Two world premieres will finish off Alaska's Perseverance Theatre's 1999-2000 season: a comedy about Emily Dickinson(!), titled Wild Nights With Emily, and the children's play, Fry Tales.
Madeleine Olnek's Wild Nights With Emily, based on the life of the rather morose, recluse poet Emily Dickinson, takes a comic look at her relationships with her sister-in-law, her hometown and the publishing world. Wild Nights runs May 5-28, 2000 with direction by Peter DuBois.
As the finale for the season, the Children's Theatre for an Alaskan Audience will present Fry Tales May 26-June 18. Billed as a new children's theatre piece with an Alaskan twist, the company will develop Fry throughout the season.
The 1999-2000 season will open Sept. 17 with a revival of Tony Kushner's Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, running through Oct. 10. Anita Maynard-Losh directs the first part of Kushner's Angels plays, a complex dissection of homosexuality, politics and the effects of AIDS in America at the end of 20th Century.
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers torn apart by their warring families, follows, Nov. 12-Dec. 5. Peter DuBois directs, joined by Serbian dramaturg Sodja Zapunic. In time for Christmas, the Perseverance will host the Alaska Christmas favorite, Kings Island Christmas, Dec. 16-19. Original creative team Sally Smith (musical direction) and Maynard-Losh (director) will collaborate with the Alaska Youth Choir, Juneau Lyric Opera and the Juneau Symphony on the David Friedman-Deborah Baley Brevoort musical about a valiant and magical attempt to get a priest to the remote Kings Island in time for the Christmas holidays. Kings Island Christmas is based on the book by Jean Rogers.
Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize winner How I Learned to Drive will return to the Perseverance Jan. 14-15, 2000 before touring on to Fairbanks (Jan. 17-23) and Anchorage (Jan. 24-Feb. 6). How I Learned was written at the Perseverance and produced there in 1998.
John Guare's dramatic comedy, The House of Blue Leaves, will run March 10-April 2. New Yorker Dennis Davis will guest direct.
Season subscriptions are $93-$55. For information, call the box office at (907) 364-2421. The Perseverance Theatre is located on the web at http://www.juneau.com/pt.