The cast of Williamstown Theatre Festival's production of Donald Margulies' latest, God of Vengeance, features Jenny Bacon, Marin Hinkle, Diane Venora, Ron Leibman, Bruce MacVittie and Larry Block. The show begins July 31 and runs through Aug. 11.
Also in the cast are Sol Frieder, Joel Rooks and Laura Breckenridge. As in a previous staging at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre, Gordon Edelstein directs.
Williamstown workshopped God of Vengeance in 2001. The adaptation of the Yiddish classic premiered at A Contemporary Theatre in April 2000.
God is Margulies' first new work since the playwright won the Pulitzer Prize for Dinner With Friends. The turn-of-the-century drama centers on a father, devoted to preserving his daughter's innocence in his home and increasing his reputation as an honorable man in the community, even as he runs a brothel in the basement. When the 1906 play was first translated into English in 1923 and performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York City, the producer, theatre owner and cast were arrested and found guilty of presenting an "immoral" entertainment.
Leibman is no stranger to Yiddish works; he starred as a Rabbi in the Public Theater's revival of The Dybbuk a few season ago. He won a Tony Award for his fiery portrayal of Roy Cohn in Angels in America. Earlier credits include Rumors, I Ought to Be in Pictures and Room Service. Venora appeared in the recent, short-lived production of Macbeth on Broadway. Before that, she was Gertrude in the Public Theater's mounting of Hamlet. Her most recent New York credit was Eve Ensler's Necessary Targets.
Hinkle acted Off-Broadway last summer in Blue Window. She just finished playing Miss Julie at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. Eisenberg acted in several Julie Taymor projects, including The Green Bird. Block was seen on Broadway in the 1990 Gypsy.
—By Robert Simonson