“Tell Me I’m Not Crazy” Opens at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Williamstown. MA (July 24, 2019) – Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) announces the beginning of performances of the world premiere of Tell Me I’m Not Crazy by Sharyn Rothstein, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel, and featuring Mark Blum, Mark Feuerstein, Jane Kaczmarek, and Nicole Villamil.

 

Tell Me I’m Not Crazy begins performances on Wednesday, July 24 and runs through Saturday, August 3. The play is a Williamstown Theatre Festival Commission and a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.

 

Forced into retirement and unsettled by the changing world around him, Sol Koenig (Mark Blum) buys himself a gun—and his family is up in arms. His wife Diana (Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee Jane Kaczmarek) thought they’d spend more time together and with the grandkids, but Sol’s new hobby puts a bullet in that plan. Meanwhile, their son Nate (Mark Feuerstein) is trying to be a good stay-at-home dad while his jet-setting wife Alisa (Nicole Villamil) climbs the corporate ladder, and school is calling with concerns about their kid. Directed by Tony Award nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Sharyn Rothstein’s world premiere comedy asks how one small firearm redefines a family and how two generations confront what it means to succeed and to sacrifice in America today.

 

The creative team includes Alexander Woodward (Scenic Design), Tilly Grimes (Costume Design), Isabella Byrd (Lighting Design), and Palmer Hefferan (Sound Design).

 

A post show Talkback is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30 and a Lawn Talk is scheduled for Sunday, July 28, prior to the matinee.

The production is sponsored by Kristen Johanson & Tom Green and Joan & Jim Hunter. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2019 Season Partners include Herbert A. Allen, James & Virginia Giddens, Jessica & Matt Harris, Andrew Martin-Weber, and Paul Neely & Susan Street. The 2019 Festival season is supported by grants from The Shubert Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Williamstown Theatre Festival Commissions are made possible through the Andrew Martin-Weber New Play and Musical Commissioning Program.

 

TICKETS AND SCHEDULE

 

Ticket reservations for the 2019 Williamstown Theatre Festival season are available through the WTF website at wtfestival.org, by phone at 413-458-3253, or in person at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance at 1000 Main St (Route 2), Williamstown, MA 01267.

 

WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL

 

For over six decades, Williamstown Theatre Festival, recipient of the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement, has brought emerging and professional theatre artists together to create a thrilling summer festival of premiere work alongside fresh, new productions of the western canon, accompanying cultural events including COMMUNITY WORKS and Late-Night Cabarets, and readings and workshops of new plays. Under Artistic Director Mandy Greenfield, WTF launched the Andrew Martin-Weber New Play and Musical Commissioning Program, through which theatre artists, including Jocelyn Bioh, Nathan Alan Davis, Halley Feiffer, Justin Levine, Matthew Lopez, Jiehae Park, Benjamin Scheuer, and many others, create new work supported by a year-round play development program. WTF runs unmatched training programs for new generations of theatre talent, and artists and productions shaped at WTF fill theatres in New York, London, and around the country each season. Williamstown Theatre Festival’s productions of The Bridges of Madison County, The Elephant Man, Fool for Love, Living on Love, and The Visit enjoyed critically acclaimed runs on Broadway, with The Elephant Man and The Visit receiving Tony Award nominations for Best Revival of a Play and Best Revival of a Musical, respectively. WTF’s world premiere productions of Cost of Living (winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), Actually, and Paradise Blue played acclaimed Off-Broadway runs. In the 2019-20 theatrical season, Williamstown Theatre Festival will be represented on and off Broadway by Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, The Sound Inside, The Rose Tattoo, Seared, Grand Horizons, Unknown Soldier, and Selling Kabul.

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