"4000 Miles" opens Shakespeare 7 Company season Thursday

LENOX — Shakespeare & Company is opening its 40th anniversary season with "4000 Miles," written by Amy Herzog and directed by Nicole Ricciardi. Performances of this Pulitzer Prize finalist and 2012 Obie Award winner for Best New Play begin on Thursday evening at the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, where it is scheduled to run through July 16. Press opening is 3 p.m. Sunday.

After suffering a major loss while on a cross-country bike trip, 21 year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother, Vera, in her West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other.

Riccardi's production of "4000 Miles" features award-winning actress Annette Miller and company member Gregory Boover, along with Zoe Laiz and Shakespeare & Company newcomer Emma Geer.

Miller is starting her 20th season with Shakespeare & Company where her credits include "Sotto Voce," "Golda's Balcony," "Martha Mitchell Calling," "Master Class," "Richard III," "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" and "Collected Stories."

Ricciardi begins her fifth season at Shakespeare & Company, where she co-directed "The Taming" in 2016; directed "The How and the Why" (2015) and "Cassandra Speaks" (2012); and assistant-directed "Richard II" in 2013.


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