Princeton, New Jersey's McCarter Theatre announced four of the five planned productions for its 1999-2000 season, including two revivals, by Sam Shepard and David Mamet, and two world premieres from Cormac McCarthy and Polly Pen. 1999-2000 also marks the 10th anniversary for artistic director Emily Mann.
Sam Shepard's 16-year-old Fool For Love runs Sept. 14-Oct. 3. Fool follows the addictive love relationship between Eddie, a typical wandering cowboy, and May, his childhood sweetheart. Mann will direct this work by the author of Operation Sidewinder and Curse of the Starving Class.
David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross will be revived with a director to be announced. Glengarry, a savagely funny look at small-time real estate salesmen, won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize and was made into a 1992 film with Jack Lemmon, Al Pacino and Kevin Spacey. Other Mamet plays include Oleanna, Speed The Plow and The Cryptogram.
Southern novelist Cormac McCarthy's The Stonemason will receive its world premiere directed by Mann. Stonemason traces four generations of an African-American family living in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1970's as they struggle to remain tied to their land and to each other.
Polly Pen's newest musical, Night Governess will also receive its world premiere in the upcoming season. Inspired by the Louisa May Alcott thriller, "Behind the Mask," Governess is the darkly comic story of a quiet young woman who comes to teach a household in the art of manipulation as she twists each family member to her own designs. Pen, the author of Bed and Sofa and Goblin Market, workshopped the musical at the McCarter in Nov. 1998 with Judith Blazer, Alma Cuervo (Titanic ) and Emily Skinner (Side Show) in the cast. The fifth production has yet to be announced.
To subscribe to the McCarter Theatre's season ($80 and up), call the box office at (609) 683 8000. The McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place.
-- By Christine Ehren