Neil Simon's first comedy, Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer-winner, and an Abundance of Beth Henley are on North Coast Repertory's scheduled 1998-99 season.
The Solana Beach, CA, theatre opened its season June 11 with Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's madcap comedy, Auntie Mame (which went on to inspire the Jerry Herman musical Mame). North Coast's new Artistic Director Sean Murray directs Sandra Ellis-Troy in the title role. The production will run through July 26.
Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Talley's Folly (Aug. 6-Sept. 13) will follow. The work is the second in Wilson's Talley family trilogy and examines the course of love between Sally Talley and Matt Friedman.
Bernard Pomerance's Tony-winning tale of conformity and tolerance, The Elephant Man, fills the third slot (Sept. 24-Nov. 1).
Another Pulitzer Prize winner, Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy (Nov. 12-Dec. 27), is North Shore's fourth offering. Next in line is Ron Campbell in Carol Wolf's one-man show The Thousandth Night. In the production, Campbell plays 38 characters, each with a tale to tell. The season concludes with Neil Simon's first success, Come Blow Your Horn (Feb. 25-Apr. 11), and Beth Henley's Abundance (Apr. 22 May 30). The latter is a tall tale set in the West about two mail-order brides who find their lives leading in opposite directions.
For information on any of the above productions, call (888) 776-6278.
-- By Robert Simonson