Omnium-Gatherum by Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros — which will make its Off-Broadway bow at the Variety Arts Theatre this fall — is described by its authors as "a mad tea party at the end of the world," a release stated. The cast of characters — as the title implies — is a hodgepodge of guests including a Martha Stewartesque hostess, a conservative American novelist, a vegan feminist, a female African-American minister, an Arab scholar, a British intellectual, a New York firefighter and an Arab terrorist. Jon Jory directs.
ACT, which was in danger of closing earlier in the year, is back up and running, ready for their next season. The Washington stage previously announced their season would include works by Alan Ayckbourn, Edward Albee, Pamela Gien and Eugene O'Neill.
Under ACT’s new artistic director, Kurt Beattie, the season will kick off with Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn, July 11-Aug. 3 directed by Jeff Steitzer. The west coast premiere of Albee's Tony Award-winning play The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? will play July 25-Aug. 17 under the direction of Warner Shook. O’Neill's A Moon for the Misbegotten will take the stage Sept. 5-28. Artistic director Beattie will direct. Gien's The Syringa Tree — began ACT’s Bullitt stage in 1999 — will follow Oct. 31-Nov. 23. Larry Moss will direct.
The complete 2003 season (subject to change) is as follows:
Subscriptions to ACT Theatre shows are currently available through at the ACT Ticket Office, on the corner of 7th Avenue and Union Street, by calling (206) 292-7676 or online at www.acttheatre.org.