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A Raisin in the Sun

June 25 - July 13 | Main Stage

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 cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. Walter Lee would rather use the funds to start a business and become an independent man. As their dispute intensifies, the powerful and destructive forces of 1950s America come knocking at the Youngers’ front door. Directed by Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara, Hansberry’s fearless interrogation of hope in the face of racial and economic strife is as provocative and powerful today as when it premiered.

A Raisin in the Sun is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

 

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, Jamey Sheridan, Thomas Sadoski, JoBeth 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 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 Silverman, Bess 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 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 a life bound by the strictures of Pastor Manders (Bernard White) and the spectral chains of mistakes from long ago. Directed by Carey Perloff, Henrik 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.

A Human Being, of a Sort

June 26 - July 7 | Nikos Stage

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 black man’s captivity. Based on a true story, Jonathan Payne’s world premiere play, directed by Whitney White, exposes the complexity of power and compliance in a world where all lives do not seem to matter equally.

 

All programming and casting subject to change.

Selling Kabul

Selling Kabul

July 10 - July 20 | Nikos Stage

WORLD PREMIERE
By Sylvia Khoury
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli
With May 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 works to protect him from dangers lurking outside the apartment walls. In this world premiere drama directed by Tyne Rafaeli, Sylvia 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 Feuerstein, Jane Kaczmarek

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 climbs the corporate ladder, and school is calling with concerns about their kid. Directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Sharyn 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 Beck, Kyle Beltran, Midori Francis, Jason Butler Harner, 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 (Jason Butler Harner) 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.

 

All programming and casting subject to change.

Calendar of Events

Week of June 23, 2019

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Sunday

June 23

The actors are sleeping!WTF is going on all the time, just not today — check out the rest of the week for more Festival activities.

Monday

June 24

The actors are sleeping!WTF is going on all the time, just not today — check out the rest of the week for more Festival activities.

Tuesday

June 25

  • 7:30 pm A Raisin in the Sun (First Curtain)

    A Raisin in the Sun

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

    Jun 25-Jul 13

    Main Stage

    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…

Wednesday

June 26

  • 7:30 pm A Human Being, of a Sort (First Curtain)

    A Human Being, of a Sort

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

    Jun 26-Jul 7

    Nikos Stage

    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…

  • 7:30 pm A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun

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

    Jun 25-Jul 13

    Main Stage

    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…

Thursday

June 27

  • 2:00 pm A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun

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

    Jun 25-Jul 13

    Main Stage

    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…

  • 7:30 pm A Raisin in the Sun (Festival LAWNch)

    A Raisin in the Sun

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

    Jun 25-Jul 13

    Main Stage

    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…

  • 7:30 pm A Human Being, of a Sort (Festival LAWNch)

    A Human Being, of a Sort

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

    Jun 26-Jul 7

    Nikos Stage

    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…

Friday

June 28

  • 8:00 pm A Human Being, of a Sort

    A Human Being, of a Sort

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

    Jun 26-Jul 7

    Nikos Stage

    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…

  • 8:00 pm A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun

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

    Jun 25-Jul 13

    Main Stage

    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…

Saturday

June 29

  • 3:30 pm A Human Being, of a Sort

    A Human Being, of a Sort

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

    Jun 26-Jul 7

    Nikos Stage

    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…

  • 3:30 pm A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun

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

    Jun 25-Jul 13

    Main Stage

    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…

  • 8:00 pm A Human Being, of a Sort

    A Human Being, of a Sort

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

    Jun 26-Jul 7

    Nikos Stage

    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…

  • 8:00 pm A Raisin in the Sun

    A Raisin in the Sun

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

    Jun 25-Jul 13

    Main Stage

    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…

Box Office

We want your Festival experience to be easy and enjoyable.  Here are some answers to common questions.

