Lois Smith, Sam Rockwell, Becky Ann Baker and Sara Gilbert will have to find lodgings elsewhere on July 16, when the Williamstown Theatre Festival's acclaimed production of Lanford Wilson's Hot l Baltimore closes its doors. The show began on July 5.
A big hit when first produced in New York in the '70s, Wilson play concerned a once-grand hotel and the seedy misfits which now inhabit it. Also in the cast are Mandy Seigfried, Helen Hanft, George Hall, Justin Long, David Wohl, Cindy Coyne, Tom Sadoski, Carol Woods.
Gilbert played comic Roseanne's daughter for many years on the sitcom "Roseanne." She recent resurfaced in the film, "High Fidelity." Rockwell was an Off-Broadway actor, performing with such troupes as The New Group, before becoming a presence in such indy films as "Basquiat," "Box of Moonlight" and "Jerry & Tom." He is slated to appear in the new "Charlie's Angels" movie.
Two-time Tony nominee Smith (Buried Child, The Grapes of Wrath) was most recently seen Off-Broadway in Give Me Your Answer, Do!. Becky Ann Baker has acted in everything from Broadway's Titanic to Off-Broadway's June Moon and The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Siegfried appeared in The Mineola Twins and Stupid Kids.
Joe Mantello (Love! Valour! Compassion!) directs the production. *
The entire Fest's summer line-up of new and classic plays runs June 14 through August 27.
Kate Burton and Harris Yulin will star in Jon Robin Baitz's new adaptation of Ibsen's classic, Hedda Gabler, July 19-30. Burton appeared at WTF in The Factory Girls last summer. Yulin was recently seen on Broadway in The Price, a production which originated at Williamstown. The Ibsen will travel from the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, Long Island.
-- By Robert Simonson