Williamstown Theatre Festival

The Clean House comes to WTF

A woman with a spreading illness sits on a balcony, tasting apples by the sea. A younger friend sits with her, warm and afraid at the same time. The younger woman has recently lost her parents, and she remembers them alive and in love. “They laugh until laughing makes them kiss,” she once said. “They…

Where Storms Are Born in Williamstown

Two boys sit on a fire escape together, tracing the stars in the city sky. They are brothers, and they have lost their father. Now the older brother is a memory, and the younger brother and his mother are facing his loss, in the world premiere of Harrison David Rivers’ Where Storms Are Born, directed by…

Summer theater

A young man from Colombia sees New York for the first time. A pianist from Harlem sees his son for the first time. A woman speaking in sign insists on the beauty of her language. What is American? Berkshire theaters are taking on this question with a tough and broad-minded compassion as they open this…

‘And No More Shall We Part’

A gas lamp. A cold night in sleeping bags. A pop song. What would you remember in your last hour alive? Australian playwright Tom Holloway sets two people on that outer edge in “And No More Shall We Part” at Williamstown Theatre Festival, through Aug. 21. Pam and Don are middle-class couple living outside Hartford…

Defining an ‘American Daughter’

A woman crumbles a cranberry muffin into the Potomac, thinking I want God to know me. Judith Kaufman is an oncologist, a black Jewish woman celebrating Tashlich, the festival of regrets. Across the city, her oldest friend has just been tapped to become the first woman Surgeon General. Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes has a chance to take…

New work on stage

This summer is rich in premieres at Berkshire theaters — new work developed here, often commissioned here and in full production here for the first time — and contemporary plays, recent if not new. I got to talk with artistic directors for Berkshire Theatre Festival, Barrington Stage and Williamstown Theatre Festival earlier this summer for a story in Berkshire Magazine before many of the shows were in rehearsal, and meet a playwright at Shakespeare & Company.

In the featured photo, Tamara Tunie and Michael Hayden hold onto each other in ‘American Son,’ which premiered at Barrington Stage Company in June and July. Photo by Scott Barrow, courtesy of Barrington Stage Company

Myths wake in the hills

‘Orpheus in the Berkshires’ has brought magic to the mountains and local and Williamstown Theatre Festival actors together on stage in WTF’s annual free performance — this year in a new work by Obie awardwinning playwright Lucy Thurber.