Though they came to Broadway a few years ago with Wilder, Wilder, Wilder, a trio of Thornton Wilder one-acts, Off-Off-Broadway's Willow Cabin Theatre Company has been relatively quiet recently. Last season they staged Elmer Rice's Street Scene and Don Juan Returns From The War as part of their tenth anniversary season.
Artistic director Edward Berkeley has directed 17 plays for Willow Cabin Theatre, including 1995's Dylan Thomas adaptation, A Child's Christmas In Wales; the Holocaust drama Who Will Carry The Word?, and the Tony-nominated Wilder Wilder Wilder. Willow Cabin regulars include Dede Pochos, Ibi Janko, Tasha Lawrence, Angela Nevard and Cynthia Besteman.
To kick of season number 11, Willow Cabin is holding its "First Annual Cabaret" benefit, Nov. 18, at the Triad space on West 72nd St. The special show, beginning at 8 PM, will be hosted by company members John Bolger and Michael Rispoli and feature singer Phoebe Snow. Appearing in the cabaret will be Judy Barnett, Susan Campanaro, Mary Foster Conklin, Jonathan Hogan, David Kay, Patty Ben Peterson, Polly Segal, Sal Viviano, and William Baldwin Young.
Upcoming plans for the season include a return engagement of the holiday piece, A Child's Christmas In Wales, this time not Off-Broadway but at the Union County Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. In February, Willow Cabin will stage two lesser-known Tennessee Williams one-acts, The Mutilated and Confessional, while May will bring five one-acts by William Inge to theatre row.
For tickets ($150-$35) and information on the Willow Cabin First Annual Cabaret at the Triad, call (212) 886-1889. -- By David Lefkowitz