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Jenny Gersten Leaving the Williamstown Theatre Festival at End of Year [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Jenny Gersten has served as Artistic Director of WTF for two seasons.(photo: Larry Murray)

Jenny Gersten has served as Artistic Director of WTF for two seasons.(photo: Larry Murray)

It was announced today that Williamstown Theatre Festival Artistic Director Jenny Gersten will step down at the end of 2013. She begins a new job as Executive Director of New York’s High Line in January. In a note to friends and colleagues, she wrote:

“It’s with a heavy heart that I prepare to leave the Williamstown Theatre Festival, which has been my home for many years. However, the opportunity to work at the High Line provides me a way to offer service and imaginative programming to a very special part of a city I love – my hometown. It was irresistible. I’m thrilled to be able to stay on to oversee the 2014 season artistically. It promises to be a very special summer, and I’m happy to keep ties to a place I hold dear.” – Jenny Gersten

The Williamstown Theatre Festival congratulated her on her move to become Executive Director of Friends of the Highline, the non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and re-use of an elevated railway that has become a renowned public space in New York City. While the search is underway for a new Artistic Director, WTF’s 2014 summer season will remain under Gersten’s Artistic Direction; she will curate and oversee the season to ensure a seamless leadership transition. Among the possible projects for Summer ’14 is Chita Rivera in The Visit in a pre-Broadway production. Rivera acts as if it is a fact, but when we checked with Gersten, she was appropriately tight lipped. {article here}

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LIVE: A Steamy “Streetcar Named Desire” Takes New Route at Williamstown Theatre Festival [Berkshire On Stage]

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
Sam Rockwell as Stanley in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Sam Rockwell as Stanley in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Williamstown Theatre Festival (photo by T. Charles Erickson)

Forget every other version of A Streetcar Named Desire you have ever seen. This opening production of the Tennessee Williams classic will make your jaw drop. But if you don’t go with a completely open mind, you might start comparing it with other Streetcars you have seen, and that would be a mistake. Wipe the slate clean, then fasten that seat belt, this production soars into the theatrical stratosphere.

There has been a lot of speculation about the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s new artistic director Jenny Gersten’s course for this venerable company. While she is no stranger to WTF, she is now fully at the helm for the first time with everyone watching. They’ll be using this first play of the new season as a barometer of which way the company is headed.

When speaking with her this past March (interview link here), I asked Gersten about Streetcar, especially since David Cromer had done a very different take on it in Chicago at the Writer’s Theatre. She ventured that “what we are heading for is a different experience of the play than has been felt in the past. The design of the stage for the Nikos is going to be very unusual. In our conversations David’s take on the play is that the Kowalski apartment feels very claustrophobic, which is very much part of the text.”

Click to read the rest of this story at Berkshire On Stage.

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