MET Theatre has announced a full season of productions which includes five World Premieres. Beginning Jan. 26, is The Last of the Aztecs by Joe Feinstein, a comedy set in New York which deals with a close-knit group of senior citizens coping with life and death, and a beautiful granddaughter in a same-sex relationship.
Pohewa by Colin-Webster-Watson is next up, April 6. An artist's odyssey, inspired by the early Greeks, it weaves together the threads of poetry, music, dance and sculpture inside a magical circus tent that's filled with Pohewa (imagination). Music is by Marshal Garfein and Bill Marx. The playwright, under the single name Colin, is a sculptor of international renown. Samples of his work will be on exhibit at the theatre.
Starting June 22, is New World by Tom Grimes. The President of the United States has a dark, tragic secret influencing his decisions about when and how to go to war. There will be alternating English and Spanish-language performances.
Opening Nov. 7 is Iago by James McLure. It explores the dynamics of a love triangle between three stars of the English stage after World War II. The author's previous works include Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon.
Mary Portser's Grainne follows on Nov. 9. The spirit of a 16th-century pirate queen haunts a struggling family running a seedy bed and breakfast in present-day Ireland.The MET is also reviving its Great Writers Series. Well known actors will give dramatic readings from works by classic and contemporary authors. Previous readers have included Sophia Loren, Dustin Hoffman, Edward Asner and Tim Curry. At least six dates in 2001 are planned, with some works to be related in both English and Spanish. Barnes & Noble is supporting the series with book signings at the theatre.
Stephen Whittaker is the new artistic director of the MET. An accomplished director, actor, producer and set designer, he is one of the MET's earliest members (the theatre has been in operation since 1973).
MET Theatre is located at 1089 Oxford Ave. For tickets and information call (323) 957-1152.
— By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent