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Monday, July 27, 2009

Weekly Preview | July 27-August 2

WTF Expands Rush Ticket Policy!
The Williamstown Theatre Festival has expanded its rush ticket policy for its Main and Nikos Stage shows. Beginning on Friday, July 24, rush tickets will be sold to all same-day evening performances from 4pm until curtain (subject to availability). Tickets are $15 and are available by phone at 413.597.3400 or in person at 1000 Main Street in Williamstown.*

*Rush ticket discount cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offer. Tickets are subject to availability and are only valid for same day performances. Limit 2 per person.

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THUNDER? opens on the Nikos Stage!
The world-premiere of Noah Haidle’s, What is the Cause of Thunder? opened on the Nikos Stage Thursday night to a sold-out house! Directed by Festival Artistic Associate Justin Waldman and starring Betty Gilpin and Wendie Malick, What is the Cause of Thunder? tells the story of an aging soap-star, who, after 27 years on the same television show, has begun to confuse her life with her art.

The cast, audience and creative teams celebrated with another wonderful event at Mezze. Thunder? runs through August 2nd. The critics have many praises for Gilpin and Malick:

“Bravo to Gilpin and Malick who interact superbly… these [are] two brilliant actresses…” –

“…Excellent work by two dynamic actresses… Betty Gilpin is very talented… [Wendie] Malick succeeds on every level…” –

Theatermania says: " Noah Haidle has spun comic gold...Everything about this production is a class act."

Richard Thomas Returns to WTF in BLANCHE AND BEYOND
Emmy-winning actor Richard Thomas returns to WTF on Sunday, August 2nd in a one-night only special event—Blanche and Beyond, adapted by Steve Lawson from the 1945-1957 letters of Tennessee Williams. The one-man show will mark anniversaries for both alumni: 25 years since Thomas first performed at Williamstown, and 40 years since Lawson's first summer at the Festival.

Blanche—the sequel to A Distant Country Called Youth, presented at WTF in 2002—covers the peak years of Williams' career...From the Broadway triumphs of The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire, The Rose Tattoo, Summer and Smoke and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In letters by turns hilarious, raunchy, and poignant--written to the likes of Elia Kazan, Jessica Tandy, Gore Vidal as well as critics, lovers, and family--Blanche explores a brilliant playwright facing the seismic shock of international fame.

The single performance of Blanche and Beyond will take place on Sunday, August 2nd at 7:00pm on the Main Stage. A Q-&-A with Thomas and Lawson will follow the show. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by calling (413) 597-3400, in person at the WTF box office, or online at

Two for $55 to THE TORCH-BEARERS - up next on the Main Stage!
Our 2 tix for $55 offer is back by popular demand! Now through July 30 ONLY, you can buy two tickets to our Main Stage production of The Torch-Bearers for $55 in celebration of our 55th Anniversary Season!

The Torch-Bearers , written by George Kelly and adapted and directed by WTF favorite Dylan Baker, stars Becky Ann Baker, Yusef Bulos, John Doherty, Katie Finneran, Philip Goodwin, Jessica Hecht, Edward Herrmann, Andrea Martin, Lizbeth Mackay, Katherine McGrath, John Rubinstein and James Waterston. This side-splitting 1920s farce follows a troupe of amateur actors as they rehearse and perform a show-stopping new play—or try to with all their might. Their stage is riddled with comedic drama, suspense, and good old-fashioned witty mayhem. The Torch-Bearers runs through August 9th only!

Greylock Theatre Project Performs Tonight
Catch the Greylock Theatre Project One on Ones at 5:00 or 8:00pm in Goodrich Hall
An equity actor and a member of the non-equity company perform a ten-minute play with one of the kids!

Fridays @ 3 this week is Samuel J. and K. by Mat Smart
directed by Justin Waldman
July 31 @ 3pm in the Peresky Center

Samuel J. surprises his adopted brother, Samuel K., with a trip back to his birth country of Cameroon for college graduation—but Samuel K. has no desire to face a place and a past that abandoned him. Samuel J. and K. challenges the traditional definitions of family and asks if a place we’ve only imagined can become home overnight.

Cabaret 2 performs this weekend
July 31st, August 1st and 2nd @ 11pm in Goodrich Hall

Directing Assistant, Adam Knight Presents Chopin’s Preludes by Mat Smart
August 1st @ 11pm in the Directing Studio
With Lauren Blumenfeld, Francesca Choy-Kee, and Adam Lerman

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