Boston's Huntington Theatre Company announced the selections for their upcoming 1999-2000 season including a world premiere adaptation of the classic Boston political novel, "The Last Hurrah," the east coast premiere of Philip Kan Gotanda's Sisters Matsumoto and a Carey Perloff- helmed Mary Stuart.
The season is as follows:
€ George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession, playing Sept. 10 - Oct. 10, a drama about a mother-daughter relationship exploring social hypocrisy and respectability. One Shaw's earlier social dramas, the controversial play made Shaw's reputation as a dramatist and social critic. Michael Bloom (NY's Sight Unseen) will direct.
€ A theatrical adaptation of Edwin O'Connor's novel of the same name The Last Hurrah, adapted and directed by Eric (Song of Jacob Zulu) Simonson, will play Oct. 22-Nov. 21. A raw, humorous and emotional portrait of a career politician in the midst of his final campaign, the novel and production is 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 - 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. € The final production of the 99-00 season for Huntington will take place May 19-June 18 and will be an August Wilson production -- either Fences or the play he's currently working on.
Subscriptions for the 1999-2000 season are available, call (617) 266 0800.
-- By Sean McGrath