A young company of hippies invades the Pamela Brown Auditorium of the Actors Theatre of Louisville complex Feb. 4, when Hair officially opens a monthlong run, directed by Jon Jory.
ATL let Hair hang out in Feb. 1-3 previews (the Feb. 3 performance is considered the "first night" and the Feb. 4 show is the "press opening.") Performances continue to March 4.
The revival of the so-called "tribal love rock musical" will be one of ATL artistic director Jory's last directing jobs at the theatre he has helmed since 1969. He announced his resignation Jan. 19 and will teach in Seattle by fall 2000.
Jory will still oversee the influential, world-famous Humana Festival of New American Plays in February, March and April at ATL. Galt MacDermot, James Rado and Gerome Ragni's 1968 musical is a raw exploration of issues, feelings, tensions and joys of a "tribe" of hippies. The collaborators gave the world a groundbreaking rock musical, and such songs as "Age of Aquarius," "Let the Sun Shine In," "Good Morning Starshine" and more. Press opening is Feb 4.
Liza Gennaro choreographs. Tom Kitt is musical director.
Designers are Neil Patel (set), Frances Aronson (lighting) and Linda Cho (costumes).
The cast of 24 includes Sean Jenness, Christopher Youngsman, Rachel Stern, Tommar Wilson, David Ayers, Christine Rea, Laura Heisler (who all make their ATL debuts) and ATL vet Fred Major. Apprentices include Rachel Burttram, Travis York and Zachary K. Welsheimer.
Tickets are $15-$40. ATL is at 316 W. Main Street, in downtown Louisville, blocks from the Ohio River. Call (502) 584-1205 for information, or visit the website at www.actorstheatre.org.
ATL received a special Tony Award for regional excellence.
-- By Kenneth Jones