Williamstown Theatre Festival, June, 1980, while rehearsing "Cyrano de Bergerac." This was my first season at Williamstown, considered by most to be the best summer theatre in the U.S. Nikos Psacharapoulos, the artistic director, liked to take an informal shot of the various casts who were rehearsing different plays at Williamstown's various stages.
In the front is Yusef Bulos (who later played the inept chef in "Tattinger's"). Seated, from left: John Badham (director of "Saturday Night Fever" who was directing "Whose Life Is It Anyway" with Richard Dreyfuss at Williamstown), George Morforgen (DeGuiche in "Cyrano"), Penny Allen (who was in "Cyrano"), Frank Langella (a Williamstown veteran who was repeating an earlier Williamstown triumph in the title role of "Cyrano"), H. Richard Greene (who played the dad of a gang member in the second season of "7th Heaven"), Blythe Danner (who was rehearsing Shaw's "Candida" and with whom Stephen co-starred in the series "Tattinger's," the miniseries "Inside the 3rd Reich," and the play "The New York Idea"), Richard Dreyfuss, a long-haired Collins (playing Christian to Langella's Cyrano), Edward Herrmann (playing opposite Danner in "Candida"), and Laurie Kennedy (Roxanne in "Cyrano," who also played Cordelia in "King Lear" with Stephen as Edmund at the North Shore Shakespeare Festival in 1973). Standing at right is Nikos Psacharapoulos, the brilliant director, acting teacher, and founder of Williamstown, who ran the festival for thirty-four years until his death in 1988. Nikos directed "Cyrano." Back row: Robert Black (also in "Cyrano"), David Sabin, Robert Allan Ackerman, who was directing ???, Celeste Holm, and Christopher Reeve.
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