R102 |Berkshire Previews | Naomi Spatz and Guests

Thursdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  | Six Sessions on Zoom - 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9

The course opens with a Critics Panel where major Berkshire critics discuss their expectations for the 2024 theatre season and their thoughts about the future of local theatre. In subsequent weeks, ten Artistic Directors -- from Williamstown in the north to Great Barrington in the south, from Chester in the east to Bridge in the West -- will reveal their season of new plays and old favorites. Each class will host two artistic directors, each for 45 minutes, with time for audience questions.

Plan your summer with 10 Artistic Directors.

April 4      Critics Panel: Peter Bergman, Jeff Borak, Macey Levin, Barbara Waldinger, Jeannie Woods

April 11    11:30, Barrington Stage: Alan Paul

                 12:15, Bridge Street Theatre: John Sowle & Steven Patterson

April 18    11:30, Berkshire Theatre: Kate Maguire

                 12:15, Williamstown Theatre: Jenny Gersten & Ralph Piccarelli

April 25    11:30, Great Barrington Public: Jim Frangione

                 12:15, Mac-Haydn Theatre: John Saunders

May 2       11:30, Shakespeare & Co: Allyn Burrows

                 12:15, Jacob’s Pillow: Pam Tatge

May 9       11:30, Berkshire Opera: Jonathon Loy

                 12:15, Chester Theatre: Tara Franklin & James Barry

Naomi Spatz has hosted this course for ten years, a friendly favorite for OLLI members to plan their summer. While she and her husband, playwright Steven Somkin, are now full-time residents of Lenox, they were New Yorkers who had their own theater production company specializing in readings of new plays. Naomi also created Teachers Night on Broadway for the United Federation of Teachers, the Theatre Development Fund and the League of American Theatres and Producers; and Kids Day on Broadway for NYC schools. She graduated from Cornell where she studied economics and played basketball She lived in London for four years, studying languages while working for an international organization and going to the theater.


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