Chris Pine and Lauren Ambrose will spend the summer doing a little play in the Berkshires, signing on to star in Sam Shepard’s 1983 play “Fool for Love” at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Williamstown, Mass.
Pine, a theater guy before Hollywood found him, returns to Williamstown for the first time in a dozen years. Ambrose hasn’t appeared before at the festival, but she’s previously logged Gotham stage credits including “Romeo and Juliet” in Central Park and Broadway’s “Awake and Sing!”
Williamstown’s annual summer fest has long attracted high profile talent to its stages, in part thanks to its relative proximity to New York City. The Broadway-bound revival of “The Elephant Man,” starring Bradley Cooper, originated there, and alums of the fest also include Gwyneth Paltrow and Blythe Danner.
Daniel Aukin (“4,000 Miles,” “Bad Jews”) directs “Fool for Love,” one of three offerings on the festival’s smaller Nikos Stage. Also on the Nikos slate for 2014 are the east coast bow of Samuel Hunter’s “A Great Wilderness” and “The Old Man and the Moon,” the PigPen Theater Company production that played an Off Broadway run last season.
That trio of titles joins a previously announced lineup that includes a John Doyle-directed revival of Kander and Ebb’s “The Visit,” starring Chita Rivera, and the world preem of “Living on Love,” starring Renee Fleming. Latter is helmed by Kathleen Marshall and adapted by Joe DiPietro (“Memphis”) from a play by Garson Kanin.