Sherie Rene Scott Explores the Landscape of the Body at Williamstown, July 9-20

News   Sherie Rene Scott Explores the Landscape of the Body at Williamstown, July 9-20 Sherie Rene Scott and Michael Gaston will star in Landscape of the Body by John Guare, running July 9-20 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Michael Greif will direct.

Scott announced her involvement on her website.

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 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.

Specific casting has not been announced.

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 is now acting opposite Eddie Izzard and Victoria Hamilton in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. Grief recently scored a success Off-Broadway with Suzan-Lori Parks' Fucking A. His other credits include Rent, Dogeaters, Machinal and Slavs!.

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In other news, in a May 14 interview, Melissa Errico — a 2003 Tony nominee for her performance in Amour — said that Karen Ziemba and Randy Graff will be part of the starry Threepenny cast. Ziemba and Graff join the previously announced Errico (as Polly Peachum), Jesse L. Martin (as MacHeath) and Betty Buckley (as Jenny Diver). Buckley drew raves for her “Pirate Jenny” in Williamstown’s 1992 production of the Kurt Weill musical.

Peter Hunt directs the Williamstown staging of the Bertolt Brecht/Weill classic, which runs June 25-July 6. The cast and orchestra of Threepenny Opera will number 60; the score includes "Wedding Song," "Pirate Jenny," "Army Song," "Love Song," "Ballad of the Easy Life," "Barbara Song," "Jealousy Duet," "Solomon Song," "Useless Song” and “The Ballad of Mack the Knife.”

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Only mail-order ticket requests will be accepted for Williamstown offerings before the box office opens June 13. For information and a brochure, call (413) 597-3399.

Only mail order ticket requests will be accepted before the box office opens on June 13. For information and a brochure, call (413) 597-3399.

The schedule, at a glance, runs as follows:

Main Stage:
Threepenny Opera, June 25-July 6
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

Nikos Stage:
Big Bill, running July 2-13
Mother of Invention, July 16-27
The Lake, July 30-Aug. 10
The Chekhov Cycle, Aug. 12-17