Slate includes 'True West,' Baker comedy
“True West” starring Nate and Rob Corddry and a 1920s farce directed by Dylan Baker and starring Becky Ann Baker are among the offerings of the 2009 season at the Williamstown Theater Festival.Also involved in the upcoming slate are helmer Maria Aitken (“The 39 Steps”) and thesps Marian Seldes, Jefferson Mays and Mary Beth Hurt, among others. Mainstage of the Massachusetts summer fest, which is close enough to Gotham to attract Rialto-caliber creatives, will kick off with John Tillinger’s staging of A.R. Gurney’s 1974 play “Children” (July 1-12). Show is a co-production with Connecticut’s Westport Country Playhouse, where the show will run this spring. “True West” (July 15-26), featuring the Corddry brothers playing dueling siblings in Sam Shepard’s 1980 work, will be helmed by Daniel Goldstein, who directed “Godspell” at the Paper Mill Playhouse (and had been set to reprise his helming duties on Broadway in the Rialto staging of “Godspell” scuttled earlier this season). Dylan Baker will helm “The Torch-Bearers” (July 29-Aug. 9), a farce by George Kelly that will star Baker’s wife, Becky Ann, and Seldes. Final offering on the Main Stage will be Aitken’s production of Simon Gray’s “Quartermaine’s Terms,” starring Mays (“I Am My Own Wife”), Hurt and Simon Jones (“Blithe Spirit”). The season on the festival’s smaller Nikos Stage will feature three world preems. Fest a.d. Nicholas Martin will helm Jonathan Marc Sherman’s “Knickerbocker” (July 8-19), to be followed by Justin Waldman’s staging of Noah Haidle’s “What is the Cause of Thunder?” (July 22-Aug. 2). Nikos season finishes with “Caroline in Jersey” (Aug. 5-16) by Melinda Lopez (“Sonia Flew”). Winner of the fest’s annual Weissberger Award for playwriting is Ken Urban, who will pick up $10,000 for his play “Sense of an Ending” and see the script read at the fest during the season.
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