Actors and directors love where they live: Mark H. Dold, Debra Jo Rupp, Cynthia Wade, Karen Allen, David Adkins and Corinna May
Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade has her husband and young daughter along for the photo session, and they find longmoments to take in the simple beauty of Chesterwood. Karen Allen is chatting with 12-year-old Jackson Smith’s mother after her photo session on a beautiful Berkshire afternoon. They’re discussing the short film Allen just finished directing in Sandisfield, A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud., starring Jeff DeMunn, James McMenamin and featuring local actors such as Jackson.
Corinna May and husband David Adkins praise the supportive and connected acting community in the Berkshires, and about their upcoming performance with WAM Theatre and Berkshire Theatre Group. Debra Jo Rupp and old friend Mark H. Dold ham it up in The Mount’s manicured gardens as they talk about reuniting at Barrington Stage for Love Letters this fall. All these elements combine to make what’s so special about acting, directing, filming, being filmed, editing, and connecting locally.
As Rupp puts it, “I love working here, mainly because I get to work from home and grow my tomatoes, cook in my kitchen, and walk my dogs. I also know that I’ll be working with really gifted actors that I can learn from and, because the theaters I work with here tend to have a base of great prolific local actors, I get to see familiar faces that make me laugh. To make good theater you need a ‘family’ that gets along.”
At The Mount in Lenox Mark H. Dold lives in New York City but has 12 seasons under his belt at Barrington Stage Company, notably Breaking the Code and Freud’s Last Session. Debra Jo Rupp has appeared in Barrington Stage’s Kimberly Akimbo, Dr. Ruth, All the Way, and To Kill A Mockingbird. She has made more than 300 TV appearances, best known as “Kitty Forman” in That 70s Show. Opening September 22, they co-star in Love Letters at Barrington Stage.
Rupp is wearing The London Dress, Jason/Comfy USA ($173), Sleeping Owl baby alpaca scarf, hand painted ($100), Vlada Boutique in Stockbridge. Boots are Noo by Tamaris ($155), Shooz in Lenox, necklace by gemmeamour.com ($198). Dold is wearing J Brand Kane dark jeans ($180), Bellido braided belt ($68), Gant button-down collar madras shirt ($135), Vince two-ply cotton button-down shirt ($195), Church Street Trading Company in Great Barrington. His T-shirt, J.Crew. Men’s dark-brown chelsea boot by Pikolinos ($210), Barrington Outfitters in Great Barrington. Styled by Vlada’s Diane LaConte and Church Street Trading Company owner Hillary Rush. Makeup by Sherie Ross, owner of Face Haven in Great Barrington.
Berkshires and beyond “When I moved to the Berkshires in 2010, I worried that it might be harder to get work because I would no longer be operating on a daily basis in New York City. But in the past six years, my body of work has only deepened and diversified.” Since living here, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Cynthia Wade has worked in China, Japan, Thailand, Germany, England, France, the United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia. Her feature Generation Startup (she is co-director) will be released this fall. And her documentary Mudflow is out in 2017.
Here at Chesterwood, Wade is wearing a Milly cashmere cloud sweater ($375), Rebecca Taylor gauze pant ($275), Butter Pinot pump ($285), Frank Clegg small travel duffle ($925), Louisa Ellis boutique in Great Barrington. Shinola men’s watch ($600), Farm & Home in Great Barrington. Hair by Danielle Webster and makeup by Sarah Frenkel, SEVEN Salon.Spa in Stockbridge.
A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. Award-winning actor, director, and writer Karen Allen will complete her directorial debut, A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud., in September. Based on Carson McCullers’ short story, the film was shot in Sandisfield that included local crew and actors, one of whom is Jackson Smith, photographed here with her. Allen says the Berkshires has been the perfect place to stay very close and true to McCullers’ story.
Allen has on a Silk Biya blouse ($260), Biya embroidered sweater jacket ($360), Yerse jeans($140), Karen Allen Fiber Arts in Great Barrington. Allen got the Fratelli Rossetti shoes in France years ago. On Smith: 2 in 1 denim jacket ($49.99), white oxford button-down shirt ($26.99), acorn wash jogger pant ($39.99), Gap Factory Kids at Lee Premium Outlets, a Simon Center. His black T-shirt with star ($5), Boho Exchange in Great Barrington. Smith wore these high-top Converse in the film—and got to keep them. On the cover, Allen wears a silk printed top with embellished metal beads by Hemant & Nandita ($260), green Catherine Andre jacket ($510), Yerse jeans ($140), Karen Allen Fiber Arts in Great Barrington. Viva boots from Tip Top Shoes in New York City.
Husband and wife duo. Distinguished actors David Adkins and Corinna May co-star in The Bakelite Masterpiece, opening September 29, co-presented by Berkshire Theatre Group and WAM Theatre.
Here at Chesterwood, Adkins is wearing a Gionfriddo wool zip mock neck sweater ($119), Mac five-pocket jeans, Ibiza navy hopsack blazer ($389), and Lee Allison silk pocket square ($49), Casablanca in Lenox. Rockport shoes, DKNY T-shirt are his. On May, Tracy Reese wrap kimono dress ($498) and Butter Pinot pump ($285), Louisa Ellis boutique in Great Barrington. Tesaro drop earrings, handmade in 18-karat bloomed yellow gold ($3,500), McTeigue & McClelland in Great Barrington. Her hair styled by Danielle Webster, makeup by Maria Cleary. His hair by Mark Johnson, owner, SEVEN Salon.Spa.
Photos by Peter Baiamonte