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Sunday Lawn Talks

June 30 - August 18 Front Lawn
2019 Season

Arrive early for Sunday matinee performances to hear artists, special guests, and WTF staff delve into the rich themes of WTF productions.  Bring your own picnic or stop by concessions! All Sunday Lawn Talks begin at 1:15pm. No reservations required.  Specific speakers and topics will be updated below as information becomes available. FREE; NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Ghosts

July 31 - August 18 Main Stage
2019 Season

NEW TRANSLATION
By Henrik Ibsen
Translated from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh
Directed by Carey Perloff
With Catherine CombsDavid CoulterTom Pecinka, Thom 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... Read More

Before the Meeting

August 7 - August 18 Nikos Stage
2019 Season

WORLD PREMIERE
By Adam Bock
Directed by Trip Cullman
With Cassie Beck, Kyle Beltran, Arnie BurtonMidori Francis, Deirdre 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... Read More

Fridays@3

July 5 - August 16 The Clark Auditorium (225 South St)
2019 Season

WTF’s Fridays@3 reading series is a renowned program for the development and discovery of new work!  Many Festival productions started as Fridays@3 readings, including last season’s Lempicka and Seared and this season's Tell Me I'm Not Crazy and Selling Kabul.  Spend the afternoon up close and personal with a play in development, read by brilliant actors! All Fridays@3 readings take place at... Read More

Summer’s Soldier

August 11 - August 14 Main Stage
2019 Season

By Boo Killebrew
Music by Heather Christian
Lyrics by Lucy Thurber
Additional Music and Lyrics by Christine Bile
Directed by Jenna Worsham

Free and Family-Friendly! Seventh grader Sam has kept to herself since her dad died while serving in the military. Her mother and her aunt have tried everything to get her to open up, but she only truly comes out of her shell around a fire, telling ghost stories, in the woods with her friends.  When Sam's favorite story suddenly materializes... Read More

In The Wings

August 10 - August 14 '62 Center, Room 280, Pre-Show
2019 Season

Browse the work of dozens of Festival technical interns, assistants, and designers at our annual design and tech showcase! View exhibits of the work that goes into theatre design: from the costumes to sets to lighting...and more! Opening Reception: Friday, August 9   FREE; NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Tuesday Talkbacks

July 2 - August 13 Main & Nikos Stages, Post-Show
2019 Season

Join us after Tuesday evening performances on the Main and Nikos Stages for lively discussions with WTF company members, artistic staff, and special guests about the show you just saw! July 2 - A Raisin in the Sun & A Human Being, of a Sort July 9 - A Raisin in the Sun July 16 - Selling Kabul July 23 - Grand Horizons July... Read More

Fellowship Projects

July 15 - August 13 Directing Studio
2019 Season

Each year, WTF awards the prestigious Bill Foeller and Boris Sagal Directing Fellowships and the J. Michael Friedman Fellowship to three up-and-coming theatre artists of exceptional talent.   The Bill Foeller Fellowship gives a director who is a woman and/or an artist of color the opportunity to create an ambitious workshop production. The recipient of the 2019 Foeller Fellowship is Katie... Read More

Late-Night Cabaret

July 11 - August 10 Goodrich Hall (863 Main St)
2019 Season

The stars come out at night in Williamstown!  WTF's legendary LATE-NIGHT CABARETS showcase the virtuosic talent of Festival artists – from the brightest stars of stage and screen to up-and-coming members of WTF's Non-Equity and Apprentice companies! These exhilarating evenings of ensemble and solo performances are a highlight of the Festival and sell out every summer.  Don't miss out! Donate... Read More

Friday Backstage Tours

July 5 - August 9 Main Stage Lobby
2019 Season

Take a forty-five-minute behind-the-scenes tour of the Festival and learn how our shows go from page to stage. Visit the prop and costume shops and more, and see the Festival from a whole new perspective! July 5, 2019 July 26, 2019 August 9, 2019   All tours depart at 6pm from the Main Stage Lobby $5;  RESERVATIONS REQUIRED; LIMITED AVAILABILITY

Thursday Celebrations

July 11 - August 8 Various Venues, Post-Show
2019 Season

Celebrate each show of the season with its cast and company at these post-show parties!  Admission is free, and venues are posted at the theatre on the evening of the celebration.  WTF LOVERS drink free (click here for more information about donor benefits). JULY 11 - Selling Kabul JULY 18  - Grand Horizons JULY 25 - Tell Me I'm Not... Read More

Tell Me I’m Not Crazy

July 24 - August 3 Nikos Stage
2019 Season

WORLD PREMIERE
By Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel
With Mark BlumMark Feuerstein, Jane 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... Read More

Grand Horizons

July 17 - July 28 Main Stage
2019 Season

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 Sheridan and 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... Read More

The Soap Myth

July 22 Main Stage | 7PM
2019 Season

By Jeff Cohen
Directed by Pamela Berlin
with Ed Asner, Donald Corren, Tovah Feldshuh, Liba Vaynberg

