Shakespeare & Company will premiere a new documentary film next month

Shakespeare & Company will present in-person screenings of Speak What We Feel, a documentary by Patrick J. Toole about the company’s acclaimed Fall Festival of Shakespeare, on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. EDT and 7:00 p.m. EDT in the Tina Packer Theater.

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary Film at the 2021 Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) and the first feature film project in the company’s 44-year history, Speak What We Feel follows hundreds of students from 10 high schools across the Berkshire, Hampden and Columbia Counties as they prepare to stage a full production of a Shakespeare play under the direction of educational artists from Shakespeare & Company. Featuring interviews with participating students, as well as Fall Festival directors and other Shakespeare & Company representatives, Speak What We Feel offers intimate insight into a collaborative and immersive exploration of Shakespeare who has been a local mainstay. arts education for more than three decades. Shakespeare’s Autumn Festival has also been replicated in the United States as well as Australia, Bosnia, Canada, India, Israel, South Korea and the United Kingdom.“I can’t think of a more gripping and inspiring documentary subject to cover than Shakespeare’s Autumn Festival,” said Speak What We Feel director Patrick J. Toole. “Anthropologists should study this program and the unique community that has emerged from it!” “You really should be here,” adds Kevin G. Coleman, founding director of education for Shakespeare & Company. “But, if you can’t be in rehearsal, on stage or in the audience, this movie will take you there.” Tickets: Pay-what-you-choose tickets for the 2 p.m. community screening are $10, $20, and $30. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. earnings screening are $50, $100, and $250. All ticket proceeds and donations from these special screenings will be matched up to $10,000 by an anonymous family in support of this year’s Shakespeare Fall Festival, which marks a return to the live student stage in the Tina Packer Playhouse following the virtual Senior Fall Festival in 2020. Visit shakespeare.org to learn more and buy tickets for the Speak What We Feel screening.Both screenings will be followed by a discussion moderated by the artistic director of Shakespeare & Company Allyn Burrows. The 7:00 p.m. benefit will also be an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and other artists involved in the Shakespeare Fall Festival. These special screenings are dedicated to the memory of beloved Shakespeare & Company supporter and dear friend, Elayne P Bernstein, the love and passion for our education programs, on the 10th anniversary of his passing. His dedication to the youth of our community and to the Shakespeare Fall Festival inspired the lives of thousands of students and continues to inspire us to this day.