Williamstown Summer Will Include Winningham, Franz, Rubinstein, Hecht and More

News   Williamstown Summer Will Include Winningham, Franz, Rubinstein, Hecht and More
Lois Smith, Peter Friedman, Mare Winningham, Elizabeth Franz, David Wilson Barnes, John Rubinstein, Campbell Scott, Jessica Hecht and more have been confirmed as performers in Williamstown Theatre Company's upcoming 2010 productions.

Mare Winningham
Mare Winningham Photo by Cliff Lipson

On June 29, artistic director Nicholas Martin announced the casting for the next three productions of the WTF's summer season: Our Town by Thornton Wilder, playing the Main Stage July 28–Aug. 8, Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson playing the Main Stage Aug. 11–22, and the world premiere of After the Revolution by Amy Herzog on the Nikos Stage July 21–Aug. 1.

On the Main Stage, Martin directs Wilder's masterpiece examination of small town America, Our Town.

Martin "assembles a cast of Festival family to appear in his last directing turn as artistic director." The cast features Becky Ann Baker (All My Sons) as Mrs. Gibbs, Dylan Baker (God of Carnage) as Mr. Webb, Kevin Cahoon (The Wedding Singer) as Joe Stoddard, Nancy E. Carroll (Present Laughter) as Mrs. Soames, Jessica Hecht (Tony Award nominee for A View from the Bridge) as Mrs. Webb, Brie Larson ("The United States of Tara") as Emily Webb, Bryce Pinkham (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) as Sam Craig, Will Rogers (From Up Here) as George Gibb, Graham Rowat (Guys and Dolls) as Constable Warren, Tony Award-winner John Rubinstein (Pippin, Children of a Lesser God) as Doc Gibbs, Campbell Scott ("Rodger Dodger") as the Stage Manager, and Jon Patrick Walker (High Fidelity) as Simon Stimson.

The design team for Our Town includes scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, and sound design by Drew Levy. Michael Friedman composed the music for this production. The production stage manager is Gregory T. Livoti.

Also on the Main Stage, Tony Award nominee Terry Kinney (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, reasons to be pretty) directs Lanford Wilson's gentle comic drama, Fifth of July, from his Talley trilogy. "As friends and family gather to remember a lost loved one, a group of thirty-something prodigals from the rebellious post-Vietnam generation return to their rural Missouri home, finding themselves older and wiser, yet still searching." The cast of Fifth of July features David Wilson Barnes (Becky Shaw), Danny Deferrari (The Confidence Man), Kally Duling, Tony Award-winner Elizabeth Franz (Death of a Salesman), Shane McRae (Take Me Out), Anson Mount, Jennifer Mudge (The Philanthropist) and Kellie Overbey (The Coast of Utopia).

The design team for Fifth of July includes scenic design by David Gallo, costume design by Sarah J. Holden, lighting design by David Weiner, and sound design by Obadiah Eaves. The production stage manager is Brian Meister.

On the Nikos Stage, Carolyn Cantor (Essential Self Defense) directs the world premiere production of Amy Herzog's After the Revolution, which was developed as part of the 2009 WTF Fellowship Project. In the play, "it's 1999, and three generations of a radical leftist family meet in New York to celebrate the law school graduation of Emma, the family’s youngest torchbearer. A public revelation about her late grandfather, a victim of the blacklist, sends Emma reeling as the family begins to fracture. Shaken and betrayed, she must weigh her fierce politics and family loyalty to decide if the ends really justify the means."

The cast of After the Revolution features Mark Blum (Twelve Angry Men), Peter Friedman (Circle Mirror Transformation), David Margulies ("The Sopranos"), Katharine Powell (The Farnsworth Invention), Lois Smith ("True Blood"), Elliot Villar (Coraline) and Mare Winningham ("Grey's Anatomy").

The design team for After the Revolution includes scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Kaye Voyce, lighting design by Ben Stanton, and sound design and composition by Fitz Patton. The production stage manager is Hannah Cohen.

Casting for the final production of Williamstown's 2010 season, The Last Goodbye, will be announced shortly.

Tickets for the 2010 Williamstown Theatre Festival season can be purchased online at www.wtfestival.org and by phone at (413) 597-3400 or in person at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St (Route 2), Williamstown, MA .

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