Theatre legend Uta Hagen, radio personality Isaiah Sheffer, and The Scarlet Pimpernel's Christine Andreas will perform the poems, monologues and songs of the multi-hyphenated theatre artist Eric Bentley May 13 at the Jean Cocteau Repertory's annual benefit. The company will award Bentley with their Outstanding Achievement in Classical Theatre honor.
Bentley was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1998. The 86-year old first met Bertolt Brecht in 1942 and became the English translator and American champion of the German playwright's work. As a translator, he put the words of Buchner and Wedekind into English as well, but Bentley is also remembered as an author ("The Playwright as Thinker," "Bentley on Brecht"), a critic (he fought famously with Arthur Miller and Tenessee Williams in the 1950's), a playwright (Lord Alfred's Lover) and a cabaret performer.
Tickets range from $1000-$100. The Jean Cocteau Repertory performs at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre, located at 300 Bowery at Bond Street. For reservations, call (212) 677-0060, ext. 13. Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre is on the web at http://www.jeancocteaurep.org.
Beginning in July 2002, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre will enter into an agreement with Actors' Equity Association, a first for the 31-year old company. Based on the European system of rotating repertory (the theatre is currently producing both The Marriage of Figaro and Dance of Death, Jean Cocteau Repertory has produced over 200 classic works Off-Broadway. — By Christine Ehren