Mariette Hartley will be the Mrs. Warren of Mrs. Warren's Profession when the Huntington Theatre Company presents Shaw's classic Sept. 15 through Oct. 17 (after starting previews Sept. 10). The show was initially supposed to run through Oct. 10, but ticket demand spurred the Huntington to extend the show a week even before it started previews.
Though best known for her long series of Polaroid commercials with James Garner, Hartley has a healthy stage background. She has won Drama Logue Awards for her performances in The Sisters Rosensweig and The Trojan Women. Other recent stage role include the comedy Sylvia.
Also in the cast are Kate Goehring. A regular at the Huntington, Goehring also played Harper in the national tour of Angels in America and appeared in the original production of Kushner's Slavs! at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Michael Bloom directs.
Shaw's 1894 drama, about a mother-daughter relationship, explores social hypocrisy and respectability. The controversial play, not produced in England until 1925, made Shaw's reputation as a dramatist and social critic.
Other shows in the Huntington season are as follows: € Pat Hingle (1776, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof) will star in the Huntington Theatre Company production of The Last Hurrah, a theatrical adaptation of Edwin O'Connor's novel of the same name, adapted and directed by Eric (Song of Jacob Zulu) Simonson. Hurrah will play Oct. 22-Nov. 21, and is described as a raw, humorous and emotional portrait of a career politician in the midst of his final campaign. The novel and production are based on the life of four-time Boston mayor James Michael Curley. (The show is not to be confused with the new Richard Greenberg play, Hurrah At Last, which New York's Roundabout Theatre is mounting at the Gramercy Theatre this summer.)
€ Sisters Matsumoto by Philip Kan Gotanda will play at the Huntington, Dec. 31, 1999-Jan. 30, 2000. A tale of a Japanese-American family returning home after being forced to spend most of World War II in a government internment camp. Other plays by Gotanda include: The Wash and Ballad of Yachiyo. Artistic Director of Seattle Repertory, Sharon Ott will direct.
€ Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller will have a two-hundredth anniversary production, March 10-April 9, 2000. Set amid the fierce political and religious conflicts of 16th century England, the play pits Elizabeth I of England against her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots. This new translation is by Village Voice critic Michael Feingold. The play will be directed by A.C.T.'s artistic director, Carey Perloff.
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-- By David Lefkowitz & Sean McGrath