Shakespeare & Co.'s 2011-12 Season Will Boast Hound of the Baskervilles, As You Like It, Memory of Water and More

News   Shakespeare & Co.'s 2011-12 Season Will Boast Hound of the Baskervilles, As You Like It, Memory of Water and More Shakespeare & Company, located in the rolling hills of the Berkshires in Massachusetts, will anchor its 2011-12 summer season with three plays by the bard — As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet and The Two Gentlemen of Verona — plus contemporary works and fresh takes on classics.

The new season in Lenox, MA, will run May 27, 2011, to March 25, 2012. Artistic director Tony Simotes announced programming for the upcoming 34th summer season, the dates of which are below. Dates for the fall and winter 2011-12 titles (The Santaland Diaries, The 39 Steps and The Learned Ladies) will be announced later.

Here's the summer lineup at a glance:

Founders' Theatre

As You Like It
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tony Simotes
Featuring Merritt Janson as Rosalind
June 24-Sept. 4, 2011

"Shakespeare's romantic and pastoral comedy."

Romeo and Juliet
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniela Varon
Featuring Finn Wittrock as Romeo
July 8-Sept. 3, 2011

"One of Shakespeare’s best-known tales of ill-fated lovers." The Hound of the Baskervilles
By Steven Canny and John Nicholson
Directed by Tony Simotes
Featuring Jonathan Croy, Josh Aaron McCabe and Ryan Winkles

The return of the 2009 comic take on the Sherlock Holmes mystery; three actors play 16 characters.

Women of Will: The complete journey (Parts I-V)
By Tina Packer
Directed by Eric Tucker
Featuring: Tina Packer and Nigel Gore May 27-July 10, 2011

"A true tour de force of performance, discussion, and just a bit of crowd participation, Women of Will is the much-anticipated, masterful summation of founding artistic director Tina Packer's 40-odd years of deep investigation into all things Shakespeare."

The Two Gentlemen of Verona
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dennis Krausnick
Presented by the Performance Intern Company
July 6-Sept. 3, 2011

"A continuation of the popular Lunchbox Shakespeare tradition, where patrons can purchase a lunch before the show to compliment their bite of Bard."

The Memory of Water
By Shelagh Stephenson
Directed by Kevin G. Coleman
Featuring Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Corinna May, Annette Miller, Kristin Wold and more
June 16-Sept. 4, 2011

"A huge hit in the company's popular and annual new works celebration The Studio Festival of Plays this past September, The Memory of Water is a moving and hilarious comedy that follows three sisters (Teresa, Mary and Catherine) as they come together for their mother's funeral, and re-examine the foggy events of the past."

Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins
By Margaret Engel and Allison Engel
Directed by TBA
Featuring Tina Packer
Aug. 3-Sept. 4, 2011

"A fiercely independent newspaper columnist, Molly Ivins never tired of advocating for marginalized Americans and railing against the interests of big oil and untrustworthy politicians. A champion for the people and a beer drinker to boot, Molly Ivins was a force to be reckoned with and her spirit shines in this one-woman show."

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