A First Look at Chita Rivera in Kander and Ebb's Dark and Daring The Visit at Williamstown (Video)
12 Aug 2014
Roger Rees and Chita Rivera in rehearsal
Photo by Paul Fox
A new staging of the Kander and Ebb musical The Visit, starring two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera, is playing the Williamstown Theatre Festival through Aug. 17. Highlights from the production have just been released.
Tony Award-winning director John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company) was enlisted to bring a fresh approach to the musical, which is presented in a streamlined, 95-minute version. Performances began July 31.
Rivera originated the role of Claire Zachanassian when The Visit had its debut in September 2001 at Chicago's Goodman Theatre and later repeated her work at the Signature Theatre in 2008. Despite setbacks throughout the show's out-of-town development, the creative team and key producers remain hopeful that The Visit will have a New York life.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.