Mrs. Warren's Profession, with Coram Boy's Elbrick, Begins Berkshire Run Aug. 14

News   Mrs. Warren's Profession, with Coram Boy's Elbrick, Begins Berkshire Run Aug. 14 The Berkshire Theatre Festival's production of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession, starring Tony nominee Xanthe Elbrick, begins previews Aug. 14.

Xanthe plays Vivie Warren opposite Lisa Banes, who stars as her mother, Mrs. Kitty Warren. The cast also features Randy Harrison as Frank Gardner, Walter Hudson as Sir George Crofts, Mark Nelson as Praed and Stephen Temperley as The Reverend Samuel Gardner.

Elbrick earned a Tony nomination for her work in the elaborately staged Dickensian drama Coram Boy. Banes has previously worked on Broadway in Rumors, Arcadia and High Society.

Banes replaced Jayne Atkinson, who was originally announced to star in the title role.

Anders Cato directs George Bernard Shaw's scandalous 1905 classic for the Berkshire Festival, which centers on a family revelation: the congenial Mrs. Warren has, in fact, accrued her fortune by running brothels. Because of her mother's clandestine business, Vivie Warren has been privileged to an education and a finer life. The play, which was considered controversial when it debuted 100 years ago, examines morality, "honest work" and female independence at the turn of the century.

Mrs. Warren's Profession officially opens Aug. 17 and runs through Sept. 1. To purchase tickets, contact the BTF Box Office at (413) 298-5576 or visit www.berkshiretheatre.org.