Academy Award winner Ellen Burstyn will star in a one-woman, Broadway-bound world premiere adaptation of Allan Garganus'"The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All," kicking off the Globe Theatre's 2003 season Jan. 26-March 2. Two other world premieres will grace Globe's stages, Stephen Metcalfe's Loves & Hours and Andrea Stolowitz's Knowing Cairo, both planned for the spring.
Burstyn won her Oscar for "Alice Doesn't Live Her Anymore." She has been honored with three other nominations for "The Last Picture Show," "The Exorcist" and, most recently, for "Requiem for a Dream." In Confederate Widow, she will relate the story of Lucy Marsden, who marries 50-year old Civil War veteran Captain William Marsden when she is only 15. Don Scardino directs the play, set to open in the Old Globe Theatre Feb. 2.
Jack O'Brien (Hairspray, The Full Monty) directs Metcalfe's Loves, playing in the Old Globe Theatre March 23-April 27. The play's hero, Daniel Tilney, is a divorced father of two grown up children, suddenly questioning the nature of love as he has to choose between a twenty-something tax accountant and a forty-something antiques dealer. Metcalfe's other works include Emily, Pilgrims, White Man Dancing and The Incredibly Famous Willie Rivers.
Stolowitz is a local playwright whose Knowing Cairo was a finalist for the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. The three women at the center of the family drama are the 79-year old German-Jewish Rose, her daughter Lydia and Rose's African-American caretaker Winsom. As Winsom and Rose grow closer together, Lydia feels left out and jealous, even as her mother begins to love life again. Knowing Cairo premieres March 30-May 11 on the Cassius Carter Centre Stage.
Also planned for the 2003 season is the American premiere of Abi Morgan's Splendour (Feb. 2-March 16, Cassius Carter Centre Stage), David Edgar's Pentecost (May 25-June 29, Old Globe Theatre) and Richard Dresser's Rounding Third (June 1-July 13, Cassius Carter Centre Stage). Single tickets to the Globe are $25-$45. The Globe Theatres are located in Balboa Park. For reservations and information, call (619) 239 2255. The Globe Theatres are on the web at http://www.theglobetheatres.org.