Hartford Stage Next Season Has World Premiere Albee Plus Williams, Zimmerman, Parks

News   Hartford Stage Next Season Has World Premiere Albee Plus Williams, Zimmerman, Parks The Hartford Stage 40th anniversary season will begin with a continuing tradition of works by Tennessee Williams followed by productions of Metamorphoses, Topdog/Underdog, The Mystery of Irma Vep and a world premiere by Edward Albee.

The 2003-2004 season kicks off with artistic director Michael Wilson once again taking on Williams' works with 8 by Tenn, Oct. 2-Nov. 2. The director of the current Hartford staging of The Night of the Iguana will helm eight short, rarely produced works by the American scribe.

Wilson also directs his adaptation of A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas by Charles Dickens and Charles Ludlam's The Mystery of Irma Vep for the Connecticut stage. The retelling of the classic Yuletide tale will play Nov. 13-Dec. 28 while the vampire comedy plays Jan. 8-Feb. 8, 2004.

Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman's take on the myths of Ovid, played out on a stage of water, will come to Hartford, Feb. 26-March 28, 2004. Metamorphoses precedes another work by an award-winning female scribe, Suzan-Lori Parks' Topdog/Underdog. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play about brothers Lincoln and Booth will run April 8-May 9, 2004. Both Metamorphoses and Topdog bowed on Broadway in 2002.

Playwright Edward Albee's one-act The Zoo Story will play May 20-June 20, 2004, with its new companion piece Home Life. The world premiere one-act takes place the morning before the action of Zoo Story, which follows the encounter between two men on a bench in Central Park. Both plays will be performed together.

The 2003-2004 season (subject to change) is as follows:

  • 8 by Tenn - Oct. 2-Nov. 2
  • A Christmas Carol - Nov. 13-Dec. 28
  • The Mystery of Irma Vep - Jan. 8-Feb. 8, 2004
  • Metamorphoses - Feb. 26-March 28, 2004
  • Topdog/Underdog - April 8-May 9, 2004
  • Home Life and The Zoo Story - May 20-June 20, 2004 Subscriptions are available to the next season at Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford, CT by calling (860) 527-5151. For more information, visit www.hartfordstage.org.