Williamstown Season Includes Marisa Tomei in Rose Tattoo Plus Cyber-Bullying Musical, Poster Boy

News   Williamstown Season Includes Marisa Tomei in Rose Tattoo Plus Cyber-Bullying Musical, Poster Boy
 
Artistic director Mandy Greenfield has announced the lineup for the Williamstown Theatre Festival 2016 Summer Season, which runs June 28-Aug. 21 and marks the 62nd season for the Tony Award-winning theatre company.

The upcoming season will kick off on the Main Stage with Tennessee Williams’ Tony Award-winning The Rose Tattoo (June 28-July 17), directed by Obie Award winner Trip Cullman and featuring Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei; followed by the world premiere of Boo Killebrew’s comedy Romance Novels For Dummies (July 20–July 31), directed by Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel; and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter (Aug. 3–Aug. 21), directed by Evan Cabnet.

Marisa Tomei
Marisa Tomei Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

The Nikos Stage season launches June 29 with the world premiere of Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living (through July 10), directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney; and also includes the world premiere of Michael West's sci-fi comedy thriller The Chinese Room (July 13-July 23), directed by Obie Award winner James Macdonald and starring Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee Michael Stuhlbarg; the world-premiere musical Poster Boy (July 28-Aug. 7) with music and lyrics by Tony nominee Craig Carnelia and book by Joe Tracz, movement by Danny Mefford and direction by Olivier nominee Stafford Arima; and the American premiere of Tom Holloway's And No More Shall We Part (Aug. 10-21), directed by Obie winner Anne Kauffman and featuring Tony and Emmy nominee Alfred Molina and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek.

"The five premiere plays and two revivals we will produce this summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival bring together some of the most extraordinary theater artists from around this country and abroad," said Greenfield in a statement. "The stories we will tell and the artists with whom we will tell them are fresh and diverse, bold and funny. We look forward to sharing the work with audiences hungry for a brave and satisfying theatrical adventure!"

Complete casting and creative team information will be announced at a later date. Ticket bundles are now available for purchase at WTFestival.org.

Complete season details, according to Williamstown, follow:

Main Stage

The Rose Tattoo | June 28-July 17 By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Trip Cullman
with Marisa Tomei

Obie Award winner Trip Cullman directs Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei in this new production of Pulitzer Prize winner Tennessee Williams’ intoxicating comedy, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1951. After retreating from the world in grief, widow Serafina (Tomei) revives and rejoins the world when the hot-blooded trucker Alvaro arrives at her doorstep. Passion, gossip, music and mystery fill the air in this steamy Gulf Coast town, where possibility and promise ignite.

WORLD PREMIERE
Romance Novels For Dummies | July 20-31 By Boo Killebrew
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Sisters Liz and Bernie couldn’t be more different: Liz is a good, Southern stay-at-home mom; Bernie is a flailing actress smoking and swearing her way through New York City. But when Liz is suddenly widowed, she and her young daughter move in with Bernie to start again. While Bernie challenges all of Liz’s assumptions about life, love and raising a child, Liz goes out on a series of internet dates which eclipse the grief, fear and gentility she’s known, for so long. Can Liz compel her own story to end like a romance novel? Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs this new comedy by Boo Killebrew, which asks us to imagine how we might handle the curve-balls – big and small – that life throws us.

An American Daughter | Aug. 3-21 By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Evan Cabnet

When the President of the United States nominates Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes to the position of Surgeon General, the excavation of her past triggers a scandal that threatens her confirmation. As partisan politics playout, Lyssa's deep personal relationships and impressive career trajectory hang in thebalance. Evan Cabnet directs Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Wendy Wasserstein’s prescient 1997 play about the cost one woman pays when she dares to have it all.

Nikos Stage

WORLD PREMIERE
Cost of Living | June 29-July 10 By Martyna Majok
Directed by Jo Bonney

Obie Award winner Jo Bonney directs Martyna Majok’s play about four very different people, with four very different circumstances, each trying to get by. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires overworked Jess as a caregiver. As the lives of these very different people intersect, Majok’s play delves into the chasm between abundance and need, and explores the space where bodies – abled and disabled – meet each other.

WORLD PREMIERE
The Chinese Room | July 13-23 By Michael West
Directed by James Macdonald
with Michael Stuhlbarg

Obie Award winner James Macdonald directs this sci-fi comedy thriller by Irish playwright Michael West, starring Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee Michael Stuhlbarg ( Jobs, Trumbo). A visionary in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Frank (Stuhlbarg) has built a humandroid to preserve his wife's memory — because she is losing hers. But when he is ousted from the company he founded, he must race to save his life’s work. As Frank scrambles to protect his property, his legacy and the technology he invented, the play examines how far we will go to preserve what we love.

WORLD PREMIERE
Poster Boy | July 28-Aug. 7
Music and Lyrics by Craig Carnelia, Book by Joe Tracz Movement by Danny Mefford
Directed by Stafford Arima

Inspired by actual events surrounding the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a college student who brought national attention to cyber-bullying, Poster Boy is a new American musical by Tony Award-nominated composer Craig Carnelia and playwright Joe Tracz. A community of gay men in an online chat room come together to discover what drove one of their own to take his life. With movement by Danny Mefford and direction by Olivier Award nominee Stafford Arima, this provocative and moving new musical lays bare the complexity of protecting our privacy, identity and humanity in the digital era.

AMERICAN PREMIERE
And No More Shall We Part | Aug. 10-21 By Tom Holloway
Directed by Anne Kauffman
with Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek

Obie Award winner Anne Kauffman directs Tony and Emmy Award nominee Alfred Molina and Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek in this intense and intimate drama by Australian playwright Tom Holloway. When Pam (Kaczmarek) becomes terminally ill, she and her husband Don (Molina) must face the most difficult decision yet in their long and loving marriage. With passion, fear, strength and even humor, they grapple with how, and if, to say goodbye. 

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