Emond, Birney, Williams Head Cast of Williamstown Cherry Orchard, Aug. 11-22

News   Emond, Birney, Williams Head Cast of Williamstown Cherry Orchard, Aug. 11-22
Linda Emond, Tony nominated for Life x 3 and an Obie winner for Homebody/Kabul, will by Madame Ranevskaya in the Aug. 11-22 Williamstown Theatre Festival mounting of Chekhov's comedy of change and loss, The Cherry Orchard.

Also starring will be Michelle Williams of "Dawson's Creek" fame, as Varya, Reed Birney (Homebody/Kabul, Bug), as Ranevskaya's sentimental brother Gaev, Jessica Chastain as Anya and Frank Raiter as the ancient servant Firs.

The cast also features Ritchie Coster, John Forest, Jonathan Fried, Jason Kaufman, Chris Messina (Salome: The Reading, Far Away), Jessica Stone (The Smell of the Kill), Brenda Wehle, and Lee Wilkof (Kiss Me, Kate). Michael Greif directs.

The season-concluding production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard will continue WTF's time-honored devotion to the Russian master. Chekhov was a favorite of festival founder Nikos Psacharopoulos. However, producer Michael Ritchie noted that he (Ritchie) had never produced Chekhov on the Main Stage during his tenure.


The remaining 2004 festival schedule runs as follows: Main Stage:
A Midsummer Night's Dream, July 14-25
Design for Living, July 28-August 8
The Cherry Orchard, Aug. 11-22

Nikos Stage:
R Shomon, July 21-Aug. 1
Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams , Aug. 11-22

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