Berkshire Theatre Group to Present MARY AND EDITH: MUSINGS BY WOMEN A CENTURY APART, 10/4-20
Berkshire Theatre Group presents Mary and Edith: Musings by Women a Century Apart at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. The production opens October 4 and closes on October 20.
Celebrate Berkshire women writers with an evening of stories old and new. Mary Mott will share stories of her life in From Where I Sit and Kate Maguire and Kim Taylor will perform a stage adaptation of a short story by one of the Berkshires' most well known authors, Edith Wharton in Roman Fever.
"From Where I Sit," written and performed by Mary Mott, is a memoir of the life of a young girl growing up in the '50s and '60s. The story progresses to her present day in the Berkshires. Based on her columns and writings, Mary longs for do-overs in her life, while she takes us through musings on the life she has led. Her words are hers, but resonate for all of us as we navigate the humorous and often bittersweet waters of life.
"I am thrilled to be working with my beloved hometown theater," said Mott. "What an honor to be working in Edith Wharton's auspicious company!"
In 1921, Edith Wharton was the first female author to win a Pulitzer Prize for literature for her acclaimed novel,"The Age of Innocence." BTG is presenting Wharton's last short story written in 1934, Roman Fever. This story explores the power of love and deception, all the while set on a beautiful Italian terrace.
The two longtime friends, Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade are vacationing in Rome with their daughters. As the two reminisce, they begin to realize that the secrets they each hold about the past may not be as hidden as they thought.
"I am very excited to be supporting an evening of two wonderful Berkshire writers: Mary Mott and the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Edith Wharton," said Kate Maguire, BTG Artistic Director and CEO. "Each woman reflects on being a woman and navigating through the mirror of their times. For me, the program is a special honor to know I shall be in the company of my talented friends in Roman Fever: Keira Naughton directing and Kim Taylor on stage. I think our audiences are going to find the evening full of fun and surprises."
Both Roman Fever and From Where I Sit were previously produced at the new works festival, "Made in the Berkshires" in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Due to popular response, BTG is producing the two works as a two-part evening of theatre celebrating the works of women writers in the Berkshires and presents an insightful, dramatic look into the lives of women a century apart.