The Main Stage season at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts will conclude with a "mini-festival" celebrating the "art of theatre and storytelling."
The three-show line-up will run Aug. 14-25 and includes For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, starring Olympia Dukakis, directed by Carey Perloff; A Distant Country Called Youth, adapted from the letters of Tennessee Williams and directed by Steve Lawson; and Lackawanna Blues, the well-traveled memory piece by and starring Ruben Santiago Hudson.
Dukakis, who has been acting at WTF for years, will play Nana, a "witty, wild soul." The piece was written by French-Canadian playwright Michel Trembley. Perloff is the artistic director of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where Dukakis has acted.
Marco Barricelli will play the Narrator opposite Dukakis. The show runs Aug. 14-18.
A Distant Country Called Youth looks at the early correspondences of a young Tennessee. Lawson adapted the letters from "The Selected = Letters of Tennessee Williams, Vol. 1: 1920 1945." Aug. 20-24 are the dates. Finally, Aug. 21-25 will see Lackawanna Blues, which has gone from on Obie-winning run at the Public Theater in Manhattan to celebrated stays in several cities across the nation. Santiago Hudson has appeared in every incarnation. Loretta Greco will direct.
For information, call (413) 597-3400.
— By Robert Simonson