For Immediate Release
November 7, 2023
CLARK ART INSTITUTE HOSTS WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE AS PART OF WILLIAMSTOWN’S HOLIDAY WALK WEEKEND
Rising Broadway star Samantha Williams presents holiday concert
Williamstown, Massachusetts—In partnership with the Williamstown Theatre Festival (WTF), the Clark Art Institute hosts a free performance as part of Williamstown’s 40th Annual Holiday Walk weekend, a community-wide celebration of the holiday season. On Sunday, December 3 at 3 pm, WTF presents SAMMIE AND DAN: Singing and Holiday Cheer with Samantha Williams and Dan Rudin in the Clark’s auditorium, located in the Manton Research Center.
SAMMIE AND DAN brings a Festival favorite back to Williamstown to celebrate the season. Samantha Williams (Caroline, Or Change and Dear Evan Hansen) dazzled as a guest star in WTF’s summer 2023 cabaret and now she returns to Williamstown with her best pal, Dan Rudin (pianist at MJ and Caroline, Or Change), and a whole act featuring favorite holiday tunes. This next generation Broadway star is sure to brighten up your Sunday afternoon with classic songs and warm spirits—more delicious and less filling than eggnog!
Samantha Williams has been seen on Broadway as Emmie in the revival Caroline, or Change as well as Alana in Dear Evan Hansen. You may have also spotted her as Alice in Life After at the Goodman Theatre or more recently as Nina in New York City Center's revival of Dear World starring alongside Donna Murphy. Other credits include Mabel in Pirates Of Penzance with Roundabout Theatre Company, starring alongside David Hyde Pierce.
Daniel Rudin is a musical director, composer, and orchestrator with a passion for bold musical storytelling. Recent Broadway conducting and piano credits include MJ: The Musical and Caroline, Or Change. He is a trusted musical director for a variety of Broadway stars, including Andrew Barth Feldman, Samantha Williams, and Brittney Mack. Daniel is also the creator of the band Third Reprise, the TikTok sensation which reimagines classic showtunes in wild and fresh new arrangements.
As part of the Clark’s First Sundays Free program, admission to the galleries and special exhibitions is also free on December 3 from 10 am–5 pm, along with a series of special light-themed activities offered from 1–4 pm.
Free. Space is limited and advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Secure tickets through the Williamstown Theatre Festival Box Office at wtfestival.org. For more information about the event, visit clarkart.edu/events. For details on Williamstown’s Holiday Walk weekend, visit DestinationWilliamstown.org.
ABOUT WILLIAMSTOWN THEATRE FESTIVAL
For seven decades, the Tony Award-recognized Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought emerging and professional theater artists together in the Berkshires to create a thrilling summer festival of diverse, world premiere plays and musicals, bold new revivals, and a rich array of accompanying cultural events.
Artists are drawn to the Festival to make great theater in an environment conducive to artistic risk-taking. Matthew Broderick, Audra McDonald, Dominique Morisseau, Mary-Louise Parker, Susan Stroman, Uma Thurman, and Blair Underwood are just a few of the luminous theater artists who have worked at the Festival. Many others, including Sterling K. Brown, Ty Burrell, Charlie Day, Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney, Brie Larson, Chris Pine, and George C. Wolfe, began their careers at WTF.
Productions and artists shaped at the Festival fill theaters in New York City and around the world. Recently, Williamstown Theatre Festival was represented on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally by The Sound Inside, Grand Horizons, The Rose Tattoo, The Visit, Fool for Love, The Elephant Man, Seared, Selling Kabul, Unknown Soldier, and Lempicka, among others. Cost of Living, which was developed and premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival, was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and made its Broadway debut last fall.
Learn more about Williamstown Theatre Festival at www.wtfestival.org.
ABOUT THE CLARK
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of some 300,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Its 140-acre campus includes miles of hiking and walking trails through woodlands and meadows, providing an exceptional experience of art in nature. Galleries are open 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Sunday, from September through June, and daily in July and August. Admission is free January through March and is $20 from March through December; admission is free year-round for Clark members, all visitors age 21 and under, and students with a valid student ID. Free admission is also available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; and EBT Card to Culture. For information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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