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Shakespeare & Company Announces 2018 Season

Terrence McNally, Simon Stephens, and more join the summer lineup.

Taylor Mac's Hir will close out Shakespeare & Company's 2018 season.
(© David Gordon)

Shakespeare & Company has announced its 2018 summer season, exploring the themes of Delight, Deceit, and Desire.

The season kicks off with the New England premiere of Morning After Grace, written by Carey Crim, directed by Regge Life, and featuring Corinna May (May 24-July 15). The play is described as follows: "In the New England premiere of this touching comedy, playwright Carey Crim shows us with a deft hand that we are never too old to suddenly know ourselves through chance intersection with former strangers in unlikely circumstances. Angus, Abigail, and Ollie are resigned to having it all figured out, until they aren't, leaving hope for us all as they turn the past on its ear." The show will run in the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre.

Next will be Shakespeare's Macbeth, directed by Melia Bensussen and featuring Jonathan Croy and Tod Randolph (July 3-August 5). Performances will be in the Tina Packer Playhouse, running concurrently with August Strindberg's Creditors (July 19-August 12), which will take over the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. Adapted by David Greig, directed by Nicole Ricciardi, and featuring Jonathan Epstein and Kristin Wold, Creditors is described as follows: "Strindberg called Creditors his most mature work, and in this riveting version the emotional landscape is littered with debt. The cost of love runs deep for these three characters, and if everyone owes something to someone, who can really call themselves a creditor?"

The Shakespearean comedy Love's Labor's Lost, directed by Kelly Galvin, will have an outdoor run at The Dell at the Mount, Edith Wharton's Home (July 10-August 18). Following will be an outdoor production of Shakespeare's As You Like It, directed by Allyn Burrows, in the Roman Garden Theatre (August 9-September 2). The cast will include Thomas Brazzle, MaConnia Chesser, Nigel Gore, Deaon Griffin-Pressley, Ella Loudon, and Mark Zeisler.

Tina Packer will direct a production of Simon Stephens's Heisenberg (August 11-September 2), which was produced on Broadway by the Manhattan Theatre Club in 2016. Tamara Hickey and Malcolm Ingram will costar in the unconventional love story between two people who stumble into each other's lives on a bench in London.

Terrence McNally's Tony-nominated play Mothers and Sons will then come to the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre (August 16-September 9), directed by James Warwick and featuring Annette Miller. Set 20 years after McNally's 1990 television play Andre's Mother, the play shows what happens when Andre's mother shows up unexpectedly on the doorstep of her deceased son's former lover.

Rounding out the season in Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre will be Taylor Mac's Hir, directed by Alice Reagan, and featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Martin Jason Asprey (September 13-October 7). The dark comedy tells the story of a son coming back from the military to find his family turned completely upside down.


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