Late-Night Cabaret Series and More Special Programs to Return for 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival
Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced additional details in special programming and events for the 2017 summer season.
In addition to the Main Stage and Nikos Stage productions, this season's slate of events will also include the return of the legendary Late-Night Cabaret and Late-Night @ The Log series and the addition of a free and family-friendly Community Works Project.
It was also announced that the 2017 Boris Sagal Fellowship/Drama League Residency has been awarded to Jenna Worsham, who will direct a new play by Abby Rosebrock with performances on August 14 and 15 at 7pm and 11pm.
The 2017 Bill Foeller Fellow is Estefania Fadul who will be assisting Rebecca Taichman on The Clean House and will direct two productions of her own in the Directing Studio. Fadul is an LCT Directing Lab Fellow, a Drama League Fellow and a New Georges Affiliated Artist.
The stars come out at night at WTF's legendary Late-Night Cabaret series. Exhilarating evenings of ensemble and solo performances showcase the virtuosic talents of the Festival artists, from the brightest stars of stage and screen to up-and-coming members of WTF's Non-Equity and Apprentice companies. The beloved Festival highlight runs from July 13-15, July 27-29, and August 10-12.
After last season's sold-out events featuring Jill Kargman, Tom Fontana and Susie Essman in Williamstown's best new venue, this summer we launch a new series: Late-Night @ The Log!. This summer we will welcome back those edgy "you-had-to-be-there" one-night only performances from Festival guest artists. Each night features someone new in an intimate, casual atmosphere, with access to beverages and snacks. The WTF late-night series happens July 7-8, 21-22, and August 4-5 at 10:30pm at The Log on Spring Street.
Community Works is WTF's initiative that brings together local residents and professional theatre artists to make plays for and about the Berkshires. In the fall, winter, and spring, WTF conducts acting and playwriting workshops in Western Massachusetts. This summer, more than eighty Berkshire area residents will be featured onstage alongside professional actors in the free, family-friendly world premiere play, Once Upon A Time in the Berkshires, by Lucy Thurber, directed by Laura Savia from August 13-16 on the Main Stage.
ABOUT THE SEASON:
A NEW PLAY
Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee Jane Kaczmarek star in this absorbing comedy about self-discovery. Empty-nested and alone in her Midwestern home, Sharon (Merkerson) takes on a roommate, Robyn (Kaczmarek), who has just arrived from New York City. Before she has even unpacked, Robyn challenges everything about Sharon's way of life. Book clubs, 80s pop music, and the occasional shared toke complicate their unlikely but enduring relationship, even as they venture into dangerous territory. Mike Donahue directs Jen Silverman's new play which celebrates unexpected re-invention later in life.
A New Production of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Two-time Tony Award-nominee Jayne Atkinson and Tony Award-nominee Jessica Hecht star in this heartfelt comedy by Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. Lane (Atkinson), an accomplished physician, discovers that her sister Virginia (Hecht) - not her Brazilian housekeeper Matilde (Cote de Pablo) - has been cleaning her home every day. Though never close, suddenly the sisters find themselves enmeshed in each other's lives and in Matilde's great passion for Portuguese jokes. Rebecca Taichman directs this expressive and lyrical comedy about learning to live with life's mess.
with Maurice Jones
Emmy Award-winner and Tony Award-nominee Lonny Price directs an intimate new musical by composer/lyricist Geoff Morrow and book writer Timothy Prager that delivers us to the intersection of loyalty, love, and ambition. Back in 1950, film producer Joseph Lindy was on top of the world, making hit after hit with the love of his life and leading lady, Billie Hathaway. Nearly four decades later, retired and forgotten, he must approve for release a version of his abandoned, cinematic masterpiece, an autobiographical film now altered irrevocably by a young producer. Haunted by the choices he made years ago, Joseph's story hangs in the balance as he reconstructs the film, his memory and, ultimately, his legacy.
In 2016, what does it take for an immigrant to achieve the American dream? With humor and humanity, playwright Jason Kim (HBO's "Girls") explores this question in his timely world premiere play, directed by Danny Sharron. Young, Latino, gay and unapologetically ambitious, Gabriel (Hiram Delgado), arrives in New York seeking work, friendship, love, and mentorship. But, before he can move forward, he must honestly determine if he is running toward success or away from what he left behind. Developed at WTF under the auspices of the Bill Foeller Fellowship Program in 2016, The Model American asks: what is the price we are willing to pay for a new life?
Where Storms Are Born | July 12 - July 23
by Harrison David Rivers
Directed by Saheem Ali
with Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Joshua Boone, Raúl Castillo, Christopher Livingston, LeRoy McClain, and Myra Lucretia Taylor
Mourning the loss of her elder son Myles (LeRoy McClain), Bethea (Myra Lucretia Taylor) tries to help her younger son Gideon (Christopher Livingston) through his grief. But as revelations surrounding Myles' incarceration and death emerge, both mother and son must decide whether to fight or let go. With wit and empathy, this play reminds us of the courage and resilience it takes to chart a better way forward for the ones we love. Saheem Ali directs this world premiere play by 2016 WTF Playwright-in-Residence Harrison David Rivers.
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow | July 26-August 6
by Halley Feiffer
Directed by Trip Cullman
with Rebecca Henderson, Gene Jones, Cristin Milioti, Thomas Sadoski, Jeanine Serralles, Ryan Spahn, and Micah Stock
You've known Olga, Masha and Irina for nearly one hundred and seventeen years. But this summer, they are, like, unhappy for reals. Obie Award-winner and Drama Desk nominee Trip Cullman directs Outer Critics Circle Award-nominee and Theatre World Award-winner Halley Feiffer's world premiere: a contemporary adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters. As our heroes search for meaning in their work and love lives -- all the while dreaming of their dear Moscow -- we are invited to examine our own existential longings and unrequited yearnings. Feiffer's bold, unapologetically millennial and bitingly comedic spin on this Russian classic newly reacquaints us with the emotional contours of the beleaguered and beloved Prozorov family. You totes don't want to miss it!
Actually | August 9 - August 20
Co-world premiere with Geffen Playhouse, Randall Arney - Artistic Director
by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
with Joshua Boone and Alexandra Socha
Amber (Alexandra Socha) and Tom (Joshua Boone) are freshmen at Princeton University, where their experiences so far have only two things in common: drunken parties and a desire to fit in. But when they meet, their common experience becomes anything but, and their moral mettle is put to the test. Lileana Blain-Cruz directs Anna Ziegler's deeply felt and relevant world premiere play about intimacy and responsibility, power and provocation, privilege and protocol.
Advance single ticket reservations for the 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival season can be made beginning April 26 through the WTF website and by mail order using WTF's season brochure (call 413-458-3253 to join the mailing list). Discounted Bundle packages are also available. The WTF Box Office will open on June 1 at which point tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or in person at the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance Box Office at 1000 Main St (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 01267.
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. With offices in both Williamstown and New York City, WTF creates vibrant work that feeds the wider theatrical landscape. The artists and productions shaped at the Festival each summer often go on to reach diverse audiences nationally and internationally. WTF is also home to of the nation's top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011.