Wednesday September 12, 2012

The second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: At the next Third Thursday on Sept. 20, hundreds of men will step off the curb at The Popcorn Wagon on North Street in Pittsfield to walk a one-mile loop in women’s shoes.

Berkshire County’s second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event raises awareness about all forms of gender-based violence, while raising funds for the Elizabeth Freeman Center, the county’s provider of services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2011, the Elizabeth Freeman Center served nearly 5,000 individuals: almost 1,000 in North County, more than 1,000 in South County and more than 2,500 in Central Berkshire.

Walkers aim to raise at least $55 each by securing donations from their friends, families, and colleagues to sponsor their walk.

Event organizer Ann Miller said "the goal is not to torture men’s feet by making them wear stiletto heels; it’s the symbolic importance of understanding what it feels like to be an abuse survivor."

This year’s notable walkers will include state Sen. Benjamin B. Downing, Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn, and Pittsfield Fire Chief Robert Czerwinski.

Last year, the event netted more than $14,000 for the Elizabeth Freeman Center.

To walk a mile in her shoes, registration forms are available at The Elizabeth Freeman Center, 43 Francis Ave., Pittsfield, or Bagels Too, 166 North St., Pittsfield.

Walkers can also register on the 20th at The Popcorn Wagon from 5:30 to 6 p.m. For further information: info@elizabethfreeman
center.org or (413) 499-2425.

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A new box office record has been set at Shakespeare & Company, according to Artistic Director Tony Simotes. So far, with three more shows still to come before the Lenox theater troupe’s expanded season ends in February, $1,312,000 in tickets have been sold, a figure that doesn’t include last weekend’s take, he said.

A new box office record has been set at Shakespeare & Company, according to Artistic Director Tony Simotes. So far, with three more shows still to come before the Lenox theater troupe’s expanded season ends in February, $1,312,000 in tickets have been sold, a figure that doesn’t include last weekend’s take, he said.

Currently, "Satchmo at the Waldorf," the one-man tour de force starring John Douglas Thompson in three roles that depict the triumphs and struggles of jazz great Louis Armstrong, is playing to cheering, near-capacity crowds, with the four final performances slated this Friday through Sunday.

"It’s an amazing show," said Simotes.

Simotes said the company has already passed its box office goal for this season with "The 39 Steps," "The Santaland Diaries" and "The Liar" still waiting in the wings. Ticket sales are running about 22 percent ahead of last year’s pace.

"The fact that the summer weather has been so good for all of us makes this feels like a continuation of the season," Simotes said.

"Satchmo," written by Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout based on his 2009 biography, "Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong," and directed by Gordon Edelstein, moves on to a run at the prestigious Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., next month.

Simotes hinted proudly at the strong possibility of a Philadelphia or New York City run later on. "How exciting for Shakespeare & Company to be involved in a lab development of this play," he said.

Meanwhile, as another feather in the troupe’s cap, founding Artistic Director Tina Packer’s "Women of Will" is booked for an off-Broadway run starting in late January.

County Fare, a weekly column featuring "tales from throughout the Berkshires," is compiled by Eagle staffers. Visit the County Fare blog at www.berkshireeagle
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