Rehearsals Begin for Arthur Kopit's Y2K at Manhattan Theatre Club

News   Rehearsals Begin for Arthur Kopit's Y2K at Manhattan Theatre Club Rehearsals begin Oct. 12 for Arthur Kopit's Y2K at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Directed by Bob Balaban, Y2K features Patricia Kalember and James Naughton.

Rehearsals begin Oct. 12 for Arthur Kopit's Y2K at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Directed by Bob Balaban, Y2K features Patricia Kalember and James Naughton.

Y2K, Arthur Kopit's domestic thriller about a modern couple menaced by a young computer hacker, will plug into Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre, beginning Nov. 9.

Official opening for the Manhattan Theatre Club-produced play, starring James Naughton and Patricia Kalember, is Dec. 7. The run is open-ended.

Critics from around the country embraced Y2K in its March 1999 premiere at the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Kentucky.

Bob Balaban will direct the 75-minute Y2K by Tony Award-winner Kopit (Nine, Wings). Y2K's Naughton is the Tony Award-winner who starred in City of Angels and Chicago, and Kalember starred in TV's "Sisters" and "thirtysomething."

Other Y2K casting -- investigators and the angry young hacker -- has not been announced.

Although not playing at MTC's City Center location in Manhattan, Y2K is technically part of MTC's Stage I season, which also includes the American premiere of Shelagh Stephenson's London hit, An Experiment With an Air Pump, beginning Oct. 5; the world premiere of composer-lyricist-librettist Andrew Lippa's musical, The Wild Party, based on the 1928 Jazz Age narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March, beginning Jan. 25, 2000; and Proof, by American writer David Auburn, about a mysterious young woman who faces the death of a genius father, an unexpected suitor and a mysterious mathematical proof, beginning May 2, 2000.

For MTC information, call (212) 399-3030.

-- By Kenneth Jones