Theater Opening: ALIEN/NATION (Williamstown Theatre Festival)

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by Gregory Bernard on July 21, 2021

in Theater-New York,Theater-Regional

From director Michael Arden and the company of The Forest of Arden comes ALIEN/NATION an immersive, world premiere theatrical experience that takes you on a journey throughout Williamstown, revealing unexpected surprises around you and within you. Choose to experience this completely unique site-specific performance by foot or by car and plunge yourself into the center of stories inspired by real events that took place in Western Massachusetts in 1969. Devised in collaboration with writers Jen Silverman and Eric Berryman, with members of WTF’s COMMUNITY WORKS program, ALIEN/NATION engages all of your senses for a theatre experience unlike any other.

In addition to Williamstown Theatre Festival celebrating tonight’s first performance of ALIEN/NATION, Celebrating the Black Radical Imagination: Nine Solo Plays, the world premiere series commissioned by WTF begins its final week of performances tonight. Week 3 of the series, directed by Candis C. Jones, features Mark It Down by Charly Evon Simpson with Naomi LorrainThe Last……(A Work in Progress) by Ngozi Anyanwu with Ronald Peet, and THE MASTER’S TOOLS by Zora Howard with Rosalyn Coleman.

ALIEN/NATION (Wednesday, July 21 – Sunday, August 15) features an Equity cast that includes Yeman BrownAndrei ChagasMaxwell DunhamLeigh-Ann EstySara EstyChantelle GoodChristopher Hampton GrantNikki M. JamesEriko JimboMatthew Alexander JohnsonJesse KovarskyRenni MageeJodi McFaddenEmilio RamosShea Renne, and Lauren Yalango-Grant. Additional cast members include Julian AbelskampOluwatobiloba AdeyemoDeborah BurnsTim CreavinCaroline FairweatherNoah GreenfieldCody HaymanBarbara MahonyTess McHugh, Lloyd Pace, Austin PhillipsKallie PongJaime Lee RodneyMarissa RubenJessica Natalie SmithNancy TrzcinskiNeo ValentinRene VelosoDebbie WarnockTyqaun Malik WhiteOntaria Kim Wilson, and Bekah Zornosa.

The creative team features Matt Iacozza (scenic and props design), Ryan Park (costume, hair, and makeup design), Adam Honoré (lighting design), Joshua D. Reid (sound and system design), Van Hughes & Jackson Teeley (co-composers and soundscape design), Peter Westervelt (video design), Edward Michael Rose (video editor), Daniel Hartman (AV coordinator), Eamon Foley & Jeff Kuperman (co-choreographers), Justin Scribner (production stage manager & associate director), Sarah G. Harris (stage manager & technology supervisor), and T.J. Kearney (stage manager).

The WTF 2021 Live Season, which takes place outdoors, socially-distanced, and with safety prioritized, also includes the world premiere musical Row (currently in performances through August 15).


The WTF Box Office is now open, with tickets to all three of the 2021 Live Season productions available for purchase at WTF, by phone at (413) 458-3253, or in person at The Andrew Martin-Weber Festival Box Office, newly located for 2021 at 30 Spring Street in the heart of the downtown Cultural District in Williamstown, MA.

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