Williamstown Adds Katori Hall's Whaddabloodclot!!!, Last of the Red Hot Lovers and More to Summer Season

News   Williamstown Adds Katori Hall's Whaddabloodclot!!!, Last of the Red Hot Lovers and More to Summer Season
The Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced the world premiere of Oliver Award-winning Mountaintop playwright Katori Hall's Whaddabloodclot!!! as part of it 2012 summer season.

Katori Hall
Katori Hall Photo by Monica Simoes

New additions to Williamstown's summer lineup also include a newly conceived production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, staged by Tony winner David Hyde Pierce (June 26-July 14). It is described as a Guys and Dolls meets "Downton Abbey" take on the classic comedy.

Tony winner Richard Nelson will stage the world premiere of a new translation of Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country (Aug. 1-19). Nelson collaborated with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky on the translation.

Jessica Stone will stage Neil Simon's classic comedy The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (July 11-22), and a free staging of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Valley of Fear, adapted by Steve Lawson, will also be offered (July 18-27).

Whaddabloodclot!!! (Aug. 8-19) is presented in association with the Signature Theatre Company, which is currently presenting Hall's Hurt Village.

Here's how the new play is described: "One-percenter Eden Higgenbotham lives a cushy Upper-East-Side life surrounded by equally affluent, vain, and snobbish friends. When a sudden stroke causes her to contract the very rare Foreign Accent Syndrome, which makes her speak uncontrollably with a Jamaican accent, she’s forced to embrace a dramatically altered identity." As previously reported, Williamstown will produce Far From Heaven, a new musical with a book by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) and an original score by Tony-nominated Grey Gardens songwriters Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics). Michael Greif (Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, Rent) will direct (July 19-29). Three-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O'Hara will star.

Also announced in recent weeks was the world premiere of Lucy Boyle’s The Blue Deep, starring Tony winner Blythe Danner, under the direction of Bob Balaban (July 11-22).

Single tickets will go on sale in April. Visit WilliamstownTheatreFestival.

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