MAIN STAGE

June 26 - July 14, 2013
ANIMAL CRACKERS
Book by George S. Kaufman & Morrie Ryskind
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar & Harry Ruby
Choreographed by John Carrafa
Adapted and Directed by Henry Wishcamper 

Hooray for Captain Spaulding!  The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief. This new interpretation of the Marx Brothers' hit Broadway musical and classic film overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick.

July 17 - 27, 2013
PYGMALION

By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Nicholas Martin
With Robert Sean Leonard

"You have no idea how frightfully interesting it is to take a human being and change her into a quite different human being."  With all the parallels of a modern reality-show makeover, an impoverished flower seller is taken in hand by a linguistics professor who attempts to change her accent and pass her off as the epitome of English society.  For a wager.  A sharp satire on class and women's independence, Shaw's century-old masterpiece presents an uproarious and poignant battle of wits between two of theatre's most iconic characters.

August 1 - 18, 2013
THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Bartlett Sher
With Steven Pasquale
WORLD PREMIERE

The best-selling novel captivated millions of readers with the story of a beautiful Italian woman who marries an American soldier to flee war-ravaged Italy. Her new life on an Iowa farm is uncomplicated until the day a National Geographic photographer comes up her driveway looking for directions, forever changing the course of their lives.  Developed by an extraordinary, award-winning creative team, this passionate new musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the deep yearning entangled in the eternal question, “What if...?”


NIKOS STAGE


June 26 - July 7, 2013
AMERICAN HERO
By Bess Wohl
Directed by Leigh Silverman
WORLD PREMIERE

Three ounces of meat. Two ounces of cheese. Four ounces of lettuce.
Seventeen-year-old Sheri and her co-workers at a new sandwich franchise have honed their skills making everything from the Turkey Torpedo to the Big Kahuna Tuna according to the corporate manual. But when the franchise owner mysteriously disappears, they are forced to improvise. See just how far these “sandwich artists” will go to keep their shop afloat in this hilarious, surreal tale of the struggle for optimism, the power of sandwiches, and the glorious, messy American Dream.

July 10 - 21, 2013
HAPGOOD
By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Evan Yionoulis
With Kate Burton

Treacherous twins and double (or triple?) agents abound in a twisty-turny look at the unlikely nexus of international espionage and quantum physics. Simultaneously channeling John le Carré, Albert Einstein, and Mel Brooks, Stoppard’s Cold-War thriller boasts equal shares of brains, guts, and sly humor.  Kate Burton takes on the tour-de-force title role, the brilliant but eccentric British intelligence chief working to expose a Soviet double agent while trying to keep her personal life under wraps.

July 24 - August 3, 2013
JOHNNY BASEBALL

Book by Richard Dresser
Music by Robert Reale
Lyrics by Willie Reale
Choreographed by Denis Jones
Directed by Gordon Greenberg

The infamous Curse of the Boston Red Sox is brought to life through the fortunes of three orphaned souls: Johnny O’Brien, a hard-luck right-hander on the 1919 Sox; his idol, Babe Ruth; and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African-American blues singer and the love of Johnny’s life. The mystical intertwining of their fates reveals the source of the Curse and the secret to its triumphant end off Big Papi’s bat in 2004. Packing resonant social history into a quintessentially American musical, Johnny Baseball will bring cheers and tears to baseball fans and theatre lovers alike.

August 7 - 18, 2013
BLOOD PLAY
Written by Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen
Directed and Developed by Oliver Butler
Made by The Debate Society

A tranquil suburban evening in the early 1950's: the kids are away on a Junior Cherokee camping trip and a string of coincidences leads to a spontaneous grown-up party in the basement of a new ranch house.  Exotic cocktails are imbibed, raucous games are played, and new friends are made, but much is happening that no one is talking about. And something is stirring underground. A darkly comic thriller of post-war verve and pre-adolescent disquiet, Blood Play brings New York's critically lauded The Debate Society to the Festival stage.


OTHER FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES

FREE THEATRE
July 10 - 19, 2013
DRACULA
OR, THE UN-DEAD
Adapted by Steve Lawson from the novel by Bram Stoker
Directed by Jordan Fein

One of the most haunting figures of our common imagination, Dracula has stalked his nightmarish way through the years, never failing to leave an impression and the indelible marks of his fangs. As “the Count” sets forth from Transylvania on his dark mission to infest London and then the whole world with vampires, can modern science and reason stand up to him? WTF family member and Free Theatre co-founder Steve Lawson’s dynamic new stage version of Stoker’s iconic 1897 tale is guaranteed to hold audiences rapt. Leave your nerves at home!...but bring the whole family and a picnic. (Garlic recommended)

July 22, 2013
MY FAIR LEWIS
An Evening of Stand-Up with Lewis Black

Williamstown's favorite (adopted) son returns to the WTF Main Stage for a one-night-only benefit performance.   From his legendary rants on The Daily Show to his sold-out Broadway runs, Grammy Award-winning comedian Lewis Black has become this century's foremost purveyor of righteous indignation.   And while his stand-up appearances around the world have driven audiences to laughter-induced convulsions, he always brings something extra special to Williamstown.  Don't miss it.  All proceeds from this performance will support the Festival's signature training and professional development programs.

July 1, 2013
SCOTT AND ZELDA
A staged reading by Kay Cattarulla
Directed by Maria Tucci
With Patricia Clarkson and John Benjamin Hickey

New York in the Jazz Age, glamorous life on the Riviera, competing ambitions, true love —what didn’t go into the Fitzgeralds’ legendary marriage? Hear the story in their own words – drawn from novels, including Gatsby and Tender Is the Night, alongside commentary from intimates like Ernest Hemingway and others. Their edgy union, challenged by traumatic breakdowns and critical failures, found its best expression in their final letters, which are among the most moving ever written. A powerhouse evening with two WTF greats.

July 11 - 13, July 25 - 27, and August 8 - 10, 2013
LATE-NIGHT CABARET SERIES

The stars come out at night as WTF's celebrated Late-Night Cabaret Series returns in 2013!  Festival family, both established and emerging, sing, dance, and surprise you in these intimate and unforgettable evenings. Cabarets are held in Goodrich Hall, just a few blocks from the Main and Nikos Stages. WTF donors receive first access to these limited seating events.