U.S.A., Paul Shyre's adaptation of the famed series of novels by John Dos Passos, will be the first production of the Met Theater's millennium season. Opening night is set for March 3 and the run is through April 2. Director John James Hickey has also written original music for the play, which deals with the first three decades of the 20th century in panoramic, socially conscious fashion.
The central character of U.S.A. is John Morehouse, a would-be songwriter who instead achieves wealth and national prominence as a public relations man, and whose work takes him to numerous cities and puts him face to face with world figures.
First produced in 1959, U.S.A. is subtitled A Dramatic Revue. Choreography for this production is by Kitty McNamee, founder and director of Hysterica Dance Company. The cast includes such members of the MET Acting Company as Gilian Doyle, Ronit Feinglass, Michael Goodfriend, Steve O' Connor, Joe Reynolds, Clarinda Ross and Marc Saint-Pierre.
MET Theater is located at 1089 N. Oxford Ave. in Hollywood. For tickets and information call (323) 957-1152.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent