MA's American Rep Next Season Has Chekhov, Mee, Bard, Pinter, Sophocles, Molière

News   MA's American Rep Next Season Has Chekhov, Mee, Bard, Pinter, Sophocles, Molière Cambridge, Massachusetts' American Repertory Theatre announced a 2003-2004 season of both classic and contemporary works from noted playwrights that span from Sophocles to Shakespeare and Molière to Mee.

The six-play roster starts with Russian director Kama Ginkas' adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Lady with a Lapdog. Taken from a short story, the drama focuses on a love affair set in the seaside resort of Yalta. The run which begins in September will mark the first time the director — aided by set designer Sergei Barkhin — has worked with American actors.

Playwright Charles L. Mee presents his latest play, Snow in June, to A.R.T. audiences beginning in December. Young Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng will direct the work which is described in a statement as "a wild tragicomedy based on a thirteenth-century Chinese tale about a young girl who returns to earth as a ghost to take revenge on the society that permitted her murder." The production will feature live music from the Californian composer Paul Dresher and set design by Yi Li Ming.

The Bard's classic A Midsummer Night's Dream receives a new staging by director-choreographer Martha Clarke. A.R.T. patrons should expect to see a production designed by scenic designer Robert Israel with dancers and aerial choreography. The comedy where love and fantasy collide will begin its run in January 2004.

Harold Pinter's black comedy, The Birthday Party, will begin in March 2004 under the direction of JoAnne Akalaitis. The play follows the mystery that occurs in an English boarding house.

Sophocles' Greek tragedy Oedipus will follow, starting performances in May 2004. A.R.T.'s artistic director Robert Woodruff will direct the infamous story of the ill fated king with set designer Doug Stein. Also beginning in May 2004 will be the final season production, Molière's comedy The Miser. Dominique Serrand, of the highly-psychical performance group Theatre de la Jeune Lune will direct the production using an ensemble mixing both A.R.T. and Jeune Lune artists on a set designed by Doug Stein.

The complete season (subject to change) is as follows:

  • Lady with a Lapdog - September
  • Snow in June - December
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Jan. 2004
  • The Birthday Party - March 2004
  • The Miser - May 2004
  • Oedipus - May 2004 The American Repertory Theatre is housed at the Loeb Drama Center in Harvard Square at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA. A.R.T. subscriptions are available through the InfoLine at (617) 547-8300 or online at www.amrep.org.