Shelley will play Madame Desmermortes in the Jean Anouilh comedy at the Barrington Stage's new home in Pittsfield, MA. The actress will be joined onstage by Christopher Innvar in the dual roles of Hugo and Frederic as well as Tandy Cronyn as Capulat, Mark H. Dold as Patrice Bombelles, Robert Zukerman as Joshua, Ginifer King as Isabelle, Debra Jo Rupp as Isabelle’s mother, Jordan Charney as Messerschmann, Christa Scott-Reed as Lady Dorothy India, John C. Vennema as Romainville and Rebecca Watson as Diana. Julianne Boyd directs the limited engagement, which inaugurates the Barrington's new stage. The creative team also features Karl Eigsti (set design), Elizabeth Flauto (costume design), Scott Pinkney (lighting design) and Randy Hansen (sound design). Stephen Terrell choreographs the dances, and Michael Burnet stages the fight sequences.
Carole Shelley made her Broadway debut as Gwendolyn Pigeon in Neil Simon's The Odd Couple and has since played roles in Cabaret, Show Boat, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Miser, Noises Off, The Norman Conquests, Stepping Out, Absurd Person Singular and The Elephant Man. She earned Tony Award nominations for her work in Absurd Person Singular and Stepping Out and won the Tony for The Elephant Man. Shelley was also seen at the Barrington as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Ring Round the Moon revolves around "wealthy twin brothers who vie for the love of the same beautiful young woman." In this production Innvar will play both twins.
The Barrington Stage Company is located at 30 Union Street in Pittsfield, MA. Tickets, priced $38-$52, are available by calling (413) 236-8888. Visit www.barringtonstageco.org for more information.