Programs and Events

Music, performances, art…

The Mount is both a historic site and a cultural destination. Our programming reflects Wharton’s love of culture and the arts. Our summer programming includes music, theater, an outdoor sculpture exhibition, and the popular Monday Lecture series.  This August we are launching the Touchstones series, interviews with contemporary authors about the defining moments that shaped their creative lives.

Click here for a calendar of upcoming events. From May-October, we also offer guided tours of the house and gardens as well as Ghost tours and our new Backstairs tours.

For more information about events and tours, call 413-551-5100 or email info@edithwharton.org.

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Nov
26
Wed
The Wharton Salon Presents: The Long Run and The Rembrandt @ The Mount
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Wharton Salon, Pythagoras Theatre Works in partnership with The Mount presents

The Long Run and The Rembrandt

by Edith Wharton, adapted by John Hadden and Michael Burnet

November 26-30, 2014

The Drawing Room

The Main House, The Mount

Click here to buy tickets!

Performances:
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:00
Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Day. No Performance.
Friday, November 28 at 7:00
Saturday, November 29 at 3:00 and 7:00
Sunday, November 30 at 3:00

Corinna May.  Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Corinna May. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

The Wharton Salon brings The Long Run newly-adapted by John Hadden, directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and featuring actress Corinna May to the Main House at The Mount for a Thanksgiving Week run and welcomes Pythagoras Theatre Works and their production of The Rembrandt which took place this past summer at the historic Town Hall in West Stockbridge, adapted by Michael Burnet, ​featuring Diane Prusha as Mrs. Fontage.

The Long Run
Ames, a gentleman engineer, returns to his social circle in New York after twelve years’ abroad. At a party, he meets an old college friend, Merrick, who confesses he is still haunted by the memory of a passionate romance with a married woman, Penelope Trant Reardon (May), some years before. Through this story, Merrick relives their brief chance at happiness. The Long Run is likened to Wharton’s famous novel The Age of Innocence which was to follow eight years later.

The Rembrandt
A museum curator is manipulated by his niece’s philanthropic meddling to give a professional appraisal of a “hidden masterpiece.” The painting in question is said to be a long-lost Rembrandt acquired by a once-wealthy widow, Mrs. Fontage. Upon close inspection of the painting, the curator finds himself in a serious ethical dilemma.

Tickets for The Long Run & The Rembrandt are now available for purchase!

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Nov
28
Fri
The Wharton Salon Presents: The Long Run and The Rembrandt @ The Mount
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Wharton Salon, Pythagoras Theatre Works in partnership with The Mount presents

The Long Run and The Rembrandt

by Edith Wharton, adapted by John Hadden and Michael Burnet

November 26-30, 2014

The Drawing Room

The Main House, The Mount

Click here to buy tickets!

Performances:
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:00
Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Day. No Performance.
Friday, November 28 at 7:00
Saturday, November 29 at 3:00 and 7:00
Sunday, November 30 at 3:00

Corinna May.  Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Corinna May. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

The Wharton Salon brings The Long Run newly-adapted by John Hadden, directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and featuring actress Corinna May to the Main House at The Mount for a Thanksgiving Week run and welcomes Pythagoras Theatre Works and their production of The Rembrandt which took place this past summer at the historic Town Hall in West Stockbridge, adapted by Michael Burnet, ​featuring Diane Prusha as Mrs. Fontage.

The Long Run
Ames, a gentleman engineer, returns to his social circle in New York after twelve years’ abroad. At a party, he meets an old college friend, Merrick, who confesses he is still haunted by the memory of a passionate romance with a married woman, Penelope Trant Reardon (May), some years before. Through this story, Merrick relives their brief chance at happiness. The Long Run is likened to Wharton’s famous novel The Age of Innocence which was to follow eight years later.

