Summer Season 2016
Pythagoras is back for the 2016 Summer Season with a limited engagement at The West Stockbridge 1854 Town Hall! This season we feature two of Edith Wharton’s best stories adapted for the stage by master playwright Dennis Krausnick and directed by Normi Noël.
With live music by Composer and Cellist Paul Brantley!
(Adapted from “Les Metteurs en Scene” by Edith Wharton)
Blanche and Jean are both Gilded Age opportunists who survive by riding the coattails and trains of the moneyed set, providing companionship and any other diversion that their supposed “friends” may desire. They are especially versed at playing elegant match makers who contrive liaisons and, oftentimes, marriages between Europe’s aristocracy and the American nouveau riche. Yet, after many years of wearing these masks and playing these roles, an encounter in Gilded Age Paris reveals the fate that neither could have foreseen.
Features: Diane Prusha* as Blanche, Chuck Schwager as Jean, and David Joseph* as Concierge/Valet
(Adapted from the short story by Edith Wharton)
Recent widows Alida Slade and Grace Ansley leave their New York high-society lives to go on holiday for the season in Rome, along with each woman’s marriageable daughter. We find them on a summer afternoon on the terrace of a restaurant that overlooks the ruins of the Roman Forum. Their daughters have gone off for the evening, leaving the two women alone to drink wine and reminisce. However, as the conversation turns to an earlier time when they were in Rome together, old rivalries surface, secrets are revealed and their friendship will be forever altered.
Features: Corinna May* as Alida, Diane Prusha* as Grace , and David Joseph* as Giovanni
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association
West Stockbridge 1854 Town Hall, 9 Main Street, West Stockbridge, Massachusetts