Blythe Danner Returning to Williamstown Theatre Festival for Summer 2012

Blythe Danner returns to Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012

It’s been a dozen years since we saw Blythe Danner (in photo above) on stage in a full production at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and WTF Artistic Director Jenny Gersten has plans to bring her back It is one of two new premieres, a musical and a drama, which are slated for this summer as Gersten continues to put her mark on the remarkable theatre company that is arguably the best known and most prestigious of the Berkshire troupes.

The musical will be Far From Heaven on the Main Stage, and the new play The Blue Deep at the Nikos, with full details in our follow-up story here. (link)

I first came across Danner when she appeared in The Glass Menagerie at the long ago Theatre Company of Boston. It was the early 60’s and I think it was her professional debut.

While Danner participated in a WTF staged reading in 2011, she has not appeared in a full production for some time. Many Berkshire residents will remember the 1990s when Danner was a Williamstown fixture, frequently appearing with her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow, including the memorable productions of Picnic in 1991 and The Seagull in 1994.

The Tony Award-winning actress was honored by the Williamstown Theater Festival at a gala event titled Blythe’s Spirit in December 2005 in New York.

With yesterday’s news about the Williamstown Theatre Festival taking part in the national rollout of Dustin Lance Black’s new play “8” about marriage equality, (link), with Tony nom Gavin Creel (Hair, Thoroughly Modern Millie), the 2012 Williamstown Season is shaping up as a strong one. Stay tuned.

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