Given the right combination of actors and an available Off-Broadway house, Jeffrey Sweet's Chicago hit, Flyovers, will touch down in New York sometime this spring. Producer Suzanne Golden has said the script is out to some "very big stars." Reached again Nov. 19, Golden expressed confidence the project will soon arrive. "Money is coming in now, so it's a real flurry of activity," she said.
Sweet's drama, which won a Chicago Jeff Award last season as Best New Work, tells of a childhood bully who, a quarter century later, continues to oppress his now-successful former victim. In Chi-town, the play opened May 21, 1998, at Victory Gardens Theatre and had an extended run there to Aug. 2. William Peterson starred in the play, with Gary Cole coming in later in the run.
Dennis Zacek, director of the Chicago run (and artistic director of Victory Gardens), will stage the play in New York. Capitalization for an Off Broadway mounting of Flyovers is estimated at $500,000, with Ralph Roseman serving as General Manager.
Author Sweet recently enjoyed another Victory Gardens hit, Bluff, starring Jon Cryer and Sarah Trigger. A new play, The Action Against Sol Schulmann, is being workshopped at VG and eyed for a possible 2001 mounting. Mike Nussbaum, Tandy Cronyn and David Pasquesi took part in a June reading of Action, directed by Zacek. Author Sweet also penned The Value of Namesand American Enterprise, and he co-edited the "Best Plays" Theatre Yearbook for more than a decade.
-- By David Lefkowitz