Shakespeare and Company launches its annual Halloween Benefit -- a special two-week engagement that begins with an evening of ghost stories, haunted trails, hot apple cider, and chilling performances. Proceeds go toward educational programs as well as a capital campaign that will help establish the company's new home over the next few years.
Beginning Oct. 21, Shakespeare and Co. presents The Woman in Black, a play that was adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the book by Susan Hill. Directed by Kevin G. Coleman, The Woman in Black is set in London and the remote village of Eel Marsh.
The play's story line goes back and forth in time to accommodate the action of the play from the 1860’s to the 1920’s. When Mr. Kipps, a London-based lawyer, is sent by his firm to attend the funeral of one of its clients, Mrs. Drablow, his experiences while staying at Drablow’s estate are so horrific and evil that he hires a young actor to help him articulate the events to his family. Of course, Kipps gets much more than he bargained for when the “actor” arrives.
Performances run Oct. 21 - 31, with the press opening scheduled for Oct. 22 at 7:30 PM. Limited seating is available, with the run already more than half sold. Tickets are specially priced at $25 for the preview on Thur. Oct. 21 and $35 for all other performances. Showtimes include the Oct. 21 preview at 7:30 PM, the Oct. 22 press opening at 7:30 PM, and scheduled performances Oct. 23, 28, 29, and 31 at 7:30 PM. On Oct. 30 there are shows at 7 PM and 9:30 PM. Call the box office at (413) 637 3353 for tickets and information or visit www.shakespeare.org.
-- By Murdoch McBride