Few playwrights are wittier than Tina Howe, so it's fitting that Tina Howe will receive an honorary Doctorate from Whittier College in Los Angeles. The May 23 ceremony will cap a big week for the playwright, who will also be honored by L.A. performers and the school's alumni at An Evening With Tina Howe two days earlier.
The May 21 event will feature scenes from such plays as The Nest, Birth and After Birth, Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances, Approaching Zanzibar, One Shoe Off and Pride's Crossing. Confirmed for the show, either as actors or speakers, are Annette Benning (who appeared on Broadway in Coastal Disturbances and will read from that show and Pride's Crossing at the event), Joel Brooks, Christine Burke, Tim Daly, Susan Dexter, Stephanie Dunnam, Alan Feinstein, Dennis Hunt, Cynthia Mace, Joe Olivieri, Catherine Telford, Melissa Weber. Howe will also speak at the event.
The year 1997 will heat up even further for author Howe. Sept. 5, One Shoe Off, produced by The Lost World and directed by Crystal Brian, will have its West Coast premiere at the Gascon Center Theatre in Los Angeles. (The show was to have opened Aug. 22 but was postponed by a cast change. Dan Gerrity now stars in the show, which runs through Oct. 5.) In the fall, Jack O'Brien will direct Cherry Jones in Pride's Crossing at Lincoln Center in New York (the show played at the Old Globe in late winter).
For tickets (free admission) to An Evening With Tina Howe, May 23, directed and hosted by Crystal Brian, call (310) 907-4203. The event takes place at 8:00 P.M. in The Robinson Theatre at The Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier College (near downtown Los Angeles).
--By David Lefkowitz