The Bullitt, the 100-seat stage at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre, announced a stellar third season in early June, but the coming of fall has brought a few changes to the company's space. The previously announced Joseph Chaikin project will be canceled, while the workshop production of Craig Lucas' latest, The Singing Forest will be moved.
The Joseph Chaikin Project, a multi-media examination of a man's life after an accident robs him of his memory, is a collaboration with Amy Web and director Ander Cato (Cato and Chaikin staged Beckett's Texts for Nothing in 1999 in the Bullitt). It had been set to run in October but will be postponned to 2002 as the artists finish the piece.
Lucas' new play The Singing Forest will no longer play Oct. 11-21, but Dec. 6-16. The Singing Forest will play on the larger Allen Theatre, instead of the Bullitt.
The rest of the Bullitt season follows, including the currently running Miss Golden Dreams by Joce Carole Oates:
Oates' work Miss Golden Dreams runs second in the season, playing Aug. 2-29. Continuing the author's obsession with Marilyn Monroe (her "Blonde" recently aired on network television), Miss Golden Dreams examines the victimization of the woman who was lover and/or wife to Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller and John F. Kennedy. Kevin Tighe (last season's A Skull in Connemara) will be featured in the cast. Fool Moon's David Shiner's dates for his date with the Bullitt have not been decided, but the New Vaudevillian will test out bits from his next act with the Bullitt subscribers in 2002. As an ACT artist-in-residence, Shiner, whose Broadway credits include Fool Moon, Seussical, will use the Bullitt to develop his first solo show.
The FringeACT New Play Festival finishes off with the annual new works fest, Feb. 28-March 2, 2002. The weekend will feature over thirty Seattle playwrights.
Also in the season will be the autobiographical one woman show Let My Enemy Live Long! by Tanya Shaffer (June 14-July 8, 2001) and Becky Mode's Fully Committed starring Seattle actor R. Hamilton Wright (dates to be announced).
Bullitt subscriptions are $80 with individual tickets for $16. The Singing Forest's tickets will be $10. For reservations, call (206) 292-7676. A Contemporary Theatre is on the web at http://www.acttheatre.
— By Christine Ehren