Atkinson, Ivey, Hecht and Cooper Join Williamstown Summer Season

News   Atkinson, Ivey, Hecht and Cooper Join Williamstown Summer Season Stage veterans Jayne Atkinson and Dana Ivey have joined the line-up for the 2009 summer season at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Jayne Atkinson
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As previously reported, A.R. Gurney's family drama Children, a co-presentation with the Westport Country Playhouse (where it will premiere), is set to open the 2009 season at Williamstown, July 1-12.

John Tillinger directs a cast that features Tony winner Katie Finneran (Noises Off, Mauritius), Judith Light (Wit, "Ugly Betty"), Mary Bacon (Rock 'n' Roll) and James Waterston (Buffalo Gal).

Bradley Cooper ("Nip/Tuck") has replaced actor Rob Corddry in the upcoming production of Sam Shepard's True West. Cooper joins Nate Corddry, Stephen Kunken ("Taking Woodstock," Rock ‘'n' Roll) and Debra Jo Rupp (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, "That 70's Show") for the production, which runs July 15-26 under the direction of Daniel Goldstein. The Corddry brothers and Rupp previously appeared in a reading of the play at Williamstown last summer.

The design team will include set designer Neil Patel, costume designer Linda Cho, lighting designer Ben Stanton, sound designer Darron L. West and fight director Thomas Schall.

Tony nominee Dana Ivey (The Savannah Disputation, Butley), Jessica Hecht (Howard Katz, After the Fall), Emmy winner Edward Herrmann ("The Practice"), Yusef Bulos (Fiddler on the Roof), Phillip Goodwin (Tartuffe), Lizbeth MacKay (All My Sons), John Doherty and Katie Finneran will join Tony-winning stage actress Marian Seldes (Deuce, Dinner at Eight) and Becky Ann Baker (All My Sons) in George Kelly's The Torch-Bearers, which will run July 29-Aug. 9. Dylan Baker directs. The Torch-Bearers design team features set designer David Korins, costume designer Ilona Somogyi, lighting designer Rui Rita, sound designer Alex Neumann and music by Michael Garin.

Jayne Atkinson (Blithe Spirit), Jeremy Beck (Betrayed), Morgan Hallett (Translations), John Horton (A Touch of the Poet) and Stephen Kunken have been newly added to the cast of Simon Gray's Quartermaine's Terms, joining Tony winner Jefferson Mays (Journey's End, I Am My Own Wife) and Simon Jones (Blithe Spirit). 39 Steps director Maria Aitken stages the production that runs Aug. 12-23.

Designing Quartermaine are set designer Derek McLane, costume designer Martin Pakledinaz, lighting designer Kevin Adams and sound designer Drew Levy.

Additional casting will be announced for the Nikos Stage world-premiere productions of Jonathan Marc Sherman's Knickerbocker, staged by Nicholas Martin, July 8-19; Noah Haidle's What is the Cause of Thunder?, under the direction of Justin Waldman, July 22-Aug. 2; and the Melinda Lopez work Caroline in Jersey, Aug. 5-16.

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