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LENOX -- Shakespeare & Company is presenting a virtual performance of Jodi Rothe's "Martha Mitchell Calling" streaming 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 through Nov. 1. Shakespeare & Company artistic director Allyn Burrows will host a talkback following the Nov. 1 screening.

Registration for the free Vimeo presentation and talkback is available through Shakespeare & Company's website -- shakespeare.org.

Annette Miller will reprise the role of Martha Mitchell, a role she created at Shakespeare & Company in the summer of 2006 in a production directed by Daniela Varon. Miller also played this role at Stageworks Hudson in Hudson, N.Y. (2007), Actors Playhouse in Coral Gables, Fla. (2008), and Nora Theatre Company at Central Square Theater in Cambridge (2008).

Directed by Mark Farrell and produced by Elizabeth Aspenlieder, this production -- which was filmed at Ventfort Hall -- also features Kale Browne as former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell.

"Martha Mitchell Calling" is set on the eve of John Mitchell's trial for his criminal involvement in the Watergate scandal. Alone and isolated, Martha Mitchell is dictating her memoirs into a tape recorder between phone calls.

A southern debutante who dreamt of fame, Martha's marriage to John Mitchell was a love story come true -- until she discovered the Watergate conspiracy and had to choose between patriotism and personal happiness. The personal cost was tragic. She faded away to a forgotten end. 

Jeffrey Borak can be reached at jborak@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6212


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