Williamstown Theatre Festival today opens Last of Last of the Red Hot Lovers, which began performances July 11.
Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon is directed by Jessica Stone (WTF’s A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum). The cast includes Brooks Ashmanskas (WTF’s She Stoops to Conquer; Promises, Promises) as Barney Cashman, Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) as Bobbi Michele, Susie Essman (HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) as Elaine Navazio, and Heidi Schreck (How the World Began, Circle Mirror Transformation) as Jeanette Fisher.
Meet Barney Cashman (Ashmanskas). He's a middle-aged restaurant manager who has a very nice married existence. But he's tired of existing; he wants to live — before it's too late. Maybe one afternoon of passion could be so exhilarating, so vivid, that the memory alone would sate his desire for more. Three women, three afternoons, three shots at living in Technicolor. As she did with her lauded WTF production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, director Jessica Stone reveals the humanity and the hilarity in Last of the Red Hot Lovers, this oft-overlooked early work of Neil Simon.
The creative team includes Alexander Dodge (Scenic Design), Philip Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Clint Ramos (Costume Design), Drew Levy (Sound Design) and Aaron Rhyne (Projections Design). Deanna Weiner is the Production Stage Manager.
As previously announced, the complete 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival season runs from June 26 – August 19, 2012 and includes Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, a Preview Production of the new musical Far From Heaven, and a new translation of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country on the Main Stage, with Lucy Boyle’s The Blue Deep, Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man, and Katori Hall’s WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! on the Nikos Stage. The season will also include a special workshop production of David Byrne’s Here Lies Love, which will play at nearby MASS MoCA.