Having celebrated its twentieth anniversary last year, Washington D.C.'s Studio Theatre now embarks on a two-season long project to welcome the 21st Century, "The Millennium Project."
During the next two seasons, The Studio plans on producing ten plays in its subscription series, one play representing each decade of this century. The Project begins Sept. 2, with a 50th Anniversary production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot.
Godot takes places at the side of a road, where two tramps wait for someone named "Godot" to arrive. Beckett began writing Godot in 1948. Later plays by Beckett include Endgame, Happy Days, Act Without Words and Krapp's Last Tape.
The Studio Theatre's Godot (celebrating the 1940's) runs Sept. 2-Oct. 4, and stars Thomas W. Jones II (of Birth of the Boom fame) as Didi. Other cast members include: Donald Griffin, Michael Tolaydo, Hugh Nees, Jonathan LeFlore.
Other plays in The Millennium Project include:
* Moises Kaufman's award-winning, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Oct. 28-Nov. 29. Marking the 100th anniversary of Wilde1s release from prison, and putting the spotlight on the turn of the century- this documentary play traces the famous writer1s arrest, trial and imprisonment for the crime of "gross indecency with male persons."
* Alfred Uhry's The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Jan. 6-Feb. 7, 1999
Amid the media frenzy surrounding the premiere of "Gone With The Wind" in December 1939, the Freitag family scrambles to find escorts for their daughters to Ballyhoo, Jewish-Atlanta1s social event of the season. Uhry's comedy/drama won a Best Play Tony Award.
* The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh, March 10 April 11, 1999
Still running in New York, the Tony-nominated Beauty Queen examines a complex equation of interdependency between a 40-year-old spinster straining against the burden of her lazy, vindictively self preserving mother.
* William Marchant's The Desk Set, May 5-June 6, 1999
The Studio's celebration of the 1960s will offer a satire on the Information Age. A woman in the Facts Department of an early Network Television studio takes on an automating electronic brain in this comedy of computerization (best known for becoming a Tracy/Hepburn film vehicle).
An additional production, not part of The Project, is Slam! written and directed by the aforementioned Thomas W. Jones II (Birth of the Boom) with music by Scott Burgess, June 9 - July 11, 1999.
For more information about Godot or other plays in The Millennium Project, call (202) 332-3300.
-- By Sean McGrath