Dukakis ("Steel Magnolias," Rose at Lincoln Center) and Wertenbaker are working with leading members of the festival's acting company and director Carey Perloff in the festival's first collaboration with A.C.T. (American Conservatory Theatre) of San Francisco. Perloff is A.C.T.'s artistic director. Phedre, written in 1677 by Jean Racine, is a classic French tragedy drawn from Greek mythology.
The cast, exploring the material at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, includes Jonathan Goad (Hippolytus), Nigel Shawn Williams (Theramene), Olympia Dukakis (Oenone), Seana McKenna (Phedre), Laura Condlln (Panope), Claire Jullien (Aricie), Tova Smith (Ismene) and Scott Wentworth (Theseus).