The Rembrandt
A museum curator is manipulated by his niece’s philanthropic meddling to give a professional appraisal of a “hidden masterpiece.” The painting in question is said to be a long-lost Rembrandt acquired by a once-wealthy widow, Mrs. Fontage. Upon close inspection of the painting, the curator finds himself in a serious ethical dilemma.

Tickets for The Long Run & The Rembrandt are now available for purchase!

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Nov
29
Sat
The Wharton Salon Presents: The Long Run and The Rembrandt @ The Mount
Nov 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Wharton Salon, Pythagoras Theatre Works in partnership with The Mount presents

The Long Run and The Rembrandt

by Edith Wharton, adapted by John Hadden and Michael Burnet

November 26-30, 2014

The Drawing Room

The Main House, The Mount

Click here to buy tickets!

Performances:
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:00
Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Day. No Performance.
Friday, November 28 at 7:00
Saturday, November 29 at 3:00 and 7:00
Sunday, November 30 at 3:00

Corinna May.  Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Corinna May. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

The Wharton Salon brings The Long Run newly-adapted by John Hadden, directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and featuring actress Corinna May to the Main House at The Mount for a Thanksgiving Week run and welcomes Pythagoras Theatre Works and their production of The Rembrandt which took place this past summer at the historic Town Hall in West Stockbridge, adapted by Michael Burnet, ​featuring Diane Prusha as Mrs. Fontage.

The Long Run
Ames, a gentleman engineer, returns to his social circle in New York after twelve years’ abroad. At a party, he meets an old college friend, Merrick, who confesses he is still haunted by the memory of a passionate romance with a married woman, Penelope Trant Reardon (May), some years before. Through this story, Merrick relives their brief chance at happiness. The Long Run is likened to Wharton’s famous novel The Age of Innocence which was to follow eight years later.

The Rembrandt
A museum curator is manipulated by his niece’s philanthropic meddling to give a professional appraisal of a “hidden masterpiece.” The painting in question is said to be a long-lost Rembrandt acquired by a once-wealthy widow, Mrs. Fontage. Upon close inspection of the painting, the curator finds himself in a serious ethical dilemma.

Tickets for The Long Run & The Rembrandt are now available for purchase!

Wharton-Salon-web-head2

The Wharton Salon Presents: The Long Run and The Rembrandt @ The Mount
Nov 29 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Wharton Salon, Pythagoras Theatre Works in partnership with The Mount presents

The Long Run and The Rembrandt

by Edith Wharton, adapted by John Hadden and Michael Burnet

November 26-30, 2014

The Drawing Room

The Main House, The Mount

Click here to buy tickets!

Performances:
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:00
Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Day. No Performance.
Friday, November 28 at 7:00
Saturday, November 29 at 3:00 and 7:00
Sunday, November 30 at 3:00

Corinna May.  Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Corinna May. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

The Wharton Salon brings The Long Run newly-adapted by John Hadden, directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and featuring actress Corinna May to the Main House at The Mount for a Thanksgiving Week run and welcomes Pythagoras Theatre Works and their production of The Rembrandt which took place this past summer at the historic Town Hall in West Stockbridge, adapted by Michael Burnet, ​featuring Diane Prusha as Mrs. Fontage.

The Long Run
Ames, a gentleman engineer, returns to his social circle in New York after twelve years’ abroad. At a party, he meets an old college friend, Merrick, who confesses he is still haunted by the memory of a passionate romance with a married woman, Penelope Trant Reardon (May), some years before. Through this story, Merrick relives their brief chance at happiness. The Long Run is likened to Wharton’s famous novel The Age of Innocence which was to follow eight years later.

The Rembrandt
A museum curator is manipulated by his niece’s philanthropic meddling to give a professional appraisal of a “hidden masterpiece.” The painting in question is said to be a long-lost Rembrandt acquired by a once-wealthy widow, Mrs. Fontage. Upon close inspection of the painting, the curator finds himself in a serious ethical dilemma.

Tickets for The Long Run & The Rembrandt are now available for purchase!

