WILLIAMSTOWN - Let the adventure begin, says Williamstown Theatre Festival's new artistic director, Mandy Greenfield.
For her debut as the artistic leader of the Tony Award-winning summer-producing regional theater, Greenfield
has put together a 2015 Main Stage/Nikos Stage season comprising an American classic, four world premieres, three American premieres and appearances by Kyra Sedgwick, Audra McDonald, Cynthia Nixon, Eric Bogosian and Jessica Hecht.
Speaking by telephone on Tuesday from the festival's New York office, Greenfield
wanted to pick "the best plays that speak to this moment.
The play was given to Greenfield
by the William Inge estate in 2008, during discussions about bringing a Los Angeles Theater Center revival
of Inge's "Come Back, Little Sheba" with S. Epatha Merkerson to the Manhattan Theatre Club
, where Greefield was artistic producer until officially succeeding Jenny Gersten as Williamstown's artistic director in September 2104.
Mandy Greenfield is making her debut as Williamstown Theatre Festival’s artistic director with a 2015 season that includes seven premieres and one
is making her
debut as Williamstown Theatre Festival's
artistic director with a 2015 season that includes seven premieres and one American classic. (COURTESY PHOTOs)
According to Greenfield
, Inge wrote "Off the Main Road" as a play and then converted it almost immediately to a teleplay entitled "On the Outskirts of Town," which was aired live in 1964 on Bob Hope's Chrysler Theatre and has not been seen since.
thought of Sedgwick right away for the leading role.
"I dream big," she
"I am as much a fan of Audra as we are colleagues," Greenfield
Goldstein, Friedman and director Trip Cullman have all grown up in the festival, Greenfield
But since "An Intervention" will be performed by two separate casts, the festival, Greenfield
said, will make special ticket arrangements for those interested in seeing both pairs of actors.
will announce additional programming and casting at a future date.
For now, she
says, "I'm excited for the adventure.