With a new general manager, Nicki Genovese, and new marketing director, Andrea Roney, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival begins its seventh season as the professional theatre of Allentown College, June 3.
Festival veteran performers Jim Helsinger, Suzanne O'Donnell, Greg Wood, Mark LaMura, Christopher Mullen and Grace Gonglewski will return to the company, which is headed by artistic director Gerard J. Schubert.
Opening the season, June 3-July 5, will be Eugene O'Neill's A Moon For The Misbegotten. Other works by O'Neill include Ah, Wilderness! and The Emperor Jones, both receiving current New York revivals.
Two Shakespeare comedies follow: All's Well That Ends Well, June 17-July 5, and The Taming of the Shrew July 15-Aug. 8. Closing the season, June 10-Aug. 8, will be an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's novel, Alice In Wonderland. Michele L. Vacca did the adapation.
Marketing director Roney told Playbill On-Line (Mar. 19) the season also features an annual "Green Show," a mini-renaissance faire, free and open to the public, with "singing, dancing, clowing and puppetry, taking place an hour before the evening Shakespeare performance." For information on productions at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley, call (610 282-9455.
-- By David Lefkowitz