Live and Virtual Performances will be Presented May 6 – 29 at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre

LENOX, Mass. – Shakespeare & Company presents The Approach by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe, to be staged at the Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre May 6 through May 29.

Co-directed by Mark Farrell and Shakespeare & Company’s Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer, The Approach follows the story of Anna, Cora, and Denise as they converse over coffee about their shared childhoods and burgeoning middle-age, with much left unspoken.

The Approach is the latest work by acclaimed playwright Mark O’Rowe, past winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, awarded to Irish writers under 40 in recognition of a body of work. Known for raw, visceral scripts for both stage and screen in his earlier years, The Approach marks a departure from O’Rowe’s norm, celebrating more subtle examinations of communication, morality, empathy, and intuition.

The Approach received its world premiere in Project Arts Centre, Dublin on February 6th, 2018, and appears later this year at Spoleto Festival USA. 

The cast includes Nicole Ansari, recently seen in the role of Josiane in the HBO Original series Deadwood; Company Artist Elizabeth Aspenlieder, currently celebrating her 24th season at Shakespeare & Company and producing an upcoming feature titled Mumbet, with Executive Producer Octavia Spencer, and Michelle Joyner, returning for her second season at Shakespeare & Company and seen in several feature films and television shows including CliffhangerOutbreakBones, and Quantum Leap.

Co-sponsored by Steve Bader and Cathy Monoxelos, The Approach will be presented both in-person and online. Tickets for in-person performances from $37 to $67 (preview performances are $10 less), and mark the reopening of the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre after its pandemic closure.

Online, The Approach will be presented via live stream at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and through recorded broadcast Saturday May 21, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m.; Saturday May 28 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets for virtual performances are $27.

Talkbacks will be held with directors and cast following in-person performances on Thursday, May 12 (7:30 p.m. show), Saturday, May 14 (7:30 p.m. show) Sunday, May 15 (3 p.m. show), Thursday, May 19 (7:30 p.m. show), Sunday, May 22 (3 p.m. show), and Thursday, May 26 (7:30 p.m. show).

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, or call the Box Office at (413) 637-3353. As of May 1, 2022, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours is required from each patron.

About Shakespeare & Company

Shakespeare & Company was founded in 1978 by Tina Packer. Located in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, the Company offers performance, education, and actor-training opportunities year-round, and attracts more than 40,000 patrons annually with a core of more than 150 artists.

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