Rehearsals for John Guare's Lake Hollywood began Jan. 4 at The Guthrie Lab in Minneapolis, MN. Previews for the playwright's newest work are scheduled to begin Feb. 4, which will mark the first time the play is performed outside New York City. Lake Hollywood opens Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 27.
A theatre source indicated that Guare is expected to be in residence at various points during the rehearsal process, and will spend extensive time with the cast.
In Lake Hollywood, the writer of Six Degrees of Separation and The House of Blue Leaves examines the lives of an ordinary couple who are thrust into a "rural farce of Chekovian brilliance" before taking an unexpected leap into the future during the second act.
Lake Hollywood will be directed by Itamar Kubovy, who has worked extensively as a director in Germany and Sweden. Rounding out the production are set designer Neil Patel, costume designer Rich Hamson, sound designer Scott Edwards and lighting designer Jeff Bartlett.
The cast for Lake Hollywood includes Guthrie regular Sally Wingert, David Manis, Alex Knold, Elizabeth Norment, Terry Heppelman, Marceline Hugot, Clyde Lund, Britta Lee Nordahl, Marquetta Senters and Bob Davis. The Guthrie Lab is supported through March 31, 2002 by a Bush Foundation grant totalling $750,000.
Preview tickets run $17 and otherwise range $21 - $25. The Guthrie Theatre is located at 700 North First Street in Minneapolis' historic warehouse district. For information call (612) 377-2224.
-- By Murdoch McBride