Olympia Dukakis Will Lend Her Voice to Reading of Leap Year, to Benefit Shakespeare & Co.

News   Olympia Dukakis Will Lend Her Voice to Reading of Leap Year, to Benefit Shakespeare & Co. Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, will present a reading of Leap Year, a play by William Coe Bigelow, featuring Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis, Aug. 31.
Olympia Dukakis
Olympia Dukakis

Tony Simotes directs the 7 PM presentation at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre. Also featured in the cast will be Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Corinna May, David Adkins and Josh Aaron McCabe, among others. The play is billed this way: "Notions of parenting, personal responsibility, the sense one has of God, and the redemptive quality of love and personal forgiveness, are all at the center of Leap Year. This heartfelt drama tells the story of a thirty-something couple, Rob and Lisa Montgomery, whose second child is born with Down's Syndrome. The First Act takes place in a duplex apartment in Los Angeles, starting the day their son is born, on Feb. 29, 1988, as the couple, their friends, and family struggle to come to terms with the painful event and the difficult choices they suddenly face. The Second Act transpires five leap years later, on Feb. 29, 2008, in the same duplex apartment, when the decisions the Montgomerys have made play out in stark terms."

Tickets prices are $30, $40, and $50. There will also be a post-show gathering. The fundraiser for the not-for-profit company is "an early kick-off to the 15th Annual Studio Festival of Plays" and proceeds will support the Kresge Challenge.

For more information, visit Shakespeare.org.