Winter Studio Festival of Plays at Shakespeare & Company


Shakespeare & Company is pleased to announce its Winter Studio Festival of Plays on January 14 and 15, 2017. This weekend of staged readings will showcase a diverse array of playwrights and feature both emerging and established Company artists. All performances will take place in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre on the Shakespeare & Company campus in Lenox, Massachusetts.

“We are thrilled to be able to produce readings of both new plays and enduring classics,” said Artistic Director Allyn Burrows. “Sharing the powerful language of these influential writers in the off season is important to keep the home fires burning. The Studio Festival gives actors and audiences an opportunity to connect and engage more intimately while exploring these provocative scripts.”

The Winter Studio Festival titles include St. Petersburg: 1913 by local playwright Robert Sugarman; Susan Smith Blackburn Award Winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl; OBIE Award winning dark comedy, Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard; Beyond the Veil by Berkshire native Emily Devoti; and Chekov’s classic, The Cherry Orchard. Each reading will be followed by a post-show discussion.

Tickets are priced from $15 to $35, and are currently on sale. A Festival pass to all five readings is also available at a 50% savings. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling Shakespeare & Company box office at (413) 637-3353. The Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre is wheelchair accessible. Shakespeare & Company is located at 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Schedule for Shakespeare & Company’s Winter Studio Festival of Plays:

Saturday January 14, 2017
1:00 pm: St. Petersburg: 1913 by Robert Sugarman
4:00 pm: The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl
7:00 pm: Curse of the Starving Class by Sam Shepard

Sunday January 15, 2017
1:00 pm: Beyond the Veil by Emily Devoti
4:00 pm: The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov

Monthly programming continues in February with “Shakespeare & Other Lovers’ Weekend,”on February 18 and 19. In March the Company celebrates local playwright Joan Ackermann, with readings of six of her plays. They include Zara Spook, Stanton’s Garage, The Batting Cage, Ice Glen, and a new world premiere script!

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