Five premieres, appearances by Marisa Tomei and Alfred Molina highlight WTF's 2016 season

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Four world premieres, one American premiere, two revivals and appearances by Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei, Tony- and Emmy Award nominee Alfred Molina, Golden Globe and Tony Award nominee Michael Stuhlbarg and Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek highlight Williamstown Theatre Festival's 2016 season — Mandy Greenfield's second as the Tony Award-winning regional theater's artistic director.

The season begins June 28 on the Main Stage at Williams College's '62 Center for Theatre and Dance with Tomei starring in Tennessee Williams' 1951 Tony Award-winning play, "The Rose Tattoo" and concludes Aug. 21 with the final performances of Wendy Wasserstein's "An American Daughter" on the Main Stage and the American premiere of Australian playwright Tom Holloway's "And No More Shall We Part," starring Molina and Kaczmarek, in the Nikos Stage.

"(These) five premieres and two revivals bring together some of the most extraordinary theater artists from around this country and abroad," Greenfield says in a press release.

"The stories we tell and the artists with whom we will tell them are fresh and diverse, bold and funny."

Directed by Obie Award-winner Trip Cullman, "The Rose Tattoo" runs through July 17 and stars Tomei as a grieving widow who finds a passionate new lease on life when a hot-blooded trucker arrives in town.

"The Rose Tattoo" will be followed on the Main Stage by a world premiere, "Romance Novels for Dummies" (July 20-31), a comedy by Bob Killebrew about a suddenly widowed woman — a modest Southern stay-at-home mom — who learns a lesson or two about life when she and her daughter move in with a friend — a cigarette-smoking, cussing, failing New York actress. Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs.

Wasserstein's 1997 play, "An American Daughter," which begins performances Aug. 3, deals with the controversial issues that unexpectedly surface around a presidential nominee for Surgeon General of the United States. Evan Cabnet directs.

The festival's smaller Nikos Stage launches on June 29 with the world premiere of playwright Martyna Majok's "Cost of Living" about four people — an unemployed truck driver; his ex-wife, who's been in a terrible accident; a brilliant doctoral student; and an overworked caregiver — whose lives intersect. Jo Bonney directs.

"Cost of Living" runs through July 10 and will be followed by another world premiere, "The Chinese Room" by Michael West (July 13-23), starring Stuhlbarg, a Tony Award and Golden Globe Award nominee ("Jobs" and "Trumbo"), as a visionary in the field of artificial intelligence who scrambles to save everything he's worked for and created when he is booted from the company he founded. James Macdonald directs.

A new musical, "Poster Boy," with music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia and book by Joe Tracz, has its world premiere in the Nikos Stage July 28-Aug. 7. Inspired by the real-life suicide in 2010 of college student Tyler Clementi, a victim of cyber bullying, "Poster Boy" examines what happens when the close-knit members of an online gay chat room band together to understand what drove one of their own to take his life.

The Nikos season ends with Holloway's "And No More Shall We Part," starring Molina and Kaczmarek as a long-time, loving married couple who must grapple with some heart-wrenching decisions when the wife becomes terminally ill.

Additional programs and casting will be announced over the coming months.

Single tickets go on sale to the general public in April online or by mail with the WTF season brochure. The box office will open in June at which time tickets will be available in person at '62 Center for Theatre and Dance as well as online at wtfestival.org and by phone at (413) 597-3400.

SEASON AT A GLANCE

MAIN STAGE

• "The Rose Tattoo" by Tennessee Williams: Directed by Trip Cullman. With Marisa Tomei. June 28-July 17

• "Romance Novels for Dummies" by Boo Killebrew (world premiere): Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. July 20-31

• "An American Daughter" by Wendy Wasserstein: Directed by Evan Cabnet. Aug. 3-21

NIKOS STAGE

• "Cost of Living" by Martyna Majok (world premiere): Directed by Jo Bonney. June 29-July 10

• "The Chinese Room" by Michael West (world premiere): Directed by James Macdonald. With Michael Stuhlbarg. July 13-23

• "Poster Boy" (world premiere): Music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia. Book by Joe Gracz. Movement by Danny Mefford. Directed by Stafford Arima. July 28-Aug. 7

• "And No More Shall We Part" by Tom Holloway (American premiere): Directed by Anne Kauffman. With Alfred Molina and Jane Kaczmarek. Aug. 10-21

Tickets

• Ticket bundles now available at wtfestival.org

• Single tickets available in April online at wtfestival.org or by mail order using WTF season brochure (call 413-597-3400 to join mailing list)

• Box office opens in June at which time tickets will be available online, by phone or in person at '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St. (Route 2)


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