Williamstown Honors Stoppard Nov. 13

News   Williamstown Honors Stoppard Nov. 13 Sir Tom Stoppard — playwright of the Broadway trilogy The Coast of Utopia — will be honored by the Williamstown Theatre Festival at a gala benefit Nov. 13 in New York.

Gregg Edelman (Wonderful Town) and Kate Burton (The Constant Wife) will perform a scene from Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Gildenstern are Dead. Other performers will include the Broadway stars and Williamstown vets Catherine Brunell (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Kerry Butler (Hairspray), Matt Cavenaugh (Urban Cowboy) and Nikki Renée Daniels (Les Miserables).

Williamstown artistic director Roger Rees, who appeared in the original West End runs of Stoppard's The Real Thing and Hapgood, will introduce the tribute. Other speakers will include the actor-director-playwright Austin Pendleton and the Jersey Boys book writers Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward will be in attendance.

Stoppard is a three-time Tony Award winner for his plays The Real Thing, Travesties and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and was also nominated for The Invention of Love and Arcadia. He earned an Academy Award for co-writing the screenplay for "Shakespeare in Love" and was Oscar-nommed for co-writing "Brazil."

The first part of The Coast of Utopia, entitled Voyage, will open Nov. 27 at Lincoln Center Theater's Vivian Beaumont Theater.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival has produced Stoppard's On the Razzle and Travesties and has twice presented Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. For more information about the gala, call the Festival at (212) 395-9090 or (413) 458-3200. WTF is on the web at wtfestival.org.

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