A dramatization of Terkel’s “oral history on American aspirations,” American Dreams begins previews May 12 with an official opening scheduled for May 13. The characters that comprise the production are based on interviews the Pulitzer Prize-winning Terkel conducted over a lengthy period. The show also features several songs with lyrics by Lois Walden and music by Nina Simopoulos. Linda Twine is the production’s musical director. Directed by Rebecca Guy, the American Dreams company features Paul Cosentino, Peter Zazzali, Lamont Stephens, Joe Osheroff, Jaime St. Peter, Michael Lluberes, Jessica Bates, Siobhan Juanita Brown, Glenn Peters, Fletcher McTaggart, Christen Simon, Kevin Kraft and Evan Zes. Peter Frisch adapted Terkel’s work for the stage.
Tickets for American Dreams: Lost and Found are priced at $37.50 (regular admission), $20 (staff/groups) and $15 (students). Call (212) 239-6200 for tickets or visit www.telecharge.com The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located in Manhattan at 121 Christopher Street.
The Acting Company was founded in 1972 by Margot Harley and John Houseman. In its 30 years, the company has produced 77 plays, and its 300 members include such Broadway favorites as Patti LuPone, Kevin Kline, Harriet Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tom Hewitt, Frances Conroy and Jesse L. Martin.