LENOX - Shakespeare & Company begins its fall season next Saturday evening at 7:30 with Rupert Holmes’ comedy-thriller "Accomplice."
Press opening is Sept. 28 at 7:30 in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St. where the show is scheduled to run through Nov. 10.
Ticket information and performance schedules are available online at shakespeare.org or (413) 637-3353.
Stephen Rothman is directing Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jason Asprey and Joshua McCabe in this Edgar Award-winning play set in a lovely country house where a wife and her lover plan to murder her stuffy husband.
A prolific author, singer-songwriter, musician and playwright, Holmes has created a script that crackles with references to well-known thrillers, including "The Mousetrap" and "Deathtrap"; soap operas and dance instructor Arthur Murray.
A British and American composer, singer-songwriter, musician and author of plays, novels and stories, Holmes is best known for his number one pop hit "Escape (The Piña Colada Song)" and the song "Him," which reached the No. 6 position on the Hot 100 U.S. pop chart in 1980. He is also known for his 1985 Tony Award-winning musical "Drood" (originally "The Mystery of Edwin Drood"); the 2007 Drama Desk Award-winning book for the Broadway musical, "Curtains"; and for his television series "Remember WENN."
Rothman returns to Shakespeare & Company having directed last season’s East Coast premiere of "Parasite Drag" and the world premiere this summer of "Leap Year." Rothman is best known by West Coast theater audiences for his work as founder and artistic leader of the revitalized Pasadena Playhouse. He also served as artistic director of the Sacramento Theatre Company. His American resident/regional theater credits include more than 100 plays in 16 different states for 40 different theater companies. His theater honors include Florida’s Carbonell Award for Best Director for "God’s Man in Texas" at Florida Stage and a Los Angeles Dramaloge win for his direction of an American Sign Language production of "Orphans" for Deaf West Theatre.
For American television, he spent two seasons directing episodes of "The New WKRP In Cincinnati."
He serves as a professor of theater at California State University, Los Angeles, where he recently received the 2012/2013 award as "Outstanding Professor of the Year."