Actors Co-Op, a collective of more than 70 acting professionals in Hollywood, will open its seventh season with a new artistic director and a revival of the musical comedy, Something's Afoot, opening Sept. 25.
Founding artistic director Robin Strand, one of the original dozen actors who founded the group in 1987, is pursuing other work but will remain a member of the company, which performs in the 99-seat Crossley Theatre in Hollywood. Mark Henderson, a longtime member who designs and directs, was named artistic director.
Strand had served as artistic director since the troupe created a formal theatre season in 1992. Prior to that, the performers pursued acting exercises and staged readings, member Debra Scott told Playbill On-Line (Sept. 18). The company is made up of working actors from Equity, SAG and AFTRA; it is one of many Los Angeles Equity waiver troupes.
Something's Afoot, the musical sendup of Agatha Christie-style mysteries by James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach, will play through Nov. 22. Tickets are $18-$22. The Crossley Theatre is at 1760 N. Gower in Hollywood. Call (323) 462-8460 for information.
Also in the 1998-98 season: Edith Stein by Arthur Giron, a hit from the Co-Op's 1992 season, about a Jewish intellectual's conversion to Catholicism, directed by Henderson. Oct. 23 -Dec. 20.
Ring Round the Moon, by Jean Anouilh, the romantic farce about twin brothers. Feb. 19-April 11, 1999.
Peter Shaffer's Lettice and Lovage, the comedy about an eccentric tour guide and her passion for new ways of looking at things. March 19 May 9, 1999. -- By Kenneth Jones