Will Call #7 — Summer Theatre Picks with Gail and Larry

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PLUS: Music from Lexi Weege and The Sun Parade

John Douglas Thompson stars in Lolita Chakrabarti's "Red Velvet," as Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello; photo courtesy Shakespeare & Company

John Douglas Thompson stars in Lolita Chakrabarti’s “Red Velvet,” as Ira Aldridge, the first African-American actor to play Othello; photo courtesy Shakespeare & Company

This is not your average summer theatre “Best Bets” segment, I promise you. Larry Murray, founder and editor of Berkshire on Stage (among many other cultural connections) and Gail Burns, author of “Gail Sez” (ditto), start out with their forecasts for how the wind will blow across the boards in the Berkshires this season. Then, the conversation bends toward some of the big, really big, issues, affecting the vitality of the arts both at home and across the country.

Lexie Weege, “Virgin

We also have some new music from the Sun Parade on tap, as well as a driving, lusty blues number by Lexie Weege that you will not want to miss. Check our her official video, below, for “Cinnamon Sugar,” and then go see her live at

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