Theatre veteran Theodore Bikel will end his run in Arje Shaw's The Gathering at Florida's Coconut Grove Playhouse Dec. 26. Performances there began Nov. 30 with an opening Dec. 3. Bikel had already played in the drama from May 29-Aug. 29 of this year at Jewish Repertory Theatre in New York City. Shaw's drama takes place during the Reagan years and concerns three generations of the same family as they clash over their duties as Americans. Rebecca Taylor directs this Jewish Rep production, which has been partially recast for the regional mounting, according to a Coconut Grove spokesperson.
Bikel is perhaps most famous for his Tony-nominated appearance as Captain Von Trapp in the original production of The Sound of Music. He is also well known for his many turns as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway credits include The Lark, The Rope Dancers and The Inspector General. Recently, he acted in The Disputation at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in Florida. His films include "The Defiant Ones" and "The African Queen." On the other side of the footlights, Bikel was recently reelected president of the umbrella organization, Associated Actors and Artistes of America, a union nicknamed "The Four As."
For information on The Gathering, call (212) 239-6200.