Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis ("Moonstruck," The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore) will star in Bertolt Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.
The veteran actress most recently starred in Shakespeare & Co.'s re-imagined take on The Tempest, transforming the central role of Prospero for Dukakis to play as "Prospera." Artistic director Tony Simotes will again direct. The actress' brother, Apollo Dukakis, will also be cast in the production.
"I had a terrific time last summer exploring The Tempest with Tony and the amazing cast and crew," Dukakis said in a statement. "I consider Shakespeare & Company one of my artistic homes – a place of artistic support and enthusiasm. I jumped at the chance to get in the room with Tony and my brother again."
Mother Courage and Her Children will be staged in summer 2013 in the Tina Packer Playhouse. Official dates of production will be announced shortly.
Here's how Shakespeare & Co. bills the play: "Mother Courage and Her Children is set against the backdrop of the Thirty Years War and follows the fate of Mother Courage, an artful canteen woman with the Swedish Army, intent on keeping her business and family alive amid the destruction of war. Mother Courage and Her Children still resonates today as a profound insight into the moral implications of war."