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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Terry Kinney to direct Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July"

AUGUST 11 – 22, 2010

Williamstown, MA (3/11/2010) – Williamstown Theatre Festival (Nicholas Martin, Artistic Director) announced today that Terry Kinney (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; reasons to be pretty) will direct a production of Lanford Wilson’s modern classic Fifth of July, which will play the WTF Main Stage from August 11 – 22, 2010. A co-production with Bay Street Theatre, this gentle comic drama from Wilson's beloved Talley Trilogy will be the final Main Stage production of the season.

In Fifth of July, as friends and family gather to remember a lost loved one, a group of thirty-something prodigals from the rebellious post-Vietnam generation return to their rural Missouri home, finding themselves older and wiser, but devoid of dreams. Long-buried rivalries and burning secrets reignite on a late summer evening as this motley tribe struggles to adapt to the changes wrought in their lives.

One additional Main Stage production and one additional Nikos Stage production, as well as performance dates, casting and full creative teams for the Williamstown Theatre Festival 2010 Season will be announced at a later date.
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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces 2010 Summer Season


WTF Artistic Director Nicholas Martin is pleased to announce five productions of the 2010 eight-show season.

"For my final summer at the theatre I love, I want to produce a series of the kinds of plays I love the most: American classics and new American plays."

The Main Stage season kicks-off on Wednesday, June 30, 2010 with a production of the Tony Award-winning Burt Shevelove/Larry Gelbart/Stephen Sondheim musical, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (June 30 – July 11). Directed by Jessica Stone (Butley; The Odd Couple) and featuring Tony Award-nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Young Frankenstein; Wicked; Finian’s Rainbow) as Pseudolus, a slave who must win his freedom by playing matchmaker for his master, Forum combines the frothy wit of Sondheim (a Williams College alum) with crowd-pleasing base and bawdy jokes. This paean to the Gods of Comedy is a hilarious, musical romp through ancient Rome.

Artistic Director Nicholas Martin (Present Laughter, Hedda Gabler) will direct Thornton Wilder’s quintessentially American play Our Town (July 28 – August 8). Set not far from the Festival’s Berkshire home in the fictional Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, Wilder’s masterpiece finds the beautiful in the mundane lives of people in a small town. Martin brings together a family of Williamstown favorites, including Becky Ann Baker (All My Sons; Assassins) and Dylan Baker (God of Carnage; Mauritius; Revolutionary Road), Jessica Hecht (A View from the Bridge; After the Fall) and Campbell Scott (The Spanish Prisoner; Roger Dodger; Singles), as the local town-folk whose hopes and memories are chronicled in America’s most beloved play.

On the Nikos Stage, funny-woman Judy Gold (“Ugly Betty,” “Sex and the City”) will appear in her new one-woman play, It’s Jewdy’s Show! (June 23 – July 4), directed by Festival Artistic Associate Amanda Charlton (Caroline in Jersey; Dissonance). Following the success of her show 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Gold returns to the stage in this hilarious look at her amazing life through the lens of the classic sitcoms of her youth. With multimedia, original music, laughter, and love, Judy shows us how she balances family and ambition in a world in which she sometimes does not fit.

Amy Herzog’s (Hungry, Willing) incendiary new play After the Revolution makes its journey from the Festival’s fellowship project last summer to the Nikos Stage this summer. It's 1999, and three generations of a radical leftist family meet in New York to celebrate the law school graduation of Emma, the family's youngest torch-carrier. A public revelation about her late grandfather, a victim of the blacklist, sends Emma reeling as the family begins to fracture. Shaken and betrayed, she must weigh her fierce politics and family loyalty to decide if the end really justifies the means. Developed from scratch at WTF, After the Revolution is a play about love, family secrets, and the American Left.

In another homegrown production, Samuel J. and K. by Mat Smart (The 13th of Paris; The Hopper Collection) arrives on the Nikos Stage after a hugely successful reading as part of WTF’s Fridays @ 3 last summer. In this hard-charging play, 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. Festival Artistic Associate Justin Waldman (What is the Cause of Thunder?; The Atheist) directs.

Two additional Main Stage productions and one additional Nikos Stage production, as well as performance dates, ticket information, casting and full creative teams for the Williamstown Theatre Festival 2010 Season will be announced in the coming weeks.


Book by Barry Shevelove & Larry Gelbart
Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Jessica Stone
Choreography by Denis Jones
Featuring: Christopher Fitzgerald
June 30 - July 11, 2010

By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Nicholas Martin
Featuring: Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Jessica Hecht and Campbell Scott
July 28 - August 8, 2010

By Judy Gold and Kate Moira Ryan
Original music by Judy Gold
Lyrics by Kate Moira Ryan and Judy Gold
Additional material Eric Kornfeld and Bob Smith
Directed by Amanda Charlton
June 23 - July 4, 2010

By Amy Herzog
Additional information is forthcoming

By Mat Smart
Directed by Justin Waldman
Additional information is forthcoming

Continuing its 56-year history under the artistic direction of Nicholas Martin, Williamstown Theatre Festival hosts award-winning actors, directors and playwrights who join forces to entertain and delight the Berkshire community of year-round and seasonal patrons. In addition to its acclaimed productions, WTF has extensive training and professional development programs for the next generation of actors, writers, directors, designers, technicians and managers. In 2002, WTF received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.
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