Sex, food, religion and intrigue have been on the menu of the Worth Street Theatre’s Snapshots 2000, an evening of one-acts, and the troupe's first offering of the 2000-01 season. Performances began Oct. 5. The show opened on Oct. 8 for a run ending Oct. 29.
Snapshots 2000 is the latest in a series of one-act evenings for the Worth Street Theatre; the first Snapshots bowed in 1998 and was one of the company's early successes. The 2000 model features works by Robert O'Hara, Romulus Linney, Peter Hedges, Mark Novom and Jeff Cohen, the Worth Street's artistic director.
One of the two O'Hara plays featured is Genitalia, a piece that was rejected by the Humana Festival in Louisville, KY, because of "lewd" language. The play concerns four African-American women yakking on the phone about names for their kids. Also on view will be O'Hara's Dreamin' in Church, in which a minister's secrets are revealed to his congregation. O'Hara won the Oppenheimer Award in 1997.
Hedges was represented in the 1998 Snapshots. This fall, the Worth Street features three of the dramatist's so-called "food plays": Scene with Celery, Chicken Potential and The Age of Pie. Hedges is the author of Good as New and Imagining Brad.
Linney, a long-established author whose A Lesson Before Dying is now at the Signature Theatre Company, will see his play Stars presented. The work features a man and a women who meet at a cocktail party and are destined to have an affair. The least known of the quintet of playwrights is Mark Novom, a 2000 graduate of Yale Drama School. Yet, his Bagging Groceries will receive pride of place in the evening. The play, a "fugue of ... Individual voices" involves a Vietnam vet, a young Black attorney, a grunge songwriter and a prison inmate.
Finally, Cohen offers Bea's Legacy, about a woman, who grew up near the CIA complex in Langley, VA, being questioned about the strange death of her mother.
The cast includes such Worth Street regulars as Gerald Anthony, Keira Naughton and Queen Esther.
Tickets are $15. Snapshots takes place at the Tribeca Playhouse, 111 Reade Street in Manhattan. For more information, call (212) 206 1515.
--By Robert Simonson