Rees, Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning Williamstown
Theatre Festival (WTF), has announced details for the Festival's 2005
Season, running July 6 through August 28. The summer season will be the first
under the leadership of Rees, who began his tenure as Artistic Director on
January 1 of this year. The season will also mark the much-anticipated debut
of WTF's new performance venues in the '62 Center for Theatre and
Dance at Williams College. The Festival's Main Stage will now be housed
in a new 550-seat multi-level auditorium while the renovated Adams Memorial
Theatre will be the new home of the Nikos Stage, WTF's second performance
space dedicated to new plays.
The Main Stage season
will begin July 6 and include Oscar Wilde's social comedy Lady Windermere's Fan,
Caryl Churchill's political drama Top Girls, Tom Stoppard's farcical On the Razzle, and Bus Stop - William Inge's
mid-twentieth century American romance. "Opening a new performance space
in your first season as Artistic Director would be on anyone's dream list,"
said Rees. "I've selected plays that represent a wide range of
styles, periods and cultures productions that will expand upon
WTF's tradition for mounting terrific revivals on the Main Stage."
The Nikos Stage
"First Works" season will feature new plays by three
fresh voices in the theatre Etan
Frankel, Lucy Prebble,
and Oni Faida Lampley. "As
Artistic Director, I feel an obligation to help foster truly talented young
theatre practitioners," Rees commented. The three playwrights
represented on the Nikos Stage this year each possess a distinctly unique voice
and perspective on the human condition, and I believe their plays speak to our
In addition to the Main Stage and Nikos Stage seasons, the
Festival will include the popular late-night cabaret, Free Theatre, Greylock
Theatre Project and many other activities to round out the summer. Casting for
all productions will be announced at a later date.
2005 Main Stage
LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN by Oscar Wilde,
directed by Moisés Kaufman (July 6 17).
Determined not to trust her husband when circumstances
suggest he's been unfaithful, the effortlessly desirable Lady Margaret
Windermere modern, independent and deliciously free of self-doubt
resolves to leave him flat. But the true nature of her husband's relationship with
the "other woman" is very different from what young Margaret
assumes it to be. The play is Oscar Wilde's first comedy and, more than
a century later, a provocative season-opener for WTF's 2005 season in the
hands of cutting-edge director Moisés Kaufman.