Inside the Ford, a theatre company working out of what was formerly called Taper, Too (in the John Anson Ford complex), has announced its 2000-2001 season. Two world premieres and a Los Angeles premiere have been scheduled by the company, which is backed by the L.A. County Arts Commission and A.S.K. Theatre Projects.
Inside the Ford's 87-seat theatre has been newly refurbished and now offers upholstered, tiered seats and a spacious outdoor lobby nestled in the Hollywood Hills. Kicking off the new season (Nov. 9-Dec. 17, 2000) is the Playwrights' Arena production of Daniel Cariaga's Sleepwalk, directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. It deals with a corporate climber who has finally found a place where he can feel in control--the private booths of a suburban sex shop. But, as Cariaga asks, what can you do when your sins at work start following you home?
A production of Timescape Arts Group, Two-Headed by Julie Jensen, follows Jan. 11-Feb. 25, 2001. Directed by Veronica Brady, the play is set in 19th century Utah, a place where men claimed divine inspiration when they married multiple wives--and massacred the outsiders who threatened them. The Los Angeles premiere is a western epic which traces the divergent paths of two pioneer women over a period of five decades.
Overtone Industries' production of The Woman Who Forgot Her Sweater will be unveiled March 15-April 21. The "grim" fairy-tale chamber opera has music by O-Lan Jones, libretto by Kathleen Cramer and is directed by Roxanne Rogers. Gretchen Johnson plays a woman who is summoned to the side of her dying mother by a mysterious voice. Arriving too late, she is lured into the wild country where a chorus of lions transports her to another realm, leaving only her sweater behind. Ken Roht plays the husband.
Inside the Ford is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. E. For tickets and information call (323) 461-3673 or visit www.lacountyarts.org -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent