The Williams College Summer Theatre Lab returns this year for its 12th season in residence in the CenterStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The Lab provides current Williams students with the opportunity to create, perform, and produce work alongside visiting artists and alumni professionals. The 2016 season will also feature collaborations with the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Assembly, and Ars Nova; and a workshop production of Believeland, a new play by Caroline V. McGraw (Page 73 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence).
The season will regularly feature free presentations that are open to the public. On July 10 at 7 PM, the Lab will present Boats And, a reading of a new musical by Andrew Farmer and Nate Weida, with collaborators Andrew Neisler and company. On July 24, 2016 at 7 PM, the lab company will perform original works written under the guidance of McGraw. The Lab culminates in Open Lab Weekend, August 11-13. The weekend will feature performances of Believeland, alongside an array of other work developed during the summer. All performances will be in the CenterStage of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA). Admission is FREE.
The Lab is lead by Artistic Director Caitlin Sullivan (Williams Class of 2007) and Associate Producer Clare Strasser. Sullivan participated in The Lab as a student and came back as Associate Artistic Director in 2012. This is her second season as Artistic Director. “The work of the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab is unparalleled. Our 2016 season is full of the type of collaborations that make The Lab a one of a kind experience for students, artists and audiences. We’re thrilled to be welcoming back veteran Lab artists and alums while continuing to build new relationships with collaborators like Caroline V. McGraw.”
Cited as “arguably one of the best-kept cultural secrets in the Berkshire County summer repertoire” (Berkshire Eagle), the Lab provides a unique connection between academia and professional theater. Since its inception in 2005, it has fostered an environment of artistic risk taking and creative experimentation, an opportunity for student and professionals alike to work in an environment free from critical and commercial pressures.
The 2016 Williams College Summer Theatre Lab Company is comprised of Isabel Benjamin, Terah Ehigiator, YJ Huang, Mia Hull, Emma Mandel, Phoebe Mattana, Alden Taylor, Harriet Weldon, Young Wuk (Woogie) Jung.