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Lunar Eclipse — World Premiere by Donald Margulies

October 21 @ 2:00 pm

Reed Birney stars with his son, Ephraim Birney, in Chester Bailey at Barrington Stage Company.
Photo by David Dashiell

On a summer night, in the middle of a field on their midwest farm, a long-married couple sits on folding chairs to observe the seven stages of a lunar eclipse. While watching the celestial phenomenon unfold, the two sip bourbon and reflect on land and legacy, on children and dogs, and the accelerating passage of time.

Lunar Eclipse is a new work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies (Dinner With Friends, Time Stands Still, Collected Stories), making its World Premiere at Shakespeare & Company.

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Cast & Crew

Donald Margulies
Playwright

Donald Margulies has won a Lucille Lortel Award, two American Theatre Critics New Play Citations, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two OBIE Awards (for Sight Unseen and The Model Apartment), one Tony Award nomination (for Time Stands Still), one L.A. Ovation Award (for The Country House), two Dramatists’ Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, five Drama Desk Award nominations, five Burns Mantle Best Play citations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations (for Sight Unseen and Collected Stories), and one Pulitzer Prize (for Dinner with Friends).

His other plays include Brooklyn Boy, The Loman Family Picnic, What’s Wrong with this Picture?, Found a Peanut, God of Vengeance, Coney Island Christmas and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment — The Amazing Adventures of Louis De Rougemont (As Told by Himself). Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and The New York Foundation for the Arts. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He teaches English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.

James Warwick
Director

Pronouns he / him James Warwick has been a resident US actor and theatre director since 2000. He trained at the Royal Central School in London and played many leading roles in London’s West End before coming to the US to play Sir Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband on Broadway. He then played King Arthur in Camelot on national tour and starred in several TV series, shown here on BBC/PBS Masterpiece Theatre.

Other TV credits include Dr. Who and a four-part series of The Bell by Iris Murdoch. He has directed productions in Los Angeles, St. Louis, NYC and in many regional theatres. In 2018, he directed Mothers and Sons by Terrence McNally for Shakespeare and Company, followed by The Children by Lucy Kirkwood, Ionesco’s The Chairs and last season’s A Walk in the Woods by Lee Blessing, which received the Top Production of the Year award from The Berkshire Eagle.

Karen Allen
Em

Karen Allen worked for the first time with Shakespeare & Co in 1988 when she played Rosalind in As You Like It and is delighted to be doing a play again in the Berkshires. Other theatre performances include The Monday After the Miracle (Broadway), Extremities, The Miracle Worker, The Country Girl, Speaking in Tongues, The Glass Menagerie, Beautiful Bodies, Temporary Help and most recently A Summer Day at the Cherry Lane in NYC.

She has starred in more than 50 films, including Animal House, The Wanderers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Starman, Scrooged, The Glass Menagerie, White Irish Drinkers, Bad Hurt, Colewell, A Year By the Sea and A Stage of Twilight and has played in many television films and shows. As a director in theater she directed productions of Moonchildren, The Batting Cage, Extremities, Ashville, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Outside Mullingar. Karen directed her first short film “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud” based on a Carson McCullers’ short story several years ago and is planning to direct a feature film based on Joan Ackermann’s play The Batting Cage in 2024.

Reed Birney
George

Reed Birney is a New York based actor who made his film debut in 1980 in Arthur Penn and Steve Tesich’s Four Friends. Recent films include Fran Kranz’s Mass (Independent Spirit’s Robert Altman Award, Gotham Award Nomination), The Menu, The Hunt, The 40 Year Old Version and Bess Wohl’s Baby Ruby. He will next appear in Part Two of Kevin Costner’s epic four-part film, Horizon.

On television he has been seen in House of Cards, Lost Girls, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Americans, Poker Face, Succession, High Maintenance, Titans, and The Blacklist; On stage, he last appeared with his son, Ephraim, at The Irish Rep in Joseph Dougherty’s Chester Bailey, which they had previously performed at Barrington Stage in the summer of 2021. Other New York appearances include Robert Icke’s production of Orwell’s 1984; Casa Valentina (Tony Nomination, Drama Desk Award); Gemini; Picnic; Uncle Vanya (Drama Desk Nomination); Blasted (Drama Desk Nomination); Circle Mirror Transformation (OBIE, Drama Desk Awards). 2006 OBIE for Sustained Excellence. 2011 Drama Desk Award for Career Excellence. 2016 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Christina Beam
Costume Designer

Pronouns (she / her) Christina Beam is a New York and New England based costume designer and technician whose work spans theater, opera, dance and film. Christina holds an MFA in costume design from UMass Amherst, having completed an assistantship that included rigorous work in costume construction. Some of her recent design credits include Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (UMass), Re/Emergence (The Re/Emergence Collective), The Tempest (Hartt), A Walk in the Woods (Shakespeare & Company), The Mystery of Irma Vep (Silverthorne Theater Company), Pride@Prejudice (Chester Theatre Company), Matilda (Wheelock Family Theatre), and Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight (Duende Productions).

Her designs for The Lily’s Revenge were included in the Emerging Artist Exhibit at the 2019 USITT Conference and also at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial, and they were recently displayed as part of the 2022 World Stage Design Emerging Artist Exhibit in Calgary. Her costumes for the In the Woods photography project were selected to be featured as part of the 2023 USITT/USA Prague Quadrennial Emerging Artist Exhibit, which was displayed at the USITT conference in March and will be displayed again at the 2023 Prague Quadrennial in July. Christina is also currently working as the Costume Shop Supervisor at Western Connecticut State University. For further examples of her work, please visit christinabeamdesign.com.

Hope Rose Kelly
Stage Manager

S&Co: An Iliad, Measure for Measure, The Chairs, King Lear, Topdog/Underdog, Macbeth, Heisenberg, Cymbeline, God of Carnage, Or, Two Gentleman of Verona, Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged), It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Comedy of Errors, Richard II, Rough Crossing, Blue/Orange, The Ladies Man, Othello, Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Taster, As You Like It, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The War of the Worlds, Santaland Diaries.

Regional: American Stage Company, Hartford Stage Company, Barrington Stage Company, Montana Repertory Theatre, WAM Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, The Wilma, Wallis Center, The Public Theatre, McCarter Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, George Street Playhouse, Stonington Opera House Arts, CLOC. Education: University of Toronto & Ithaca College. Based in Pittsfield, MA, Hope Rose is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and Stage Managers’ Association where she serves on the Board of Directors as Editor-in-Chief and International Cohort Chair. Follow @doctorstgmgr on Instagram.

Hannah Lewis
Assistant Stage Manager

Pronouns she / her Hannah Lewis is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, where she earned both her BFA in Stage Management and her BA in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Directing. She sends her love to her parents, her girls, and to everyone involved in this production. This is her first season at Shakespeare & Company.

James McNamara
Light Designer

Pronouns he / him James McNamara is the Professor of Light/Sound Design and the Chair of the Theatre Arts Department at Westfield State University. He is also an Associate Artist/Designer at The Chester Theatre Company, where he has designed for the last 17 seasons.

Professional Design: Ancram Opera House, LaMaMa ETC, CompanyOne, Lost Nation Theater, Pilgrim Theater Company, New Century Theatre, Strong Coffee Stage, New World Theater, Vermont Commons Group, Sankofa Dance Project, World Myth and Music and The Calvin Theater. Assistant design: The Guthrie Theatre Center, The McCarter Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, The Clarence Brown Theatre and Bard SummerScape. James received his MFA in Theatre Design from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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October 21
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