Anna Chlumsky, Jason Danieley, The Skivvies & More Join WTF's 2014 Season; Lauren Ambrose Withdraws from FOOL FOR LOVE with Chris Pine
Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced additional casting on both the Main Stage and Nikos Stage as well as special events for the 2014 Season. On the Main Stage: Diana DiMarzio, Rick Holmes, and Timothy Shew join the WTF Resident Company, appearing in both June Moon and The Visit. Rachel Napoleon and Jason Bowen also join the cast of June Moon, playing July 2-13, while Jason Danieley (replacing the previously announced Howard McGillin), Christopher Newcomer, Tom Nelis, and Aaron Ramey join Chita Rivera, Roger Rees, and company in Kander and Ebb's The Visit (July 31-August 17). Also on the Main Stage, Emmy Award-nominee Anna Chlumsky ("Veep") and Tony Award-nominee Douglas Sills make their Festival debuts in Living on Love (July 16-July 26). On the Nikos Stage, the cast of A Great Wilderness (July 9-20) will include Mia Barron, Jeffrey DeMunn ("The Walking Dead"), Mia Dillon, Kevin Geer, and Tasha Lawrence, while Christopher Abbott ("Girls") joins Chris Pine in Fool for Love (July 24-August 2). Due to scheduling conflicts, Lauren Ambrose will no longer be part of the Fool for Love company.
Critically acclaimed music duo The Skivvies, just featured in People Magazine as "The Most Playful Performers," will also join the Williamstown Theatre Festival's slate of programming, performing in the Center Stage on July 27th and 28th at 7:30 PM.
It was also announced today that Rachel Bonds' Five Mile Lake is the recipient of the 2013 L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Playwriting, receiving a $10,000 grant and a reading produced by WTF as part of their popular Fridays@3 reading series, as well as publication by Samuel French, Inc.
For more information about all Williamstown Theatre Festival productions and special events, see below:
The Skivvies | July 27 and 28 on the Center Stage at 7:30 PM
Less is definitely more at the sexiest, sassiest show of the summer! Sizzling musical comedy duo Lauren Molina (Ten Cents a Dance at WTF) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up)-AKA The Skivvies-turn the heat way, way up as they perform stripped down mashups of pop songs and show tunes...in their underwear. The Wall Street Journal calls these wildly popular undie-rockstars "smart, sophisticated...ingenious" and Out Magazine declares that they've "managed to carve out a niche that we never knew existed: Part Weird Al parody and part sexy burlesque...an unusual explosion of satire and sultry." Surprise musical guests will take the stage-and take it off-alongside the red-hot duo. VIP tickets get you seats down front and access to an exclusive party after the show.
Fridays@3 Reading Series | July 11-August 15 on the Nikos Stage at 3PM
The Festival's weekly reading series offers playwrights and audiences alike the chance to hear new works by America's leading playwrights read by WTF company actors. Plays selected for Fridays@3 are frequently under consideration for a future production on WTF's Nikos Stage. Recent Fridays@3 playwrights include Christopher Durang, Katori Hall, Donald Margulies, Dominique Morisseau, and Craig Wright. Fridays@3 is supported by the Dramatists Guild Fund. This season's Friday@3 Series schedule is as follows:
An Intervention | July 11, 2014
By Mike Bartlett
They were good friends, maybe even best friends, until a whole lot of booze, a new girlfriend, and a far-off war drove a massive wedge between them. Maybe it's time to call it quits? An Intervention, penned by Mike Bartlett, author of the Olivier Award-winning Cock, is a mischievous and humorous drama that puts friendship and citizenship under a magnifying glass.
Curtis' life has just been turned upside down: In the last twenty-four hours he's lost his job, his long-time girlfriend has kicked him to the curb, and it's his birthday. The dude feels like he's hit rock bottom. But after an unexpectedly life-changing tête-à-tête with Mary Cumtrary, the porn star from his adolescent wet dreams, Curtis endeavors to find a way forward by recalibrating his life and his relationship with his oldest friend. Festival alum Jonathan Marc Sherman's hilarious and insightful The Squeaky Wheel is about friendship, sexuality, and growing up.
Never having strayed from his quaint Pennsylvania hometown, Jamie enjoys a tranquil life fixing up his grandfather's old lake house and pining after his troubled coworker at the local bakery. But when his estranged brother Rufus returns unexpectedly one bleak winter weekend with his girlfriend in tow, Jamie's peaceful existence is suddenly anything but. Rachel Bonds' Five Mile Lake is a tender look at young people yearning to make the right choices-and facing those choices they've already made-as they enter adulthood in a rapidly changing world.
Madeleine wanted to be a dancer, her daughter, Max, wanted to be a cowboy, and Max's daughter, Nix, has no idea what she wants, but knows it has to be enough for all of them. Three generations of headstrong women choose which dreams to sacrifice and when to keep fighting in Yale Drama Series winner Jen Silverman's funny and poignant All the Roads Home.
Behold My Heart | August 8, 2014
A joint presentation by WTF and the Williamstown Film Festival
By Joshua Leonard & Rebecca Lowman
Directed by Steve Lawson
When 16-year-old Marcus' father abruptly exits the scene and his mother falls apart, Marcus stomachs his own grief to become the man of the house. His girlfriend, pals, and neighbors all help in their ways, but ultimately the only people who can find a way forward are mother and son. Behold My Heart, a screenplay by Joshua Leonard of The Blair Witch Project fame and Rebecca Lowman, will shoot in California this fall.
Bright Half Life | August 15, 2014
By Tanya Barfield
Erika and Vicky are hurled through 25 years of love and heartbreak in a collection of the moments that make up a life. Bright Half Life, written by celebrated playwright Tanya Barfield, author of last season's critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit The Call, collides an ever-shifting present with fragments of the past to create a stunning and kaleidoscopic love story.
Tickets for all Williamstown Theatre Festival productions can be purchased beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, June 3rd, online at wtfestival.org, by phone at 413-597-3400, or in person at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance Box Office at 1000 Main St (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 02167.