Easton, Ivey and White Set for 2008 Williamstown Season

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12 Feb 2008

Richard Easton
Richard Easton
Photo by Aubrey Reuben
The Williamstown Theatre Festival – under new artistic director Nicholas Martin – has announced its 2008 line-up of summer productions.

The mainstage season will begin with the beloved Bock and Harnick musical She Loves Me, June 28-July 13. With a book by Joe Masteroff, the jewel-box musical tells the tale of two lovesick pen pals who aren't as anonymous as they believe. Martin will helm the production, imported from the Huntington Theatre Company.

Tony nominee Michael Greif will stage Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters on the mainstage July 16-27. Paul Schmidt has penned the translation.

David Ives has adapted the latest version of George Feydeau's farce A Flea in Her Ear for Williamstown, which is scheduled to run July 30-Aug. 10. Tony Award winner John Rando will direct the tale of a suspicious wife's attempts to confirm her husband's infidelities.

Two-time Tony Award winner Joseph Hardy will conclude the mainstage season with his staging of David Storey's play Home, Aug. 13-24. Tony Award winner Richard Easton stars alongside Tony-nominated actors Dana Ivey and Paxton Whitehead in the work that centers on four friends "who converse about life's events only to slowly reveal the reality of their strange circumstances."



Williamstown's Nikos stage will host Ronan Noone's solo play, The Atheist, June 25-July 6. Campbell Scott is set to star in the work that follows the story of "ethics-challenged journalist Augustine Early, who will do anything to get the story." Williamstown artistic associate Justin Waldman will direct.

Lydia Diamond's unflinching look at American slavery – Harriet Jacobs – will run July 9-20 on the Nikos Stage.

The world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's The Understudy will star Tony Award-winning actress Julie White, July 23-Aug. 3. Scott Ellis directs the comedy that takes place backstage during the Broadway run of a long-lost Kafka play where "the understudy is more than he's supposed to be, the star wants to be more than he is, and the stage manager (White) just can't take any more."

Additional productions for the Nikos stage and complete casting for the Williamstown season will be announced in the coming weeks.

For further information visit www.wtfestival.org.