Lauren Ambrose and Chris Pine to Co-Star in Fool for Love at Williamstown

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21 Mar 2014

Lauren Ambrose
Lauren Ambrose
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Lauren Ambrose and Chris Pine will co-star in Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, presented as part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival's Nikos Stage season, which will also include works by Samuel D. Hunter and PigPen Theatre Co.

The Nikos Stage season will launch July 9-20 with the East Coast premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's A Great Wilderness, which had its world premiere at the Seattle Repertory Theatre earlier this year.

According to Williamstown, "After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to 'cure' gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points the way. With profound humanity and subtlety, Hunter navigates complex moral terrain, exploring the shifting motives and inconstant strength of our personal convictions."

Ambrose (Awake and Sing!, Exit the King, "Six Feet Under") and Pine ("Into the Woods," "Star Trek") will then star, under the direction of Daniel Aukin, in Fool for Love, running July 24-Aug. 3.

Here's how it's billed: "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. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other?"



Also announced is the acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co. production of The Old Man and the Old Moon, which was seen Off-Broadway last season and has since been revised. It will run Aug. 6-17.

According to Williamstown, "The endlessly imaginative PigPen Theatre Co. comes to Williamstown with a luminously lo-fi spectacle that elevates traditional storytelling to high art. Their fantastical, song-filled tale takes us to the end of the world when an old man abandons his duty of filling the moon with liquid light to search for his missing wife. With a rollicking array of ever-changing characters, inventive theatrical effects, and an infectious contemporary folk sound, these seven young actor musicians transform the seemingly ordinary into sheer wonder."

As previously reported, the Williamstown Theatre Festival main stage season will include opera star Renée Fleming in the Joe DiPietro-Garson Kanin world premiere Living on Love, Ring Lardner and George S. Kaufman's comedy June Moon and Kander and Ebb's The Visit, starring Chita Rivera. Read about it here.

Ticket packages are currently on sale at WTFestival.org. Single tickets will go on sale in April.