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Friday, August 19, 2011

More Fun with the Cast of TEN CENTS!

The cast of TEN CENTS is at it again! They had so much fun making their last video, they wanted to make another. This time, an homage to Saturday Night Live. Without further ado, we present to you Malcolm Gets and the Ladies of the Berkshires!

You can see Malcolm and all these wonderful ladies in TEN CENTS A DANCE, running until August 28 on the Main Stage. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling (413) 597-3400, or in person here. We can't wait to see you there!
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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Changeover 2011 - TOUCH(ED) to YOU BETTER SIT DOWN

Last night, YOU BETTER SIT DOWN: TALES FROM MY PARENTS' DIVORCE opened on the Nikos Stage, marking our final opening for the season. With our final opening comes our final Changeover video. Watch our crews work their magic on the Nikos and change the theatre from TOUCH(ED) to YOU BETTER SIT DOWN.

YOU BETTER SIT DOWN will run at the Nikos Stage until August 21. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling (413) 597-3400, or in person here. We hope to see you there!

Photo of the Day by Clay Barron:

As the season comes to a close, the sound department decided to help Company Manager Chris Minnick pack up his office.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Today's WTF Scoop - YOU BETTER SIT DOWN has begun and a TEN CENTS Love Affair?

On the Nikos Stage, our final show of the season, YOU BETTER SIT DOWN: TALES FROM MY PARENTS DIVORCE began performances last night and will open tonight! We spoke to members of our audience last night to hear what they had to say about the show.

When we gave Lauren Molina the flipcam last week, she did more than just introduce us to some of the cast, she uncovered a scandal! Are you curious? Watch the video below to find out what's REALLY been happening backstage (no cast members were harmed in the making of this video).

YOU BETTER SIT DOWN will run at the Nikos Stage until August 21. TEN CENTS A DANCE will run at the Main Stage until August 28. Tickets for both can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling (413) 597-3400, or in person here. Don't miss out!
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Tonight, YOU BETTER SIT DOWN: TALES FROM MY PARENTS DIVORCE (our final show of the season!) begins performances at the Nikos Stage. Created by The Civilians, a New York-based theater company, which creates original work derived from investigations into the world beyond the theater, YOU BETTER SIT DOWN is a heartbreaking and hilarious play created from interviews between the cast and their parents. Take a look at this sneak preview!

YOU BETTER SIT DOWN will run at the Nikos Stage until August 21. Tickets can be purchased in person at the box office, by calling (413) 597-3400, or in person here. Don't miss out on this innovative new work.

Photo of the Day by Clay Barron:

(LtoR) Emily Mattheson, Peter Albrink, Michael Shaw, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Matt Nuernberger and Claire Siebers in the 2011 Fellowship Play WHEN YOU'RE HERE, written by Sam Hunter and directed by Portia Krieger
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Monday, August 15, 2011

Building a New World For a New Play: Spotlight On Design

It is often said, and rightfully so, that future careers in the theatre are forged here at WTF, and the alums of the design departments are no exception to this rule. Take, for instance, set designer David Korins and lighting designer Ben Stanton of She Stoops to Conquer and A Doll’s House. Both started out as interns, moved their way up, and now enjoy illustrious careers both at the Festival and beyond.

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Gabriel King and Jon Bass in The Comedy of Errors
Theatre artists are still being home-grown here today. Just two short weeks ago, a brand new play debuted as part of the Williamstown Workshop Department (which produces all Directing Intern and Directing Assistant projects). It was written by Jon Bass, a member of the Non-Equity acting corps who you may recognize as Dromio of Ephesus from this year’s Free Theatre production of The Comedy of Errors. Jon’s play, F***book (which was helmed by Directing Assistant Jason McDowell-Green) is the story of six twenty-somethings navigating the world of relationships, Furries, and midday margaritas In New York City, both on- and off-line.

A designer’s work is an exercise in both creativity and practicality. They must understand the piece and come up with effective (and often budget-conscious) ways to bring it to life. Collaborating with the other designers and the director, they must devise the best way to bring what’s on the page to the stage. When a new work is being done, with revisions and different elements added daily, the process provides even more unique challenges. We talked to one of the festival’s talented Scenic Design interns, Benson Knight, who provided the set for F***book. Here, he shares insight into his process as he worked on this brand new work.

How did you design for a script that is still undergoing changes?

Going into a project that is still under construction you have to know that a high level of adaptability is required. New pages are constantly being added and removed and it is your responsibility to keep up. Luckily with this script there were numerous different locations to create and this naturally lends for a scenic design that is very versatile. An alteration in the script or stage direction ended up being as easy as shifting around some chairs to create a new picture and acting movement.

How did you deal with the particular necessities of the play – multiple locations, fun tone, contemporary characters, etc.?

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One of the images Benson used as inspiration for the set
The two major acting areas were the guys’ and girls’ apartments. Both of these were much more fleshed out and personal to the characters so we chose these spaces to anchor the set. The various other smaller scenes would dance between these worlds. Responding to the abstract works of Barnett Newman and his severe separation of space with line, we created a network of light bulbs that formed a barrier between these two living spaces. It is underneath this lit network that many of the computer internet scenes took place.

Designing for a comedy also gave me a lot of liberty as to what colors I used, and the palette was bold and bright. The girls’ apartment was the softer of the two and had many earth tones of greens, browns, and charcoal grays. In contrast, the guys’ apartment focused more on saturated primary colors.

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Phillipa Soo and JD Taylor on the set of F***book
The set dressing was also crucial in expressing the characters. The symmetrical world of the women was much more based in organic shapes that were seen in the lamps, chair, and ottoman. The mismatched asymmetrical world of the guys was much more based in comfort and practicality. Along with the DVDs and iPod player that filled their world were also hints of their nostalgic past such as a Battleship board game, a solved Rubik’s cube, and a mixed tape that’s somehow still floating around.

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Sunday, August 14, 2011


This year's Fellowship Play, WHEN YOU'RE HERE, written by Sam Hunter and directed by Portia Krieger, will begin performances tonight. We chatted with Sam and Portia about how the play came about and its unique setting - an Olive Garden.

WHEN YOU'RE HERE plays at the Directing Studio in the '62 Center on August 14 & 15 at 7PM and 11PM. Call the Box Office at (413) 597-3400 to reserve your seat!

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