David Schwimmer and Jon Spencer star in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of Warren Leight's latest play, The Glimmer Brothers, which begins performances July 14 for a run through July 25. Spencer and Terry Beaver play Martin and Daniel Glimmer, twin brother once united in their love of jazz but now long estranged. When Martin lands in the hospital, his godson Jordan and Daniel's daughter Delia try to bring the two brothers back together.
"Friends" actor David Schwimmer stars as Jordan opposite Kim Raver as Delia.
Spencer is best known for his regular role on the television series "L.A. Law." His most recent New York stage appearance was in the Off-Broadway production of Peter Hedges' Good as New.
Terry Beaver starred in the Broadway production of Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo.
* In other WTF news, Lea DeLaria, Mark Linn-Baker and Michael Cumpsty have joined the cast of the Gwyneth Paltrow As You Like It, due to take the Williamstown Theatre Festival's Main Stage Aug. 4-15. The Bard's classic comedy marks the Oscar-winning actress and former WTF regular's first stage turn in many years. She will play the heroine Rosalind, who -- much like her character in "Shakespeare in Love" -- dressed up as a man in order to snare her love.
Alessandra Navola will play opposite Paltrow as Rosalind's love, Orlando.
The season schedule, which runs June 16-Aug. 29, runs as follows:
The Main Stage:
The Taming of the Shrew (July 7-18), directed by Roger Rees (The Misanthrope), who also stars in the production as Petruchio. Bebe Neuwirth stars as Kate, supported by David Aaron Baker, Tom Bloom, Denis Holmes, Neal Huff and Bruce MacVittie
As You Like It (Aug. 4-15), starring Gwyneth Paltrow as Rosalind, Mark Linn-Baker as Touchstone, Michael Cumpsty as Jaques and Alessandra Navola as Orlando.
The Glimmer Brothers (July 14-25), a world premiere of Warren Leight's play about two generations of jazz musicians. David Schwimmer, John Spencer, Kim Raver and Terry Beaver star.
Chaucer in Love (July 28-Aug. 8), John Guare's new play about pilgrims who journey to Rome to absolve their sins, directed by Martin, who successfully mounted Guare's Bosoms and Neglect at New York's Signature Theatre Company earlier this year. B.D. Wong stars.
The Waverly Gallery (Aug. 11-22), Kenneth Lonergan's new play about an 85-year-old Greenwich Village gallery owner who, while failing mentally, refuses to retire, directed by Scott Ellis (Steel Pier). Eileen Heckart stars.
WTF will also present Quark Victory, a musical by Robert Reale and Willie Reale, starring Karen Ziemba, at the Hunter Center for the Performing Arts; and several cabaret acts and play readings.
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--By Robert Simonson