Williamstown Adds Streetcar With Jessica Hecht and Lily Rabe in Doll's House to Summer Season

News   Williamstown Adds Streetcar With Jessica Hecht and Lily Rabe in Doll's House to Summer Season
Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht will co-star with Sam Rockwell in A Streetcar Named Desire, under the direction of David Cromer, while actress Lily Rabe will take on the role of Nora in A Doll's House as part of the Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2011 summer season.

Lily Rabe
Lily Rabe Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Streetcar, which will run June 22-July 3, will launch Williamstown's Nikos Stage season. Obie Award winner Cromer (Our Town, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The House of Blue Leaves) previously staged Streetcar at the Writers’ Theater in Glencoe, IL, during the 2009-2010 season.

Hecht, who earned a Tony Award nomination for A View from the Bridge and also appeared under Cromer's direction in Brighton Beach, will tackle the role of Blanche DuBois. Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, "Frost/Nixon") will star as Stanley Kowalski in the Tennessee Williams classic.

The Nikos stage will also host comedian and playwright Lewis Black's One Slight Hitch, July 6-17. Joel Grifasi will direct Paige Howard and Mark Linn-Baker in the comedy. According to WTF, "It's Courtney's wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect."

Rabe, who recently concluded her run as Portia in The Merchant of Venice opposite Al Pacino, will turn to Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, which will run July 20-31. Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation) will direct the production that will also feature Hamish Linklater (The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night) as Torvald, Oscar Isaac (Romeo and Juliet) as Krogstad, Matthew Maher ("Gone Baby Gone") as Doctor Rank and Lili Taylor ("Six Feet Under," The Landscape of the Body) as Kristine.

Trip Cullman (Bachelorette) will direct the East Coast premiere of Bess Wohl's Touch(ed), which will run Aug. 3-14. According to WTF, "Kay loves her older sister Emma. Or is it Christina? Christine? Matilda? After spending eight years institutionalized and medicated, Emma has changed more than just her name. Determined to get back the brilliant sister she remembers, Kay rents a cabin in the woods and she and her boyfriend Billy hide the sharp objects, from butcher knife to cheese grater. Perhaps quality time with loved ones, some home-cooked meals and games of Scrabble will succeed in restoring Emma to health where her psychiatrists have failed." The final production will be the Civilians' You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents' divorce, which will be presented Aug. 16-21 under the direction of Anne Kaufman. The documentary-theatre ensemble work is described as "an alternately heartbreaking and hilarious look at the stories behind the statistics of one of the most prominent social phenomena of our time. Shockingly candid, these delicate parent-child conversations, with the actors playing their own parents, yield unique insights into falling in love, falling out of love, and rebuilding a life after the complex experience of dividing a family."

For a look at Williamstown's main stage season, including the Broadway-bound revival of You Can't Take It With You and a new Kaufman and Hart musical conceived by John Doyle, click here.

Season subscriptions are now available. Single tickets for the 2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival season will go on sale June 1. Visit WilliamstownTheatreFestival.

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