'Frasier's' creator, exec producer to direct comedy

David Lee, creator and executive producer of “Frasier,” will direct Joel Fields’ romantic comedy “How I Fell in Love” Aug. 16-27 at the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Lee, with partners David Angell and Peter Casey, created the TV series “Wings,” which ran for seven years, and worked as a writer, director and producer on “Cheers.” His most recent legit credit was directing a 1999 production of Moss Hart’s backstage comedy “Light Up the Sky” at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Lee and Fields are repped by the William Morris Agency’s George Lane and Gilbert Parker, respectively.

Michael Ritchie, producer of the Massachusetts theater fest, also announced the casting of several leads for the 2000 season, which will feature many Williamstown vets as well as a few debutantes with the company.

Kate Burton and Harris Yulin topline Jon Robin Baitz’s new adaptation of Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” (July 19-30). The Nicholas Martin-helmed production marks Burton’s 18th production at WTF. Yulin had appeared in the fest’s “Misha’s Party” and “The Price,” which he reprised this season on Broadway. Baitz’s version of the Ibsen classic had its world premiere at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse in March 1999, with Annette Bening in the lead.

Eric Stoltz, featured in “The Glass Menagerie” two seasons ago, returns in “Light Up the Sky” Aug. 16-27. Christopher Ashley directs.

The 2000 Main Stage season at Williamstown opens in June with Noel Coward’s “Tonight at 8:30” (June 16-July 2), six one-act plays that will be divided into two separate presentations, the first of which, Program A, stars Stephen Collins and Blythe Danner. Both actors have appeared in numerous productions at WTF. This season they perform Coward’s “We Were Dancing,” “Family Album” and “Hands Across the Sea,” to be directed by Michael Greif.

Ann Reinking helms Program B of the Coward one-acters, which include “Red Peppers,” “Shadow Play” and “Star Chamber” and feature Charlotte d’Amboise and Bill Irwin in their WTF debuts.

Sara Gilbert, another newcomer to the Williamstown stage, headlines Lanford Wilson’s early success “The Hot L Baltimore” July 5-16; Joe Mantello directs.

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