Hours (June)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Saturday 10am—5pm
Sunday: 11am—4pm

Hours (July-Aug)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday—Saturday: 10am—8pm
Sunday: 11am—7pm

Group Rates

For Main Stage performances, groups of 15-49 receive a 20% discount, 50-99 people receive a 25% discount and groups of 100 or more receive a 30% discount per ticket off the full ticket price. Subject to availability. For more information, please call 413.458.3253.

Rush Tickets

Rush tickets to our Main and Nikos Stage productions are subject to availability and may be purchased, if available, two hours prior to each performance at the Box Office—CASH ONLY.  General adult rush tickets are $30 and youth student rush tickets are $20.  Limit two general adult rush tickets per person.  Limit one youth student rush ticket per student with valid student ID (youth student ID must be presented at the Box Office at time of purchase to obtain discount).  WHEN YOU COME TO THE BOX OFFICE WINDOW, YOU MUST SAY THAT YOU WISH TO PURCHASE RUSH TICKETS.  Rush ticket discount cannot be combined with any other offer and is subject to ticket availability.

EBT Card to Culture

EBT Card to Culture is a collaboration between the Mass Cultural Council and the Executive Office of Health and Humans Services’ Department of Transitional Assistance.  WTF is a proud participant in this new initiative.  Anyone with a Massachusetts-issued EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card may purchase $20 tickets (two tickets per EBT card) to performances on the Main and Nikos Stages (based on availability).  Cannot be combined with any other offer or special events.  Beginning June 1, contact the Box Office in person or via phone to purchase.

ArtCountry Summer Pass

Experience the Northern Berkshires’ art scene like no other with the ArtCountry Summer Pass for $50.

Pass Includes:

  • Admission to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA
  • Admission to MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA
  • Admission to the Bennington Museum in Bennington, VT
  • 20% discount at the Williams College Museum of Art Gift Store in Williamstown, MA (admission to WCMA is free)
  • 20% discount toward one regularly priced ticket to a 2019 Main Stage production at Williamstown Theatre Festival*

Pass valid June 1, 2019 – May 21, 2020 (WTF season ends August 18, 2019)

*WTF tickets are subject to availability. Discount valid on new purchases only and cannot be combined with any other offers. Tickets must be purchased in-person at the Box Office.

Processing Charges

Tickets purchased by telephone, mail, or online are subject to a $3 processing charge per ticket. Bundle purchasers pay one $5 processing charge per bundle. Groups pay one $15 processing charge per order. Single tickets purchased in-person at the WTF Box Office are not subject to processing charges.

Recording Devices

All cameras and recording devices are strictly forbidden inside the theatre. Please check them with the House manager before entering the theatre.

Refund Policy

All sales are final. There are no refunds. Program and casting subject to change. If you find you are unable to use your tickets, please consider returning them to the Box Office and receive a tax-deductible receipt.

Exchange Policy

Tickets may be exchanged up to 48 hours prior to the performance you cannot attend and can be exchanged for a different performance of the same production only, based on availability. A $3 per ticket fee will be charged in addition to any applicable ticket upgrade costs. Refunds will not be made on exchanges into a lower-priced performance or seating area. Your new tickets will be held at the Box Office. Please have your tickets in hand when calling the Box Office to arrange the exchange.

Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates are available throughout the year in any denomination and make wonderful birthday, holiday, or thank you gifts. To order, call 413.458.3253.

Parking

Ample free parking is available in lots across the street from the ’62 Center and in a free parking garage behind the ’62 Center, accessible from Whitman Street, just off of Route 7.

Accessibility for Persons with a Disability

The Main Stage and Nikos Stage are both wheelchair accessible. When ordering tickets, please note if your party includes someone with limited mobility.

Sound Enhancement System

For performances on the Main Stage and Nikos Stage, portable sound enhancement devices are available at no charge for the hearing impaired.

Access

For more information on WTF’s access programs, please call our access coordinator Antonello Di Benedetto at 413.458.3253 or email antonello@wtfestival.org.

Latecomers

Performances start on time; latecomers will be seated at the House Manager’s discretion.

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