Renee Fleming Stars in Williamstown Theatre Festival's LIVING ON LOVE, Opening Tonight

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Renee Fleming Stars in Williamstown Theatre Festival's LIVING ON LOVE, Opening Tonight

Williamstown Theatre Festival welcomes Renee Fleming in the World Premiere of LIVING ON LOVE, opening today, July 16, and continuing through the 26th. This World Premiere by Joe DiPIetro and Garson Kanin is based on the play Peccadillo by Garson Kanin and directed by three-time Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall.

World-renowned soprano Renee Fleming takes the Festival stage as celebrated diva Rachel De Angelis. When her husband, the fiery and egomaniacal Maestro Vito DeAngelis, becomes enamored with the lovely young lady hired to ghostwrite his long-delayed autobiography, Rachel retaliates by hiring her very own -- and very handsome -- ghostwriter to chronicle her life as an opera star. As the young writers try to keep themselves out of the story while churning out chapters, the high-energy -- and high-maintenance -- power duet threatens to fall out of tune for good.

Blake Hammond ('Bruce'), Justin Long ('Robert Samson'), and Scott Robertson ('Eric') will all join Fleming in the World Premiere of LIVING ON LOVE.

As previously announced, WTF's Main Stage Season includes a revival of Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman's June Moon, directed by WTF favorite Jessica Stone (July 2-13); the World Premiere of Living on Love by Tony Award winner Joe DiPietro and Garson Kanin (based on Kanin's play Peccadillo), with celebrated soprano Renée Fleming in her Festival debut, directed by Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall (July 16 - 26), and the highly anticipated revival of Kander and Ebb's The Visit, featuring Tony® Award winner Chita Rivera, directed by Tony® Award winner John Doyle (July 31 - August 17). The Nikos Stage season kicks off onJuly 9th with the East Coast premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's acclaimed play A Great Wilderness (July 9 - 20) directed by Eric Ting and also includes a revival of Sam Shepard's Fool For Love, directed by Daniel Aukin with Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell, playing July 24 - August 2. The Nikos Stage season ends with the anticipated return of the PigPen Theatre Co.'s celebrated production of The Old Man and the Old Moon (August 6 - 17).

Contact the Williamstown Theatre Festival Box Office online, 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. The Festival's Nikos Stage is an intimate 173-seat venue that regularly sells out in advance from within the pool of Festival donors. For more information on the benefits of becoming a WTF donor, visit www.wtfestival.org.

Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America's finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs. While best known for its acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to one of the nation's top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. Now in its 60th Season, WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011.

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