Rockwell, Rabe, Cromer on tap for Williamstown

Legit festival firms up full slate for 2011

The Williamstown Theater Festival has added Sam Rockwell in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” Lily Rabe in “The Merchant of Venice” and new plays by Lewis Black and the Civilians to the sked of its summer 2011 lineup.

Fest, which attracts a fair share of New York stage talent and attention thanks to the Williamstown, Mass., event’s proximity to Gotham, has nailed down five offerings to play WTF’s smaller venue, the Nikos Stage.

David Cromer (“The House of Blue Leaves”) will helm “Streetcar” (June 22-July 3), starring Rockwell and Gotham stage vet Jessica Hecht (“A View From the Bridge”). Cromer directed a well-received production of “Streetcar” in Chicago last year.

Black’s “One Slight Hitch” (July 6-17), a wedding-day farce, will star Mark Linn-Baker and Paige Howard in a staging helmed by Joe Grifasi.

Rabe, coming off the plaudits she scored for her perf in “The Merchant of Venice,” will play Nora in a production of “Doll’s House” (July 20-31) helmed by in-demand Off Broadway director Sam Gold (“Circle Mirror Transformation”). Lili Taylor, Hamish Linklater, Matthew Maher and Oscar Isaac also are among the cast.

“Touch(ed)” (Aug. 3-14), a new play by Bess Wohl, follows a woman trying to connect with an older sister who has spent the last eight years in an institution. Trip Cullman (“Bachelorette”) helms.

Wrapping up the Nikos slate is the latest from docu-theater collective the Civilians, “You Better Sit Down: Tales From My Parents’ Divorce.” Compiled and written from interviews done by a number of Civilians members with their own parents, the show is conceived by Jennifer R. Morris and helmed by Anne Kauffman.

The Nikos lineup joins a mainstage slate that includes the Broadway-aimed revival of “You Can’t Take It With You,” “She Stoops to Conquer” and John Doyle’s Rodger and Hart catalog tuner “Ten Cents a Dance.”