Olympia Dukakis, John Douglas Thompson Set for Shakespeare & Company's 2012 Season
The company will offer five productions in its Founders Theatre, including King Lear, to be directed by Rebecca Holderness, and star Dennis Krausnick in the title role and Kevin Coleman as the Fool; and The Tempest, to be directed by Toby Simotes, and star Olympia Dukakis as Prospero and Apollo Dukakis as Gonzalo.
In addition, Shakespeare & Company will present Terry Teachout's Satchmo at the Waldorf in the Founders Theatre. The production will star John Douglas Thompson as Louis Armstrong, preparing to make his final stage appearance. Also scheduled for this venue are Split Knuckle Theatre's Endurance, a look at a man, who while trying to save his employees' jobs, finds himself reliving Sir Ernest Shackleton's feats of saving his men's lives in Antarctica; and Dibbledance, a new offering from choreographer Susan Dibble.
Also on the company's schedule are four productions for the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, including John Logan's portrait of painter Mark Rothko, Red, to be directed by Kevin Coleman and star Jonathan Epstein; Norman Plotkin's look at journalist Dorothy Thompson, Cassandra Speaks, featuring Tod Randolph; Mark Roberts' examination of two very different brothers, Parasite Drag, to be directed by Steve Rothman; and Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, to be directed by Jon Croy and star Annette Miller.
In addition, the season will include a production of Moliere's Tartuffe, featuring an ensemble of the company's artists and interns, and the company's ongoing play reading series.
Additional casting and creative teams, along with complete schedule information will be announced in the near future.