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Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2019 Season

July 15 - August 18

Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires.  Join Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Kaczmarek, S. Epatha MerkersonUma Thurman, and more on the Main and Nikos Stages this summer in Williamstown!

All programming and casting subject to change.

GRAND HORIZONS

JULY 17 – JULY 28 | MAIN STAGE

WORLD PREMIERE
By Bess Wohl
Directed by Leigh Silverman
With Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Priscilla Lopez, Maulik Pancholy, Ashley Park, Thomas SadoskiJamey SheridanJoBeth Williams

Bill and Nancy (Tony Award nominee Jamey Sheridanand Academy, Golden Globe, and Emmy Award nominee JoBeth Williams) have been happily married for fifty years. They can finish each other’s sentences and anticipate each other’s every sigh, snore, and sneeze. But there’s one thing nobody could have anticipated: Nancy wants out. As their adult sons Brian and Ben (Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Tony Award nominee Thomas Sadoski) descend on the Grand Horizons senior living community, the walls of the French family as-they-know-it come crumbling down. Directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh SilvermanBess Wohl’s world premiere play takes an intimate, funny, and painful look at the nature of love over time.

Grand Horizons is a Williamstown Theatre Festival and Second Stage Theater Co-Commission. WTF Commissions are made possible through the Andrew Martin-Weber New Play and Musical Commissioning Program.

All programming and casting subject to change.

GHOSTS

JULY 31 – AUGUST 18 | MAIN STAGE

NEW TRANSLATION
By Henrik Ibsen
Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh
Directed by Carey Perloff
With Catherine CombsDavid CoulterTom PecinkaThom SesmaUma Thurman, Bernard White

With great happiness, Mrs. Alving (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Uma Thurman) welcomes her painter son Oswald (Tom Pecinka) home from years of living abroad. But when he starts to flirt with the family maid (Catherine Combs), she must intercede to save her son and herself from scandals present and past. Mrs. Alving struggles to find joy in a life bound by the strictures of Pastor Manders (Bernard White) and the spectral chains of mistakes from long ago. Directed by Carey PerloffHenrik Ibsen‘s vivid and passionate play asks – even now – how far one mother, caught between duty and desire, can or should go to protect her family.

 

All programming and casting subject to change.

SELLING KABUL

JULY 10 – JULY 20 | NIKOS STAGE

WORLD PREMIERE
By Sylvia Khoury
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
With Omid AbtahiMay CalamawyMarjan NeshatBabak Tafti

Produced in association with Playwrights Horizons

Taroon (Babak Tafti), a former interpreter for the US military, lives in hiding from the Taliban in his sister Afiya’s (Marjan Neshat) home in Kabul, Afghanistan. As Taroon restlessly awaits news from the hospital on the eve of his first child’s birth, his brother-in-law Jawid (Omid Abtahi) works to protect him from dangers lurking outside the apartment walls. In this world premiere drama directed by Tyne RafaeliSylvia Khoury examines loyalty, empty promises, and what it means to be left behind.

Selling Kabul is the recipient of the 2018 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award, administered by Williamstown Theatre Festival.

All programming and casting subject to change.

TELL ME I’M NOT CRAZY

JULY 24 – AUGUST 3 | NIKOS STAGE

WORLD PREMIERE
By Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
With Mark BlumMark FeuersteinJane Kaczmarek, Nicole Villamil

Forced into retirement and unsettled by the changing world around him, Sol Koening (Mark Blum) buys himself a gun—and his family is up in arms. His wife Diana (Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek) thought they’d spend more time together and with the grandkids, but Sol’s new hobby puts a bullet in that plan. Meanwhile, their son Nate (Mark Feuerstein) is trying to be a good stay-at-home dad while his jet-setting wife Alisa (Nicole Villamil) climbs the corporate ladder, and school is calling with concerns about their kid. Directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von StuelpnagelSharyn Rothstein’s world premiere comedy asks how one small firearm redefines a family and how two generations confront what it means to succeed and to sacrifice in America today.

Tell Me I’m Not Crazy is a Williamstown Theatre Festival Commission. WTF Commissions are made possible through the Andrew Martin-Weber New Play and Musical Commissioning Program.

All programming and casting subject to change.

BEFORE THE MEETING

AUGUST 7 – AUGUST 18 | NIKOS STAGE

WORLD PREMIERE
By Adam Bock
Directed by Trip Cullman
With Cassie BeckKyle BeltranArnie BurtonMidori FrancisDeirdre O’Connell

Every day, Gail (Deirdre O’Connell) and the regular members of her early morning group set up for their meeting in the exact same way: Nicole (Midori Francis) makes the coffee, Gail arranges the chairs, and Ron (Arnie Burton) complains. As they forge a path toward sobriety and well-being, they come to rely on the routine and each other. But when Gail’s estranged granddaughter reopens old wounds, Gail knows it will take more than coffee, chairs, and companionship to keep her life from falling apart. Trip Cullman directs Adam Bock’s world premiere play, which examines how to truly make amends on the road to recovery.

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Don’t miss all the fun at the Festival this summer!  Performances are filling up quickly, so visit wtfestival.org to make your Advance Single Ticket Reservations* today before they’re all gone!

For up-to-date casting and additional programming, please visit wtfestival.org.

2019 BIG BUNDLE

Buy more and SAVE! Bundle up and enjoy all seven productions on the Main and Nikos Stages at a discount!

The Big Bundle includes access to one ticket to all seven of the following productions (seven tickets total): A Raisin in the Sun, Grand Horizons, Ghosts, A Human Being, of a Sort, Selling Kabul, Tell Me I’m Not Crazy, and Before the Meeting.

Details

Start:
July 15
End:
August 18
Website:
https://wtfestival.org/shows-events/

Venue

Williamstown Theatre Festival
1000 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
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Phone:
(413) 458.3253
Website:
www.wtfestival.org