Shakespeare & Company adds "God of Carnage" hurricane relief benefit performance

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LENOX — Shakespeare & Company is adding a special benefit performance of "God of Carnage' Thursday evening at 7:30 for the benefit of those impacted by the recent hurricanes.

The proceeds from the added performance will be donated to the One America Appeal in support of relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

The One America Appeal was launched by all five living former American presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, which inundated the Texas Gulf Coast. It has been expanded to include areas most affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

"When basic human comforts are ripped away from people, we can't help but be moved when hearing about such devastating news," artistic director Allyn Burrows says in a news release. "We'd like to do our small part in helping those affected rebuild their lives."

"... Shakespeare & Company is proud to give back to our wider community," says managing director Adam Davis. "So many people have been affected by the recent hurricanes, including our own employees, artists, volunteers and board members, and we felt it was important to contribute to the relief efforts happening across our country."

Written by Yasmina Reza, the author of "Art," translated by Christopher Hampton, and directed by Regge Life, "God of Carnage" runs through Oct. 8 in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, 70 Kemble St.

At the play's opening, two sets of parents meet for the first time to address their sons' recent playground fight. Tensions quickly emerge between the parents around the best way to raise a child.

The cast features Shakespeare & Company veterans Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Jonathan Croy, Kristin Wold and Allyn Burrows.

Ticket information is available online at shakespeare.org, or by phone at 413-637-3353.


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