The Court Theatre's 2001-02 will feature new looks at Schiller's Mary Stuart, Shakespeare's Hamlet and Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady, as well as, in collaboration with "Broadway in Chicago," a two week run of Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, with Michael Blakemore recreating his Tony Award-winning direction.
The season opens with JoAnne Akalaitis' new production of Mary Stuart, Schiller's classic depiction of the power struggle between the political and calculating Queen Elizabeth I, and her imprisoned rival for the throne, the sensual Mary Queen of Scots. Akalaitis' The Iphigenia Cycle, a combining of two Euripides plays, was presented at the Court in 1997 and later traveled to Off-Broadway.
Copenhagen will follow in early 2002. Frayn's play about a pivotal and morally murky meeting between two physicists in 1941 Denmark won the 2000 Tony Award for best play. Blakemore won another Tony for his staging of the drama. The Court press office notes that the theatre "is in residence at the University of Chicago, where the Manhattan Project achieved the first self-sustaining, controlled, nuclear chain reaction."
The run of the play, from Feb. 5 to Feb. 17, will be at Chicago's Shubert Theatre and is considerably shorter than the average stay of a Court Theatre show. Court spokesman Jay Kelly said that there would be no problem accommodating all Court subscribers.
Chicago, which is currently being visited by Peter Brook's production of Hamlet, will see another version of the tragedy at the Court in February 2002, when Charles Newell directs Guy Adkins in the title part. Concluding the season will be My Fair Lady, the ever-popular musical adaptation of Shaw's Pygmalion, directed by Gary Griffin. Kate Fry will be Eliza Dolittle. A fifth play is yet to be announced.
The 2001-02 schedule runs as follows:
• Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller, Sept. 6-Oct.-14
• Copenhagen by Michael Frayn, Feb. 5-17
• Hamlet by Shakespeare, Feb. 14-March 24
• My Fair Lady by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, April 18 May 26
The Court is located at 5535 S. Ellis Avenue. For more information, call (773) 753-4472.