Shakespeare & Co at 35-And 35 Reasons You Should Go There!

Shakespeare & Company at age 35

Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, MA

by Shera Cohen

The following are 35 reasons to love Shakespeare & Company.

1.      Tina Packer – the dynamic founder of S&Co.

2.      Tony Simotes, who has taken the helm as Tina slows down

3.      “The Tempest” – with a new, feminine take (thru 9/12)

4.      Ensemble acting at its best

5.      Elizabethan language made understandable

6.      Modern plays (even world premiers) are produced

7.      Theatre adaptations of stories and novels

8.      “Tartuffe” – a rollicking Moliere under a tent (thru 8/25)

9.      The kids in the audience who “get” Shakespeare

10.   At least four plays/ activities in a single day

11.  “Cassandra Speaks” – story of Dorothy Thompson (thru. 9/2)

12.   The Studio Series – weekly staged play readings

13.   The same actors who spout “Tempest” character’s words in the matinee and “Lear” in the evening performance, and they never get mixed up

14.  “Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” – an irreverent comedy (thru  9/1)

15.   Friendly cast who honestly appreciate audience comments

16.   Wednesday Q&As – after the plays with actors & directors

17.   The lovely indoor, air-conditioned Founders Theatre

18.   The cozy, also air-conditioned Bernstein Theatre

19.  “Parasite Drag” – a gripping drama (thru. 9/2)

20.   The actors applaud the audience

21.   Behind the Scenes Tours – see costume & scene shop & more

22.   Great gal actors: Merritt Janson, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Kristin Wold & more

23.   Great guy actors: Jonathan Croy, Kevin Coleman, Jonathan Epstein & more

24.   Up & coming actors: Ryan Winkles, David Joseph, and more

25.   Author! Author! – Sunday morning series by well-known authors

26.   “Satchmo at the Waldorf” – Louis Armstrong comes to life (8/22 – 9/16)

27.   Founders’ Talks – world-class thespians impart their knowledge

28.   Free Stuff – Preludes & Riotous Youth by acting students

29.   Josie’s Tavern – quick goodies & drinks at Founders

30.   Volunteers – top notch, polite, and they even act

31.   Costumes & coifs for all eras

32.   Music –Shakespeare didn’t write it, but would love

33.   Fall Season – this venue does not close up after Labor Day

34.   Winter Season – this venue doesn’t even close up after Christmas

35.   Website – and a great, colorful website to learn a whole lot more at


















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