Cristin Milioti, Thomas Sadoski, and More Join Williamstown Theatre Festival Season; Additional Programming Announced
Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) has announced additional details in casting for the 2017 summer season including, Cristin Milioti, Thomas Sadoski, Steven Pasquale, Cynthia Erivo, Alexandra Socha and many more to join. Additional details on the popular Fridays@3 Reading Series have also been announced.
Joining the previously announced Main Stage and Nikos Stage Season casts are: Bernard White in The Clean House (July 19-29), Maurice Jones in A Legendary Romance (August 3 - 20), Hiram Delgado, Maurice Jones, and Jonghoon Han in The Model American (June 28 - July 9), Joshua Boone and Raúl Castillo in Where Storms Are Born. Saheem Ali joins the production as director, replacing the previously announced Leisl Tommy who had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts (July 12 - July 23). Cristin Milioti, Thomas Sadoski, Gene Jones, Jeanine Serralles, and Ryan Spahn join the cast of Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow (July 26-August 6), and Alexandra Socha and Joshua Boone will be featured in Actually, a co-world premiere with Geffen Playhouse which WTF produces in association with Manhattan Theater Club (August 9 - August 20).
By popular demand, the 2017 season will include the Fridays@3 Reading Series. A number of previous new plays read at the series in past festivals have manifested into main stage productions, including this year's main stage shows Where Storms are Born, and Actually. This year, the line-up of readings include Seared by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Tony Award-nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel and featuring Tony Award-nominee Steven Pasquale (July 7), The Fit by Carey Perloff (July 14), WTF's 2017 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award-winner Noura by Heather Raffo (WTF's 2017 Jay Harris Commission recipient), directed by Joanna Settle (July 21), Blue Skies Process by Abe Koogler (July 28), Lempicka with music by Matt Gould, book by Carson Kreitzer, directed by Rachel Chavkin and featuring Tony Award-winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony Award-nominee Steven Pasquale (August 4), Overjoyed by Ethan Lipton, directed by Oliver Butler (August 11), and Screenplay By Stalin by Tom Fontana, directed by Laura Savia. These readings have limited availability and will be hosted at The Clark auditorium.
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.
WORLD PREMIEREJason 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.
TICKETS AND SCHEDULE
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.
Williamstown Theatre Festival
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. www.wtfestival.org
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