Pythagoras Theatre Works prepping two Wharton plays


Pythagoras Theatre Works, returns to the historic West Stockbridge 1854 Town Hall with two plays adapted from the works of renowned Berkshire author Edith Wharton.

Their summer season features two riveting adaptations of Edith Wharton’s short stories: The Promise (from Wharton’s French language short story Les Metteurs en Scene) and Roman Fever (from Wharton’s acclaimed short story of the same name), performed one after the other with a short intermission in between. Berkshire playwright and Shakespeare & Company founding member Dennis Krausnick has masterfully adapted two of Wharton’s best stories. The cast includes Corinna May, Diane Prusha, and David Joseph.

Pythagoras is also pleased to announce that the production is being staged by acclaimed theatre director Normi Noël. In addition, we’re being joined by Costume Designer Peggy Walsh, Lighting Designer James Bilnoski, and Production Manager & Associate Producer Sadie Clouser.

Performances take place July 28, 2016 to August 5. Tickets are $30, students $25. Active Service Military and children under 12 are free. For tickets, go to Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 800-838-3006. For more information, call: 413-344-3338 or go to

The Promise

Adapted from Edith Wharton’s “Les Metteurs En Scene”, Blanche and Jean are both Gilded Age opportunists who survive by riding the coattails and trains of the moneyed set, providing companionship and any other diversion their erstwhile “friends” may desire. They are especially versed at playing elegant match makers who contrive liaisons and, oftentimes, marriages between Europe’s aristocracy and the American nouveau riche. Yet, after many years of wearing these masks and playing these roles, an encounter in Gilded Age Paris reveals the fate that neither could have foreseen. It features Diane Prusha and Chuck Schwager.

Roman Fever

Recent widows Alida Slade and Grace Ansley leave their New York high-society lives to go on holiday for the season in Rome, along with each woman’s marriageable daughter. We find them on a summer afternoon on the terrace of a restaurant that overlooks the ruins of the Roman Forum. Their daughters have gone off for the evening, leaving the two women alone to drink wine and reminisce. However, as the conversation turns to an earlier time when they were in Rome together, old rivalries surface, secrets are revealed and their friendship will be forever altered. It features Corinna May, Diane Prusha and David Joseph.

The productions feature live music by New York City composer and cellist Paul Brantley who is writing the score and will accompany it on the cello.

“We’re very lucky,” says Producing Artistic Director Michael Burnet, “that the schedules of these particular artists lined up to make this endeavor possible this summer. And, we not only have David Joseph acting and singing on stage, but he’s also decided to join us as a Co-producer and board member.”

Since 2014, Pythagoras has been working in association with The West Stockbridge Historical Society and the Town of West Stockbridge to create a vibrant theatre in the heart of town and to help in their ongoing effort to completely renovate the historic 1854 Town Hall. “It’s an invaluable landmark,” says Co-Producer David Joseph, “with a long history as the center of town life. We want people to know about it and experience it firsthand. It’s an historic, charming theatrical space, and has some of the best acoustics I’ve ever heard.”

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