The Captain's Tiger: A Memoir for the Stage, Athol Fugard's autobiographical story of a young writer haunted by a cherished photograph of his mother as a young woman, makes another stop on its way to Off-Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club. The show opens July 12 for a run through Aug. 9 at CA's La Jolla Playhouse.
New Jersey's McCarter Theatre hosted the comedy/drama May 5-24, opening May 8. 8. Next stop after La Jolla will be the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Sept. 22-Nov. 1.
Fugard stars in the play (as he did in Valley Song), which premiered in Pretoria, South Africa in late August.
This production of Tiger is actually an exchange between the McCarter and the Market Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa. To that end, Having Our Say, a 1995 comedy/drama directed by artistic director Mann, will travel there in the near future.
Co-starring at La Jolla are Felicity Jones and Tony Todd. (At the McCarter, the show featured South African cast-members Owen Sejake and Jennifer Steyn.) The direction is by Fugard and Susan Hilferty. Hilferty also designed the sets and costumes for the staging. Lighting is by Malcolm Sturchio. Underscoring for the show is composed and arranged by Lulu van der Walt. Other plays by Fugard include The Blood Knot, Boesman and Lena, The Road To Mecca, Master Harold...and the Boys and Valley Song, which had its U.S. premiere at the McCarter.
The 1998 La Jolla season also will include Nora, Ingmar Bergman's adaptation of A Doll's House, May 24-June 21; Karen Trott's one-woman show Guitar Lessons: The Springhill Singing Disaster, May 31-June 28; a performance piece from London, Improbable Theatre's 70 Hill Lane, July 26-Aug.23; Moss Hart's Light Up the Sky, directed by Neel Keller, Aug. 30-Sept. 27; and the premiere of Dogeaters, by Jessica Hagedorn, Sept. 13-Oct. 11.
Special "FLASH" performances will include Penn & Teller (Dec. 1-6), Old Man In A Baseball Cap (Oct. 23), and Paul Zaloom in Beakman Live (Oct. 17).