Berkshire Theatre Festival's 2006 Line-Up Has Wasserstein, Howe, McNally, Hare

News   Berkshire Theatre Festival's 2006 Line-Up Has Wasserstein, Howe, McNally, Hare Peter Shaffer, Tina Howe, Tennessee Williams, David Hare and Tony Kushner are some of the major playwriting names that will be featured at the Berkshire Theatre Festival during the 2006 summer season.

The season will commence May 25 with Kushner’s adaptation of Corneille’s The Illusion and run through Oct. 21, when David Hare’s one-person, autobiographical show Via Dolorosa (here performed by Jonathan Epstein) ends its stay. Both those shows will be on the festival's smaller Unicorn Stage. In between, the space will see Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone? , one of Terrence McNally's lesser-known, early works (playing June 28-July 22), and The Pilgrim Papers by Stephen Temperley (running July 28-Aug. 26). The former looks at the 1960s through the person of disenchanted, freeloading rebel Tommy Flowers. The latter—written by the author of Souvenir, a BTF production that traveled to Broadway earlier this season—purports to upend preconceptions about everything from Thanksgiving to the CIA.

The Main Stage season begins with Peter Shaffer's historical romp through the life of Mozart, Amadeus, directed by Eric Hill, starring Epstein and Randy Harrison ("Queer as Folk"), and playing June 20-July 8. It will be followed by one of Tina Howe’s early hits, the beach-set romance Coastal Disturbances, directed by Mark Nelson and starring Jeremy Davidson (July 11-29).

Williams' classic The Night of the Iguana comes next, with Anders Cato directing the tale of a group of outcasts, including a defrocked minister, trapped in a Mexican hotel. Last in the line-up is The Heidi Chronicles, the most famous work by the recently deceased Wendy Wasserstein. No director or cast have been announced. The production will likely be the most significant New York-area mounting of the period piece (action takes place from the late '60s to the mid-'80s) since the show first played Broadway in the late '80s. Dates are Aug. 15-Sept. 2.

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