Ana Reeder, Josh Hamilton, Justin Long, Ari Graynor and More Cast in 2011 Williamstown Festival

News   Ana Reeder, Josh Hamilton, Justin Long, Ari Graynor and More Cast in 2011 Williamstown Festival
Williamstown Theatre Festival artistic director Jenny Gersten announced additional casting for the Nikos Stage productions for the 2011 season in Williamstown, MA. This is the company's 57th season and the first under Gersten's leadership.

Joining the previously announced Jessica Hecht and Sam Rockwell (as Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, respectively) in the David Cromer-directed production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire (June 22-July 3) are Esteben Andres Cruz (Jesus Hopped the A Train) as Pablo, Jennifer Engstrom (A Red Orchid Theatre Company) as Eunice, Ana Reeder ("Damages") as Stella Kowalski, Daniel Stewart Sherman (Desire Under the Elms) as Mitch, Lou Sumrall (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune) as Steve and Kirby Ward (Never Gonna Dance) as Doctor.

Alongside the previously announced Paige Howard and Mark Linn-Baker in Joe Grifasi's staging of Lewis Black's comedy One Slight Hitch (July 6-17) are Ben Cole (recent NYU graduate), Ari Graynor ("Fringe"), Justin Long (Going the Distance; Samuel J. and K. at WTF) and Lizbeth MacKay (All My Sons; The Torch-Bearers at WTF).

Josh Hamilton (The Coast of Utopia; Ancestral Voices at WTF) joins the cast of A Doll's House as Torvald, replacing Hamish Linklater. He joins the previously announced Oscar Isaac, Matthew Maher, Lily Rabe (a 2011 Tony nominee for The Merchant of Venice) and Lili Taylor in the July 20-31 production directed by Sam Gold.

Bess Wohl's comedy Touch(ed), directed by Trip Cullman and playing the Nikos Stage Aug. 3-14, will feature Michael Chernus (Love and Other Drugs; Create Fate at WTF) as Billy, Lisa Joyce (La Bête; "Boardwalk Empire") as Kay and Merritt Wever ("Nurse Jackie") as Emma.

Closing the season on the Nikos Stage, Matthew Maher, Caitlin Miller, Jennifer R. Morris and Robbie Collier Sublett of The Civilians will present their original work You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents' divorce, Aug. 16-21. These shows join the previously announced Main Stage productions, which include Jon Robin Baitz's two-person drama Three Hotels, the Restoration comedy She Stoops to Conquer, and the American premiere of John Doyle's new musical Ten Cents a Dance. The Main Stage Season begins July 1 and runs through Aug. 28.

Announcements regarding additional cast and creative team information for both Nikos Stage and Main Stage productions, as well as additional Festival events, are forthcoming.


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