Williamstown Fest Adds Ari Graynor, Justin Long, Lizbeth MacKay, Josh Hamilton, Merritt Wever to Nikos Casts

Williamstown, MA (5/13/2011) – Artistic Director Jenny Gersten announced today additional casting for the Nikos Stage productions for the 2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF), the company’s 57th season and the first under Ms. Gersten’s leadership.

There have been some exceptional casts with deep experience chosen. A good example is A Streetcar Named Desire.

In that you will find Esteben Andres Cruz (Jesus Hopped the A Train) as Pablo, Jennifer Engstrom (A Red Orchid Theatre Company) as Eunice, Ana Reeder (“Damages”) as Stella Kowalski, Daniel Stewart Sherman (Desire Under the Elms) as Mitch, Lou Sumrall (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune) as Steve, and Kirby Ward (Never Gonna Dance) as the Doctor. The David Cromer directed production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire takes place June 22– July 3, 2011., These new cast members join the previously announced Jessica Hecht and Sam Rockwell as Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski, respectively.

Seen in our lead photo is Justin Long (Going the Distance; Samuel J. and K. at WTF) who joins Ben Cole (recent NYU graduate), Ari Graynor (“Fringe”), and Lizbeth MacKay (All My Sons; The Torch-Bearers at WTF) join the cast of Lewis Black’s comedy One Slight Hitch, alongside the previously announced Paige Howard and Mark Linn-Baker. Joe Grifasi directs the production, which plays July 6 – 17, 2011.

Josh Hamilton (The Coast of Utopia; Ancestral Voices at WTF) joins the cast of A Doll’s House as Torvald, replacing Hamish Linklater.

Hamilton joins the previously announced Oscar Isaac, Matthew Maher, Lily Rabe and Lili Taylor in the production directed by Sam Gold (July 20 – 31, 2011).

Michael Chernus (Love and Other Drugs; Create Fate at WTF) as Billy, Lisa Joyce (La Bête; “Boardwalk Empire”) as Kay and Merritt Wever (“Nurse Jackie”) as Emma will take part in Beth Wohl’s comedy Touch(ed), directed by Trip Cullman and playing the Nikos Stage from August 3 – 14, 2011.

Closing the season on the Nikos Stage, Matthew Maher, Caitlin Miller, Jennifer R. Morris, and Robbie Collier Sublett of The Civilians will present their original work You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce, August 16 – 21, 2011 (one week only!).
These shows join the previously announced Main Stage productions, which include Jon Robin Baitz’s two-person drama Three Hotels, the riotous Restoration comedy She Stoops to Conquer, and the American Premiere of John Doyle’s dazzling new musical Ten Cents a Dance. The Main Stage Season begins July 1, 2011 and runs through August 28, 2011.

Announcements regarding additional cast and creative team information for both Nikos Stage and Main Stage productions, as well as additional Festival events, are forthcoming.


Tickets for the 2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival season are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.wtfestival.org. Starting June 1, 2011, tickets can be purchased by phone at (413) 597-3400 or in person at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St. (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 02167. New curtain times for all Main Stage and Nikos Stage shows are as follows: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Saturday & Sunday at 2:00 p.m. For more schedule details, visit http://www.wtfestival.org.


The Williamstown Theatre Festival brings award-winning actors, directors, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. A WTF season covers a broad range of theatrical endeavors, revisiting classic plays with exciting new productions on its Main Stage, developing and nurturing bold new works on the Nikos Stage, and offering audiences a rich array of cultural events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs like the Greylock Theatre Project–a program for children in neighboring North Adams. While best known for its acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to unparalleled training and professional development programs serving new generations of aspiring theatre artists and managers. WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011. The Festival welcomes Jenny Gersten as its new Artistic Director for the 2011 season.



A Streetcar Named Desire
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by David Cromer
Cast includes: Esteben Andres Cruz, Jennifer Engstrom, Jessica Hecht, Ana Reeder, Sam Rockwell, Daniel Stewart Sherman, Lou Sumrall, Kirby Ward
June 22 – July 3, 2011

One Slight Hitch
By Lewis Black
Directed by Joe Grifasi
Cast includes: Ben Cole, Ari Graynor, Paige Howard, Mark Linn-Baker, Justin Long, Lizbeth MacKay
July 6 – 17, 2011

A Doll’s House
By Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Paul Walsh
Directed by Sam Gold
Cast includes: Josh Hamilton, Oscar Isaac, Matthew Maher, Lily Rabe, Lili Taylor
July 20 – 31, 2011

By Bess Wohl
Directed by Trip Cullman
Cast includes: Michael Chernus, Lisa Joyce, Merritt Wever
August 3 – 14, 2011

You Better Sit Down: tales from my parents’ divorce
Written by Anne Kauffman, Matthew Maher, Caitlin Miller, Jennifer R. Morris, Janice Paran, and Robbie Collier Sublett
Conceived by Jennifer R. Morris
Directed by Anne Kauffman
Cast includes: Matthew Maher, Caitlin Miller, Jennifer R. Morris, Robbie Collier Sublett
August 16 – 21, 2011 (one week only!)
ADDED PERFORMANCE: Sunday, August 21st at 7:30pm!


Three Hotels
By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Robert Falls
June 29 – July 24, 2011

She Stoops to Conquer
By Oliver Goldsmith
Directed by Nicholas Martin
Cast includes: Brooks Ashmanskas, Kristine Nielsen, Jon Patrick Walker, Paxton Whitehead
July 27 – August 7, 2011

Ten Cents a Dance
Conceived and Directed by John Doyle
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Cast includes: Malcolm Gets, Lauren Molina, Jane Pfitsch
August 11 – August 28, 2011


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