Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) has announced additional programming and casting for the 2016 summer season. Additions to this season’s slate of events include the legendary Late-Night Cabaret, the always popular Fridays@3 Reading Series, and this year’s Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller Fellowship Projects.Joining the previously announced Main Stage Season casts are Rohan Kymal (right) and Taylor Trensch (above) who play the roommates in the World Premiere musical Poster Boy (July 27 – August 7). Trensch studied theater at Elon University in North Carolina, and at the end of his sophomore year, landed the role of Moritz in the national tour of Spring Awakening, for which he won the 2009 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actor in a National Touring Production. Recently he played Dwayne Hoover in William Finn and James Lapine’s musical comedy Little Miss Sunshine at La Jolla Playhouse Mandell Weiss Theatre in San Diego. Trensch played the lead role of Christopher in the original Broadway production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, sharing the role with Alexander Sharp,in 2014-15.
Also announced are Ashley Austin Morris and Mary Wiseman who will join the world premiere of Romance Novels For Dummies (July 20 – July 31). The Nikos Stage Season companies will also include Katy Sullivan in the World Premiere Cost of Living (June 29 – July 10).
Beyond the main stage and the Nikos, the 62nd summer Festival schedule includes numerous additional activities and events. WTF’s legendary Late-Night Cabaret Series showcases the talents of the Festival artists, both established and emerging, and runs throughout the summer, with performances from July 14 – 16, July 28 – 30 & August 11 – 13th @ 10:30pm.This year’s Fridays@3 Reading Series includes Actually I Didn’t by Anna Ziegler, directed by Daniella Topol (July 8), Where Storms Are Born by 2016 Playwright-in-Residence Harrison David Rivers, directed by 2016 Tony Award nominee Liesl Tommy (July 15), the 2016 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award Winner Hannah and the Dread Gazebo by Jiehae Park (July 29), Huzzah! with book, music and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe, directed by Marc Bruni (August 5), and Cutie & Bear by Bekah Brunstetter, directed by Evan Cabnet.
The 2016 Boris Sagal Fellowship/Drama League Residency is awarded to Pirronne Yousefzadeh (A New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspect) who will direct Utopia, MN by Meg Miroshnik (The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, The Droll) on July 19 and 20.
The 2016 Bill Foeller Fellow is Danny Sharron (Co-Artistic Director of NYC-based UglyRhino Productions) who will present a new, devised play by Jason Kim (HBO’s “Girls”, KPOP, Co-op) on August 15 and 16.
2016 ADDITIONAL PROGRAMMING
LATE-NIGHT CABARET | July 14–16, July 28–30, and August 11–13 at 10:30pm
The stars come out at night in Williamstown! WTF’s legendary Late-Night Cabaret Series showcases the talents of the Festival artists— both established and emerging — during these exhilarating, intimate and unforgettable evenings. Donate at the $300 level for advance access to Cabaret tickets. Remaining tickets go on sale one week prior to performances.
FRIDAYS@3 | Fridays from July 8 – August 19
Events are free with a suggested donation of $5. Reservations are required.
Get a glimpse of bold new work from leading playwrights read by members of the WTF Company and others. The 2016 Friday@3 afternoon reading series will include:
Actually I Didn’t
by Anna Ziegler
directed by Daniella Topol
Where Storms Are Born
by 2016 Playwright-in-Residence Harrison David Rivers
directed by Liesl Tommy
To Be Announced
Hannah and the Dread Gazebo
by Jiehae Park
2016 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award Winner
with book, music and lyrics by Nell Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe
directed by Marc Bruni
Cutie & Bear
by Bekah Brunstetter
directed by Evan Cabnet
Annually, WTF awards the prestigious Boris Sagal and Bill Foeller Directing Fellowships to two up-and-coming directors, challenging them to create ambitious new work in collaboration with writers, designers and members of the WTF Non-Equity Company. This year’s projects include:
Utopia, MN | July 19 & 20 at 7:00 & 11:00pm
Free; Reservations required.
The 2016 Boris Sagal Fellowship/Drama League Residency is awarded to Pirronne Yousefzadeh to direct Utopia, MN by Meg Miroshnik.
Title TBD | August 15 & 16 at 7:00 & 11:00pm
Free; Reservations required.
2016 Bill Foeller Fellow Danny Sharron (Co-Artistic Director of NYC-based UglyRhino) presents a new, devised play by Jason Kim (HBO’s “Girls”).
Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Williamstown Theatre Festival.
TICKETS AND SCHEDULE
Single tickets are now available at www.wtfestival.org or by mail order using WTF’s season brochure (call 413-597-3400 to join the mailing list). The WTF Box Office will open in June at which point tickets may be purchased online, by phone (by calling 413-597-3400), or in person at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance Box Office at 1000 Main St (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 02167.