As befits a theatre company that keeps its professional residence at Harvard University, American Repertory Theatre will offer a season featuring Chekhov and Shakespeare, and new plays by Adrienne Kennedy and Charles L. Mee.
Here's the 1999-2000, 21st anniversary season line-up for Cambridge, MA's American Repertory Theatre. Exact dates have not yet been set:
€ Anton Chekhov's Ivanov, directed by Yuri Yeremin (Artistic Director of the Moscow Pushkin Theatre), beginning Nov. 1999. Written when Chekhov was only twenty-seven, Ivanov is a portrait of a man too intelligent and too bored to endure his provincial life.
€ Christopher Durang (Betty's Summer Vacation) & Albert (Gemini) Innaurato's The Idiots Karamazov, directed by Karen Coonrod (NYSF's Henry IV, CSC's Christmas at the Ivanovs') beginning December 1999. Written when the two playwrights where at Yale together, the play tells the tale of Dostoevsky's classic, "The Brothers Karamazov" through the eyes of a translator who mixes and mashes the entire Western Canon -- adding such characters as Anais Nin and Mary Tyrone of Long Days' Journey Into Night.
€ Joe Orton's Loot, directed by Andrei Belgrader (CSC's Waiting for Godot), begins January 2000. The comedy tells of a son who needs to dump stolen money into his mother's casket. € Charles L. Mee's Full Circle, directed by Robert Woodruff, begins February 2000. Out of the chaos of high-speed capitalism and crashing economies emerges a hapless single woman caring for an abandoned baby. Based on an ancient Chinese fable, Circle is set in a turbulent 1989 Europe after the fall of Communism.
€ Adrienne Kennedy's The Ohio State Murders, directed by Marcus Stern (The Public's Chang Fragments), begins April 2000. When a young student arrives at Ohio State University, she little suspects that the academic sanctuary harbors dark forces of hatred, and even death.
€ Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, directed by innovative Macedonian director, Slobodan Unkovski, beginning May 2000. One of Shakespeare's last plays combines the tragedy of jealous Leontes with the comedy of Pedita and Florizel.
€ Dario Fo's We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!, directed by Andrei Belgrader, September 2000. In a new adaptation by Ron Jenkins, this play from last year's Nobel Prize winner concerns a poor girl who stuff bags of food up her sweater and pretend to be pregnant in order to feed herself.
As founding director of the Yale Repertory and American Rep, Brustein has supervised more than 200 productions. He serves as director of the Loeb Drama Center, Professor of English at Harvard, and drama critic for The New Republic. In recent years, he's been notable for his public arguments with playwright August Wilson about multi-cultural casting.
For tickets and information on the American Repertory Theatre season, call their Info-Line at (617) 547-8300 or check out their website at http://www.amrep.org.
-- By Sean McGrath