Lincoln Center Theater is already looking forward to the 2000-2001 theatre season, readying a roster largely made up of new plays by American's leading dramatists. Among the works scheduled for production are Wendy Wasserstein's latest, Old Money, Jon Robin Baitz's Ten Unknowns and John Guare's Chaucer in Rome.
Of the trio, only Chaucer in Rome, seen at the Williamstown Theatre Festival this past summer, has been staged. All three scribes have histories at LCT: Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, The House of Blue Leaves and Four Baboons Adoring the Sun were all done at the center; Wasserstein's The Sisters Rosensweig and An American Daughter were LCT productions; and Baitz has been represented at the uptown institution with The Substance of Fire and A Fair Country.
Chaucer in Rome boasts a typically theatrical, quasi-absurdist Guare plot, in which the story of a painter trying to find himself in the Eternal City is matched with the tale of a Queens family searching for their son.
Polly Holliday, Bruce Norris, Lee Wilkof and B.D. Wong starred in the Williamstown production, directed by Nicholas Martin. Holliday, Norris and Wong are all veterans of the Signature's 1998-99 season, which was dedicated to Guare's work. Holliday and Norris starred in the company's revival of Marco Polo Sings a Solo, and Wong replaced David Aaron Baker in the last several performances of Bosoms and Neglect.
No dates have been set for the productions. -- By Robert Simonson