Nicholas Martin to Direct Midsummer at Williamstown This Summer

News   Nicholas Martin to Direct Midsummer at Williamstown This Summer Nicholas Martin will direct a new production of Shakespeare's fantastical comedy, A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts this summer, the Hartford Courant reported.

The staging is the first announced entry in WTF's 2004 season—the last one that will have Michael Ritchie as its artistic director. Martin, artistic director of Boston's Huntington Theatre Company, is set to direct Match on Broadway this spring.

No casting has been announced for Midsummer.

Williamstown Theatre Festival producer Michael Ritchie will become the new artistic director of Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group, overseeing the Mark Taper Forum, the Ahmanson Theatre and the new Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. He officially replaces Gordon Davidson Jan. 1, 2005. CTG current artistic director Davidson will continue to plan and present the 2004-2005 seasons with artistic director designate Ritchie, who will commute between coasts while completing his final season with WTF. In 2005, Davidson will assume the role of Founding Artistic Director and serve as a consultant to CTG for three years.

Worcester, Massachusetts, native Ritchie started out in theatre in 1980 as a stage manager in New York, handling more than 50 shows in 15 years on and Off-Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater, Circle in the Square, Circle Rep, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons, City Center and the National Actors’ Theatre.

He was appointed producer of the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 1996. Under his guidance, WTF has developed and presented new works including David Rabe's Corners, A.R. Gurney's Far East, Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, John Guare's Chaucer in Rome, Warren Leight's The Glimmer Brothers and Kenneth Lonergan's The Waverly Gallery. Recent Broadway productions that began at WTF include Hedda Gabler, One Mo’ Time, The Price, The Rainmaker and The Man Who Had All the Luck. The Williamstown Theatre Festival also won the 2002 Regional Theatre Tony Award.

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