Rebeck Premiere Water's Edge, With Kate Burton, Launches 2004 Williamstown Season

News   Rebeck Premiere Water's Edge, With Kate Burton, Launches 2004 Williamstown Season Kate Burton, Fiona Gallagher, Gretchen Cleevely, Michael Gaston and Austin Lysy make up the cast of the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's The Water's Edge, which will open the Nikos Stage season at the 2004 Williamstown Theatre Festival on June 23.
Playwright Theresa Rebeck
Playwright Theresa Rebeck

Will Frears, who piloted Rebeck's Omnium Gatherum, directs.

The work, about a man who returns to his family after a 17-year absence, explores "the mysteries of time and memory" and "the question, 'What wouldn't you do for your child?'"

Burton has played a plethora of roles at Williamstown, where her husband is producer Michael Ritchie. Among her credits there are Chekhov Cycle and Hedda Gabler. The latter transferred to Broadway in 2001 and earned Burton a Tony nomination. She was also nominated that season for The Elephant Man. Other Broadway credits include The Beauty Queen of Leenane, An American Daughter, Jake's Women and Some Americans Abroad.

Gallagher is known to Williamstown audiences. She was part of the 2001 season, acting in Elmer Rice's Street Scene. In New York, she is perhaps best known for her title performance in Gretty Good Time at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. She is currently Off-Broadway in Trust.

Cleevely was seen at WTF in La Ronde in 1997. Gaston, who acted in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg on Broadway, performed in Landscape of the Body during Williamstown's 2003 season. Austin Lysy has spent two previous summers with the festival. Sets will be designed by Thomas Lynch, costumes by Junghyun Georgia Lee, lights by Frances Aronson and sound by David Wallingford.

The Main Stage Williamstown season will commence on June 24 with Cabaret & Main.

The 2004 festival schedule runs as follows:

Main Stage:
Cabaret & Main, June 24-July 10
A Midsummer Night's Dream, July 14-25
Design for Living, July 28-August 8
The Cherry Orchard, Aug. 11-22

Nikos Stage:
The Water's Edge, June 23-July 4
Rodney's Wife, July 7-18
R Shomon, July 21-Aug. 1
Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams , Aug. 11-22

For information, call (413) 597-3400, or by visiting the box office in person.

For the latest updates on casting and events, or to receive a season brochure by mail, patrons are encouraged to visit WTF's official website at www.WTFestival.org.

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