Judith Light, the actress whose performance in the national tour and Off Broadway staging of Wit stunned audiences who only knew her work from TV sitcoms and soaps, will pack a pistol at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC in summer 2001.
The nonprofit company devoted classics and contemporary classics announced Light as the star of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler (1890), the play about a steely woman who loathes her marital circumstances. Artistic director Michael Kahn will direct the 2000-2001 season closer, June 5 July 29, 2001.
Light made her Broadway debut in another Ibsen classic, A Doll's House, with Liv Ullman and Sam Waterston, and has also been seen in Broadway's Herzl, and Off-Broadway's The Seagull and Measure for Measure for the New York Shakespeare Festival. She is widely known for TV's "Who's the Boss" and "One Life to Live."
The upcoming Shakespeare Theatre season also includes: • Shakespeare's Timon of Athens, the tale of greed and friendship, with Philip Goodwin in the title role, directed by Kahn. Aug. 29-Oct. 22.
• Shakespeare's Richard II directed by Gerald Freedman, with Wallace Acton as Richard, Tana Hicken as Duchess of York, Andrew Long as Bolingbroke, David Sabin as Duke of York, and Ted van Griethuysen as Gaunt. Nov. 7-Dec. 31.
• Friedrich Schiller's Don Carlos, the tragedy of the royal family of Spain, directed by Kahn, with Ted van Griethuysen as King Phillip II, and Ralph Cosham, Edward Gero and Elizabeth Long. It's billed as a DC premiere. Jan. 16-March 11, 2001.
• Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by former artistic director of Arena Stage, Douglas C. Wager, with Floyd King as Launce. March 27-May 20, 2001.
For information about The Shakespeare Theatre's season, call (202) 547 1122 or visit the website at www.shakespearedc.org.
-- By Kenneth Jones