From the May 18, 1955, edition.

Marcia Henderson, who is featured with Peter Lawford in TV's "Dear Phoebe" series, will open the Williamstown Theatre Foundation's 10-week summer session with the lead role in "Time of the Cuckoo." by Arthur Laurents. The play will run from Tuesday, June 28, through Saturday, July 2.

To Perform Gratis

She will be performing gratis in appreciation for the start she received in the college-owned theatre. "I was still in pigtails when I first appeared with Williams College Cap and Bells, Inc." she recalled. "I was in ‘Fall of the City,' as I remember. Over the years, feminine roles in the college theatre have been taken by local townspeople and faculty wives because Williams is not co-educational. Miss Henderson is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Henderson of Meacham street.

Miss Henderson's agreement to appear in the opening play means that all but two productions have been decided upon for this summer. Executive Director David C. Bryant, Jr. and Associate Director Nikos Psacharop oulos have announced eight plays, all but the tenth and the ninth productions which will be released as soon as permission to produce them is received.

After "Time of the Cuckoo" will come "Lighten Up the Sky," "Gigi," "The Crucible," "Tovarich," "The Late George Apley," "The Rainmaker," and "Ondine."

To Use College Theatre

The idea of a theatre here was conceived last summer by Williamstown Board of Trade.


Louis Rudnick was chosen president and is on the executive committee with George Schryver and O. Dixon Marshall. The non-profit, educational institution has been incorporated and has received permission from Williams College authorities to use the college theatre which has been praised by Cole Porter as one of the best-equipped theaters in the country. A part-time resident here, Mr. Porter has contributed financially to support of the new theatre.

Area support for the theatre has been excellent. Only $4,341 is needed to reach the goal of $15,000 which authorities estimate will be sufficient to get the theatre started. An acting company of 10 men and 8 women, with three apprentices, has been selected, largely from graduate schools of drama or from the ranks of budding to performers who recently made the jump to acting careers.

Plans for season subscriptions at special rates, will be announced soon, when Irwin Shainman, business manager, will designate ticket offices in surrounding towns. Additional information may be obtained from the Adams Memorial Theatre box office.