Anna Chlumsky is in Williamstown, MA co-starring in Living on Love, a play about an opera diva - played by Renée Flemming, her mastro husband played by Douglas Sills, and the autobiography ghostwriters - played by Chlumsky and Justin Long - who come between them. The show runs at WTF through July 26th.
The play, June Moon…now on the main stage at Williamstown Theatre Festival…is the result of collaboration by George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner. Kaufman was one of the most prolific playwrights in American theater history. For a period of more than 35 years, from 1921 to 1958, at least one Kaufman production – he as the author or the stage director – was being performed on Broadway. Even today, his play, The Man Who Came to Dinner, is a staple of virtually every American community theater.
After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points the way.
A Great Wilderness is a play by Obie Award winner, Samuel D. Hunter. It is directed at Williamstown Theatre Festival by Eric Ting and stars Jeffrey DeMunn. The three join us to talk about the play, which runs on the Nikos Stage at WTF July 9-July 20.
One of the most beloved and celebrated musical ambassadors of our time, soprano Renée Fleming is loved for her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. At a White House ceremony last July, the President awarded Ms. Fleming the National Medal of Arts, America's highest honor for an individual artist.
Known as “the people’s diva” and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo. Over the past few seasons, Ms. Fleming has hosted a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series for movie theaters and television, and Live From Lincoln Center on PBS.
She will be performing at the Tanglewood opener on Saturday night and later this month, she will stay in the Berkshires to perform her first role in a play. She will make her debut at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Living on Love, playing an opera diva at odds with her husband over the people they’ve hired to ghostwrite their autobiographies. It runs July 16 through 26th.
Come September 2014, the festival will be under new artistic guidance. Mandy Greenfield will take over for Jenny Gersten, who’s been at the helm since 2010. Greenfield is currently the artistic producer of the Manhattan Theatre Club, where she has been since 2003. She says she hopes to make it to Williamstown this summer, a place she’s been to many times as a tourist, fan and ticket buyer.
Come September 2014, the Festival will be under new artistic guidance. Mandy Greenfield will take over for Jenny Gersten, who has served in the role since 2010. Before Gersten takes on a new position as executive director of Friends of the High Line in New York City in January, she will program the upcoming season, the Festival’s 60th.