Tyne Daly, Lili Taylor, Alison Fraser are among the actors featured this summer in the plays and musicals at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the Massachusetts Berkshires.
As previously announced, the 58th season will feature: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a "Preview Production" (local and regional critics only) of the new musical Far From Heaven, and a new translation of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country on the Main Stage.
On the 173-seat Nikos Stage is the premiere of Lucy Boyle’s The Blue Deep, Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, and Katori Hall’s WHADDABLOODCLOT!!!"
The season will also include a special "workshop production" of David Byrne’s Here Lies Love, which will play at nearby MASS MoCa.
The season’s first Main Stage production, the David Hyde Pierce-directed production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (playing June 26 – July 14), will feature Drama Desk Award-winner Marylouise Burke (Fuddy Meers), Louis Cancelmi (former WTF Act I Member), Sean Cullen, Emmy and Tony Award-winner Tyne Daly (“Cagney and Lacey,” Gypsy), Glenn Fitzgerald (so fine in "The Realistic Jioneses" at Yale Rep), Paul McGrane, Amy Spanger and Henry Stram (WTF’s R Shomon).
The new musical Far From Heaven (based on the 2002 movie), which plays July 19 to 29, will feature JB Adams as ‘Morris Farnsworth’ (the same role he played in the film version), Nancy Anderson (Goodspeed's "City of Angels"), Quincy Tyler Bernstine (WTF’s Tough Titty), Brandon Victor Dixon, Sarah Jane Everman, Alison Fraser, Chris Hoch, Mary Stout and Tony Yazbeck (Goodspeed's "My One and Only"). They join previously announced four-time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O’Hara (currently starring on Broadway in Nice Work If You Can Get It).
The final Main Stage show, a new translation of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, will play from August 1 to 19, and will feature Louis Cancelmi, Jessica Collins, Sean Cullen, Kate Kearney-Patch, Paul McGrane, Jeremy Strong and Elisabeth Waterston.
The Nikos Stage season begins with the World Premiere production of Lucy Boyle’s play The Blue Deep (June 27 to July 8), directed by Bob Balaban with a cast that includes Emmy Award-winner Blythe Danner (Showtime’s “Huff”), as previously announced. Also featured are Becky Ann Baker, Jack Gilpin, “Boardwalk Empire” regular Heather Lind and Finn Wittrock (Broadway's Death of a Salesman).
In Neil Simon’s The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (July 11 to 22), Jessica Stone directs a cast that includes Tony Award-nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me), Susie Essman (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), and Lili Taylor (HBO's “Six Feet Under”).
The Nikos Stage season closes with the world premiere production of Katori Hall’s WHADDABLOODCLOT, from August 8 to 19. The cast of WHADDABLOODCLOT will include Tina Benko, Aaron Costa Ganis, Bryan Tyree Henry, Greta Lee, Andres Muner, and Kathy Searle.
The festival wll present a workshop of Here Lies Love, a new theatrical event written by David Byrne with music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim and directed by Alex Timbers.
The cast is: Renee Albulario, Carol Angeli, Joyelle Cabato, Joshua Dela Cruz, Debralee Daco, Evan D’Angeles. Jose Llana, Ruthie Ann Miles, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Conrad Ricamora, Janelle Velasquez, and Zach Villa.
Here Lies Love is a collaboration with WTF's artistic neighbor, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and The Public Theater in New York City. The Public will present the World Premiere of Here Lies Love in the spring of 2013.
After a three-week rehearsal residency at MASS MoCA, Here Lies Love will play five workshop performances over four days, from June 21 to 24 at the Hunter Center for the Performing Arts at MASS MoCA (87 Marshall St, North Adams). Tickets are available through the MASS MoCA box office at www.massmoca.org or by calling (413)-662-2111.
Advance ticket orders for the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival season may be placed through the Festival's website (www.wtfestival.org). Advance ticket orders will be processed in late May. At that time, ticket orders from Festival donors will be given priority and will be filled by descending donor level. All other advance ticket orders received by May 25 will be filled in order of date received.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival Box Office will open on June 5 at which point tickets may be purchased 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).
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