Jayne Atkinson
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Jayne Atkinson
(© Joseph Marzullo/WENN)
Tony Award-winning actress Jayne Atkinson will play the title role in Berkshire Playwrights Lab's staged reading of Kelly Masterson's Edith, to be presented at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, July 27 at 7:30pm. Joe Cacaci will direct.

The play concerns Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, wife of PresidentWoodrow Wilson. On October 2, 1919, when her husband suffered a massive stroke, she effectively became the first female President of the United States. With only the collusion of the family doctor, Edith kept the truth of her husband's debilitation from the unknowing public and an increasingly suspicious opposition. With powerful political foes amassing support to defeat Wilson's dream of a League of Nations, Edith fought to hold onto the strings of power to complete her husband's term and achieve his goals. Edith tells her story.

The cast will also feature Michel Gill, Jack Gilpin, Bob Jaffe, and others.

Admission is free, but reservations are suggested. Call 413-528-0100.