Seven-time Emmy Award winner Ed Asner ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show") and two-time Emmy and four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh (Golda's Balcony) join the Festival for a special one-night-only reading of The Soap Myth by Jeff Cohen and directed by Pamela Berlin, July 22nd at 7pm on the Main Stage. The reading will be followed by a talkback with the playwright, cast, and Williams... Read More

Selling Kabul

July 10 - July 20 Nikos Stage
2019 Season

WORLD PREMIERE
By Sylvia Khoury
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
With Omid AbtahiMay CalamawyMarjan Neshat, Babak 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... Read More

A Raisin in the Sun

June 25 - July 13 Main Stage
2019 Season

By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Robert O’Hara
With  Francois Battiste, Kyle Beltran, Joshua EchebiriEboni Flowers, Joe Goldammer, Mandi Masden, Nikiya Mathis, S. Epatha Merkerson, Warner Miller, Owen Tabaka

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Broadway opening of Lorraine Hansberry’s masterpiece, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Francois Battiste breathe new life into this American classic. Lena Younger (Merkerson) and her son Walter Lee (Battiste) are at odds. Lena wants to use her late husband’s life insurance to move her family out of their... Read More

Lorraine Hansberry – A Living Legacy / New Artists and New Visions

July 10 The Clark Auditorium | 10AM
2019 Season

with Joi Gresham, Soyica ColbertErika Dickerson-DespenzaTalvin Wilks

Lorraine Hansberry believed that theatre serves a vital social function to motivate, mobilize, and lead us to imagine alternative possibilities, a new social order. Her living legacy challenges us as audience, artists, thinkers, and can-be activists. The challenge asks,” What is the purpose of art? How can art position us to act? What is the necessary give-back to the communities... Read More

A Human Being, of a Sort

June 26 - July 7 Nikos Stage
2019 Season

WORLD PREMIERE
By Jonathan Payne
Directed by Whitney White
With André Braugher, Sullivan Jones, Matthew Saldivar, Keith Randolph Smith, Jeorge Bennett Watson, Frank WoodAntonio Michael Woodard

It's 1906, and at the Bronx Zoological Park, an African-American convict named “Smokey” (Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner André Braugher) is guarding the zoo’s most sensational exhibit: Ota Benga (Antonio Michael Woodard), a Congolese pygmy. As the public’s fascination intensifies and protestors call for Ota’s release, Smokey must grapple with the fact that his own freedom depends on another... Read More

Fourth of July in Williamstown

July 4 Spring St | Williams College Sawyer Library
2019 Season

Celebrate our nation’s independence in inimitable Williamstown style!  At 11am, gather on Spring Street for Williamstown’s classic holiday parade.  At 1:30pm, make your way to Williams College’s Sawyer Library to hear WTF actors read the Declaration of Independence and the British reply before viewing the Chapin Library’s Founding Documents of the United States collection.  End the evening with fireworks at... Read More

2019 Festival LAWNch

June 27 Front Lawn @ 6:00PM
2019 Season

Meet us on the lawn to "LAWNch" the 2019 Festival!  Join WTF family, friends, and artists for the official Festival opening celebration.  Enjoy pre-show hors d'oeuvres alongside Festival artists on the Front Lawn, a performance of A Raisin in the Sun or A Human Being, of a Sort, and a rockin' post-show party with the casts! $125 includes show ticket... Read More

Meet-the-Artists Dinner

June 20 Mezze Bistro + Bar @ 6:15PM
2019 Season

Join us for an exclusive donors-only Meet-the-Artists Dinner at Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown on Thursday, June 20.  This special evening includes cocktails and dinner with many of the artists opening our 2019 season and is a great opportunity to welcome the artists to Williamstown and support the Festival at the same time! For an invitation to this exclusive... Read More

Season Sneak Peek & Reading

June 6 The Clark Auditorium @ 7pm
2019 Season

Become a Festival insider as Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield previews the 2019 season, followed by a reading of Mona Pirnot's new play Private, directed by Maya Davis and featuring Abby Awe, Danny Deferrari, Justin Long, and Zoë  Winters. Corbin has been offered his dream job, but there is a catch: in order to take the position, he has to give up a... Read More

2019 Season


2019 Season

  Thank you for being a part of this unforgettable season Over these past eight weeks, the stories on our stages have taken us from Chicago's Southside after World War II to a contemporary assisted living home to nineteenth century Western Norway... From the Bronx Zoo in 1906 to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2013... From the suburban home of baby boomers to an urban church... Read More

J. Michael Friedman Fellowship


Season

In honor of the late American lyricist and composer J. Michael Friedman, the Fellowship identifies an early-career theatre artist of exceptional talent, versatility, impact, and humanity who has demonstrated an artistic commitment to Williamstown Theatre Festival and invites them to make new work for a summer. The purpose is for the Fellow to create or collaborate on work deemed important and meaningful to... Read More

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