Up next at North Carolina's Playmakers Repertory Company is the Off-Broadway hit drama, Mrs. Klein, running Mar. 11-April 5 and opening Mar. 14.
Set in 1934, Nicholas Wright's drama shows pioneer child psychologist Melanie Klein and the effect her methods had on her own daughter. The real Klein is considered the "Mother of Psychoanalysis," and her study of the way children play with toys has become a common method of therapy.
International director Andre Ernotte stages the piece. His recent Off-Broadway credits include Bed & Sofa and Christina Alberta's Father, both at the Vineyard Theatre.
Playmakers veteran DeAnn Mears plays the ice-veined therapist, joined by Elizabeth Heflin as daughter Melitta and Drew Richardson as the family helper, Paula. Designing Mrs. Klein are William Barclay (set), Matthew Frey (lighting), Melissa Marquis (sound) and Bobbi Owen (costumes).
* Ending the basic subscription season at Playmakers will be The Threepenny Opera, April 15 - May 10. With book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill, Opera has been a major influence on musical theatre since its 1928 debut in Berlin. Author Brecht would have been 100 years old in 1998.
PlayMakers Rep is housed at the Paul Green Theatre on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Milly S. Barranger serves as producing director of the Equity theatre. The 1997-98 season opened Sept. 13, 1997 with Shakespeare's As You Like It. David Hare's Skylight followed, as did Terrence McNally's Master Class.
For tickets and information on shows at Playmakers Repertory Company call (919) 962-7529.
-- By David Lefkowitz