THE FEW Begins Williamstown Theatre Festival's Fridays @ 3 Reading Series Today, 7/13
Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Jenny Gersten announced the plays and artists participating in the annual Fridays @ 3 Reading Series, beginning today, July 13 at the Paresky Center on the Williams Campus. Every week, WTF presents a reading of a new play featuring Festival performers, written and directed by some of the most exciting theatre artists working today.
One of the readings, The Body of An American by Dan O’Brien, won the 2011 L. Arnold Weissberger Award for Playwriting, awarded by WTF to recognize excellence in playwriting. Two of last year’s readings, The Blue Deep by Lucy Boyle and WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! by Katori Hall are being presented on the Nikos Stage as part of the 2012 WTF Season.
FRIDAYS @ 3 SCHEDULE
Four years ago Bryan abandoned his labor of love, a newspaper for truckers. Now he's returned--with no word of where he's been--and things have changed. His former lover is filled with rage, his new coworker is filled with incessant adoration, and his paper is filled with personal ads. As he considers giving up for good, Bryan searches for what he couldn't find on the road: a way to keep faith in humanity. 2011 Fellowship Play writer Samuel D. Hunter shares his gripping new play about the rediscovery of hope and determination.
The Body of An American
2011 Weissberger Award Winner
By Dan O’Brien
Directed by Davis McCallum
Autobiography and documentary collide in this incredible journey from Africa to the Arctic. In 1993, while famously photographing the desecration of an American soldier in the streets of Mogadishu, Paul Watson heard the dead man speak to him: “If you do this, I will own you forever.” Dan O’Brien’s 2011 L. Arnold Weissberger Award-winning play searches for the meaning of this haunting refrain through the story of a playwright named Dan and a war reporter named Paul as they confront their own demons in pursuit of the truth behind the facts.
WTF veteran artist Greg Naughton directs a fresh look at the play that inspired the classic film, starring Don Murray and Eva Marie Saint. World War II Veteran Johnny Pope has fought to keep his desperate addiction to morphine secret, even from his pregnant wife and father. Only Johnny’s brother Polo knows the truth, and when their many lies and loans can’t keep a vicious pusher nicknamed “mother” at bay, Johnny’s whole world—and life—are threatened: will he confess and reach out for help, or will he lose everything at the hands of those who feed his debilitating habit?
Set in November in a tobacco field in East Bend, North Carolina, a brother and sister confront the change their aged father’s death brings to their lives and ask themselves: if we cannot hold on to anything around us, what else is there when we let go? Angus MacLachlan’s tale of one woman’s transition into the unknown begins as Jesse and Tracy find three elderly brothers sleeping in their field one dawn. But when a long forgotten promise surfaces, all five are forced to discover what it truly means to finally know their past, family, hopes, and most of all, love.