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Monday, August 10, 2009

Weekly Preview | August 10-16

CAROLINE IN JERSEY has opened on the Nikos Stage!

Our last Nikos Stage show of the 2009 Season, Caroline in Jersey, by Melinda Lopez, opened Thursday night to a standing room only house and fantastic reviews! Directed by Festival Artistic Associate Amanda Charlton, Caroline in Jersey stars Will LeBow, Matt McGrath, Lea Thompson and Brenda Wehle.

Caroline is down and out in New Jersey. She’s having a nervous breakdown, her career as an actress is tragically dwindling, and a peculiar stranger has made his presence known in her new apartment. Can she find a way to conquer it all? This funny and touching new play follows one woman’s whole-hearted attempt to accept the past and take hold of the future, despite the many surprises that might pop up along the way.

Berkshire Fine Arts writes: “… A winner. If heart and soul, as well as compelling performances by characters we really care about are any measure, this is sure to be a play with legs… [a] fabulous cast… a wonderful play…”

The Advocate writes: “The characters fascinate… [Will] LeBow is brilliant… Lea Thompson is whimsical and charming… …McGrath is fine in his role… Brenda Wehle [is] superb…”

Performances run through August 16 only. Don’t miss our last world-premiere of the season!

2 for $55 is back again - come see QUARTERMAINE'S TERMS!

Quartermaine’s Terms, the last show of our 55th Anniversary Season, opens next Thursday on the Main Stage, and in honor of the occasion, our 2 for $55 Ticket Offer is BACK!

Starting tomorrow morning, Saturday, August 8, at 10am (and through Thursday, August 13th ONLY), you can purchase two tickets to any performance of Quartermaine’s Terms for only $55! *

This charming and heart-felt 1960s comedy, written by Simon Gray and directed by the Tony-nominated Maria Aitken, follows an eccentric group of English teachers in Cambridge whose insatiable quest for knowledge has masked their secret longings for passion, romance, and true happiness.

The production stars Jeremy Beck, Ann Dowd, Morgan Hallett, John Horton, Simon Jones, Stephen Kunken and Jefferson Mays.

Quartermaine’s Terms runs from August 12th through the 23rd and concludes our 55th Anniversary Season! Don’t miss your last chance to be a part of the magic and history of Williamstown Theatre Festival, buy your tickets through this amazing offer before it's too late!

*This offer is valid through Thursday, August 13 only for performances of Quartermaine's Terms only. It cannot be combined with any other offer and is not valid on previous sales. Tickets are available by phone at 413-597-3400 or in person at 1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA, by using the code "QT55". Box office closed on Monday.

Greylock Theatre Project's PLAYMAKING is TODAY!

The Williamstown Theatre Festival is pleased to announce the second part to Greylock Theatre Project’s 13th season. The Greylock Theatre Project is an educational outreach program that works with North Adams children living in the Greylock and Brayton Hill neighborhoods to create theatre.

In “Playmaking,” children attend a series of eight classes to learn how to write a play. They are then paired with a dramaturg and director to help them write a play performed by actors from WTF.

Performances are on Monday, August 10th at 5 and 8pm in Goodrich Hall, 863 Main St., Williams College Campus.

The Project is co-directed by Emily Windover and Christopher Kauffman. Liz Urban is the Project Manager.

All performances are free, but seating is limited, so reservations are a must. To reserve seats, please call the WTF Box Office at 413-597-3400. Box Office hours are Tuesday- Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am- 4pm.

The Workshop

Fellowship Musical performs this week, two days only! August 12-13 @ 7pm and 11pm both days in the Directing Studio.

Golden Gate with books and lyrics by Christopher Diamond, music by Michael Kooman, music direction by Christopher D. Littlefield and directed by Boris Sagal Fellow, Dan Rigazzi

With Lauren Blumenfeld, Francesca Choy-Kee, Rich Dreher, Daniel Hartley, Ashton Heyl, Lucas Kavner, Irene Sofia Lucio, Joel Perez, Gayle Rankin, and Dominic Spillane

Call 413.597.3386 for reservations.

Last round of Directing Intern shows on August 15 @ 11pm in the Log.

Cracking by Jonathan Marc Sherman, directed by Kimberly Faith Hickman
with Eloise Eonnet and Ed Porter

When All the Trees Are Gone, Where Will We Hang Ourselves? by Marisa Wegrzyn, directed by Tracy Cameron Francis
with Brett Bolton and Devin Kelley

The Admiral and Diane by Crystal Gomes, directed by: Krista D’Agostino
with Kristina Mueller and Kyle Smtih

Eukiah by Lanford Wilson, directed by Matthew Strother
with Jonathan Gordon and Micah Stock

Welcome to the Moon by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Gabrial Marantz
with Matthew Bovee, Tommy Crawford, Michael Randazzo and Claire Siebers

Alice in Wonderless Land by Franca Rame and Dario Fo, directed by Adam Stone
with James Graham, Mike Hammond, Matt Helm, Jonathan Hooks, Georgia X. Lifsher, James Morosini, Amanda Rodhe, Lily S and Allison Yates

© [photo] T. Charles Erickson 2009
[pictured] Lea Thompson in CAROLINE IN JERSEY, directed by Amanda Charlton
© [scenic design | Andrew Boyce; costume design | Emily Rebholz; lighting design | Jake DeGroot] 2009

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