Kate Jennings Grant to Be Heidi in Wasserstein's Chronicles at Berkshire Fest

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Kate Jennings Grant will essay one of the most famous female roles of the past 20 years, when she plays the title character in the Berkshire Theatre Festival's Aug. 15-Sept. 2 revival of Wendy Wasserstein's The Heidi Chronicles.
Kate Jennings Grant
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Grant appeared in David Auburn's Proof for six months of the Broadway run. She also appeared on Broadway in Wasserstein's An American Daughter. Off-Broadway credits include Radiant Baby and Between Us.

The production will be the most significant New York-area mounting of the period piece (action takes place from the late '60s to the mid-'80s) since the show first played Broadway in the late '80s.

In other casting news, Linda Hamilton, who kicked some cyborg butt in "Terminator" and "Terminator 2," will star in the Aug. 1-12 staging of Tennessee Williams' classic The Night of the Iguana. Anders Cato directs the tale of a group of outcasts, including a defrocked minister, trapped in a Mexican hotel. Garret Dillahunt and Robin Weigert also star.

As previously reported, Annie Parisse, who plays assistant district attorney Alexandra Borgia in television's "Law & Order," is to star in the Berkshire Theatre Festival revival of Tina Howe's Coastal Disturbances. She will act opposite the previously announced Jeremy Davidson in the piece, which will run July 11-29. Mark Nelson directs.

The romantic drama takes place on a Massachusetts beach and explores the growing relationship between a quirky photographer and a handsome lifeguard. The original Broadway production starred Tim Daly and the then-unknown Annette Bening. It ran for nearly a year and is the only Howe play ever to reach Broadway. Parisse's theatre credits include The Credeaux Canvas, Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 2001.

Peter Shaffer, David Hare and Tony Kushner are some of the other major playwriting names that will be featured during the 2006 summer season.

The season will commence May 25 with Kushner's adaptation of Corneille's The Illusion and run through Oct. 21, when David Hare's one-person, autobiographical show Via Dolorosa (here performed by Jonathan Epstein) ends its stay.

Both those shows will be on the festival's smaller Unicorn Stage. In between, the space will see Where Has Tommy Flowers Gone?, one of Terrence McNally's lesser-known, early works (playing June 28-July 22), and The Pilgrim Papers by Stephen Temperley (running July 28-Aug. 26). The former looks at the 1960s through the person of disenchanted, freeloading rebel Tommy Flowers. The latter—written by the author of Souvenir, a BTF production that traveled to Broadway earlier this season—purports to upend preconceptions about everything from Thanksgiving to the CIA.

The Main Stage season begins with Peter Shaffer's historical romp through the life of Mozart, Amadeus, directed by Eric Hill, starring Epstein and Randy Harrison ("Queer as Folk"), and playing June 20-July 8.

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