Community Works – Summer’s Soldier

The Williamstown Theatre Festival has developed a unique program which involves the community in the theatre festival. Since 2015, the Festival has had a year long program which engages people from the Berkshires community in creating a production of their own The Festival partners with other organizations in the Berkshires.  In the fall, winter and spring, artists from the Festival offer acting, play writing and story-circle  workshops for community members  of all ages, social and economic backgrounds and abilities. Out of these workshops emerge those who will work on creating the stage production that tells a story about the Berkshires.  Bob and I were fortunate enough to interview Hayley Sherwood and Boo Killebrew about this year’s production, Summer’s Soldier. Click on the link below to listen to the wonderful story they have to tell about this remarkable program.

Community Works Interview

For reservations call 413-458-3253 or click on the Williamstown Theatre Festival

For more information about the program click on  Community Works 

 

 

Selling KabuL

Selling Kabul is playing through July 20. Like the other productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Nikos Stage , it is a World Premiere. Bob and I had not realized how short the run of the play was, but we are glad that we saw it and urge others to do so if they can. The play will be having an Off Broadway production at Playwrights Horizons in New York in March 2020. The intimate drama is worth seeing as it combines the human and the political while exploring the consequences of the United States breaking its promises to Afghan interpreters that they would receive visas to America. We see a young man who has put his wife, his child,, his sister and her husband and many others in danger as he hides from those who consider him a traitor for helping the Americans and other countries in this continuing war. Each of the actors brings his or her character to vivid life.    Williamstown Theatre Festival director Mandy Greenfield, is to be commended for producing new and thought provoking and moving plays that engage audiences while making them think.  Check out the other plays at the Festival so that you don’t miss any of the fine productions they offer.

Discussion of Selling Kabul

Below is a link to a video interview with the playwright and the director of Selling Kabul

Selling Kabul video

Go to the Williamstown Theatre Festival website for tickets by clicking below

Williamstown Theatre Festival website

or call 413-456-3253

 

 

A Raisin The Sun

A Raisin in the Sun is on the Main Stage at the Willamstown Theatre Festival through July 13. Bob and I saw the original production sixty years ago. I have also taught the play so we were looking forward to seeing this production. We were thrilled with it. As vivid as our memories were of the original cast, this cast and this director made it their own. Listen to our reactions by clicking below

Discussion of A Raisin in the Sun

Then  click on the Williamstown Theatre Festival website

or call 413-458-3253 for tickets.

For other opinions, check out The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association 

Williamstown Theatre Box Office Manager

               William Haltiwanger

Theatregoers either call the theatre or go online to order tickets.  The theartregoers may have heard about a play from their friends, seen an ad for it, or read a review. Others who want to save money and get their preferred seats might become subscribers before the season opens. However, they choose, when the special night or afternoon comes, an usher scans their tickets, another gives them their program and another shows them to their seats. All of this runs smoothly because of the skill of the Box Office Manager. Bob and I were fortunate  to interview William Haltiwanger, The Williamstown Theatre Festival Box Office Manager to find out how it all works.

Interview with William Haltiwanger

Williamstown Theatre Festival website

 

Williamstown Theatre Associate General Manager

 

                    Zach Krohn

Theatre goers are aware on some level that many people are responsible for the productions that they enjoy. When they read their programs, however, they generally focus on the cast and information about the production. Bob and I, on the other hand, like to know more about what makes theatres operate so effectively. We are delighted when we get the opportunity to talk with some of those who do the work behind the scenes. It was our pleasure to talk with Zach Krohn, Williamstown Theatre’s Associate General Manager.

To find out the details of what he does, click on the interview below.

Interview with Zach Krohn

 

Williamstown Theatre web site

 

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Artney Jackson


Artney Jackson 
is having its world premiere at the Nikos Theatre at the Williamstown Theatre Festival through June 22.  The play takes place in 2016 in the Break Room at The Cable Company in Las Vegas, Nevada.  This is the playwright, James Anthony Tyler’s first play for The Williamstown Theatre Festival although he has had many other plays performed at other theatres. It is always exciting to see a new work and the Williamstown Theatre Festival offers many opportunities to enjoy the work of new playwrights this season.

The play is ninety minutes long without and intermission. Bob and I discuss that and other aspects of the play which you can hear about, by clicking below.

Artney Jackson Discussion 

For tickets and other information about the season, click on Williamstown Theatre’s website

Williamstown Theatre Festival website

For reviews of the play, click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

 

The Closet

The opening production of the Williamstown Theatre Festival, ruinning through July 14, is the world premier of The Closet, a comedy for our time starring Matthew Broderick. Set in a religious supply company, it tells the tale of a man who is on the brink of losing everything until a stranger enters his life and offers him a unique way out of his dilemma . This comedy     is a commentary on some of our contemporary shibboleths and shows how, with the right moves, matters can be flipped and everything swung  in a different direction. .

Bob and I talked about the play.  Click below for our discussion of the play

Discussion of The Closet

Click on the picture below for a video about the play

The Closet

For tickets and more information about the season

Williamstown Theatre Festival website

For reviews of the play, click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association