Williamstown Theatre Festival celebrates the 2012 season's extraordinary artists and audiences as the Festival's 58th season draws to close.
"The 2012 season at the Williamstown Theatre Festival had many happy discoveries, I believe, for all of us - our smart audience, the hundreds of dedicated staff and interns, and our glorious company of artists," said Artistic Director Jenny Gersten on the final day of performances, "The Theatre Festival has experienced exceptional support and commitment from our local community - we have felt tremendously welcome and a part of this area in ways that we haven't received since I was here years ago. That means the most to me."
This season, WTF presented three productions on the Main Stage including Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest directed by David Hyde Pierce, the Preview Production of the new musical Far From Heaven, and the World Premiere Translation of Ivan Turgenev's A Month in the Country. On the Nikos Stage, WTF presented the World Premiere of The Blue Deep, Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers directed by WTF veteran Jessica Stone, Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man, and the world premiere of Olivier-Award winning playwright Katori Hall's WHADDABLOODCLOT!!! In addition to these productions, WTF produced the workshop production of David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's new musical Here Lies Love, celebrated the 25th anniversary of Free Theatre with Steve Lawson's adaptation of a Sherlock Holmes story, The Valley of Fear, and continued to support emerging artists with 6 plays in the Fridays @ 3 Reading Series. In addition, the Festival did 47 readings and workshops with visiting artists, and presented dozens of productions created by WTF's workshop program of directing and design interns, apprentices, and non-Equity actors.
WTF is proud to have supported the Berkshires community by bringing nearly 41,000 audience members from 44 states and 6 countries while they attended the work of 401 members of the WTF Company including staff, apprentices, and artists!