DTF to Stage World Premier of Theresa Rebeck’s ‘The Way of the World’
Dorset Theatre Festival continues its commitment to developing new plays with the World Premiere of Theresa Rebeck’s ‘The Way of the World,’ a contemporary retelling of the sardonic masterpiece by William Congreve. Opening July 28 and running through August 13, ‘The Way of the World’ is set in the demimonde of the hyper-rich Hamptons, and follows the story of a good-hearted heiress who becomes prey to the attentions of an amoral party boy, fueling the summer’s gossip in the land of the one-percent. Can love emerge in a world where love means nothing? Rebeck herself will helm the production, bringing with her a star-studded cast, including Tony Award winner Kristine Nielson.
‘The Way of the World’ is a winner of the prestigious Edgerton Foundation New Play Award for 2016. DTF managing director Molly Hennighausen, says, “The development and production of ‘The Way of the World’ sets a new benchmark for the Festival, and we are thrilled that our dedication to supporting the creation of new work has gotten the attention of The Edgerton Foundation.”
An acclaimed playwright and writer, Rebeck just finished shooting ‘Trouble,’ an indie comedy-drama she wrote, directed and co-produced, starring Anjelica Huston, David Morse and Bill Pullman. Recent New York productions include, ’Seminar,’ starring the late Alan Rickman; ‘Dead Accounts,’ starring Katie Holmes; and the hit NBC TV series, ‘Smash.’ Her most recent novel, ’I’m Glad About You,’ was published in February of 2016.
Dina Janis, DTF artistic director, says, “To anyone familiar with Theresa and her work, it came as no surprise when she was named one of the ‘150 Fearless Women in the World’ by Newsweek Magazine. She’s fiercely talented, and an inspiration; this play is her at her best.”
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