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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


Cast

Jason DANIELEY

Jason Danieley

Frederich Kuhn
Matthew DEMING

Matthew Deming

Lewis Perch
Diana DIMARZIO

Diana DiMarzio

Annie Dummermut
Melanie FIELD

Melanie Field

Ottilie Schell
David GARRISON

David Garrison

Peter Dummermut
RICK HOLMES

Rick Holmes

Father Josef
Judy KUHN

Judy Kuhn

Matilde Schell
Tom NELIS

Tom Nelis

Rudi
Christopher NEWCOMER

Christopher Newcomer

Jacob Chicken
Ramey_HS

Aaron Ramey

Otto Hahnke
Rees

Roger Rees

Anton Schell
Chita Rivera

Chita Rivera

Claire Zachanassian
Timothy SHEW

Timothy Shew

Hans Nusselin

Creative

Terrence McNally
Playwright
John Kander
Music
Fred Ebb
Lyrics
Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Source Playwright
Maurice Valency
Translator
John Doyle
Director
Graciela Daniele
Choreographer
David Loud
Musical Director
Scott Pask
Scenic Designer
Ann Hould Ward
Costume Designer
Japhy Weideman
Lighting Designer
Dan Moses Schreier
Sound Designer

Press

“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

 

“Director John Doyle…has filled [The Visit] with MASTERLY THEATRICAL INVENTION AND STYLE.”  BERKSHIRE EAGLE

 

“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

Media

Festival Newsfeed

LIP DUB 2014

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Today, 19 departments came together to film this year’s lip dup. It was BEAUTIFUL. #comingsoon

THE DIXON FAMILY ALBUM

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WTF’s Non-Eq company wowed audiences a few weeks ago in The Fellowship Play, MAD FOREST. They are about to do it again in  THE DIXON… Read More

THE LAST OPENING NIGHT

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In honor of tonight being the last opening night of the season, here is a picture of PigPen Theatre Co. Their show, THE OLD MAN… Read More

SHADOWS ARE EVERYTHING

PIGPEN PIC

Our Company Photographer, Paul Fox, caught PigPen Theatre Co. during rehearsal for THE OLD MAN AND THE OLD MOON. Gorgeous, isn’t it?

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