| Breakfast: ||Breakfast is served at the Hotel restaurant.|
| Morning: ||FIELD TRIP: This morning we travel to the Clark Art Institute, the Berkshire's premier museum. In 1950 Sterling and Francine Clark chartered the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute as a home for their extensive art collection. Opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. One of the few institutions in the United States that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, including a major art history library, the Clark is now a leading international center for research and discussion on the nature of art and art history. Building upon the founders' legacy, the Institute has recently unveiled its master plan for the twenty-first century, which fosters the Clark's commitment to providing space for its expanding research and museum programs while maintaining the unique character of its beautiful rural setting.
| Lunch: ||Lunch is served at the hotel|
| Afternoon: ||PRESENTATION: This afternoon's lecture at the hotel is given by our new theatre specialist, Stephen Cole. STEPHEN COLE is an award winning musical theatre writer and experienced
Road Scholar lecturer and group leader. His produced musicals include
AFTER THE FAIR (Off Broadway, CD, Kings Head in London and Village
Theatre, Seattle),THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (Kleban Award winner, CD,
NYMF 2006, Lyric Stage), SATURDAY NIGHT AT GROSSINGER’S, starring Gavin
McLeod, CASPER starring Chita Rivera, DODSWORTH starring Hal Linden and
Dee Hoty. The experience of writing ASPIRE, the first American musical
to premiere in the Middle East resulted in THE ROAD TO QATAR! (Dallas,
Off Broadway, London, Edinburgh, CD on Jay Records). TIME AFTER TIME
premiered at Pittsburgh Playhouse. Stephen’s published books include
NOEL COWARD, THAT BOOK ABOUT THAT GIRL, I COULD HAVE SUNG ALL NIGHT,
the Marni Nixon story, ghosted PUT ON A HAPPY FACE (Charles Strouse
memoirs). Stephen's song "Christmas Morning" (composed by Todd Ellison
and orchestrated by Michael Starobin was recently performed by the
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and is now licensed by Rodgers and
Hammerstein. Works in progress: THE BLACK AND WHITE BALL (with Todd
Ellison), and BY THE BOOK (with David Krane) Stephen is the recipient
of the 5 Dallas Theatre League Awards for After the Fair, Dallas-Ft.
Worth Drama Critics Award for Road to Qatar!,Edward Kleban Award for
Night of the Hunter and a Gilman-Gonzales Falla Commendation for
musical theatre. Stephen has written special material for Chita Rivera,
Dorothy Loudon, Marlo Thomas, Tyne Daly, Christine Baranski, Hal
Linden, Keith Carradine, JoAnne Worley, Lauren Bacall, Matthew
Broderick. Latest produced work is the off-Broadway production of
INVENTING MARY MARTIN, which Stephen conceived, wrote and directed. The
Original Cast CD is on Jay Records.
| Dinner: ||Tonight's dinner will be served at the hotel|
| Evening: ||PERFORMANCE:LIVING ON LOVE Soprano Renée Fleming will make her debut at the festival in “Living on Love,” a new comedy from the Tony-winning writer Joe DiPietro (“Memphis”), adapted from the Garson Kanin play “Peccadillo.” Ms. Fleming will play an opera diva at odds with her husband over the people they’ve hired to ghostwrite their autobiographies.
Wlliamstown Theatre Festival During the winter of 1955, Ralph Renzi (Williams ’43), News Director of Williams College, and David C. Bryant, chairman of the College’s active drama program, conceived the idea of using the Adams Memorial Theatre on the Williams College campus for a summer theater with a resident company. They were joined by music professor Irwin Shainman as Treasurer and Louis Rudnick (Williams ’15), chairman of the Williamstown Board of Selectman, who was elected President of the new Foundation—a position he held for 17 years. Robert C. Sprague, President of Sprague Electric, became a leading financial advisor. With the help of the Board of Trade, local businessmen and town residents including Cole Porter, the Williamstown Summer Theatre—later renamed the Williamstown Theatre Festival—was formed with $9,000 in the bank. N Performances: 1