Saturday, July 18, 2009

A. R. Gurney Directs Himself
at Shakespeare & Company

A.R. Gurney

In a rare and unusual appearance, the Award-winning playwright, actor and director A. R.Gurney returns to Shakespeare & Company next week for a very special, one-time-only, benefit performance of his moving tale, Ancestral Voices. Gurney directs himself, award-winning actress Annette Miller and three other remarkable actors—Jake Robards, Corinna May and David Adkins—all assembled for one night only in Founders’ Theatre on Monday, July 20 beginning at 6:00pm. This special benefit performance of Ancestral Voices also marks the reunion of Gurney and Ms. Miller, who performed together in the Company’s celebrated 2003 benefit performance of Love Letters.

The PAPA Center at Shakespeare & Company.

Of course, it is all part of the ongoing efforts to retire the remaining debt on the company's PAPA Center which contains the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, rehearsal rooms, offices and scene shop so tickets range from $75 to $250. But considering the unique nature of the event, and the limited seats available, this is a bargain for such a historic event.

Ancestral Voices is preceded by a 6:00pm reception featuring cocktails and light fare provided by Samel’s of Pittsfield, and followed by a champagne and dessert reception with the actors at 9:00pm. Curtain time for Ancestral Voices is 7:30pm, and the show runs approximately 90 minutes. Founders’ Theatre is air-conditioned and wheelchair accessible. For tickets, contact the Box Office at (413) 637-3353 or, or contact Melissa Borgo in the Development office at 413-637-1199 ext. 105 or

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