Williamstown Theatre Festival‘s 67th, 2021 season will return to live performances this summer – outdoors, socially distanced, and with safety prioritized.
It will begin with the world premiere of Outside on Main: Nine Solo Plays by Black Playwrights (Wednesday, July 6 – Sunday, July 25). Guest curated by 2021 Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara (Slave Play, WTF’s A Raisin in the Sun), this series of three shows centers and celebrates Black artists and their voices through theatrical storytelling. Each performance consists of three of the nine 30-minute world premieres, created by Black writers Ngozi Anyanwu, France-Luce Benson, J. Nicole Brooks, Guadalís Del Carmen, Terry Guest, Ike Holter, Zora Howard, NSangou Njikam, and Charly Evon Simpson; written for actors of color; and brought to life by directors Wardell Julius Clark, Candis C. Jones, and Awoye Timpo on the Front Lawn of the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance.
The season will continue with the world premiere musical Row (Tuesday, July 13 – Sunday, August 8), with book by Daniel Goldstein, music and lyrics by Dawn Landes, directed by Tyne Rafaeli, and inspired by A Pearl in the Storm by Tori Murden McClure. Row will feature Grace McLean, who also appears in the WTF Season on Audible recording of Row, which became available on April 8, at 3 AM ET within the Audible Plus catalog.
The season concludes with the world premiere of Alien/Nation (Tuesday, July 20 – Sunday, August 8), an immersive theatrical experience from two-time Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden and the company of The Forest of Arden that takes audiences on a journey throughout Williamstown, revealing unexpected surprises around them and within them. Audiences will choose to experience this completely unique site-specific performance by foot or by car and plunge themselves into the center of stories inspired by real events that took place in Western Massachusetts in 1969. Devised in collaboration with writers Jen Silverman and Eric Berryman and featuring members of WTF’s COMMUNITY WORKS program, Alien/Nation engages all of the senses for a theatre experience unlike any other.
Additional programming and events, as well as complete casting and creative team information, will be announced at a later date. Tickets will go on sale to the public in mid-June. For updates, please visit www.wtfestival.org.