TONY AWARD-WINNING WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES “[email protected]” READING SERIES TO BE HOSTED AT THE CLARK ART INSTITUTE THIS SUMMER

April 26, 2017

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) announced this morning that the Festival’s popular “[email protected]” Reading Series has a new home for the summer 2017 season. The program, which offers theatre lovers the opportunity to experience new work in development by the Williamstown Theatre Festival, will be presented in the auditorium of the Clark Art Institute. The “[email protected]” Reading Series will occur weekly on Fridays from July 7–August 18 at 3 pm. All performances are free; a $5 donation to WTF is encouraged.
 
Seating is limited and reservations are required. To reserve, visit wtfestival.org. The WTF box office opens Tuesday, June 1 at 10 am, at which time in-person and phone sales will be available.

This summer’s schedule of “[email protected]” at the Clark offers a wide range of theatrical experiences, including:

July 7: Seared by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, featuring Tony Award nominee Steven Pasquale. Facing mounting pressure to expand his restaurant, a passionate chef clamors to keep his cuisine on point.

July 14: The Fit by Carey Perloff. Sakina struggles to find her place in the “boys’ club” at a venture capital firm, pinning her hopes on a bold, new idea.

July 21: Noura, WTF’s 2017 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award winner, by Heather Raffo, WTF’s 2017 Jay Harris Commission recipient; directed by Joanna Settle. An Iraqi immigrant living in America makes the complicated decision to welcome a young refugee into her home.

July 28: Blue Skies Process by Abe Koogler. Three employees must brainstorm their way to success at a startup while navigating office politics and water cooler alliances.

August 4: Lempicka with music by Matt Gould, book and lyrics by Carson Kreitzer, and directed by Rachel Chavkin featuring Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo and Tony Award nominee Steven Pasquale. Fleeing a violent revolution in Russia, Tamara Lempicka starts a new life in Paris alongside the two great loves of her life.

August 11: Overjoyed by Ethan Lipton, directed by Oliver Butler. Stacey is a new mom. Stacey likes to take her baby to the park. Stacey is ninety-three years old.

August 18: Screenplay by Stalin by Tom Fontana, directed by Laura Savia. Vasilij and Fyodor have been hired for a very important project. They just need a little more time—and vodka—to complete it.

ABOUT THE CLARK

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 4303.
 
ABOUT THE WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
 
Since 1955, the Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America's finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including Free Theatre, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs.
 
With offices in both Williamstown and New York City, WTF creates vibrant work that feeds the wider theatrical landscape. The artists and productions shaped at the Festival each summer often go on to reach diverse audiences nationally and internationally. WTF is also home to one of the nation’s top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011.
 
 
Press contact:
Clark Art Institute
413 458 0471
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