Bolstered by mostly excellent reviews and an open calendar at Lincoln Center, A.R. Gurney's Far East has extended its run to June 6, 1999 at Lincoln Center's Mitzi Newhouse Theatre. The show, which started previews Dec. 11, 1998 and opened Jan. 11, 1999 was original scheduled to run through March 7.
A Lincoln Center Theatre production spokesperson at the Philip Rinaldi office told Playbill On-Line that although Lincoln Center was busy readying productions at Broadway houses (Via Dolorosa at the Booth in March, Ring Round The Moon at the Belasco in April), no other show had been scheduled for the rest of the season at their Off-Broadway Newhouse space, leaving the door open for Far East to extend. It is expected that the cast will remain the same through the run, though that hasn't yet been confirmed.
Far East tried out at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts in July, with Daniel Sullivan directing. Former Seattle Rep artistic director Sullivan again helms the play Off-Broadway. Set in the 1950s, Far East tells of a young naval officer looking for fun in Japan before Voice of America calls him home.
Far East features Michael Hayden, Lisa Emery, Sonnie Brown, Bill Smitrovich and Connor Trinneer. Hayden made his Broadway debut in the Nicholas Hytner revival of Carousel and has since appeared in New York in All My Sons at the Roundabout Theatre Company. Emery's credits include Broadway's Rumors and Grown Ups at the American Jewish Theatre.
Gurney is the author of The Cocktail Hour, Sylvia, Later Life, The Dining Room, Richard Cory, Sweet Sue, Darlene And The Guest Lecturer and Love Letters. At Williamstown, designing Far East were Rui Rita (lighting), Danielle Castronovo (costumes), Jerry M. Yager (sound) and Michael Brown (set). Rita again does the Off-Broadway honors, joined by Tom Lynch (set), Jess Goldstein (costumes) and Dan Moses Schreier (music & sound).
For tickets and information on Far East call (212) 239-6200. For a recent interview with the playwright, please see the PBOL Feature story, "A.R. Gurney, Master of Rich Suburbia, Moves in Different Directions With New Plays."
-- By Robert Simonson