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New England News
12:30 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Northern Berkshire Cultural Organizations Aim For Shared Success

Williams College Museum of Art
Credit Jim Levulis / WAMC

The cultural attractions of the northern Berkshires have laid out their plans for the upcoming summer.

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New England News
6:40 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

New Director Excited For Next Chapter

Mandy Greenfield will take over as artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival in September 2014.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival has named a new artistic director.

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.

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New England News
4:33 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Williamstown Theatre Festival Names New Artistic Director

Jenny Gersten will leave as artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival in January to become executive director of Friends of the High Line.
Credit John Dolan

In western Massachusetts, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has named a new artistic director.

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.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Tue August 13, 2013

"Blood Play" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    

    Blood Play is the final show on the Nikos Stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival this season. The show is created by The Debate Society - a Brooklyn based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, and Oliver Butler.

The Debate Society was awarded a “Village Voice Best of Award” for “Best Argument for Devised Theater - 2010” and the trio of theatre artists are 2011 Sundance Institute Fellows.

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Herbert Wolff Reviews WTF's Bridges of Madison County

Theater reviewer Herbert Wolff takes a close look at the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of The Bridges of Madison County

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Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Johnny Baseball"

“Johnny Baseball” playing at the Nikos Theatre of the Williamstown Theatre Festival is both a musical about baseball and an interracial love story. The two are connected through the racism of baseball, specifically the Boston Red Sox, who were one of the last team in major league baseball to sign a black ballplayer.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Jason Robert Brown - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Sarah LaDuke and Jason Robert Brown

    Jason Robert Brown’s first musical, Songs for a New World played off-Broadway in 1995 and has since been seen in more than two hundred productions around the world. He won the Tony Award for Best Original Score in 1999 for Parade and won Drama Desk Awards in 2002 for Best Music and Best Lyrics for The Last Five Years - which has been adapted for film by Richard LaGravenese and produced by Lucky Monkey Pictures, Sh-K-Boom Records, and Grand Peaks Entertainment.

Jason is the composer and lyricist of the new musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County. The book is by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman and it's directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

The Broadway-bound show begins its run on The Williamstown Theatre Festival Mainstage this week.

Jason Robert Brown joins us to discuss the show, working with Marsha Norman, and how it was time for him to write something grand and romantic. 

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Bartlett Sher and Steven Pasquale - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    The Williamstown Theatre Festival's Broadway-bound production of The Bridges of Madison County musical, starring Steven Pasquale and Elena Shaddow opens on August 1st.

Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, Bridges will play the main stage through August 18th. The show then moves to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, with performances beginning January 13th and officially opening in late-February.

Based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 bestselling novel, The Bridges of Madison County features a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman. The musical tells the story of Robert Kincaid (played by Steven Pasquale) and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife, Francesca Johnson.

Sher’s Broadway credits include Golden Boy, South Pacific, Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Steven Pasquale - a series regular on the seven-season FX hit Rescue Me - last appeared on Broadway in the Neil LaBute play Reasons to Be Pretty and was here at Williamstown last season in Far From Heaven.

Arts & Culture
12:39 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews WTF Production Of "Pygmalion"

If you only know of the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmallion” as the source material for the musical “My Fair Lady,” you really don’t know the work.  “Pygmailion” is a biting, funny social satire about women’s rights and class distinctions.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri July 26, 2013

"Johnny Baseball" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

James Snyder as Johnny O’Brien
Credit T Charles Erickson

    The Red Sox musical Johnny Baseball is now running on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Johnny Baseball brings to life the "Curse of the Bambino" through the stories of three orphaned souls -- hard-luck 1919 Red Sox right-hander Johnny O'Brien; his idol, Babe Ruth, and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African-American blues singer. Their intertwining fates reveal the source of the curse and the secret to its triumphant end in 2004, while also examining social and racial undertones that have impacted the team throughout its history.

Willie Reale wrote the lyrics and conceived the story of Johnny Baseball with playwright Richard Dresser.

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