A Perfect Pair of Wharton Comedies Is Next at Shakespeare & Company
Two Edith Wharton short stories have been adapted for the stage.
A Perfect Pair of Wharton Comedies is set to run at Shakespeare & Company's Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre as the next summer production, offering performances from August 17-September 10. The production is based on Roman Fever and The Fullness of Life, short stories originally penned by the Berkshires' legendary Edith Wharton. The pieces have been adapted by Shakespeare & Company founding member and training director Dennis Krausnick.
Roman Fever follows two middle-aged women, long-term friends, and former romantic rivals on holiday in Rome locked in a fierce debate about the merits of their respective daughters. Their friendly(ish) debate turns to reminiscing about a previous mutual love interest, which in turn leads to shocking revelations about what exactly is fair in love and war. The Fullness of Life reveals, quite charmingly, that the afterlife, as perfectly enchanting as it may seem, may not be all it's cracked up to be.
The Wharton Comedies feature veteran Shakespeare & Company members Corinna May, Diane Prusha, and David Joseph under the guidance of longtime company director Normi Noel. The creative team includes Stephen Ball (lighting designer), Patrick Brennan (set designer), Kiki Smith (costume designer), Amy Altadonna (sound designer), and Fran Rubenstein (stage manager).