Wharton-Salon-web-head2

Nov
30
Sun
The Wharton Salon Presents: The Long Run and The Rembrandt @ The Mount
Nov 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Wharton Salon, Pythagoras Theatre Works in partnership with The Mount presents

The Long Run and The Rembrandt

by Edith Wharton, adapted by John Hadden and Michael Burnet

November 26-30, 2014

The Drawing Room

The Main House, The Mount

Click here to buy tickets!

Performances:
Wednesday, November 26 at 7:00
Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Day. No Performance.
Friday, November 28 at 7:00
Saturday, November 29 at 3:00 and 7:00
Sunday, November 30 at 3:00

Corinna May.  Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Corinna May. Photo by Kevin Sprague.

The Wharton Salon brings The Long Run newly-adapted by John Hadden, directed by Andrew Borthwick-Leslie and featuring actress Corinna May to the Main House at The Mount for a Thanksgiving Week run and welcomes Pythagoras Theatre Works and their production of The Rembrandt which took place this past summer at the historic Town Hall in West Stockbridge, adapted by Michael Burnet, ​featuring Diane Prusha as Mrs. Fontage.

The Long Run
Ames, a gentleman engineer, returns to his social circle in New York after twelve years’ abroad. At a party, he meets an old college friend, Merrick, who confesses he is still haunted by the memory of a passionate romance with a married woman, Penelope Trant Reardon (May), some years before. Through this story, Merrick relives their brief chance at happiness. The Long Run is likened to Wharton’s famous novel The Age of Innocence which was to follow eight years later.

The Rembrandt
A museum curator is manipulated by his niece’s philanthropic meddling to give a professional appraisal of a “hidden masterpiece.” The painting in question is said to be a long-lost Rembrandt acquired by a once-wealthy widow, Mrs. Fontage. Upon close inspection of the painting, the curator finds himself in a serious ethical dilemma.

Tickets for The Long Run & The Rembrandt are now available for purchase!

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Dec
13
Sat
The Liar Show: Holiday Edition @ The Mount, The Drawing Room
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Liar Show

Seek truth. Get a T-shirt.

In a nutshell:

The Stories

Every Liar Show performance is unique. A constantly changing cast of writers and comics tell four short, extremely personal stories that will make you laugh, possibly make you think, and almost certainly make you glad you don’t live with them. But listen closely, because only three of these people are telling the truth. The fourth is making it all up.

The Interrogation

After the stories have been told, all four performers return to the stage and defend their stories while the audience rakes them over the coals with a fact-finding question and answer session, refereed by the host.

The Verdict

Each audience member casts a ballot and when the Liar is revealed, the perceptive geniuses who have guessed correctly walk away with a prize T-shirt amid a bitter chorus of “Congratulations, Einstein,” from the empty-handed losers.

Featuring:

OPHIRA EISENBERG

Ophira EisenbergOphira is the host of NPR’s trivia, puzzle, and game show, “Ask Me Another.” Her memoir, “Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy” has been optioned by Zucker Productions for a feature film. Her writing has been featured in several anthologies, including, “I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics,” alongside Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Dennis Miller, and Joan Rivers. She hosts and tours with The Moth and can be heard on their Audience favorites CD, podcast and the nationally syndicated “The Moth Radio Hour.” She has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, and CTV’s “Comedy Now” in her hometown: Canada.

JAMES BRALY

James BralyJames is a contributor to NPR’s This American Life, the writer and performer of “Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour, (New York Times’ Critics Pick), and the author of Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir published by St. Martin’s Press. James has performed at The Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, and on a 14-city national tour presented by Meredith Vieira Productions. His autobiographical stories have been broadcast nationally on NPR’s Marketplace, and Selected Shorts, and his personal essays have been published in The New York Times and Redbook. James teaches storytelling at Fordham University.

