Arlington's American Century Theater Has Odets, O'Neill, Anderson, Welles and One Touch of Venus in 2004-05

News   Arlington's American Century Theater Has Odets, O'Neill, Anderson, Welles and One Touch of Venus in 2004-05 The American Century Theater, dedicated to "great, important and neglected American plays and playwrights of the 20th century," will open its 2004-05 season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Time of Your Life, by William Saroyan.

The company performs at The Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA, where its latest project is Sophie Treadwell's Machinal, June 17-July 24.

In its dawning 10th season TACT, under the artistic direction of Jack Marshall, will present works by Odets, O'Neill, Orson Welles, Robert Anderson and Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash. Saroyan's 1939 play, about a collection of society in a bar, runs Sept. 10-Oct. 9.

The 2004-05 lineup includes a remounting of TACT's critically acclaimed production of Orson Welles' Moby Dick Rehearsed, with many of the original cast members and the same Welles-inspired staging "that caused audiences to believe that a giant white whale lurked in Gunston's Theater II." Jack Marshall directs the piece, in which "a director challenges his Shakespeare troupe to improvise a stage production of Melville's whaling novel," March 31-April 30, 2005.

Cliffords Odets' Paradise Lost is revived Nov. 17 Dec. 18. DeAnna Duncan directs the little-known play in which "The Depression and the everyday stresses of survival turn a modest two-family home into an intense cauldron of anger, passion, love, humor and frustration."

Anderson's 1953 play, Tea and Sympathy (Jan. 7-Feb. 5, 2005), is an intimate study of a sensitive teenage boy and a mature woman who rescues him from despair. Stephen Mazzola directs. In TACT's "Rescues" series — offering "staged readings of classic large cast shows that are considered unproducable today" — the season will feature a concert version of the Kurt Weill-Ogden Nash musical fantasy, One Touch of Venus. The 1943 musical about the goddess who comes to life in the modern day, has music by Weill, lyrics by Nash and libretto by Nash and SJ Perelman. Dates will be announced for the show that boasts such songs as "Foolish Heart," "That's Him," "Speak Low" and "I'm a Stranger Here Myself."

Ed Bishop will direct Eugene O'Neill's 1921 play, The Emperor Jones, an "expressionist thriller" that "traces the amazing rise and bloody fall of a Pullman porter who becomes a powerful despot on a jungle island," July 8-Aug. 6, 2005.

For information, (703) 553-8782 or visit www.americancentury.org.

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