The Landscape of the Body—one of Guare's rarely seen, but most highly regarded works—looks at the unfathomable nature of sin and evil by focusing on the murder and decapitation of Bert, the son of Betty Yearn. Betty's sister Rosemary narrates the story, while Captain Marvin Holahan is the detective investigating the death. The play is part black comedy, part film-noir mystery.
According to a press representative, Guare has been attending rehearsals and has commented that the production may be the most fully realized version on the play to date.
Scott had a busy schedule in 2002, when she went from the Off-Broadway premiere of Jason Robert Brown's musical The Last Five Years to the tongue-in-cheek porn spoof Debbie Does Dallas. She first made her mark in Broadway's Aida.
Gaston recently acted opposite Eddie Izzard and Victoria Hamilton in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg on Broadway.
Taylor is an indy film favorite who occasionally graces Broadway (The Three Sisters), Off-Broadway (Dead Eye Boy) and regional stages (New Jersey Shakespeare Festival's Hamlet). Grief recently scored a recent success Off-Broadway with Suzan-Lori Parks' Fucking A. His other credits include Rent, Dogeaters, Machinal and Slavs! His next Broadway project is the new musical, Never Gonna Dance.
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The remaining Williamstown schedule, at a glance, runs as follows:
Landscape of the Body, July 9-20
Under Milk Wood, July 23-Aug. 3
Travesties, Aug. 6-17
An Enemy of the People, Aug. 20-24
Big Bill, running July 2-13
Mother of Invention, July 16-27
The Lake, July 30-Aug. 10
The Chekhov Cycle, Aug. 12-17