MARTIN DOCKERY

Martin DockeryMartin is a writer and performer whose stage productions have been presented across North America, Great Britain and Australia. He headlined The London Storytelling Festival and his monologues have won honors at innumerable performance festivals:  The Bike Trip (“Best of Fest” Orlando), Wanderlust (“Best Original Work” London Fringe Festival), Bursting Into Flames (“Best Drama” Winnipeg Fringe), The Surprise (Best Solo Performance San Francisco Fringe Festival.) Martin has traveled with Andy Christie’s The Liar Show to Edinburgh and New Orleans. He is a seven-time finalist in The Moth’s Grandslam Storytelling Championship. His play, “Oh, That Wily Snake!” is part of a McGraw-Hill anthology textbook on literature.

ANDY CHRISTIE

Andy ChristieAndy is the creator and host of The Liar Show. His writing has appeared in The Moth Book, The New York Times and in the Thomas Beller anthology “Lost And Found: Stories From New York.” His autobiographical stories have been heard on The Moth Radio Hour and WFUV’s Cityscape. His humor book, I Wasn’t Kidding: How To Commit Suicide So They’ll Never Forget It was published by Random House in the United States and the United Kingdom. Consequently his work can be found on remainder shelves spanning two continents. He is also creative director of Slim Films, a NYC-based animation and illustration studio.

Dec
14
Sun
A Reading by DJ Thielke @ The Mount
Dec 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Texan writer DJ Thielke, the inaugural Stone Court writer-in-residence, will conclude her Berkshire residency with a reading from her selected works. Thielke DJ Thielkewas chosen to bring a southern voice to the region and has spent the Fall 2014 semester in Stockbridge writing and teaching a creative writing workshop at the Berkshire Waldorf High School.

Click here to learn more about the Stone Court residency.

D.J. Thielke has a BA from the University of Southern California, an MFA from Vanderbilt University, and is the 2013-2014 James C. McCreight fiction fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, New Ohio Review, Cincinnati Review, The Pinch, and Southern Humanities Review, among others. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award. Formerly Editor-in-Chief for The Nashville Review, she’s currently an Assistant Editor at Narrative magazine.

This program is co-sponsored by:

BerkshireTaconicCommunityFoundation

Great Barrington Waldorf High School

The Stockbridge Library

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Jan
18
Sun
The Mount: A Play in Two Acts @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

The Mount: A Play in Two Acts

Written and directed by Courtney Antonioli

The Mount is a play that visits Edith at different points in her life during her ten years living on and off at The Mount. From Teddy Wharton’s mental illness to Morton Fullerton’s visit to Lenox, it imagines the life she never intended for us to see.

The Mount is part of a series of winter theatrical programs celebrating Wharton’s birthday month.  Click here to purchase a special combination ticket for all three performances.

CourtneyCourtney Antonioli is a NYC based writer, actress, and greeting card creator. Her plays have been performed in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York City. Her play Toast was recently produced by The Gallery Players in New York City. She writes and acts in the web series The Courtney and Chris Show, has a weekly vlog Courts Shorts, and produces sketches with Fat Pants Productions. In addition to The Mount, Courtney is working on two new plays, Some Things Never Change and Don’t Go into the Light.

Courtney is a member of the Playwrights Center, Dramatists Guild, and recently participated in Theaterspeak’s WOF 2014 (Writers Out Front) NYC.

Jan
25
Sun
The Edith Wharton Project, Part I: Leisure @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The Edith Wharton Project, Part I: Leisure

Written by Sara Farrington

Directed by Marina McClure

Featuring: Alexis McGuinness and Stephanie Regina

Inspired by Edith Wharton’s own life, love affair, and writing style, Part 1: Leisure is the first in a 3-part play cycle and a highly theatrical tragedy of manners. Unspeakably rich novelist Grace Hunter and her Irish maid, Lucy, take an intoxicating ride through the class system, sexual politics, decadence, elaborate dinner parties, and treatment of mental illness in 1907 New York City. While Grace’s husband, Harry, loses his grip on his sanity, she embarks on a passionate love affair with the mysterious Delancey Morris. The drama reveals itself through experimental movement, psychological gesture, theatrical jump cuts and multiple characters shifts.

