New Translation of “Ghosts” Opens at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

Williamstown. MA (August 2, 2019) – Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) announces the beginning of performances of Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, in a new translation from the Norwegian by Paul Walsh, directed by Carey Perloff, and featuring Catherine Combs, Tom Pecinka, Thom Sesma, Uma Thurman, and Bernard White. Ghosts runs on the Main Stage from Wednesday, July 31 through Sunday, August 18.


With great happiness, Mrs. Alving (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Uma Thurman) welcomes her painter son Oswald (Tom Pecinka) home from years of living abroad. But when he starts to flirt with the family maid (Catherine Combs), she must intercede to save her son and herself from scandals present and past. Mrs. Alving struggles to find joy in a life bound by the strictures of Pastor Manders (Bernard White) and the spectral chains of mistakes from long ago. Directed by Carey Perloff, Henrik Ibsen’s vivid and passionate play asks – even now – how far one mother, caught between duty and desire, can or should go to protect her family.


The creative team includes Dane Laffrey (Scenic Design & Costume Design), James F. Ingalls (Lighting Design), Beth Lake (Sound Design), and David Coulter (Composer/Musician).


Post-show Tuesday Talkbacks are scheduled for August 6 and August 13, and a Sunday Lawn Talk is scheduled for August 4, prior to the matinee.


Ghosts was originally commissioned by American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco, California; Carey Perloff, Artistic Director – Peter Pastreich, Executive Director. This production is sponsored by Valerie & George Kennedy and ROAM, a Xtina Parks Gallery. 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.




Ticket reservations for the 2019 Williamstown Theatre Festival season are available through the WTF website at, 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.




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, Paradise Blue, and Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow played acclaimed Off-Broadway runs. In the 2019-20 theatrical season, Williamstown Theatre Festival will be represented on and off Broadway by The Sound Inside, The Rose Tattoo, Grand Horizons, Seared, Unknown Soldier, and Selling Kabul.


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