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Director Regge Life — who came at Shakespeare & Company audiences hard and fast with last fall’s “hang” by debbie tucker green and, more notably, Suzan-Lori Parks' “Topdog/Underdog” in 2020-21 — has turned down the heat this summer with British playwright Lolita Chakrabarti’s soft, gentle, graceful “Hymn.”

The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires announces a current events seminar with Professor Steven Rubin on Thursday, July 28, at Knesset Israel in Pittsfield, and a Jewish Theological Seminary in the Berkshires program on Friday, July 29, at the Elaine P. Bernstein Theater at Shakespeare & Company, 70 Kemble St., Lenox. 

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Shakespeare & Company’s New Spruce Theater bowed last summer wrapped in the raw ancient Britain landscape that is the setting for the Bard’s cosmic tragedy, “King Lear.”

That was then. Now, in the summer of 2022, director Kelly Galvin has swept away ‘Lear’s” bleakness and replaced it with the robust, sunnier disposition of “Much Ado About Nothing.” It’s a welcome tonic for these aching, ailing times.

The Authors Guild Foundation will host its inaugural “Words, Ideas, and Thinkers Festival,” Sept. 22-25 at Shakespeare & Company, where it will bring together many of today’s best and brightest writers to explore the theme of “Reimagining America" through a series of thought-provoking conversations, presentations, panels and speeches. The Eagle recently caught up with Pulitzer-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks, who will speak during the WIT Festival.  

Benny and Gil are two midlife strangers who meet at a funeral and learn the ties of blood run deep. As the bond between them grows, their journey of discovery leads them to connect and confront challenges, as they explore the relationships in their lives and with each other, amid a musical soundtrack of the times. “Hymn,” directed by Regge Life in Shakespeare & Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theater, can be seen July 24 through Aug. 28.