Tony Winner Seldes Withdraws from Williamstown's Torch-Bearers

News   Tony Winner Seldes Withdraws from Williamstown's Torch-Bearers
Katherine McGrath (The Music Man, A Tale of Two Cities) has replaced the previously announced Tony winner Marian Seldes in the Williamstown Theatre Festival's upcoming production of The Torch-Bearers.

Torch-Bearers is scheduled to begin performances July 29 and continue through Aug. 9 under the direction of Tony nominee Dylan Baker, who adapted the George Kelly work.

Seldes (Deuce, Dinner at Eight) has withdrawn from the production for personal reasons, according to Williamstown representatives. (Seldes is the second actress to depart the production: Tony-nominated actress Dana Ivey was also replaced due to a knee injury. Tony winner Andrea Martin (Exit the King, My Favorite Year) was announced to replace Ivey.)

The Torch-Bearers, according to Festival notes, "is a side-splitting 1920s farce in which a troupe of amateur actors rehearses and performs a show-stopping new play—or try to with all their might. Their stage is riddled with comedic drama, suspense, and good old-fashioned witty mayhem."

The cast also features Tony winners John Rubenstein (Children of a Lesser God) and Katie Finneran (Noises Off) as well as Jessica Hecht (Howard Katz, After the Fall), Emmy winner Edward Herrmann ("The Practice"), Yusef Bulos (Fiddler on the Roof), Phillip Goodwin (Tartuffe), Lizbeth MacKay (All My Sons), John Doherty and Becky Ann Baker (All My Sons).

The Torch-Bearers features designs by set designer David Korins, costume designer Ilona Somogyi, lighting designer Rui Rita, sound designer Alex Neumann and music by Michael Garin. For more information on WTF, visit WilliamstownTheatreFestival.

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