Gail Burns has been waiting for a long time for a Merchant of Venice worthy of her bucket list. Does Tina Packer’s new staging in Lenox redeem this controversial play? Read on…
“This is a multi-ethnic and cultural endeavor with 2 Israelis, 1 Indian, 3 Brits, 2 Canadians and 10 Americans – 5 of which are African American,” says Tina. “It’s a multi-racial cast that isn’t necessarily playing in traditional racial, religious or gender specific roles – except when they are,” she chuckled.
An incredible cast comes together for a benefit reading of Shakespeare’s great historial tragedy Richard III on Saturday, October 10.
Eli Ganias is in Talley’s Folly while Tina Packer heads the cast of “Lion in Winter” and Marianna Bassham returns for “Time Stands Still” plus Kander and Ebb’s “Cabaret, promises a hot summer for Oldcastle this year.
Packer shows that Shakespeare’s imagination, mirrored and revealed in his female characters, develops and deepens until finally, when women and men are equal in status and sexual passion, they can—and do—change the world.
Larry Murray, who has both served on boards and battled them, looks at the winter of discontent at Shakespeare & Company. Since this appeared, three Board members have resigned their leadership positions.
The first of Shakespeare’s Henry plays will round out an adventurous eleventh season for Boston’s peripatic Actor’s Shakespeare Project