Actor/playwright David Marshall Grant's play Snakebit will have a longer life. The Naked Angels-produced play is set to follow the closing All Under Heaven into the Century Theatre Center.
Performances will begin Feb. 16, said Snakebit 's general manager Roy Gabay. Grant's four-character drama opened on Nov. 22 at the Grove Street Theatre to good reviews and quickly extended its run until Dec. 20. All Under Heaven will end its run Jan. 11, 1999.
As an actor, Grant is known for his stage role as Joe Pitt in Broadway's Angels in America, and as a recurring character in ABC's "thirtysomething." The play concerns a trio of friends facing a crossroads in their lives and friendships.
The Grove Street cast will travel to the Century. It includes David Alan Basche (OB's Visiting Mr. Green ), Jodie Markell (Lincoln Center's Road ), Geoffrey Nauffts (The Maiden's Prayer ) and Michael Weston (Williamstown's The Matchmaker ). Designers are Dean Taucher (set), Elizabeth Roles (costumes), Renee Molina (lighting). Joy Huang is producer.
The nonprofit Naked Angels was founded by a group of writers, actors and theatre artists in 1986. This is the 13th season for the company, which developed and premiered Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire and A Fair Country, Nicky Silver's Fat Men in Skirts and more. *
Valerie Harper's one-woman show about novelist Pearl S. Buck will close its run Jan. 11. The production began previews Nov. 3 and opened Nov. 16. All Under Heaven is co-written by Dyke Garrison and directed by Rob Ruggiero, associate artistic director of TheatreWorks in Hartford, CT. The play is produced by Harper's husband, Tony Cacciotti, and Randolph Macon Woman's College, where the piece was first staged. Randolph Macon, in Lynchburg, VA., is Buck's alma mater (circa 1914). Buck wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Good Earth."
The Century Theatre is at 111 E. 15th St. Call (212) 239-6200 for tickets.
-- By Robert Simonson