‘The Approach’ opens at Shakespeare & Company

Lenox — Shakespeare & Company presents The approach by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe, which will be presented at the company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theater from May 6-29.

Co-directed by Mark Farrell and Shakespeare & Company founding artistic director Tina Packer, “The Approach” follows the story of Anna, Cora and Denise as they chat over coffee about their childhood together and their burgeoning middle age, with a lot left unsaid.

“The approach” is the latest work by acclaimed playwright Mark O’Rowe, former winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, given to Irish writers under 40 in recognition of a body of work. Known for its raw and visceral scripts for stage and screen in its early years, “The Approach” marks a departure from O’Rowe’s norm, celebrating more subtle examinations of communication, morality, empathy and intuition.

The approach received its world premiere at the Project Arts Center in Dublin on February 6, 2018 and appears later this year at Spoleto Festival USA.

The cast includes Nicole Ansari, recently seen as Josiane in the HBO Original series “Deadwood”; company artist Elizabeth Aspenlieder, is currently celebrating its 24th season at Shakespeare & Company and is producing an upcoming feature called “Mumbet”, with executive producer Octavia Spencer, and Michael Joynerback for its second season at Shakespeare & Company and seen in several feature films and TV shows, including “Cliffhanger,” “Epidemic,”Bones,” and “quantum leap.”

Co-sponsored by Steve Bader and Cathy Monoxelos, The approach will be presented in person and online. Tickets for in-person performances from $37 to $67 (previews are $10 less) and mark the reopening of the Elayne P. Bernstein Theater after its pandemic closure.

In line, The approach will be presented live at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 and via recorded broadcast on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday May 22, at 3 p.m.; Saturday May 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday May 29 at 3 p.m. Tickets for virtual performances are $27.

Discussions will be held with the directors and cast after in-person performances on Thursday May 12 (7:30 p.m. show), Saturday May 14 (7:30 p.m. show) Sunday May 15 (3 p.m. show), Thursday May 19 ( 7:30 p.m.), Sunday May 22 (3 p.m. show) and Thursday May 26 (7:30 p.m. show).

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit shakespeare.org/shows or call the box office at (413) 637-3353. Since May 1, 2022, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test performed within 48 hours is required of each client.