The Off-Broadway comedy/drama A Night In November played many nights in October and November, but December, alas, marks the show's final evenings. Marie Jones' play will end its run Dec. 13, after 30 previews and 78 regular performances.
Previews for November began Sept. 11, for an official opening Oct. 7 at the Douglas Fairbanks Theatre on West 42nd Street. According to spokespersons at Boneau/Bryan-Brown, "plans are underway for a national tour and a television taping beginning in the Winter of 1999."
The one-man drama, performed by Dan Gordon and directed by Pamela Brighton, was first staged by DubbelJoint Productions in Belfast, Ireland. The show also had a brief Off-Off-Broadway run at the Irish Arts Center this past winter.
November concerns one Kenneth McCallister, an East Belfast Protestant (the region is primarily Catholic), who is transformed by his own bigotry. The play takes place on the night of the 1994 World Cup soccer game between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland -- an event which profoundly changes McCallister.
Gordon originated the role in Belfast and has played it throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom. Jones is writer-in-residence and associate director of DubbelJoint. Brighton serves as artistic director of the troupe. November's commercial mounting is presented by Anita Waxman, Edward Burke, Georganne Heller and Elizabeth Williams. For tickets and information call (212) 239-6200.
It was a big autumn for DubbelJoint. Another production of the company, Binlids, played in October. A rumination on the history of West Belfast over the past 30 years using actual citizens of the war-torn town, it was also directed by Brighton. Brighton, along with Jones and Gordon, founded DubbelJoint.
-- By Robert Simonson and David Lefkowitz