The Williamstown Theatre Festival has announced the world premiere of Oliver Award-winning Mountaintop playwright Katori Hall‘s Whaddabloodclot!!! as part of it 2012 summer season. New additions to Williamstown’s summer lineup also include a newly conceived production of Oscar Wilde‘s The Importance of Being Earnest, staged by Tony winner David Hyde Pierce (June 26-July 14). It is described as a Guys and Dolls meets “Downton Abbey” take on the classic comedy.
Tony winner Richard Nelson will stage the world premiere of a new translation of Ivan Turgenev‘s A Month in the Country (Aug. 1-19).
Nelson collaborated with Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky on thetranslation.
Jessica Stone will stage Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Last of the Red Hot Lovers (July 11-22), and a free staging of Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle’s The Valley of Fear, adapted by Steve Lawson, will also be offered (July 18-27).
Whaddabloodclot!!! (Aug. 8-19) is presented in association with the Signature Theatre Company, which is currently presenting Hall’s Hurt Village.
Here’s how the new play is described: “One-percenter Eden Higgenbotham lives
a cushy Upper-East-Side life surrounded by equally affluent, vain, and snobbish
friends. When a sudden stroke causes her to contract the very rare Foreign
Accent Syndrome, which makes her speak uncontrollably with a Jamaican accent,
she’s forced to embrace a dramatically altered identity.”
As previously reported, Williamstown will produce Far From Heaven, a new musical with a book by Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out) and an original score by Tony-nominated Grey Gardens songwriters Scott Frankel (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics). Michael Greif (Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, Rent) will direct (July 19-29). Three-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara will star.
Single tickets will go on sale in April. Visit WilliamstownTheatreFestival