Linda Emond and Michelle Williams Wander The Cherry Orchard at Williamstown, Aug. 11-22

News   Linda Emond and Michelle Williams Wander The Cherry Orchard at Williamstown, 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.
Linda Emond
Linda Emond

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:
The Cherry Orchard, Aug. 11-22

Nikos Stage:
Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams , Aug. 11-22