Williamstown Theatre Festival Announces This Summer’s Fridays@3 Series
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WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
ANNOUNCES NEW PLAYS
BY TONY GLAZER, CHRIS EIGEMAN, KYLE JARROW, MICHELE LOWE,
MOLLY SMITH METZLER, AND MICHAEL WARNER
FILL OUT THE FRIDAYS@3 READING SERIES
JULY 2 – AUGUST 6
IN THE PARESKY CENTER
Williamstown, MA (6/30/10) — The Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced the lineup of new plays to be read in their Fridays@3 reading series this summer in the Berkshires. Coming to Williamstown this summer will be playwrights Tony Glazer (Safe), Chris Eigeman (Actor—Metropolitan, Kicking and Screaming), Kyle Jarrow (A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant), Michele Lowe (Inana, The Smell of the Kill), Molly Smith Metzler (Training Wisteria), Michael Warner (Actor—Monstrosity, The Language of Trees). Fridays@3 invites playwrights to work on their plays with Festival artists and guests, and includes a reading of 2009 Weissberger Award Winner Tony Glazer’s play The Substance of Bliss. Readings take place Friday afternoons from July 2nd to August 6th at 3:00pm at the Paresky Center on the Williams College campus.
This season’s Fridays@3 schedule includes:
July 2: How. What. Now.
Written and performed by Michael Warner
Directed by Campbell Scott
How. What. Now. Stories of Redemption and Hope, Killing Gophers, and how Bubble Gum Pop can save your life.
July 9: The Substance of Bliss
By Tony Glazer
2009 L. Arnold Weissberger Award Winner
In The Substance of Bliss by Tony Glazer, 2009’s L. Arnold Weissberger Award winner, a couple, Donna and Paul, wait up for their troubled son to come home. What they learn about yard fairies, neighborhood cats, the grouchy lady next door, Mrs. Johnston, their son, each other and ultimately, their relationship will change them forever.
July 16: Good on Paper
By Michele Lowe
For a community service credit, 16 year-old Miles returns to the daycare center in his father’s work where he was cared for as a small boy. Even though he has never really understood why his dad left him and his mom, Miles knows it has something to do with this place, once a revolutionary program for children of working parents. Michele Lowe’s Good on Paper asks us to question when we feel—and when we actually are—safe.
July 23: Midnight Sun
By Chris Eigeman
Directed by Steve Lawson
In association with the Williamstown Film Festival
Chris Eigeman's screenplay Midnight Sun dawns on a cold morning in 1943. When Max Coleman and Jack Priest, two doctoral candidates at Columbia get selected to participate in a secret project, they drop their jazz-filled lives in New York City and move to a remote makeshift village of physicists in the desert. There they begin working on the biggest bomb ever known to mankind. But is it a glorious testimony to the capabilities of mankind and the greatest peacekeeping tool ever invented or a weapon of mass destruction?
July 30: Elemeno Pea
By Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Amanda Charlton
When Simone invited her older sister, Devon, for a weekend at her boss’ house in Martha’s Vineyard, she never could have anticipated Devon’s reaction to the expensive luxuries which Simone enjoys daily. Not one to get caught up in this world, Devon points to the men in “pink pants” as just one example of the outrageous values to which the Kells subscribe. Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea explores what one must give up in order to have “everything.”
August 6: Knock Down Drag Out
By Kyle Jarrow
Directed by John Rando
After losing his job as an accountant, Will, with much urging from his wife, Macy, digs out the old screenplay. The local drama teacher thinks it is brilliant, a student of his turned L.A. actress, Chloe, thinks it is genius—together they will make a short to pitch to Chloe’s connections in L.A. Knock Down Drag Out by Kyle Jarrow brings the cutthroat world of Hollywood to Cleveland, OH where Macy, even though she has always wanted her husband to pursue his dreams, begins to resent the fact that everything she’s ever done, she’s done it for him.
Fridays@3 readings are held in the Paresky Center Auditorium and there is a suggested donation of $5.00 payable at the door. Reservations can be made by calling 413-597-3400, and are encouraged as seating is limited.
Tickets for the 2010 Williamstown Theatre Festival season can be purchased online at www.wtfestival.org and 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.
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For over half a century, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, has brought America’s best established and emerging theatre artists to the Berkshires for a vibrant summer festival celebrating the greatest classic and new works in the theatrical canon. This season, our 56th, is presented in the glorious ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance on the beautiful campus of Williams College, our generous hosts. In addition to our acclaimed productions, the Festival is home to unmatched training and professional development programs for the next generation of actors, writers, directors, designers, and managers. We are proud of our rich history and are committed to creating an environment where both experienced and developing artists can practice and refine their craft in collaboration with a loyal and sophisticated audience.
WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
2010 SEASON SUMMARY
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
Book by Burt Shevelove & Larry Gelbart
Music & lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Jessica Stone
Choreography by Denis Jones
June 30 – July 11
SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION
By John Guare
Directed by Anne Kauffman
July 14 – 25
By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Nicholas Martin
July 28 – August 8
FIFTH OF JULY
By Lanford Wilson
Directed by Terry Kinney
August 11 – 22
IT’S JEWDY’S SHOW: MY LIFE AS A SITCOM
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
June 23 – July 4
SAMUEL J. AND K.
By Mat Smart
Directed by Justin Waldman
July 7 – 18
AFTER THE REVOLUTION
By Amy Herzog
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
July 21 – August 1
THE LAST GOODBYE
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
Choreography by Sonya Tayeh
August 5 – 20