Women of Will — Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Book my trip to Lenox, Massachusetts. After seeing, and hearing, the magic Tina Packer, can conjure using primarily language, movement, and attitude, I want to see anything theatrical in which she has a hand, including her work at the seasonal Shakespeare & Company repertory she founded in the Berkshires decades ago.
Luck, and probably the wisdom of artistic director Patrick Mulcahy, brought Packer, in tandem with actor Nigel Gore, to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, where the pair is turning Packer’s show, “Women of Will” into a demonstration, and lesson, of how to maximize the brilliance the Bard provides and make it thrillingly immediate.
For more than 15 years, the director and actress Tina Packer has been shaping a theater piece about Desdemona, Rosalind, Juliet, Kate and the other female characters in Shakespeare, a population that she estimates is outnumbered more than four to one by men.