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Simotes’ smashing Shakespeare summer

Theater company’s artistic director excited about season

John Douglas Thompson will portray jazz legend Louis Armstrong in “Satchmo at the Waldorf” later this summer at Shakespeare & Company. (Photo: KEVIN SPRAGUE)
John Douglas Thompson will portray jazz legend Louis Armstrong in “Satchmo at the Waldorf” later this summer at Shakespeare & Company. (Photo: KEVIN SPRAGUE)
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Tony Simotes goes way back with Shakespeare & Company, so if he says he’s excited as ever about the troupe’s 2012 summer season in Lenox, Mass., it really means something. “We’re celebrating a season of rebellion and revolution,” said Simotes, artistic director and one of Shakespeare & Company’s founding members back in 1978. “I’m so proud of what [founder] Tina Packer created here 35 years ago, and I’m so excited about the vision I have ...


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