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.

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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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