Actors from film and stage will back up movie star and heartthrob Chris O'Donnell in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Arthur Miller's seldom seen, early play The Man Who Had All the Luck. Among the names are Sam Robards, son of Jason, James Rebhorn (whose many film credits include "The Talented Mr. Ripley") and Jennifer Dundas, known to New York theatregoers from Arcadia, Shopping and Fucking and Good As New.
Completing the cast are Ed Hyland, Dan Moran, Richard Riehle, Ryan Shively, Barbara Sims and David Wohl. They join the already announced Mason Adams, who has recently graced the New York stage in such Signature Theatre Company productions as Horton Foote's The Last of the Thorntons and John Guare's Lake Hollywood.
The famous 1944 Broadway flop that preceded All My Sons and Death of a Salesman is directed by Scott Ellis. Ellis directed the recent mounting of The Rainmaker as WTF which eventually made its way to Broadway. The show will run on the Main Stage July 18-29.
O'Donnell spent the '90s starring in such films as "Scent of a Woman" with Al Pacino, "Men Don't Leave" with Jessica Lange and "Circle of Friends" with Minnie Driver. His most widely-seen performance, however, was probably as Robin in "Batman Forever," the 1995 addition to the "Batman" movie franchise.
* The remaining season will run as follows:
• The Man Who Had All the Luck, by Arthur Miller, directed by Scott Ellis, July 18-29.
• Street Scene, by Elmer Rice, directed by Michael Grief, Aug. 1-12. Rice's gritty tale of a hot June day and its impact on the inhabitants of a cramped tenement. A cast of 50 is advertised.
• Philadelphia, Here I Come!, by Brian Friel, directed by Kyle Donnelly, Aug. 15-26. Friel's tale of an young Irish man (and his alter ego) trying to make peace with his homeland and his father before setting off for America.
• Diva, by Howard M. Gould, directed by Neel Keller, July 11-22. A workshop production of a comedy about a spoiled film actress trying to break into television. Bebe Neuwirth, Eric Bogosian and John Michael Higgins star.
• The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter and The Zoo Story by Edward Albee, directed by Joe Mantello, July 25-Aug. 5. Two classic one-acts from two authors, one British and one American, deeply influenced by Samuel Beckett.
• Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme, by Frank McGuinness, directed by Nicholas Martin, Aug. 9-19. A drama about eight Irish nationalists serving in World War I.
In addition to the above productions, a workshop of Beth Blatt and Jenny Giering's new musical The Mistress Cycle is planned. The show takes a look at the life of mistresses around the world and down through the years. Audra McDonald recorded Giering's "I Follow" on her album "Way Back to Paradise." Also to be workshopped is Donald Margulies' latest, God of Vengeance. The adaptation of the Yiddish classic premiered at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre in spring 2000. As in Seattle, Gordon Edelstein directs.
The festival also features a weekly reading series, with new plays being given an airing every Friday at 3 PM since June 29.