Shadowland Theatre of Ellenville, NY, could not have picked a more varied line-up for its 14th season. Featured will be two dramas, a light musical, a bizarre and campy musical -- and former "Welcome Back Kotter" star, Ron Pallilo.
Here's the line-up:
The Glass Menagerie (May 15-June 7). Tennessee Williams' classic tells of a faded belle and her full-grown but emotionally stunted children. Other Williams works include A Streetcar Named Desire and The Seven Descents of Myrtle.
The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) (June 12-July 5). This Olivier-nominated comedy by Adam Long, Daniel Singer & Jess Borgeson condenses Shakespeare's canon into one very quickly-paced evening.
The Fourposter (July 10-26). Before I Do! I Do! came Jan de Hartog's comedy of a couple's 35-year marriage. Set to star in Shadowland's mounting (co-produced with Wayside Theatre, VA) are Ron Palillo and Becky Moran. Palillo also starred as Mozart in Delaware Theatre Company's Amadeus and Three Guys Naked From The Waist Down at CA's Tamarind Theatre. Six Women With Brain Death, or, Expiring Minds Want To Know (July 31-Aug. 23. Believe it or not, it's a musical -- with songs and sketches all based on "the absurdities of a contemporary woman's life."
Taking Sides (Aug. 28-Sept. 13). Ronald Harwood's drama pits an American officer in post-war Berlin against orchestra conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, who may have collaborated with the Germans.
This will be the 14th year for Shadowland Theatre, its fourth as an Equity house. Artistic Director Bill Lelbach told Playbill On-Line in 1997 he saves money by designing and building the season's sets himself. He generally chooses shows for the season by selecting two cornerstone plays and filling the rest of the season around them.
Lelbach says, "An Equity theatre in a small town requires doing what you can with available labor. I basically work myself to death!"
For subscriptions ($42 and up) and information on shows at Shadowland, 157 Canal St., Ellenville call (914) 647-5511.
-- By David Lefkowitz