LENOX, Mass. — Journalist James Bettner Brooke, former editor-in-chief of Ukraine Business News, will take part in a post-show talkback following Shakespeare & Company’s 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 29 performance of A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing, offering perspective on Russian-American relations.

Throughout his career, Brooke has served in myriad positions, including as Moscow Bureau Chief for Bloomberg, Russia/former Soviet Union Bureau Chief for Voice of America, and several posts at The New York Times in the course of 24 years at the newspaper – including as bureau chief for Abidjan, Ivory Coast; Rio l; Denver, Colo., and Canada. Currently, Brooke writes a bimonthly Foreign Affairs column for the Berkshire Eagle.

A Pulitzer Prize finalist written at the height of the Cold War, A Walk in the Woods depicts the developing relationship between two arms limitation negotiators, one Russian and one American, over the course of a year. Shakespeare & Company’s production features Allyn Burrows as inquisitive and hopeful Honeyman, the American, and Jonathan Epstein as Botvinnik, the seasoned, cynical Russian.

A Walk in the Woods is staged outdoors at The Roman Garden Theatre on Shakespeare & Company’s Lenox, Mass. campus through September 4, directed by James Warwick.

Sponsored by Dr. Gerald and Roberta Friedman, this production includes 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. performances, with tickets ranging in price from $22 to $62. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit shakespeare.org, or call the Box Office at (413) 637-3353.

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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