Lewis Black Play to Be Staged at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Lewis Black

Lewis Black

(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.) – Comedian and playwright Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch will be presented on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF) from July 6 through July 17, 2011. Official opening night is July 7 at 7:30 p.m. A modern day farce that mocks the all-too-human desire to shape our own destiny,  the comedy will be directed by Joe Grifasi (A Cup of Coffee at Yale University). Black will also host the first two weekends of the renowned WTF Late-Night Cabaret Series (July 7-9 and July 21-23). Black will also be performing a single evening of his unique stand-up comedy on Monday, July 18 at7:30 on the Main Stage. All proceeds from this event will support WTF’s educational and professional development programs.

In One Slight Hitch, it’s Courtney’s wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect, and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, as in any good farce, the doorbell rings. And all hell breaks loose. So much for perfect.

One Slight Hitch features Ben Cole in his WTF debut as Harper, Paige Howard (Adventureland) as Melanie, Megan Ketch (WTF debut) as Courtney, Mark Linn-Baker (A Steady Rain; As You Like It at WTF) as Doc Coleman, Justin Long (Going the Distance; Samuel J. and K. at WTF) as Ryan, Lizbeth Mackay (All My Sons; The Torch-Bearers at WTF) as Delia Coleman, and Jeanna Phillips (WTF debut) as P.B. Coleman.

The creative team includes Robin Vest (Set Design), Susan Hilferty (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), and Charles Coes (Sound Design). Libby Unsworth is the Production Stage Manager.

Lewis Black is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor, and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs over 200 nights a year to sold out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States. He is one of few performers to sell out multiple renowned theatres, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center, and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

In 2007, Black won his first Grammy for Best Comedy Album for The Carnegie Hall Performance, and in 2011 his second for Stark Raving Black. As a playwright, Black has penned over 40 plays, many of which have been produced around the country. The Deal, a dark comedy about business, was made into a short film in 1998 and picked up by the Sundance Channel. In 2005, Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles produced One Slight Hitch, a play that was later seen in 2006 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center’s Patel Conservatory. One Slight Hitch marks Black’s ninth season at WTF.

Tickets for the 2011 Williamstown Theatre Festival season are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.wtfestival.org, by phone at 413.597.3400 or in person at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance, 1000 Main St. (Route 2), Williamstown, Mass.  New curtain times for all Main Stage and Nikos Stage shows are as follows: Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30., Thursday, Saturday & Sunday at 2. For more schedule details, visit Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF).




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