The Hilberry Theatre in Detroit, the country's only graduate theatre company offering plays in rotating repertory, will offer Shakespeare's romance, Cymbeline, and the Restoration romp, The Rover, by rare female playwright Aphra Behn, in 2000-2001.
Also on the 38th season slate of the senior acting company at Wayne State University are Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author, Jean Anouilh's Antigone, and William Inge's Picnic.
Mrs. Aphra Behn (1640-89) was England's first major professional woman playwright, and in 1677's The Rover, she penned a bawdy battle of the sexes. Cymbeline is Shakespeare's late-career romance that defies categories but inspires with its tapestry of loss, forgiveness and love themes.
Among Hilberry Theatre graduates are Max Wright and Jeffrey Tambor.
The Hilberry's undergrad sister theatre, the Bonstelle Theatre, celebrating 50 seasons in 2000-2001, will offer The Song of Jacob Zulu, The Miracle Worker, Dancing at Lughnasa, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Boy Friend. For information, call (313) 577-2972.
-- By Kenneth Jones