Arthur Miller's Luck will run out at the Williamstown Theatre Festival on July 29. That's when the current production of his seldom-seen first play, The Man Who Had All the Luck, ends its run on the Main Stage. Chris O'Donnell stars as the title character. The production, directed by Scott Ellis, began on July 12.
Backing up O'Donnell are Mason Adams ("Lou Grant," Lake Hollywood) as Dan Dibble; Sam Robards, son of Jason, as Gus; James Rebhorn (whose many film credits include "The Talented Mr. Ripley") as Pat; and Jennifer Dundas, known to New York theatregoers from Arcadia, Shopping and Fucking and Good As New, as Hester.
Completing the cast are Ed Hyland, Dan Moran, Richard Riehle, Ryan Shively, Barbara Sims and David Wohl.
The famous 1944 Broadway flop that preceded All My Sons and Death of a Salesman is directed by Scott Ellis. Ellis directed the recent mounting of The Rainmaker as WTF which eventually made its way to Broadway. The show will run on the Main Stage July 18-29.
O'Donnell spent the '90s starring in such films as "Scent of a Woman" with Al Pacino, "Men Don't Leave" with Jessica Lange and "Circle of Friends" with Minnie Driver. His most widely-seen performance, however, was probably as Robin in "Batman Forever," the 1995 addition to the "Batman" movie franchise. Miller followed up the flop of The Man Who Had All the Luck with the stage success All My Sons. The classic Death of a Salesman came next.
Williamstown has been good to Miller over the years, staging productions of The Price and All My Sons which eventually made their way to New York, feeding the ongoing resurrection of Miller's career. WTF also staged The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, which was later seen on Broadway in a different mounting by the Public Theater.
The remaining season will run as follows:
• Street Scene, by Elmer Rice, directed by Michael Grief, Aug. 1-12. Rice's gritty tale of a hot June day and its impact on the inhabitants of a cramped tenement. A cast of 50 is advertised.
• Philadelphia, Here I Come!, by Brian Friel, directed by Kyle Donnelly, Aug. 15-26. Friel's tale of an young Irish man (and his alter ego) trying to make peace with his homeland and his father before setting off for America.
• The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter and The Zoo Story by Edward Albee, directed by Joe Mantello, July 25-Aug. 5. Two classic one-acts from two authors, one British and one American, deeply influenced by Samuel Beckett.
• Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme, by Frank McGuinness, starring Richard Easton, directed by Nicholas Martin, Aug. 9 19. A drama about eight Irish nationalists serving in World War I.