New York's Jean Cocteau Repertory theatre will begin its 1999-2000 season with On the Razzle, Tom Stoppard's take on Viennese playwright Johann Nestroy's Einen Jux will er sich machen, the same source material that inspired Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker and Jerry Herman's Hello, Dolly!. The production will begin previews Aug. 20 and open Aug. 21 for a run through Oct. 21.
The Cocteau has previously produced such Stoppard works as Travesties, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and Rough Crossing. Former producing artistic director Scott Shattuck, who directed the latter effort, will also pilot Razzle. No cast has been announced.
The rest of the season is as follows:
€ The Balcony by Jean Genet, directed by Eve Adamson, Oct. 8-Dec. 16.
€ The Servant of Two Masters, the eighteenth-century Italian farce by Carlo Goldoni, directed by Jonathan Polgar, Dec. 3-Feb. 24, 2000. € Edward II, Bertolt Brecht's tale (translated by critic and playwright Eric Bentley) of the English king previously dramatized by Christopher Marlowe, directed by Karen Lordi, Jan. 21, 2000-April 20, 2000.
€ Medea, the classic Greek tragedy by Euripides, directed by Eve Adamson, April 7, 2000-May 21, 2000.
All shows and dates are subject to change. Call (212) 677-0060 for more information.
In other news, Jean Cocteau Repertory has announced a new Producing Artistic Director, David Fuller. Fuller replaces the partnership of Artistic Director Robert Hupp and Producing Artistic Director Shattuck, who is leaving to pursue his work as a freelance director, teacher, consultant and independent producer in theatre and other media.
Fuller was member of the Cocteau acting company from 1980 to 1982 and appeared in several plays, including the OBIE winning Pericles, and Tennessee Williams' Something Cloudy, Something Clear. In 1990, Fuller began a long association with Theater Ten Ten, culminating in his becoming Co-Producing Artistic Director two years ago.
Jean Cocteau Repertory was founded in 1971 by Eve Adamson, in order to create a theatre with a rotating repertory of classic plays with a resident company of actors. Adamson was artistic director until succeeded by Robert Hupp in 1989; she remains a part of the company as its most prolific director.
-- By Robert Simonson and Sean McGrath