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BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on New Marlborough Meeting House—”preserving history, celebrating cultural creativity”

Almost two hundred years later, the Meeting House is still celebrated as a sacred space vibrant with programming to serve the local and surrounding communities.

THEATRE REVIEW: A noble, exceptional ‘Cymbeline’ at Shakespeare & Company

Tackling this play, including editing it cleanly, is an achievement, one that director Tina Packer has undertaken nobly and completed successfully. I would not have missed this for anything.

PREVIEW: ‘Cymbeline’ at Shakespeare & Company, a play for our time

Why was a play so highly prized in previous centuries so neglected recently? And why had Shakespeare & Company decided to do it now?

Art in action: A conversation with Shakespeare & Company’s Kevin Coleman

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.

PROFILE: Lenox-born actor Finn Wittrock builds a stellar career

Of the Berkshires, Finn Wittrock acknowledges that he "was in a community that cared about artistic expression, and Shakespeare & Company was the springboard for my career."

THEATRE REVIEW: Superb, reimagined ‘The Merchant of Venice’ at Shake & Co.

Not your usual rendition of the play, this edition allows for imagination and nuanced creations and provides for the romantic nature of the play over the concept of prejudice and hatred that so often colors the work.

Bits & Bytes: Neal and Tyer to present heroin documentary; ‘Artistic Insights’ at Shakespeare & Co.; ‘Nudes Beyond the Prado;’ Carole Owens book signing;...

Shakespeare & Company Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer and Company actor Jonathan Epstein will give a talk entitled “Shakespeare and the Jews,” which will explore Shakespeare’s controversial play “The Merchant of Venice.”

Bits & Bytes: Oldtone Roots Music Festival; college fair at BCC; business email fraud seminar; ‘Richard III’ benefit at Shakespeare & Co.; Martin Gilbert...

The special staged reading of Shakespeare's great historical tragedy “Richard III” is to benefit the Shakespeare & Company's performance, training, and education programs.

REVIEW: ‘Mother of the Maid’: Joan of Arc as the modern woman

Tina Packer is moving in the role of Joan of Arc's mother, Isabelle, a role for which she was seemingly destined. There is an honesty in her acting. Her performance in this play is nothing short of brilliant.

INSIGHT: Backstory of ‘The Mother of the Maid’ at Shakespeare & Co.

Joan of Arc. Mother Theresa. Gandhi. Anne Frank. With no money, no voice, and in the face of indomitable forces, some were able to rise above the face of brutal means and oppression and change the course of human history and awareness forever.

The Ages of Aquarius: Turbulent evolution of Shakespeare & Company

"I know I’m supposed to say that I’m excited about the season coming up, but I am actually really excited about the season coming up. I think our education process is great and our training program is having an outstanding success. Maybe I’m being a bit Pollyanna, but from where I’m looking, the company is really doing great." -- Jonathan Croy, interim director at Shakespeare & Company

POV: Shakespeare and Company’s Game of Thrones

I hear the cries around me of "bring back Tony Simotes," but who would be so noble as to put himself forward to be humiliated publicly once again. The season awaits. 'The Comedy of Errors' dominates the summer and perhaps that is as it should be in a season where so many errors, though not so comic ones, have already been committed.

Review: ‘Julius Caesar,’ a play for our blood-dimmed times

It's a great play. Filled with action and philosophy this theatrical expression of a man's difficulties, regrets and resolutions is wildly entertaining

Berkshire Playwrights Lab: Seven Successful Years Celebrated with a Gala

"This is one of my favorite events in the Berkshires. It’s a true honor to be a part of this -- they are celebrating new playwrights, new work, rich language and stories that resonate within all of us." -- Shakespeare and Company actress and Communications Director Elizabeth Aspenlieder

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