Shakespeare & Company Announces First Three Titles of Their 45th Season

LENOX, Mass. – Shakespeare & Company announced today the first three titles slated for production during its 45th Season, beginning in June 2022. Two works by Shakespeare and a modern production will open the season, which also marks the one-year anniversary of The New Spruce Theatre – Shakespeare & Company’s 500-seat…

REVIEW: “An Iliad” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Ancram Opera House presents a battle between two superheroes! Featured in an eighth-century B.C. epic poem (Homer’s The Iliad), Achilles, a demi-god, was the most powerful warrior in Ancient Greece, and his nemesis, Hector, was the greatest warrior in Troy.  Actor MaConnia Chesser, playing the Poet, brings…

An Interview with MaConnia Chesser and Jeffrey Mousseau About “An Iliad” at the Ancram Opera House

October 21-24 MaConnia Chesser, an actor well known to Berkshire audiences, seen this past summer as Goneril in “King Lear” at Shakespeare & Company, will be performing in the solo show “An Iliad” at the Ancram Opera House. “An Iliad” by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare based on Robert Fagle’s…

REVIEW: The Plein Air Plays at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Imagine a team of two producers, co-directors of a tiny gem of an opera house located in the small town of Ancram, New York, tackling the logistical feat of staging three short, site- specific plays, performed simultaneously in residents’ yards and on a baseball field, whose spectators…

Ancram Opera House Announces Hybrid Virtual and In-Person 2021 Summer Season

Sixth Season Will Include Site-Specific Performances and Free Online Programming Ancram Opera House’s 2021 summer season will combine free virtual events with live performances in parks, barns and gardens set against the backdrop of the beautiful Hudson River Valley. Beginning in June and running through late August, programming will range…

REVIEW: “The Snow Queen” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Fairy tales never lose their power to affect us, no matter how old we get.  Jeffrey Mousseau’s beautiful production of The Snow Queen at Ancram Opera House both moves and delights us as we root for the good guys to triumph over evil. Mousseau, co-director of Ancram…

REVIEW: “The Brothers Size” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger Nestled in the southeast corner of Columbia County is The Ancram Opera House, formerly a grange hall built in 1927.  Currently, according to co-directors Jeffrey Mousseau and Paul Ricciardi, one of the missions of this intimate performing space is to “showcase contemporary theatre and alternative cabaret” by…

REVIEW: “Homebody” at the Ancram Opera House

by Barbara Waldinger A middle-aged Englishwoman, identified only as Homebody, tries in vain to remember the name of her anti-depressant:  “a portmanteau chemical cocktail word confected by punning psychopharmacologists.”  She imagines her “brain floating in a salt bath, frosted with a rime of salt, a pickle-brine brain, pink-beige walnut-wrinkled nutmeat…

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