Update 5-1-14 – The sad news arrived that former Williamstown Theatre Festival artistic director Nicholas Martin (75) passed away at the Beth Israel Hospital after a long illness. His theatre friends all over the country mourn his passing. It seems appropriate for me to post the last interview we did with him in which he reflects on theatre, Williamstown and the people in theatre he loved. You might also like to read Don Aucoin’s report in today’s Boston Globe. (LM).
As the curtain goes up tonight on Fifth of July, (August 11-22) Nicholas Martin wraps up his three year stint as artistic director of the Williamstown Theatre Festival with some pretty impressive achievements. We talked about a few of them during a recent conversation, but first some background.
Martin is much beloved by his company of actors and designers, and part of that is his loyalty to them. In 2008 when he took over as artistic director, Campbell Scott appeared in The Atheist, and was featured again in the recent 2010 Our Town which Martin also directed. In fact, Martin directed 14 WTF shows before taking the reins in June 2008. His history with Campbell Scott goes back to one of his earliest WTF directorial efforts, Dead End in 1998.