Circle X Theatre Co. celebrates the opening of its new home, The Space, with the world premiere of Brian Senter's adaptation of Turgenev's Fathers and Sons. The play opens April 7 for a one-month run. Senter, one of the founding members of Circle X, has been working on his adaptation for three years. The play was workshopped last summer for one week by director Michael Jaeger, whose style of presentation is patterned after the "story theatre" technique made popular by the stage version of "The Cider House Rules."
Turgenev's classic novel tells the intense and sweeping story of a young man's struggle to keep his radical ideas separate from the realities of love, family and friendship.
Many of the cast members, which include Jim Anzide, Richard Augustine, Anne Christiansen, Gwynn Fawcett, Julia Hamilton, Luck Hari, Bill Harper, Michael McColl, Charles McQuary, Linnea Pyne, Thomas Redding and David Wichert, participated in the workshop process, making this production the culmination of almost a year's effort by the company.
Circle X's new home is The Space, at 7070 Santa Monica Blvd., in the heart of Hollywood's theatre district. On Friday nights the company will offer a late-night experimental show, The Beehive. For tickets and information call (323) 969-9239.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent