The Century Center's second annual summer festival of play readings will feature works by four female dramatists whose plays span the first six decades of the twentieth century. The program is titled "Women Wonders, A Festival of American Women Playwrights," and begins on June 6 and 7 with readings of Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden. The lesser known Hellman work will feature Carolyn Younger, Sylvia Gassell, Clement Fowler and Rene Roop.
On June 13 and 14, Ketti Friggs' rarely seen or heard adaptation of Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward, Angel will be read. Friggs won the Pulitzer Prize for the play in 1958. The cast includes Marilyn Rockafellow, Bo Foxworth, Lea Tolub, Serna Berne and Christian Thom.
Lorraine's Hansberry's classic Raisin in the Sun comes next, June 20 and 21, with a cast of Gerre Samuels, Ato Essandoh, Tonia Anderson and Donovan McKnight.
The series concludes with two one-acts by Eugene O'Neill's rarely produced Provincetown Playhouse colleague, Susan Glaspell. Judith Light, Peter Von Berg, Julia Prud'homme, Mark Hofmaier and Foxworth star in the dramatic double bill of Trifles and Suppressed Desires. Light recently starred Off Broadway in Wit.
The Century Center has a big success recently with its reading of Ibsen's The Wild Duck, part of the ongoing "Ibsen Series," which will present 12 of the playwright's major works. The program will continue in the fall with Rosmersholm. Tickets are $15. Century Center is located at 111 E. 15Th Street. For more information, call (212) 982-6782.
--By Robert Simonson