Connecticut Repertory Theatre is mounting a seldom-seen recent work of playwright Lanford Wilson. A Sense of Place, or Virgil Is Still the Frog Boy was commissioned and first performed by the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, Long Island. The production did not travel to New York, however, and since then has been seen only in a few regional productions.
CRT's staging, directed by Robert McDonald, began performances Oct. 29 and ends its scheduled run Nov. 8. There were no previews.
A Sense of Place takes place in the Hamptons -- Wilson's place of residence -- and concerns four young professionals who share a house one spring and summer. Class issues rear up, however, when a blue-collar carpenter joins their circle. The odd title is taken from a piece of inscrutable graffiti familiar to Long Island commuters for many years.
The cast includes Beth Carusillo, Jose Antonio Garcia, Stephanie Girard, Hezekiah Toft and Joshua Tussin.
CRT is the producing arm of the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut. It operates all year with an Actors¹ Equity contract, staging six plays during the academic season and three summer plays. Productions are directed, designed and acted by a combination of guest artists, faculty and students. A Sense of Place will be presented at the Studio Theatre on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus. For information, call (860) 486 4226.
-- By Robert Simonson and Kenneth Jones