Valerie Harper's one-woman show about novelist Pearl S. Buck will close its run Monday, Jan. 11, 1999. The production began previews Nov. 3 and opened Nov. 16 at Off-Broadway's Century Center Theatre. It will have played 16 previews and 65 regular performances.
All Under Heaven is co-written by Dyke Garrison and directed by Rob Ruggiero, associate artistic director of TheatreWorks in Hartford, CT. The play is produced by Harper's husband, Tony Cacciotti, and Randolph Macon Woman's College, where the piece was first staged. Randolph Macon, in Lynchburg, VA., is Buck's alma mater (circa 1914). Buck wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Good Earth."
Following Heaven into the Century Theatre Center is actor playwright David Marshall Grant's play, Snakebit. The four character drama opened on Nov. 22, 1998 at the Grove Street Theatre to good reviews and quickly extended its run until Dec. 20. Now, the Naked Angels will go into the Century. Performances will begin Feb. 16, 1999, said Snakebit 's general manager Roy Gabay.
As an actor, Grant is known for his stage role as Joe Pitt in Broadway's Angels in America, and as a recurring character in ABC's "thirtysomething." The play concerns a trio of friends facing a crossroads in their lives and friendships. The Grove Street cast will travel to the Century. It includes David Alan Basche (OB's Visiting Mr. Green ), Jodie Markell (Lincoln Center's Road ), Geoffrey Nauffts (The Maiden's Prayer ) and Michael Weston (Williamstown's The Matchmaker ). Designers are Dean Taucher (set), Elizabeth Roles (costumes), Renee Molina (lighting). Joy Huang is producer.
The nonprofit Naked Angels was founded by a group of writers, actors and theatre artists in 1986. This is the 13th season for the company, which developed and premiered Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire and A Fair Country, Nicky Silver's Fat Men in Skirts and more.
The Century Theatre is at 111 E. 15th St. Call (212) 239-6200 for tickets.
-- By Robert Simonson