Nancy Meckler directs the first SummerStage production for the Connecticut company in a concert staging of the work which plays July 17. Next up in the series will be Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt's musical play, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, July 19-31.
Inspired by the real story of Sherman's maternal grandmother, Rose paints a portrait of a Jewish octogenarian and her life from "birth in the Ukraine, escape from the Nazis, emigration to America and her travels to Israel," as show materials describe.
Dukakis appeared in the Broadway run of Rose and has also trod the boards in A Mother, Mother Courage, The Rose Tattoo, The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Sea Gull, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Iphegenia in Aulis, Othello, Miss Julie, A Streetcar Named Desire and The Night of the Iguana. She garnered her Oscar for her turn in the film "Moonstruck" and has also appear in "Steel Magnolias," "Mr. Holland's Opus," and the "Look Who's Talking" series.
Playwright Sherman has also penned Passing By, Cracks, Rio Grande, Bent (Tony Award nomination), Messiah, When She Danced, A Madhouse in Goa and Some Sunny Day. He wrote the book for the musical The Boy from Oz, for which he was Tony-nominated.
The forthcoming 42nd anniversary mainstage season (subject to change) will launch (Sept. 1-Oct. 2) with David Grimm's The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue, David Cale and continue with Jonathan Kreisberg's new musical Floyd and Clea Under the Western Sky (Oct. 13-Nov. 13). The new year will bring the Eugene O'Neill tale A Moon for the Misbegotten (Jan. 5-Feb. 5, 2006), Lorraine Hansberry's drama A Raisin in the Sun (Feb. 16-Mar. 19, 2006), the continuing Tennessee Williams tradition with A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur (Apr. 6-May 7, 2006) and Terrence McNally's gritty drama Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune (May 18-June 18, 2006). Tickets to shows at Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street in downtown Hartford, CT are available by calling (860) 527-5151 . For more information, visit www.hartfordstage.org.