If you haven't yet caught Karen Ziemba and Wilson Jermaine Heredia in Quark Victory at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, you'd better get your tickets soon. Performances of the new musical by Robert and Willie Reale end on July 31.
Taking a page from the sci-fi camp classic "Fantastic Voyage," Quark Victory follows Samantha Fitzwater (played by A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum ingenue Jessica Boevers) as she takes a journey into an atom, meeting electrons, neutrons, muons and gluons along the way. According to a press release, she "learns lessons vital to the future of the sub-atomic world and to ours."
Ziemba is Penelope Fitzwater, while Heredia plays a character named Scooter. Stephen De Rosa, of The Mystery of Irma Vep, will play Meischmont and Manny the Muon. Also in the cast are John Hickok, David Wohl and Charlie Day. Jonathan Bernstein directs.
The production will take place at the Hunter College for the Performing Arts. Ziemba has been a steady presence on Broadway over the past several seasons, headlining in Kander and Ebb's Steel Pier and recently completing a turn as Roxie Hart in the same composers' Chicago.
Heredia is best known from Rent, in which he won a Tony for his portrayal of the cross-dressing Angel. *
The Williamstown season schedule, which runs June 16-Aug. 29, runs as follows:
The Main Stage:
A Raisin in the Sun (July 21-Aug. 1), Lorainne Hansberry's classic, directed by Jack Hofsiss (The Elephant Man). Gloria Foster stars.
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, starring B.D. Wong, Lee Wilkof, Bruce Norris and Megan Dodds.
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).
WTF will also stage several cabaret acts and play readings.
For information, call (413) 597-3399.