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Monday, July 20, 2009

Weekly Preview | July 20-26

TRUE WEST has opened on the Main Stage!
Our second Main Stage show of the 2009 season opened Thursday night to a FULL HOUSE and was followed by an opening night gala at the Williams Inn. True West runs July 15 – July 26 and stars Nate Corrdry, Stephen Kunken, Debra Jo Rupp, and Paul Sparks.
Written by American screen and stage legend Sam Shepard and directed by former WTF Boris Sagal Directing Fellow Daniel Goldstein, this modern classic is an explosive exploration of family rivalry as two very different brothers attempt to sell Hollywood their version of the great American dream.
“…an enjoyable rendition of an American classic.” – Albany Times Union

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THUNDER? Opens on the Nikos Stage
The world premiere of Noah Haidle’s new play, What is the Cause of Thunder? OPENS THIS THURSDAY on the Nikos Stage. Directed by WTF Artistic Associate Justin Waldman, What is the Cause of Thunder? stars Betty Gilpin and Wendie Malick in the story of Ada, who, after 27 years on the same soap opera, has begun to confuse her art and her life.
Haidle’s poignant comedy brings us the hilarity of daytime drama alongside the harsher, but often equally fun realities of life. Thunder runs through August 2, buy your tickets today!

Fridays @ 3 this week is Sense of an Ending by Ken Urban
2008 Weissberger Award Winner, Sense of an Ending by Ken Urban, directed by Sam Gold will be read at the Paresky Center on the Williams College Campus on July 24th.
Charles, an African-American journalist, gets assigned to write a piece on the genocide in Rwanda through the story of two nuns being tried for crimes against humanity. These nuns are accused of knowing about the mass murder that happened within their church walls and doing nothing about it. Through his guide and another local man he meets, Charles struggles to understand the many crimes against humanity happening in Rwanda and ultimately must decide how to tell the story.

Workshop Shows in the Directing Studio in the ’62 Center
Wednesday, July 22 - Nico by Mira Gibson, Directed by Kate Pines, 11pm
with John Doherty, Heather Lind and Andrea Syglowski

Saturday, July 25- 10 Minute Plays presented by the Directing Interns, 11pm
Sidewalk Art by Erica Lipez, directed by Krista D’Agastino
with James Cusati-Moyer, Ed Porter and Claire Seibers

Death Comes for a Wedding by Joe Tracz, directed by Tracey Cameron Francis
with Becca Ballanger, Tommy Crawford, and LaToya Lewis

The Final Kiss by Maurice Level, directed by Adam Stone
with Brett Bolton, James Graham, Devin Kelley, and Georgia Lifsher

Two Pigeons Talk Politics by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman
with Jake Elitzer and Ariana Seigel

Taste by Roald Dahl, adapted and directed by Matthew Strother
with Matt Helm, Michael Randazzo, Amanda Rodhe, Lily Spottiswoode, and Alison Yates

A Sermon by David Mamet, directed by Gabe Marantz
with Matt Bovee, Johnathan Hooks, Kristina Mueller, Noah Parks, Brenann Stacker, and Madeline Wise

For workshop shows, admission is free but reservations are a must - space is limited! Call the workshop office at 413.597.3386 to reserve a ticket!

[photo] T. Charles Erickson 2009. Pictured: Paul Sparks and Nate Corddry in TRUE WEST, Dir. Daniel Goldstein

© [Scenic Design | Neil Patel, Costume Design | Linda Cho, Lighting Design | Ben Stanton] 2009

© [graphic design] Art direction and design by Iris A. Brown Design, Illustration by Kristin R. Spix Design

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