The Edith Wharton Project, Part I: Leisure is part of a series of winter theatrical programs celebrating Wharton’s birthday month.  Click here to purchase a special combination ticket for all three performances.

Alexis McGuinness

Alexis McGuinness

Stephanie Regina

Stephanie Regina

 

Marina McClure (Director) –Director and media artist specializing in character-driven, interdisciplinary work with the audience experience at the core. She has directed theater, opera, and spectacles for Handspring Puppet Company, The American Conservatory Theater, REDCAT, The Kennedy Center, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and in found spaces and theaters in Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York, New England, and South Africa. 2012 Fulbright Finalist and her awards include a General-Campbell Fellowship, chashama, Vox, and FAR Space Artist Residencies, and the Gurdin Directing Award. She has taught directing, writing and movement for both of her alma maters, as well as led movement and storytelling workshops in South Africa and throughout the US. She has been a script reader for the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group since 2006. Currently developing an episodic, interactive installation of Hamlet with digital artist Keith Skretch that explores leadership and groupthink.

Sara Farrington (Playwright) – MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College w/ Mac Wellman. 2014 HARP Artist at HERE Arts Center to create CasablancaBox, directed by Reid Farrington at CultureMart 2015 & 16, premiere in 2017. Recent work includes: Near Vicksburg (Incubator Arts, workshops at Walkerspace, Foxy Films, First Stories Festival @ The Wild Project), Requiem For Black Marie (Incubator Arts, Foxy Films, Stella Adler Studios, The Rise & Fall of Miles & Milo (FringeNYC, winner: Outstanding Playwriting). Sara is a Princess Grace Award Finalist, MacDowell Colony Fellow, Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist, Dragon’s Egg Residency recipient and has participated in Erik Ehn’s silent playwriting retreats. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. at www.broadwayplaypubl.com. She lives and works in Downtown Brooklyn with husband Reid and son, Jack.

Feb
1
Sun
The Bunner Sisters @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Bunner Sisters

Written by Richard Alleman

Directed by Anthony Newfield

The Bunner SistersThe Bunner Sisters was inspired by an Edith Wharton novella about two spinster sisters living together in a tenement basement in Lower Manhattan in the late 1880s. When an unattached man enters the picture, their complacent existence is turned upside down, awakening dormant passions in each. Unlike much of Edith Wharton’s fiction, which deals with the upper classes of New York’s Gilded Age, The Bunner Sisters focuses on the lives and struggles of two working-class women of that era.

The Bunner Sisters is part of a series of winter theatrical programs celebrating Wharton’s birthday month.  Click here to purchase a special combination ticket for all three performances.

Anthony Newfield recently appeared as Fabian Hill in Ronald Harwood’s play Equally Divided at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Broadway credits include The Winslow Boy, The Columnist, Tartuffe, Waiting for Godot, and The Royal Family. Off-Broadway credits include CSC’s Ivanov with Ethan Hawke and Joely Richardson. Film roles include I Melt With You; Thank You, Cabbage, etc. Directing credits include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress in New York. For over a decade, he has participated in the Steinbeck Festival in Salinas, California, where he has performed his one-man show Steinbeck and the Land, and been an instructor at the Steinbeck Institute in Monterey, California.

Richard Alleman has written for Vogue magazine for over three decades, where he was Travel Editor and a long-time Contributing Editor specializing in travel and entertainment. He is currently a Contributing Editor to Travel + Leisure, and has written for Newsweek, The Economist, GQ, In Style, and Milieu among others. Author of the classic Hollywood: A Movie Lover’s Guide and New York: A Movie Lover’s Guide (Random House/Broadway Books), he recently updated both books for their new electronic editions. He is co-writer of the film Casa Hollywood, and his play Scenario of Death was produced Off-Broadway at the Nat Horne Theatre.

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