Connecticut's Hartford Stage's 34th season features fresh takes on classic plays by Edward Albee and Calderon. Managing Director Stephen J. Albert called the season line-up, "vintage Hartford Stage."
* The season opens with a revival of Moss Hart's Light Up the Sky (Sept. 27 - Nov. 1, 1997), a comedy examining the trials of an out-of-town play tryout in the 1940's. Three-time Tony nominated director Dan Sullivan directs. Sullivan most recently directed Wendy Wasserstein's An American Daughter on Broadway as well as the film version of Jon Robin Baitz's Substance of Fire.
* This season marks Artistic Director Mark Lamos's transition to the new post of resident director. Lamos directs Shakespeare's Cymbeline (Jan. 3 - Feb.7, 1998), revisiting a romance he directed at Hartford Stage 17 years ago. Lamos closes the season directing Edward Albee's rarely produced Tiny Alice (May 16 - June 21, 1998). Albee's work has enjoyed many recent revivals including a 1996 Tony Award winning production of A Delicate Balance and this year's highly acclaimed production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in London. Tiny Alice, a mystery of passion, violence and symbols, tells of millionairess Miss Alice's seduction of Brother Julian and his eventual sacrifice.
* ...Love, Langston (Jan. 3 - Feb. 7), "a musical and poetic celebration of Langston Hughes' works" by Loni Berry is directed by Reggie Montgomery. This production continues Hartford Stage's work with the Hartford Initiative, which encourages the development of relationships within the African-American community.
* Lisa Peterson directs Sueno (Feb. 14 - March 21, 1998), Jose Rivera's new adaptation of 17th century Spanish playwright Pedro Calderon de la Barca's Life is a Dream. In Sueno a prince, imprisoned since birth, is returned to civilization where he must face reality and destiny. Peterson is currently a resident director at Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum and is the winner of an Obie and Drama Desk Award. Rivera's Marisol was produced at Hartford Stage in 1993. * Following Sueno is a revival of the Tony-nominated musical Tintypes (March 28 - May 2). Featuring more than 50 songs from the turn of the century, Tintypes is a combination of historical figures, vaudeville and the American Dream.
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--By Laura MacDonald