Tony Simotes was in an ebullient mood today as he played ringmaster for Shakespeare & Company’s news briefing on his 2012 season selections. For their 35th Year, Simotes will have the feisty company mixing up the classics with some hot new properties to stretch the troupe’s creative muscles. Remarking on a friend’s observation that it seems the coming Summer will see lots of old standards like A Chorus Line and Fiddler on the Roof populating the region’s major theatres, he reminded everyone that “Nobody does older plays than us!”
Olympia Dukakis to take on Prospero in “The Tempest”
With both Shakespeare’s Tempest and King Lear on the docket for 2012, drama will be king at the Company’s 412 mainstage Founder’s Theatre. Simotes will direct The Tempest with the incomparable, Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis as Prospero, along with a staggering list of other talented actors. They include her brother Apollo Dukakis, who plays Gonzalo, Rocco Sisto who reinvents his Caliban (this three time OBIE Award winner and S&Co. founding member played Caliban in a past production at S&Co.) and Kristin Wold, who will reprise her role as Ariel which she played here in 2001.