PHOTO CALL: Tyne Daly and Amy Spanger Star in Prohibition-Era Importance of Being Earnest
By Matthew Blank
The Williamstown Theatre Festival season launched June 26 with a revival of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Tony Award winner Tyne Daly, most recently seen on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Master Class, as Lady Bracknell.
Tony Award winner David Hyde Pierce directs the new vision for Earnest that takes a page from Damon Runyon's Prohibition-era New York, with wise guys, dolls and a Bracknell who is part "Ma Barker and Don Corleone."
The Importance of Being Earnest will continue through July 14.
Here's how Williamstown characterizes the new production: "What if a family of Guys and Dolls-style gangsters moved to 'Downton Abbey'-style London in order to escape certain, shall we say, entanglements? What if two of these wise guys fell hard for two tough dolls? And what if the formidable dame who runs the aforementioned criminal family developed an appetite for cucumber sandwiches?"
Joining Daly (Master Class, Rabbit Hole, Gypsy) are Marylouise Burke (Fuddy Meers) as Miss Prism, Louis Cancelmi (Blasted) as Algernon Moncrieff, Helen Rita Cespedes as Cecily Cardew, Sean Cullen (South Pacific) as Lane, Glenn Fitzgerald ("The Sixth Sense") as Jack Worthing, Paul Anthony McGrane as Merriman, Amy Spanger (Elf, Rock of Ages) as Gwendolyn Fairfax, Henry Stram (R Shomon) as Chasuble, with Charlotte Bydwell, Julian Cihi, Alexander Seife and Ariana Seigel.
The designers for Earnest include Allen Moyer (scenic design), Ben Stanton (lighting design), Michael Krass (costume design) and Jill BC Du Boff (sound design).
The Williamstown season will also include Far From Heaven, The Blue Deep, A Month in the Country and more.
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