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WTF SEASON ON AUDIBLE

ABOUT THE WTF SEASON ON AUDIBLE

In an innovative collaboration devised to meet the challenges posed by the global health pandemic, the 2020 season will be the first-ever complete theatre season released by Audible, the world’s largest producer and provider of original spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks. The 2020 WTF Season on Audible will be produced in an audio-only format safe to elevate, entertain, and transform audiences from the comfort of their homes.

Our collaboration with Audible for the 2020 season presents new artistic opportunities that we are embracing head-on as we produce this work. While this season will be different, it is being made with the spirit of invention that has long been a hallmark of the Festival. We hope you will listen to the work so we can transport you into the world of Blanche DuBois in 1940s New Orleans, into a hotel in Thailand where Kina prepares for gender confirmation surgery, onto Tori McClure’s rowboat as she rows solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and so much more.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is Audible?

Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary, is the world’s largest producer and provider of original spoken-word entertainment and audiobooks, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every day. Audible content includes more than 525,000 audio programs from leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers.

Why Audible?

Translating our season into audio-only productions is a new artistic opportunity that our artists are embracing. These works were written for the stage, but by reimagining what is possible we will take their characters and stories and transport our audience through an entirely sonic experience. This is not a replacement for live theatre, but, as artists, we must continue to put a mirror up to society and reflect the current moment out to the world, and this moment is pushing us to create in a new and exciting way.

How do I get access to the 2020 WTF Season on Audible?

Anyone, almost anywhere in the world, will be able to transport themselves through the brilliant artistry of our playwrights, actors, directors, and Audible’s incredible producers, for a sensational experience. The opportunity to bring the healing power of theatre to a broader audience is an unexpected silver lining in a time of great uncertainty and turmoil in our world.

The 2020 WTF Season on Audible will be available to the general public through Audible. When? We are not quite sure just yet but will let you know soon—the work is underway already! As a token of our appreciation, special access to the 2020 WTF Season on Audible will be made available to new donors at the $600 level (and higher) and to current donors at the $600 level (and higher) who sustain or increase their support this year. Additional information about when and how donors can access the 2020 WTF Season on Audible will be shared at a later date.

 

WTF SEASON ON AUDIBLE UPDATE

Rehearsals and remote recording sessions have commenced for four productions as part of the upcoming Williamstown Theatre Festival season produced by Audible.

The four plays—Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club by Shakina Nayfack, directed by Laura Savia; Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler, directed by Susan Stroman; Animals by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, directed by Whitney White; and A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, directed by Robert O’Hara—will begin remote recording sessions as early as next week.

Scroll to learn more about these first four shows, and stay tuned to this page for more information and exciting updates about the WTF Season on Audible!

 

World Premiere Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club

Chonburi International Hotel & Butterfly Club

WORLD PREMIERE
By Shakina Nayfack
Directed by Laura Savia
With Ivory Aquino, Kate Bornstein, Liz Lark Brown, Annie Golden, Bianca Leigh, Telly Leung, Dana Levinson, Pooya Mohseni, Shakina Nayfack, Angelica Ross, Ita Segev, Jason Tam, Samy Nour Younes

In Shakina Nayfack’s world premiere play, a vibrant, international group of transgender women band together at a hotel in Thailand to confront the challenges and joys of gender confirmation surgery. Despite the group’s warm welcome, Kina (Nayfack) prepares for her life-altering operation all alone. But a caring nurse (Ivory Aquino), a wise couple (Kate Bornstein and Annie Golden), and a karaoke-loving bellhop (Telly Leung) may be exactly who she needs to ignite her truest sense of self. WTF Associate Artistic Director Laura Savia directs this spirited comedy about one woman who tests the bonds of an unlikely sisterhood.

Program and casting subject to change

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Photograph 51

Photograph 51

By Anna Ziegler
Direction by Susan Stroman
With Anna Chlumsky, David Corenswet, Stephen Kunken, Aasif Mandvi, Omar Metwally, and Ben Rosenfield

In 1951, chemist Rosalind Franklin (Anna Chlumsky) works relentlessly in her King’s College London lab, closing in on a major discovery that could unlock the mysteries of the DNA molecule. Undermined by her colleague Maurice Wilkins (Omar Metwally), she struggles to compete with rival team Watson and Crick (David Corenswet and Aasif Mandvi) as pressure intensifies to produce results. Following a critically acclaimed run in London, Anna Ziegler’s play is brought to life in a new production directed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, honoring the monumental contribution of one scientist with two X chromosomes whom history nearly left behind.

Program and casting subject to change

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World Premiere Animals

Animals

WORLD PREMIERE
By Stacy Osei-Kuffour
Directed by Whitney White
With Madeline Brewer, Jason Butler Harner, William Jackson Harper, and Aja Naomi King

Lydia (Aja Naomi King) and Henry (Jason Butler Harner)’s dinner guests (Madeline Brewer and William Jackson Harper) are about to arrive when Henry’s spontaneous marriage proposal threatens to burn the evening to a crisp. Wine bottles and years of unspoken tensions are uncorked, and, before the evening is through, Lydia must confront her long-held fears and feelings if she’s going to commit to a future with Henry. Directed by Whitney White, Stacy Osei-Kuffour’s world premiere comedy marches into the muddy intersection of romantic entanglement, identity, pride, and survival.

Program and casting subject to change

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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Robert O’Hara
With Joel Reuben Ganz, Joe Goldammer, Carla Gugino, Carmen M. Herlihy, Sullivan Jones, Brian Lucas, Audra McDonald, Stacey Raymond, Cesar J. Rosado, and Ariel Shafir

Following his 2019 production of A Raisin in the Sun, celebrated as “an absorbing, watershed revival,” by The New York Times, Robert O’Hara returns to Williamstown Theatre Festival to direct this Tennessee Williams masterpiece. With Emmy, Grammy, and six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald as Blanche DuBois alongside Carla Gugino as Stella, O’Hara takes a fresh and visceral look at the emotionally charged relationship between these two iconic sisters. Haunted by her past, Blanche seeks refuge with Stella and Stanley (Ariel Shafir) in New Orleans, where she wrestles with the nature of her sister’s husband, her sister’s denial, and her own unraveling mind.

A Streetcar Named Desire is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., on behalf of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

Program and casting subject to change

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