National Theatre of London will present "Obsession," a chilling tale of passion and destruction at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Clark Art Institute, 225 South St., Williamstown.

Jude Law ("The Young Pope," "Closer," "The Talented Mr Ripley") stars in the stage production, broadcast live from the Barbican Theatre in London. Ivo van Hove (NT Live: "A View from the Bridge," "Hedda Gabler") directs this new stage adaptation of Luchino Visconti's 1943 film.

Gino is a down-at-heel, magnetically handsome drifter. At a roadside restaurant he encounters husband and wife, Giuseppe and Giovanna. Irresistibly attracted to each other, Gino and Giovanna begin a fiery affair and plot to murder her husband—but the crime only serves to tear them apart.

The stage production of "Obsession" is produced by Barbican Theatre Productions Limited, London and Toneelgroep Amsterdam; co-commissioned by Wiener Festwochen and Les Th tres de la Ville de Luxembourg; co-produced by Holland Festival and David Binder Productions; and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Tickets are $18 ($16 members) and may be purchased online at or by calling 413-458-0524. Run time is two hours.



The Williams College Department of Music presents the Berkshire Symphony in concert at 8 p.m. Friday in Chapin Hall, 54 Chapin Hall Drive on the Williams College campus, Williamstown. There is a pre-concert talk with conductor Ronald Feldman at 7:15 p.m. in Brooks-Rogers Recital Hall, adjacent to the main venue. These events are free and open to the public.

The Berkshire Symphony presents Claude Debussy's "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun," and Bela Bartok's Viola Concerto featuring Hsin-Yun Huang, viola. The orchestra closes the program with a performance of Tchaikovsky's magnificent Symphony No. 6.

For more information, visit/ or the concert hotline, 413-597-3146.

North Adams


NORTH ADAMS — A new book by Dr. Thomas Whalen, an associate professor of business at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, "Complexity, Society and Social Transactions: Developing a Comprehensive Social Theory," recently was published by London, England's Taylor and Francis of London, a division of Routledge.

According to Whalen, "Complexity, Society and Social Transactions: Developing a Comprehensive Social Theory," explains how humans come together to form society, culture, and the economy.

Whalen joined MCLA's Department of Business Administration and Economics in 2014. He comes to the campus from McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., where he was an assistant professor in business administration.

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