Maxwell Exits Virginia Woolf at Berkshire Theatre Festival; Production Canceled

News   Maxwell Exits Virginia Woolf at Berkshire Theatre Festival; Production Canceled
The Berkshire Theatre Festival has canceled its August production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? that was scheduled to star Jan Maxwell and Richard Chamberlain.

Jan Maxwell
Jan Maxwell Photo by Aubrey Reuben

A spokesperson for the Berkshire Festival told that two-time Tony nominee Maxwell, currently appearing Off-Broadway in Substitution, has been cast in a forthcoming Broadway production and is unable to perform in the Albee work, which had been scheduled to run Aug. 12-Sept. 6.

Rather than recast the role, Chamberlin asked that the Berkshire Theatre Festival reschedule the production so he could appear opposite Maxwell in the future. A replacement production and new date for Virginia Woolf have not been announced.

The Berkshire Festival season kicks off with Jayne Atkinson and Michel Gill in George Bernard Shaw's 1894 comedy Candida, June 17-July 5.

Additional main stage productions include Karen Zacarias' The Book Club, starring Tom Story (July 9-19); and Tara Franklin, Eric Hill and Walter Hudson in Robert Bolt's Tony-winning A Man for All Seasons (July 22-Aug. 9).

BTF's Unicorn Theatre will present Harold Pinter's The Caretaker (May 22-June 28), with James Barry and Jonathan Epstein starring in the sinister comedy under the direction of Eric Hill. Following will be the world premiere of Pageant Play, penned by Matthew Wilkas and Mark Setlock. Wilkas and Setlock appear in their work, which will also feature Daiva Deupree and Jenn Harris (July 1-26). David Adkins and Randy Harrison will star in Beckett's Waiting for Godot, directed by Anders Cato (July 29-Aug. 3); and Rhoda Lerman's Eleanor: Her Secret Journey will play an ongoing engagement on the Unicorn stage from Aug. 26-Nov. 9.

Tony Award winner Judy Kaye and husband David Green will take to the Unicorn stage Oct. 12 in A Very Special Evening with Judy Kaye and David Green. A cocktail reception will precede an evening of favorite tunes from the couple.

For a detailed performance schedule and tickets, call the BTF box office at (413) 298-5576 or visit

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