Williamstown Theatre Festival opens season with “The Rose Tattoo” and “Cost of Living”

Williamstown Theatre Festival hosts the opening night for its first two shows of the 2016 Season this Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 8:00pm.

It’s classics on the Main Stage as Tennessee Williams’ Tony Award-winning play The Rose Tattoo gets revived, playing through July 17. Obie Award-winner Trip Cullman directs Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei in this new production, a new production of this intoxicating comedy, which won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1951. After retreating from the world in grief, widow Serafina (Tomei) revives and rejoins the world when the hot-blooded trucker Alvaro (Christopher Abbott) arrives at her doorstep. Passion, gossip, music and mystery fill the air in this steamy Gulf Coast town, where possibility and promise ignite.

The cast includes Academy Award-winner, Marisa Tomei, along with Christopher Abbott (“Girls”), Katie Lee Hill (The Wildness), Darren Pettie (“Mad Men”), Will Pullen (Goat), Portia (Ruined) Lindsay Mendez (Wicked), Barbara Rosenblat (“Orange Is the New Black”) and Constance Shulman (“Orange Is the New Black”).

There will be talkbacks after the performances on July 5th and July 12th as well as a special Lawn Talk before the July 10th show.

Also on tap is the world premiere of Martyna Majok’s play, Cost of Living which runs in the Nikos Theatre until July 10.

Obie Award-winner Jo Bonney directs Martyna Majok’s play about four very different people, with four very different circumstances, each trying to get by. Eddie (Wendell Pierce), an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani (Katy Sullivan) after she suffers a devastating accident. John (Gregg Mozgala), a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires over-worked Jess (Rebecca Naomi Jones) as a caregiver. As the lives of these very different people intersect, Majok’s play delves into the chasm between abundance and need, and explores the space where bodies – abled and disabled – meet each other.

The cast includes Rebecca Naomi Jones (American Idiot), Gregg Mozgala (Downsizing Camus), and Wendell Pierce (“The Wire,” WTF’s 2008 Broke-ology) and Katy Sullivan (The Long Red Road).

A post-show talkback will take place after the July 5th performance, and the July 3rd performance includes a special Lawn Talk before the performance.

Tickets for all Williamstown Theatre Festival productions can be purchased online at wtfestival.org, by phone at 413-597-3400, or in person at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance Box Office at 1000 Main St (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 01267.

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