Shakespeare & Company slates three plays by the Bard for 2018 season

LENOX — Shakespeare & Company will produce three Shakespeare plays — "Macbeth," directed by Melia Bensussen; "As You Like It," directed by Allyn Burrows; and "Love's Labor's Lost," directed by Kelly Galvin — as part of its 2018 season.

"As You Like It" will be performed Aug. 9 through Sept. 2 at twilight in the new Roman Garden Theatre, created this summer for "The Tempest."

"Macbeth" will be produced in the Tina Packer Playhouse July 3-Aug. 5.

"Love's Labor's Lost" will perform July 10-Aug. 18 in what is billed as a 90-minute "family-friendly" production outdoors in The Dell at The Mount, Edith Wharton's home.

Casting and titles for the contemporary plays that will be performed in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre will be announced after the New Year.

"I am ramped up to work on 'As You Like It' ... in [a reconfigured] Roman Garden Theatre," artistic director Allyn Burrows says in a news release.

"A specific historical and environmental setting can lend an expanded resonance to Shakespeare's sublime language, and so it seemed fitting to set this piece in the Roaring Twenties, a time that, much like the events in this story, represented self-discovery, growth, and the throwing off of restraints.

"I'm also excited to have Melia Bensussen in the director's chair for 'Macbeth' and to have Kelly Galvin at the helm for 'Love's Labors Lost,'" Burrows continues. "Both these women will bring their own unique brand of insight and humor to these productions."

"I'm thrilled to be working with Shakespeare & Company for the first time," the OBIE Award-winning Bensussen says in the news release. "As a long-time fan of the company, I'm looking forward to sharing a vision of 'Macbeth' that brings the play into conversation with Edgar Allan Poe's 19th century, when Gothic horror stories haunted the boundaries between the outside world and the individual unconscious."

"It's a joy to return to Shakespeare & Company to direct one of Shakespeare's most dazzling, witty, and spirited plays," says Galvin. "I first came to The Mount with my grandmother when I was 14, and the ineffable magic of seeing Shakespeare in such an enchanted place has always stayed with me. It's the perfect setting for this hilarious and sweet coming-of-age story, with its host of delightful characters and sparkling depiction of young love."

Shakespeare & Company's 2018 summer season will begin Memorial Day weekend.

FLEXpasses are now on sale. Single tickets go on sale to members and groups on Feb. 21. Tickets for the general public will be released on March 7.


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