Williamstown Theatre Festival Community Works Presents “Summer’s Soldier

August 11, 12 & 14 at 7 pm

August 13 at 2 pm

on the Main Stage


Williamstown. MA (August 11, 2019) – Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director) announces the first performance of the 2019 COMMUNITY WORKS production, Summer’s Soldier, a free, family-friendly world premiere made by and for the Berkshires.


Summer’s Soldier is presented free of charge for four days, August 11, 12 and 14 at 7:00pm and August 13 at 2:00pm. Seventh grader Sam has kept to herself since her dad died while serving in the military. Her mother and her aunt have tried everything to get her to open up, but she only truly comes out of her shell around a fire, telling ghost stories, in the woods with her friends. When Sam’s favorite story suddenly materializes before her eyes, she sets out on an adventure and, ultimately, on a journey of self-discovery. This free and family-friendly world premiere by Boo Killebrew, with music by Heather Christian, lyrics by Lucy Thurber, additional music and lyrics by Christine Bile, and directed by Jenna Worsham, tells the story of one unforgettable summer in the Berkshires.


The show will also feature choreography by Becky Ahamad (Cheshire, MA) and Michael Obasohan (North Adams, MA). The design team includes Joe Burt (scene design) Ryan Schapp (costume design), Alex Fetchko (lighting design), and Jamie Tippett (sound design).


Prior to each performance, entertainment will take place on the lawn in front of the theatre, featuring local favorites such as dysFUNKcrew, Otha Day, and Grade Ida Marks. Hot Dogs will be available for purchase, courtesy of Jack’s Hot Dog Stand in North Adams. Purchases are cash only.


A Sunday Lawn Talk about COMMUNITY WORKS is scheduled for August 11 at 1:15pm, prior to the matinee performances of WTF’s Ghosts and Before the Meeting.


Summer’s Soldier is a product of Williamstown Theatre Festival’s COMMUNITY WORKS program, an initiative that brings together local residents and professional theatre artists to make plays by and for the Berkshires. In the fall, winter, and spring WTF conducts acting and playwriting workshops in Western Massachusetts. In the summer, more than sixty Berkshire-area residents are featured onstage alongside professional actors in a free, family-friendly world premiere play. COMMUNITY WORKS is the only program of its kind engaging rural populations in the creation of new work for the stage. For more details, visit communityworks.wtfestival.org or email community@wtfestival.org to get involved.


COMMUNITY WORKS community partners include BCArc (Lee, MA), Berkshire Community College (Pittsfield, MA), Common Folk (North Adams, MA), dysFUNKcrew (North Adams, MA), Kids 4 Harmony (Pittsfield, MA), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) (Pittsfield, MA), Pittsfield Public Schools (Pittsfield, MA), Rock On Workshop (Williamstown, MA), Soldier On (Pittsfield, MA), Williamstown Council on Aging (Williamstown, MA), and Williamstown Youth Center (Williamstown, MA).


COMMUNITY WORKS is sponsored by The Feigenbaum Foundation, Greylock Federal Credit Union, and the Harris Family Foundation. This program is supported in part by Ellen J. Bernstein, MountainOne, Steve & Andrea Ryan, grants from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation’s Arts Building Community Fund and Fund for Williamstown, and a grant from the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Williamstown Theatre Festival is a participant in the Audience (R)Evolution: Cohort Grants program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.


COMMUNITY WORKS is a Public Works Affiliate.




Admission is free; reservations are required. Tickets may be reserved online at wtfestival.org, by phone at 413.458.3253, or in person at the Box Office located 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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