John Glover and Judith Light, stars of the Off-Broadway Second Stage debut of Athol Fugard's latest, Sorrows and Rejoicings, will also head up the West Coast premiere of the drama at the Mark Taper Forum May 11-June 30. Fugard again directs Sorrows, opening May 23 in Los Angeles.
Fugard is the South African author of such noted plays as Master Harold...and the boys, Road to Mecca, Valley Song and Blood Knot. The new work takes place in the Karoo region, a semi-desert area of southern Africa. There, two women, one white and one black, find that they both love the same exiled poet.
Glover, who plays the poet, won his Tony Award for Terrence McNally's Love! Valor! Compassion!, in which he essayed a dual role. He headlined Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! Off Broadway and plays Lex Luthor's father in the hit WB Network series, "Smallville."
Light is still best known for her starring role on the long running sitcom, "Who's the Boss?," though she has taken on stage roles recently: She was the ailing professor in Wit in New York City and on tour and played Hedda Gabler at Washington, DC's Shakespeare Theatre in 2001.
Brienin Nequa Bryant and Cynthia Martells complete the cast. Martells' credits include "Gattaca," "The Wood" and "Nurse Betty." Tickets can be purchased by calling (213) 628-2772. The Mark Taper Forum is located at 135 N. Grand Ave. and on the web at http://www.taperahmanson.com.
— By Christine Ehren
and Robert Simonson