Williamstown Theatre Festival season to include Matthew Broderick, Carmen Cusack, Mary-Louise Parker and more

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WILLIAMSTOWN — The summer of 2018 will be a star-studded one for the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

The 64th season for the Tony Award-winning theater company will include three world premiere plays, a world premiere musical and appearances by Matthew Broderick and Mary-Louise Parker.

"This summer, we look forward to creating a season of new productions that engage with the moment we are living in," said Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield, who announced the season at the theater festival's annual gala Monday evening. "Through world premiere work, new plays and one revival, we hope to illuminate pieces of the human experience not often seen on stage. More than ever, theater makers feel the urgency to create meaningful, transportive work that reminds us of the depth and possibility of humanity. This summer, a diverse, bold, and brilliant group of theater artists will meet the adventurous audiences and patrons who have sustained and grown Williamstown Theatre Festival for 64 years to create the magic of the Festival, once again."

The season, running from June 26 - Aug. 19, begins on the Main Stage with the world premiere of "The Closet," (June 26 - July 14), by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane ("The Little Dog Laughed"). The production will be directed by Mark Brokaw ("Jesus Hopped the A Train") and feature two-time Tony Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Broderick ("The Producers, It's Only A Play"), Tony Award nominee Brooks Ashmanskas ("Something Rotten," "Sunday in the Park with George"), Tony Award nominee Jessica Hecht ("A View from the Bridge," "Friends"), and Ann Harada ("Avenue Q," "Community").

The season continues with the world premiere of a new musical, "Lempicka," (July 19 - Aug. 1), with book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer and music by Matt Gould ("Invisible Thread"), directed by Tony Award nominee Rachel Chavkin ("Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812"), with Tony Award nominee Carmen Cusack ("Bright Star"). The season will close with "The Member of the Wedding" (Aug. 5 - 19), by Carson McCullers featuring Tavi Gevinson ("This is Our Youth") and directed by Lila Neugebauer ("The Wolves").

The Nikos Stage season kicks off June 27 with the world premiere of "The Sound Inside" (June 27 - July 8), by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp ("Red Light Winter," "Essential Self-Defense"). The production will be directed by David Cromer ("The Band's Visit," "Our Town") featuring Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker ("Proof," "Weeds"). The season also includes the world premiere of "Artney Jackson" (July 11 - July 22), by James Anthony Tyler ("Some Old Black Man"), directed by Laura Savia; "Seared" (July 25 - Aug. 4) by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck ("The Seminar," WTF's "The Understudy"), directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel ("Present Laughter," "Hand to God") and featuring Drama Desk Award nominee Steven Pasquale ("The Bridges of Madison County"). The Nikos Stage season closes out the summer with "Dangerous House" (Aug. 8 - 19) by Jen Silverman (WTF's "The Roommate"), directed by Saheem Ali (WTF's "Where Storms Are Born").

Additional programming and events, as well as complete casting and creative team information, will be announced at a later date.

Ticket bundles are now available at www.wtfestival.org. Advance single tickets for the 2018 season will be available April 3 through the WTF website and by mail order using WTF's season brochure (call 413-458-3253 to join the mailing list). The WTF Box Office will open June 1 at which point tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or in person at the `62 Center for Theatre and Dance Box Office at 1000 Main St. (Route 2), Williamstown.


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