As befits a theatre company that keeps its professional residence at Harvard University, American Repertory Theatre continues its season featuring Euripides, Moliere, Shakespeare, Brecht -- and Elizabeth Egloff's new adaptation of Peter Pan.
That show, Peter Pan and Wendy, began previews Dec. 12, opened Dec. 17, and runs in-repertory through Jan. 22.
Not to be confused with Mabou Mines' Peter And Wendy or the current touring production of the musical Peter Pan, this adaptation of J.M. Barrie's fable will follow in the footsteps of ART's family show, The King Stag. Marcus Stern directs this tale, where "Peter discovers that love and family relationships ultimately fill the void we so desperately seek in our traversings through life." Adaptor Elizabeth Egloff's recent works include The Swan and The Lover.
Stern is an associate director at American Rep; he's worked at NY's Public Theatre (The Treatment, The Chang Fragments), Primary Stages, Soho Rep, Actors Theatre Of Louisville and L.A.'s Taper Too.
Starring in the ART show are Remo Airaldi, Jeremy Geidt, Will LeBow (Hook), Karen MacDonald, Stephen Rowe, Emma Roberts (Wendy), Jason Weinberg (John), Justin Campbell (Peter), Robert Kropf, Jeremy Rabb, Nora Zimmett and William Dunn. Designing the show are Allison Koturbash (set), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Scott Zielinski (lighting) and Christopher Walker (sound). *
Here's the remaining season line-up for Cambridge, MA's American Repertory Theatre:
The Bacchae (Nov. 21-Jan. 24, in repertory)
When Thebans deny the existence of the god Dionysus, he punishes them by unleashing the full force of female sexuality -- with results both comic and tragic. Francois Rochaix, who previously staged The Oresteia at ART, will direct Paul Schmidt's translation of Euripides' drama.
The Taming Of The Shrew (Jan. 30-March 21)
Andrei Serban directs William Shakespeare's battle-of-the-sexes, wherein Petruchio woos wild Kate. Shrew marks Serban's return to ART after eight years. Previously plays staged there by Serban include Twelfth Night and The Good Woman Of Setzuan.
And speaking of Bertolt Brecht, running Feb. 20-March 14, 1998 is In The Jungle Of The Cities, translated by Paul Schmidt and directed by Robert Woodruff. A poetic meditation on the American Dream set in Chicago flophouses, Jungle tells of "an inexplicable wrestling match between two men."
Nobody Dies On Friday (April 1998)
Marilyn Monroe continues to inspire playwrights and screenwriters, including Artistic Director Robert Brustein, whose new play will be directed by David Wheeler. Friday tells of Monroe's visits to the house of her acting coach, Lee Strasberg, whenever she needed acting lessons or to seek asylum from Hollywood craziness. The play not only looks at her, but the tensions she brings out among the four Strasbergs, who quarrel over art, theatre and the cult of celebrity.
As founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Rep, Brustein has supervised nearly 200 productions. He serves as director of the Loeb Drama Center, Professor of English at Harvard, and drama critic for The New Republic. These days, he's most celebrated for his public arguments with playwright August Wilson about multi-cultural casting.
The Imaginary Invalid (May 8-31)
Moliere's last play, a satire of the medical profession wherein hypochondriacal Argan decides his daughter must marry a physician so that he'd always have ready healthcare. Shelley Berc translates the farce, which is directed by ART veteran, Andrei Belgarder (Ubu Rock).
American Rep uses a resident acting company, including Remo Airaldi, Thomas Derrah, Alvin Epstein, Benjamin Evett, Kristen Flanders, Jeremy Geidt, Will LeBow, Karen McDonald, Charles Levin, Don Reilly, Stephen Rowe and Jack Willis, alongside Leslie Beatty, Jay Boyer, D'metrius Conley-Williams, Emma Roberts and other new members.
For tickets and information on the American Repertory Theatre season, call their Info-Line at (617) 547-8300 or check out their website at http://www.amrep.org.
-- By David Lefkowitz