After extending one week, Obie Award winner Marc Wolf closes Another American: Asking & Telling in San Francisco Aug. 27. The New Conservatory Theatre Center engagement, which began Aug. 3, was to have run thorough Aug. 20.
To create his piece, Wolf interviewed straight, gay and lesbian members of the military services whose careers span World War II to the current armed forces, as well as civil rights lawyers, judges, professors and politicians. Their words, edited and cut, are used verbatim as monologues in Wolf's work. Among the characters are civilian Charles Moskos, Northwestern sociology professor and author of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, a lesbian activist desperate to be reinstated, "Mary Ann," a gay Vietnam veteran who remembers cutting his fatigues into hot pants, and a soldier testifying against lifting the ban on gays before the Senate.
Before a successful OBIE-nominated run at the New Group's Off-Broadway space Dec. 7, 1999-Feb. 2, 2000, Wolf staged Asking & Telling at New York Stage & Film, Provincetown Repertory Theatre, Dixon Place and Mabou Mines. His Off-Broadway roles have included Ray and Kevin in The Party, Max in Bent and Platonov in Wild Honey.
Tony-nominated director Joe Mantello (Love! Valour! Compassion!) helms the show. Mantello most recently directed Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, bash [sic] and Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins. Other credits include Mizlansky/Zilinsky, Proposals, Snakebit and the film version of Love! Valor! Compassion!.
Tickets are $30-$18. The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market Street. For reservations, call (415) 861 8972. The New Conservatory Theatre is on the web at http://www.nctcsf.org. -- By Christine Ehren