Williamstown Adds Lewis Black and Debate Society's Blood Play to Summer Season
By Adam Hetrick
The Debate Society's Blood Play, as well as stand-up comedian and playwright Lewis Black's My Fair Lewis have been added to the Williamstown Theatre Festival's summer season.
Black, the popular political comedian who played a Broadway run last fall – and appeared as a special guest on Playbill's Broadway on the High Seas 2 cruise – will offer a July 22 benefit performance on the Williamstown Mainstage.
Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen wrote Blood Play, which premiered last season at the Bushwick Star. It will play Williamstown's Nikos Stage Aug. 7-18 under the direction of Oliver Butler, who developed the work with the Brooklyn-based theatre troupe.
According to Williamstown, "A tranquil suburban evening in the early 1950's: the kids are away on a Junior Cherokee camping trip and a string of coincidences spawns a spontaneous grown-up party in the basement of a new ranch house. Exotic cocktails are imbibed, raucous games are played, and new friends are made, but much is happening that no one is talking about. And something is stirring underground. A darkly comic thriller of post-war verve and pre-adolescent disquiet, Blood Play brings New York’s critically lauded The Debate Society to the Festival stage."
Williamstown has also announced that Gordon Greenberg (Working, Jacques Brel…) will take over as director of Johnny Baseball — the musical about the Boston Red Sox, featuring a score by Tony Award nominees Robert and Willie Reale, and a book by Richard Dresser — which runs July 24-Aug. 4.
The Late-Night Cabaret Series will run weekends July 11-13, July 25-27 and Aug. 8-10.
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