Solace, the inaugural production of the company Circle East, the newborn offspring of what was once Off-Broadway's Circle Repertory Theatre Company, is set to close Dec. 17. The Off-Off Broadway presentation opened at New York City's Center Stage Dec. 1.
Written by Glenn Alterman, Solace follows a professor of Judaism who happens to be gay. The play spans 35 years of his turbulent life. Guy Giarrizzo directs the production that includes a cast of Andrew Polk, Maggie Burke, William Wise and Janet Sarno. Also featured are sets by Jesse Poleshuck, costumes by Martha Brommelmeier, sound by Bart Fasbender, and lights by Deborah D. Constantine.
Circle East artistic director Michael Warren Powell heads up the company that is comprised of over 200 members, many of whom were original Circle Rep members. Included among those returning are the playwright-director team and Circle Rep co founders Lanford Wilson and Marshall W. Mason. Though they have presented their first full production, they are still looking for a permanent home, according to producer Donna LaStella.
The original Circle Rep company, which had to close its doors in 1996 due to financial difficulties, was responsible for such productions as Lanford Wilson's Burn This and his Pulitzer-winning Talley's Folly as well as Craig Lucas' Prelude To A Kiss, Sam Shepard's Fool For Love and Paula Vogel's The Baltimore Waltz.