The new solo works from Dael Orlandersmith (The Gimmick) and Leslie Ayvazian (Nine Armenians) finish off the Long Wharf's In the Works: An Informal Playreading and Performance Series, a part of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, ending, along with the Festival, on July 1.
Returning to the Long Wharf after her 1998-1999 production of The Gimmick, Orlandersmith strings together her poetry and character sketches into Pieces, performing June 30-July 1. Sarah Peterson directs this work-in-progress centered on racial issues.
Vacation disasters are the subject of Ayvazian's High Dive, an audience participation solo piece, running June 28-July 1. David Warren directs.
Tickets to all performances are $5. For reservations and information, call (203) 787-4282. The Long Wharf Theatre is on the web at http://www.longwharf.org.
* Other presentations in the readings series included:
A new translation of Moliere's early comedy, The Bungler, by Richard Wilbur, the leading translator of the playwright, made its American premiere at the Long Wharf stage June 22 in a staged reading. Artistic director Doug Hughes directs the production, the first time the 1653 work will have been performed in the United States. This translation is a part of the Long Wharf 2000-2001 season.
James Pachino's Race, based on the 1992 Studs Terkel book, stoped at the Long Wharf June 21 and 25 after a successful public school's tour in Feb. Those performances were presented in conjunction with The Anti Defamation League and featured talkbacks with a representative from the League.
The Connecticut Festival of Arts & Ideas also winds down July 1. The major performances, Antony Sher's Macbeth and the D''Oyly Carte Opera Company's H.M.S. Pinafore have both ended, but two shows are finishing up: Steven Berkoff's one-man show, Shakespeare's Villians - A Masterclass in Evil running at the Long Wharf through July 1, and the Saigon Water Puppet Theatre, performing in New Haven through July 1.
For information on the Long Wharf Theatre, call (203) 787-4282 or visit them on the web at at http://www.longwharf.org. The Internatinal Festival of Arts and Ideas is on the web at http://www.artidea.org.
-- By Christine Ehren