its comic abilities. It was made for this play.