The Visit

July 31 - August 17 | Main Stage
2014 Season

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Translated by Maurice Valency
Choreographed by Graciela Daniele
Directed by John Doyle

In her Festival debut, Broadway legend Chita Rivera embodies Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, who returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price. Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks: What can your heart afford? Featuring Festival favorite Roger Rees and helmed by Tony Award-winning director John Doyle, this incendiary musical is one of the last collaborations between the incomparable John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Tony Award winner Terrence McNally and choreography by the legendary Graciela Daniele.

Sponsored by

James & Virginia Giddens

with additional support from

The Mackintosh Foundation


Jason Danieley

Frederich Kuhn

Matthew Deming

Lewis Perch

Diana DiMarzio

Annie Dummermut

Melanie Field

Ottilie Schell

David Garrison

Peter Dummermut

Rick Holmes

Father Josef

Judy Kuhn

Matilde Schell

Christopher Newcomer

Jacob Chicken

Aaron Ramey

Otto Hahnke

Roger Rees

Anton Schell
Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Claire Zachanassian

Timothy Shew

Hans Nusselin

John Bambery

Young Anton


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“DON’T DELAY: motor, hitchhike, or bike it up to the picture postcard Berkshires pronto, and see this UNFORGETTABLE PRODUCTION of The Visit before it gets to Broadway.”  NY OBSERVER


“BRAVE AND PERSUASIVE…an essential visit for anyone who cherishes the rare and endangered species of the Broadway musical goddess” THE NEW YORK TIMES


“A PASSIONATE HEART beats inside The Visit, for all its formal innovation and chilly beauty.”  BOSTON GLOBE




“a haunting, emotionally bracing production…alternately THRILLING and, given the material, chilling.”  ALBANY TIMES UNION


“CHITA RIVERA…lives up, and this understates the case, to her status as a legend.”  TALKIN’ BROADWAY


“ROGER REES gives a powerful and complex performance”  VARIETY


“The stuff that cult musicals are made of.”  TROY RECORD


“You will leave the theater surprised that you are in the country and not Times Square because you’d swear you just saw the season’s most buzzed-about Broadway show.”  RURAL INTELLIGENCE


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