Ashley Park, Deirdre O’Connell, Thom Sesma, More Join Williamstown Theatre Festival Season

Regional News   Ashley Park, Deirdre O’Connell, Thom Sesma, More Join Williamstown Theatre Festival Season
The upcoming summer festival unveils additional casting and programming.
Ashley Park
Ashley Park Marc J. Franklin

Additional casting has been announced for Williamstown Theatre Festival’s slate of summer productions, set to launch June 25 with an all-new production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Robert O’Hara.

Deirdre O'Connell Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Mean Girls Tony nominee Ashley Park joins the cast of the world premiere of Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons, directed by Leigh Silverman. Park joins the previously announced Tony winner Priscilla Lopez, Thomas Sadoski, Maulik Pancholy, JoBeth Williams, Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen, and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Deirdre O’Connell (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Nervous Smile) is also a new addition, replacing the previously announced Ellen Barkin (who had to withdraw due to a scheduling conflict) in Adam Bock's Before the Meeting, directed by Trip Cullman. The cast also includes the previously announced Cassie Beck, Kyle Beltran, Midori Francis, and Jason Butler Harner.

Tony winner Frank Wood (The Iceman Cometh) joins Jonathan Payne's A Human Being, of a Sort, directed by Whitney White. Rounding out the cast are the previously announced André Braugher, Sullivan Jones, Matthew Saldivar, Keith Randolph Smith, Jeorge Bennett Watson, and Antonio Michael Woodard.


Catherine Combs (The Blind Side, Gloria) and Thom Sesma (Superhero) join Tom Pecinka, Uma Thurman, and Bernard White in a new translation of Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts, translated by Paul Walsh and directed by Carey Perloff; Owen Tabaka (The Music Man) joins the O'Hara-helmed A Raisin in the Sun. The cast of the Lorraine Hansberry drama also features Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, Eboni Flowers, Joe Goldammer, Mandi Masden, Nikiya Mathis, S. Epatha Merkerson, and Warner Miller.

WTF's mainstage productions are Raisin, Grand Horizons, and Ghosts which run June 25–July 13, July 17–28, and July 31–August 18, respectively.

The festival also unveiled part of the programming for Fridays@3, a weekly new play reading series that offers the public opportunities to hear new plays read by members of the Festival company. The lineup includes Tell Them I’m Still Young by Julia Doolittle, directed by Kel Haney, and featuring Braugher (July 5 at 3 PM).

In other casting news, the WTF Season Sneak Peek & New Play Reading of Private by Mona Pirnot, directed by Maya Davis, will feature Abby Awe (God Friended Me), Danny Deferrari (Private Life, Fifth of July), Justin Long (Safe Spaces, Romance Novels for Dummies), and Zoë Winters (White Noise). Private will be read on June 6 at 7 PM.

Tickets for the festival are now available. Visit for more information.

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