Schedule and ticket information for the Williamstown Theatre Festival 2010 season, which includes the popular musical A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Thornton Wilder’s classic play Our Town, and the Vietnam-era drama Fifth of July on the WTF Main Stage in Williamstown, MA.
For a quick overview: WTF 2010 season at-a-glance.
WTF Main Stage – A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum – June 30 – July 11, 2010
- Book by Barry Shevelove & Larry Gelbart
- Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
- Directed by Jessica Stone
- Choreography by Denis Jones
- Cast includes: Christopher Fitzgerald
About A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: The Romans are coming! As in the time of Plautus himself, director Jessica Stone (Butley, The Odd Couple) helms an all-male troop of actors through the comic fray in this fresh, “old” take on American master and Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Sondheim’s raucous musical classic. With Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Young Frankenstein, Wicked, Finian’s Rainbow) leading the charge as Pseudolus, a slave who must win his freedom by playing matchmaker for his master, this toe-tapping, zany romp through ancient Rome is a paean to the Gods of Comedy.
WTF Main Stage – Six Degrees of Separation – July 14 – July 25, 2010
- By John Guare
About Six Degrees of Separation: One evening can change the course of many lives. Into a Manhattan couple’s nightly discussions of art deals and dinner reservations, a charismatic stranger arrives with stories of a famous father and promises of walk on roles in Cats: The Movie. Could he possibly be for real? This Olivier Award winner and Pulitzer finalist stirs the pot of privilege with often hilarious and ultimately heart-breaking results.
WTF Main Stage – Our Town – July 28 – August 8, 2010
- By Thornton Wilder
- Directed by Nicholas Martin
- Cast includes: Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Jessica Hecht and Campbell Scott
About Our Town: Set not far from the Williamstown in the fictional Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire, Our Town finds the beautiful in the mundane lives of people in a small town. Director Nicholas Martin brings together a family of Williamstown favorites, including Becky Ann Baker (All My Sons, Assassins) and Dylan Baker, Jessica Hecht, Campbell Scott, and John Rubinstein as the local town-folk whose hopes and memories are chronicled in America’s most beloved play.
WTF Main Stage – Fifth of July – August 11 – 22, 2010
- By Lanford Wilson
- Directed by Terry Kinney
- (a co-production with Bay Street Theatre)
About Fifth of July: Terry Kinney will direct a production of Lanford Wilson’s modern classic Fifth of July, which will play the WTF Main Stage from August 11 – 22, 2010. A co-production with Bay Street Theatre, this gentle comic drama from Wilson’s beloved Talley Trilogy will be the final Main Stage production of the season.
In Fifth of July, as friends and family gather to remember a lost loved one, a group of thirty-something prodigals from the rebellious post-Vietnam generation return to their rural Missouri home, finding themselves older and wiser, but devoid of dreams. Long-buried rivalries and burning secrets reignite on a late summer evening as this motley tribe struggles to adapt to the changes wrought in their lives.
WTF Nikos Stage – It’s Jewdy’s Show! – June 23 – July 4, 2010
- By Judy Gold and Kate Moira Ryan
- Original music by Judy Gold
- Lyrics by Kate Moira Ryan and Judy Gold
- Additional material Eric Kornfeld and Bob Smith
- Directed by Amanda Charlton
About It’s Jewdy’s Show!: Following her success of 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Judy Gold returns to the stage in this hilarious look at her amazing life through the lens of the classic sitcoms of her youth. With multi-media, original music, laughter, and love, Judy shows us how she balances family and ambition in a world in which she sometimes does not fit.
WTF Nikos Stage – Samuel J. And K. – July 7 – July 18
- By Mat Smart
- Directed by Justin Waldman
About Samuel J. And K.: In this hard-charging play, Samuel J. surprises his adopted brother, Samuel K., with a trip back to his birth country of Cameroon for college graduation—but Samuel K. has no desire to face a place and a past that abandoned him. Samuel J. and K. challenges the traditional definitions of family and asks if a place we’ve only imagined can become home overnight.
WTF Nikos Stage – After The Revolution – July 21 – August 1
- By Amy Herzog
- Directed by Carolyn Cantor
About After The Revolution: It’s 1999, and three generations of a radical leftist family meet in New York to celebrate the law school graduation of Emma, the family’s youngest torch-carrier. A public revelation about her late grandfather, a victim of the blacklist, sends Emma reeling as the family begins to fracture. Shaken and betrayed, she must weigh her fierce politics and family loyalty to decide if the ends really justify the means. Developed from scratch at WTF, After the Revolution is a play about love, family secrets, and the American Left. Following Williamstown, After the Revolution will be seen in New York at Playwrights Horizons this fall.
WTF Nikos Stage – The Last Goodbye – August 5 – 20, 2010
- A musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
- Conceived and adapted by Michael Kimmel
- Music and lyrics by Jeff Buckley
- Directed by Michael Kimmel
- Orchestrations, music direction and arrangements by Kris Kukul
About The Last Goodbye: Conceived and adapted from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet by Michael Kimmel, with the music and lyrics of Jeff Buckley, arranged by Kris Kukul, an ensemble of fourteen singer/actors bring to life the lyrical beauty of two great poets set in a world of youthful angst, grandeur and grit. Fall for Romeo and Juliet all over again in this incendiary new musical.
Williamstown Theatre Festival ticket information
Tickets for the 2010 Williamstown Theatre Festival season can be purchased online at www.wtfestival.org starting May 29 at Noon and by phone at (413) 597-3400 starting Tuesday, June 1 at 10:00 a.m.